2015 Interview Series: Naturopathic Medicine with Antonia

“Nature itself is the best physician”

– Hippocrates

Welcome to our second, bi-monthly interview series for 2015! As some of you may know, one of my New Year’s goals for 2015 is to help connect & showcase those within the Holistic Health & Fitness industry while simultaneously providing you guys with some awesome tools to improve your own health! So for March I interviewed naturopathic student Antonia Repper. I recently met Antonia when we traveled to Mumbai, India together to study at the integrated health & homeopathic clinic, The Other Song. Antonia is currently enrolled in her third year at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine & will begin interning as a student practitioner this coming May! ENJOY!

1. What is naturopathy… & because I get this question SO often myself, what’s the difference between naturopathy & homeopathy?

Naturopathy is a holistic form of medicine that encompasses physical, mental, emotional and environmental factors of disease. It is individualistic medicine that looks to treat the root cause of disease. The scope of practice uses a variety of methods to treat including homeopathy, botanical medicine, nutrition, acupuncture, hydrotherapy and so on. The practice of naturopathic medicine has a very large toolbox to choose from, but it is very hard work and in order to appreciate its full potential the patient has to be willing to work for it. Homeopathy on the other hand, uses only one of our many tools and that’s homeopathic medicine, but homeopathy is a vast tool in itself that requires much focus and use of its specialty qualities.

Side Note: Naturopaths are like the “GP’s” of the holistic health community with training in homeopathy, nutrition, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) etc. You can therefore view homeopaths, holistic nutritionists, TCM practitioners as the “specialists” in their respective fields – Brit. You must also always continue to see your regular healthcare provider.

2. Who can benefit from visiting a naturopath?

Everyone can benefit from naturopathic medicine, the youth, the elderly, the rich, the poor, the sick, and the healthy. It’s about assessing your life and making the changes you need to improve your quality of living.

3. Visiting a naturopath can be expensive, so what would be 3 easy health tips that people could incorporate into their everyday lives?

It can be expensive but we can find ways of making it cheaper without compromising the quality of care.  The best health tips I can offer is exercise 30-40min 4-7x per week, eating a healthy balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, free of saturated fats and refined sugars and 1.5L-2L of water daily. You’d be surprised about how good you will feel.

4. What role do you see holistic medicine playing in the future of our healthcare?

I see collaboration with today’s medicine. I think holistic care is necessary in the future of our healthcare. We should be working together for the people. How great would it be to have a group of medical professionals working side by side, using a patient centered approach to medicine? There is so much money to be saved. More healthy people, better quality of life, less money spent on drugs, less time spent in hospitals. Holistic medicine is the future.

Thanks Antonia!

Brit

PS. For January’s interview with Yogi & Health Blogger Whitney Slightham, click here!

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