FAQs

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What are the advantages of Naturopathic Care

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Health promotion

The focus of naturopathic medicine is health promotion and the understanding that the body has an innate ability to heal itself. By identifying and removing obstacles to cure, the body is able to heal and move toward optimal health. The goal of naturopathic practice is to treat underlying disorders and to restore normal body function by enhancing the body’s own healing abilities.

Disease prevention

Disease prevention and preventing the progression of disease are principles inherent to naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic doctors work with patients to identify the root causes of disease and to address all the factors that are affecting a patient’s health.

Conditions and illnesses treated

Naturopathic doctors are primary health care practitioners. They are trained to treat virtually all health concerns from acute to chronic, pediatric to geriatric and physical to psychological. Naturopathic doctors work with three main groups of people:

  • patients that are looking for disease prevention and health promotion
  • patients with a range of health concerns and no clear diagnosis
  • patients with chronic and severe illnesses

Individualized treatment

Naturopathic treatments are highly individualized. Each patient has a unique story, history, genetics, dietary habits, lifestyle and associated health concerns. A naturopathic doctor will work to determine the underlying cause(s) and create an individualized treatment plan to stimulate a person’s innate healing ability. Patients are also involved in their health program and learn to make effective, educated, self-care decisions that can prevent future health problems.

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How does naturopathic medicine compare to conventional medicine?

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Both are doctors, both provide primary care and both are similarly trained. The primary differences between naturopathic and conventional medicine are the philosophical approach and the therapies used. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) treat patients as individuals by addressing the physical, environmental, lifestyle, attitudinal, and emotional aspects of health. This allows naturopathic doctors to find and treat the cause of the disease using a variety of therapies. Conventional doctors generally address and treat the symptoms of disease and use pharmaceutical therapies or surgery.

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What should I expect during the initial consult?

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Your first visit will be approximately one hour in length and you will be asked about your current health concerns.  Your naturopath will review your personal and family history and help you set specific goals for your treatment.  You may be required to obtain bloodwork or other lab assessments to evaluate your baseline health status.  A urinalysis and complaint oriented physical exam will also be a part of your initial assessment.  Very rarely is much treatment prescribed on during the initial visit as it is mostly investigative.  During your next visit, you will be provided with a complete treatment plan.  All treatments are individualized and require a thorough evaluation to develop the best healing plan for you.

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What should I bring to my initial consult?

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*Your completed intake form

*Previous bloodwork and any pertinent health reports from previous or current practitioners

Click Here to download a copy of the HEALTH HISTORY INTAKE FORM.PDF

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Is my consult covered by OHIP or my extended benefit plan?

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Naturopathic doctors are not covered by O.H.I.P. However, most extended health insurance plans in both Canada cover naturopathic treatments. Insured patients are encouraged to contact their employer or individual insurance brokers to determine if they are covered and/or to request that their policy be extended to include naturopathic services if it does not already do so. Since naturopathic doctors use alternatives to costly techniques and drug therapies, more insurance companies are expanding coverage of this cost-effective treatment method. Naturopathic medicine is currently not covered by any of the provincial health plans.

For your convenience, Dr. Meera accepts Visa, MasterCard, debit or Cash. She will also provide you with a receipt that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

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Why IV instead of the conventional pill popping?

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Intravenous (IV) therapy is the direct delivery of specific vitamins and minerals, through a vein, directly to the bloodstream. A single treatment can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the size and contents of the bag. Aside from the initial prick, the treatment is virtually painless and offers a number of benefits when compared with oral administration of supplements:

  • Speed of delivery
    A simple IV treatment is injected into the vein. This is much quicker than spreading a number of supplements throughout the course of an entire day.
  • Absorption
    Because vitamins and minerals are in their original form and not encapsulated, they have the ability to bypass the organs of digestion and enter the circulation to be delivered directly to the tissues and cells where they are most needed. This ability to bypass the digestive system is especially helpful in bringing adequate nutrition to those that suffer from ailments where digestive function is compromised (eg: Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s, Celiac).
  • Concentration
    As the digestive system is bypassed through this method of delivery, much higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals are able to be successfully delivered without causing the unpleasant side effects that equally high oral doses would cause. A perfect example is the induction of diarrhea with high dose vitamin C. This makes IV therapy ideal for those with acute infections, offering an immediate boost to the immune system.
  • Individualized therapy
    IV protocols are formulated to suit the individual needs of patients. Unlike pre-packaged pills, the formula can be altered so that patients can be treated according to individual varying conditions.

If you suffer from allergies, fatigue, depression, migraine headaches, asthma, fibromyalgia, or various other conditions and are interested in receiving IV therapy, an initial assessment is required to ensure that you are a good candidate.

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What health concerns does Dr. Meera treat?

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Pain management (injuries, post-operative, arthritis)

Chronic Degenerative Diseases (cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Parkinsons, Alzheimers, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis)

Digestive Concerns (acid reflux, indigestion, bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, Celiac, gallstones, H.Pylori)

Immunological Concerns (colds, flus, sinusitis, ear infections, food and environmental allergies, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, chronic fatigue, urinary tract infections, autoimmune conditions)

Skin Conditions (acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, dry skin)

Circulatory and Cardiovascular Concerns (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, varicose veins, migraines)

Metabolic and Hormonal Concerns  (menstrual irregularities, thyroid disorders, diabetes, low blood sugar, adrenal fatigue, weight gain or loss, chronic fatigue, changes in libido)

Male and Female Health (menstrual irregularities, PMS, uterine fibroids, cervical dysplasia, pre and post natal care, menopause, change in libido, prostatitis, erectile dysfunction)