The Importance of Naturopathic Medicine Week


People today have the added challenge of weeding through adulterated products masquerading as food, nutrition, and fuel for our bodies that people didn’t have to think
about in years past. Marketing & media often add to the confusion and misinformation. Naturopathic Medicine Week is about creating awareness and cutting through junk information so that people can slowly but surely return to higher quality diets and whole foods of the past.

It’s vital that the general public know what Naturopathic Doctors (ND) can do for them. That is why licensed NDs across North America take part in Naturopathic Medicine Week every year!

This year Dr. Mai Heath, ND, Raisa DaCosta, ND cand (2018), and Isha Bhatoa, ND cand (2018) are raising awareness by sharing their passion and points of view on the importance of Naturopathic Medicine Week.

Naturopathic Medicine Week is one of my favorite times of year. It’s a time when I’m particularly reflective about how I interact with the general public with respect to creating awareness around our profession. It’s always a time of growth. A time to ensure that more and more people know what all their healthcare options are so that they can make the best decisions about how to care for themselves and their loved ones. The awareness, use, and scope of practice for naturopathic medicine in Toronto are among the broadest in North America. Yet in still myths and misconceptions about it persist. At the core, Nat Med is the first system of medicine. It is preventative, non-invasive, drug-less, safe, effective, individualized care. It is where every medical, health, and wellness intervention should start before moving up the hierarchy of treatment options. I certainly hope you take the time to reach out to a Naturopathic Doctor about how they can support your optimal living. Happy Naturopathic Medicine Week 2015! – Dr. Heath

Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 10.48.52 AMAs a first year student of Naturopathic Medicine, NMW is an opportunity to share with family, friends, and the community at large the importance of disease prevention and the promotion of health. As a society, many of us have reached a state of passivity; we have given up personal responsibility for our health. Instead, we rely solely on a healthcare system that treats disease by suppression of symptoms rather than addressing the root cause of disease. Thus, we have become a society with a pill for every ill; our healthcare system focuses on managing symptoms of disease through the dependence on drugs rather than healing the individual as a whole. That being said, the role of naturopathic medicine is greatly desired in our society that is too dependent on drugs to manage illness. The future of our profession is “flourishing, in part, because of the reaction to the limitations of conventional surgical and pharmaceutical treatments of illness” (Kaur, Sat). Therefore, Naturopathic Medicine is focused on the patient as a whole in order to provide treatment that is tailored to the individual’s specific needs. Naturopathic Medicine is about awareness; through education we empower patients to take an active part in their healing process. – Raisa DaCosta

Naturopathic Medicine Week has one purpose: to heal you. From May 11 to 17 2015, you have the opportunity to relish in informative clinic open houses, interactive talks on pregnancy, digestive issues, and stress, and wholesome articles on eating for health and energy. This week is an effort to get to know you and let you know that we (naturopathic doctors, natural modalities, and nature) are here to guide and empower you to heal yourself. This week, you take the steps towards balanced and purposeful living. We look forward to meeting you at the events. – Isha Bhatoa

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Dr. Mai Heath (center) is an artist, wife, mother to two preschool daughters, naturopathic doctor, and birth doula. I focus my energies on total patient care through the mental, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual healing process. Eagerly sharing in others’ wellness journey through individualized care and education leads to empowered and inspired communities. I have special interest in reproductive, perinatal, maternal, & family care. I look forward to sharing an experience with you!

Raisa DaCosta (right) is a 1st year student studying at CCNM. She is passionate about juicing green vegetables, being in the great outdoors, and helping others become aware of their innate potential. Most of all, Raisa enjoys challenging herself and others to look within and let go of limitations holding them back from attaining health and happiness. She can be found out in nature soaking up the sunshine with a jar of green juice in hand, ready to learn about growth and healing through Naturopathic Medicine.

Isha Bhatoa (left) is a mindful soul, expressing gratitude for the blessings and experiencing opportunities to grow mentally, spiritually, and intellectually from both the colourful and not-so-colourful moments in her life. Currently, she is honouring her calling for deep connection with Mother Nature and humane healthcare by immersing herself in the study of wholesome and natural modalities at Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Her daily regimen includes self-love, compassion for others, warm water with lemon and a lot of laughter.

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