FAQ – Naturopathic Health & Homeopathic Medicines

What is a Naturopath?
“Although the term “naturopathy” originated in the late 19th century, the art can be traced back through Germany into Greece, to Hippocrates himself, and even beyond. There have always been people who understood that healing occurs naturally in the human body, when it is given what it truly needs: proper diet, pure water, fresh air, sunlight, exercise and rest.

What is Homeopathy?
In the mid 1800’s one out of five American physicians in urban areas practiced homeopathy. Currently 32% of French family physicians prescribe homeopathic medicines, and in a survey in the British Medical Journal indicated that 42% of British physicians refer patients to homeopathic physicians. (Cummings, S. & Ullman, D. (1997). Everybody’s guide to homeopathic medicines: Safe and effective remedies for you and your family. New York: Tarcher/Putnam.) Also from this book: “By choosing the correct, individually suited homeopathic (supplement) from the plant, mineral, animal, or chemical kingdom, you can successfully stimulate the body’s own defenses… You can complement your family’s efforts toward good health with these safe… effective, inexpensive alternatives to conventional medicine.”

Where do you practice?
LadyHawk Nutrition LLC is in Douglas, Michigan which is about 10 miles south of Holland, Michigan and 1 hour drive west of Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. We are only 2.5 hours drive from Chicago, IL and about a 3 hour drive from Detroit.

Do you do House calls?
You bet! But only in cases where the client is too ill to travel or is unable to travel for some other reason. We will have to charge for the time involved with traveling to cover gas and other expenses. We prefer to not drive further than 2 hours or 120 miles from Saugatuck, MI.

Do you do long distance consultations?
Only under very rare conditions. So much of our practice includes the need to see the client in person. We get clues to diagnosis from the color of the skin, looking at the eyes, checking the tongue and finger nails, as well as many other things that we simply can’t do without being in the same room with the client. To do a long distance consultation is simply a handicap to the ability to find the causes of the discomforts of the client.

What are “whole foods”?
Whole foods are “real” foods that haven’t been processed in a factory or store. Some quick examples are:

  • Beef roast or a steak, not bologna or hamburger.
  • Fresh mozzarella, not the powdered stuff in a can or (gasp!) anything that calls itself a “cheese product”.
  • Brown rice, never minute rice.
  • Old fashioned oatmeal, not quick oats. (Check Glycemic Index)
  • Almost nothing in a can.
  • Nothing in a bag.
  • Nothing in a box.
  • Whole chicken roasted in butter and garlic, not breaded and deep fried (Deep frying changes the food at a cellular level).
  • Butter, never oleo or margarine or any type of soft spread.
  • Freshly picked fruits and vegetables, whether they are raw or cooked.
  • Please don’t forget about beans and legumes. Many Americans have never had the pleasure of these foods except in the form of baked beans. Experiment with lentils, split peas, and 15 bean soup. Share it with good friends who’ll still like you with the gassy after effects. The more you eat the more your digestive system will remember how to handle them, and the gas and bloating will subside.

Traditionally, individuals who understood this principle have focused on helping the body establish its own condition of good health, rather than on overcoming a particular disease. Today, these individuals are known as either traditional naturopaths or naturopathic consultants.

In the views of traditional naturopathy, good health encompasses far more than the absence of disease. Instead, it is a dynamic state in which body, mind and spirit maintain an energetic equilibrium known as homeostasis. While traditional naturopaths recognize the importance of allopathic (mainstream) healthcare in specific instances, they also understand that many accepted allopathic (mainstream) treatments may not truly promote homeostasis.

In an approach that often equates symptom and disease, allopathic (mainstream) philosophy holds that disease is often caused by external agents and cured when the offending agents, which cause the symptoms, are eliminated. The traditional naturopath sees a symptom as a signal that the body’s healthy balance has been upset. According to naturopathic belief, when a symptom alone is removed, it is most likely being suppressed and may return later in a chronic form. True health can be achieved only when balance is restored.”

What if you don’t have experience with my problem or it’s too severe to help?
We have a number of contemporaries that we can refer you to for more specialized assistance, including Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Dentists, M.D.’s and Certified Massage Technicians. In many cases we actually want to work with you and your Medical Doctor to make sure that they are advised of the changes you decide to make in your life, and that your supplements won’t interact negatively with any prescription medications you might be taking.

Will making eating changes or taking supplements conflict with prescriptions my doctor has given me?
Some specific supplements do conflict (are contra-indicated) with certain prescription drugs. We have books and documents that can pinpoint supplement/prescription contraindications to prevent this from happening. This is why we ask for your full disclosure to what you are taking, and also why we would like to make sure that you are informing your M.D., D.O., or Pharmacist of your supplements and eating changes. We are also able to talk directly to your other doctor(s) about your medications if you wish.

Many eating changes can severely affect your prescription dosage. For instance, if a Type II Diabetic who has been taking insulin for many years decides to go on a new low carbohydrate diet they may have to monitor their insulin levels very closely.

Does ‘eating healthy’ cost more than how I’m eating now?
Yes and no. Since “eating healthy” is eating fresh foods and fresh foods are often more expensive than packaged foods with long shelf lives it can be more expensive. It is cheap to make foods that don’t spoil, but they have to process all “living” materials out of those foods to make them stable. If “eating healthy” to you means eating fresh cooked meals at home more often than eating out at a restaurant then it can be much cheaper. And I always suggest that when you cook at home make sure you cook enough for leftovers. Leftovers = free meals! Also, I know many people who justify the slightly higher grocery bills with saving on their medical bill. Imagine making changes in your life so that you don’t need to purchase that prescription any more. Imagine not having to go to the doctor’s office repeatedly next winter with that cold/flu/bronchitis/ear ache. Imagine only having to go to the doctor once a year for your physical and being told “your healthy, see you next year!