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Our Philosophy makes the Difference....

Regardless of the condition or illness you're coming in for, the key difference
between the Disease Care you may have received in the conventional HMO world
and the Personalized Health Care you will receive here at South Bay Total Health
is the Holistic Philosophy that guides every decision we make.

Alternative Medicine is based on the Holistic Principle, which recognizes
that every part of your physical body is connected to, and interacts with, every
other part. This Holistic Principle also recognizes complex interactions
between your physical body and your emotions, mind and spirit.
Finally, Alternative doctors acknowledge a third type of Holistic
interconnection, between your entire organism and your larger environment.


Naturopathic Medicine, the Traditional, Western System of Holistic Health Care
Naturopathic Medicine is based on the philosophy of Vitalism: that all living beings possess an intelligent, living energy which gives us an innate ability to heal. Naturopathic Medicine, based in European traditions, calls this energy the Vital Force. Oriental Medicine traditions call it the Qi; Ayurvedic Medicine from India refers to it as Prana. Every traditional culture from around the world has their own term for this phenomenon, and more than 95 different names for the Vital Force have been recorded. Interestingly, the most advanced theories of matter and energy in the field of Modern Physics, called Quantum Field Theories, are virtually identical to the descriptions of Qi and Prana given in the ancient texts, many of which are thousands of years old.

The Vital Force, Your Living, Organic Energy
The Vital Force constitutes a natural wisdom of the body which constantly works to restore health to the human system -- in essence a living, intelligent, feedback control system. Naturopathic medicine is designed to work with this inherent healing ability in a holistic manner to restore balance and harmony to the whole person.

Holism in Action
Naturopathic healing principles recognize that each of your parts - your body, mind, emotions and spirit - are interconnected and constantly interact. Disharmony on any one of these levels can have adverse effects on your body, in other words, cause disease. Likewise, the appropriate healing therapy might need to be directed at any one or a combination of these areas. Therefore, each aspect of your makeup and environment must be considered when evaluating your case Naturopathically.

In Naturopathic Medicine, we understand that symptoms in different organs or different parts of your body, and seemingly unrelated illnesses or other life events from your past may play an important role in your current condition. Naturopathic doctors use this interconnected information about you to generate a specific, principle-based treatment plan customized for your particular needs.

Long-Term Goals of Your Treatment
Naturopathic doctors believe that you should be able to live a long, healthy life free from the ravages of chronic disease and pain with your full mental capacity intact. Anything less simply isn't health.

To maintain this normal healthy state, sometimes referred to as the Picture of Health, you need each of the following items in their proper proportions:

A healthy, well-balanced diet that includes all the necessary Essential Nutrients

Regular exercise

Stress reduction or skilled relaxation program

An occupation that is meaningful and enjoyable to the individual

This long term picture of health is the goal you and your Naturopathic doctor will be working towards. While your initial treatment program may include a number of the Naturopathic healing modalities, this is usually only temporary and doesn't imply that you will be on a bag full of herbs and supplements the rest of your life.


If you would like to schedule an appointment or learn more about this alternative approach to Restoring and Maintaining Health,
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A Voice from the Past
One of the founders of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Benedict Lust, summarized the philosophy of Naturopathy very succinctly in 1918:

"The natural system for curing disease is based on a return to nature in regulating the diet, breathing, exercising, bathing and the employment of various forces to eliminate the poisonous products in the system, and so raise the vitality of the patient to a proper standard of health."

Benedict Lust, 1918,
Founder of Modern, Naturopathic Medicine



The 6 Core Principles of
Naturopathic Medicine

Today there are six major principles which define the Naturopathic approach to health care. Naturopathic Doctors apply these principles with every patient.

The Healing Power of Nature
The body's natural wisdom, its Vital Force, constantly works to restore health and balance to the human system. Naturopathic medicine works in harmony with this inherent healing ability in a holistic manner to restore balance and harmony to the whole person.

First, Do No Harm
Naturopathic medicine seeks to avoid harm to patients by working in with the Vital Force rather than against it, and by utilizing natural healing modalities which minimize harmful side effects

Identify and Treat the Root Cause
Illness is the result of an imbalance to the Vital Force which can be caused by any combination of physical, mental, emotional or environmental factors. Naturopathic medicine, with its holistic approach to the patient, seeks to identify the true cause of illness.

Treat the Whole Person
People exist as a multi-dimensional entity, involving the physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual planes of being. Additionally, each individual interacts with and is affected by their daily environment.All these areas must be addressed in any successful healing approach.

Doctor as a Teacher
Naturopathic doctors consider educating their patients to be a vital part of health restoration. The more you know about your condition and the methods used to treat it, the more like it is that will be successful in your healing programs.

Prevention is the best cure
Preventing serious, chronic disease is far easier than treating it. The core of Naturopathic treatment programs constitute a wholistic, natural lifestyle that will also help prevent illnesses in the future.

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