Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is philosophically different from conventional medicine.

Conventional (allopathic) medicine excels at emergency medicine and symptom management. The strength of naturopathic medicine is its focus on identifying the underlying cause of the condition and helping the patient to change those conditions. Whereas conventional medicine relies heavily on pharmaceutical drugs, naturopathic medicine relies primarily on diet, lifestyle, and natural products (e.g. vitamins, herbs) as treatment interventions. Naturopathic medicine has much to offer patients with conditions for which conventional medicine has been unable to offer much relief- chronic diseases, cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune conditions, and toxic exposures. By evaluating the roles of genetics, environment, and lifestyle, we are able to individualize the care we provide for each patient.

Naturopathic Doctors

Naturopathic doctors (N.D.s) are licensed primary care providers in the state of Washington and are covered by many insurance plans. The role of doctor [L. docere, teacher] is taken literally and, thus, a large part of our medicine revolves around education. Our goal is to teach the patient what is happening in their body, why it is happening, and what they can do about it.

Patients who see a naturopathic doctor usually do so for a number of reasons. Some seek preventative counseling, others have an aversion to pharmaceutical drugs, and others come because conventional medicine has been inadequate in their treatment.

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Seattle Integrative Medicine
The independent practices of Drs. Marco Vespignani, Laurie Mischley, Melissa McCarty, Christian Dodge, Belle Minshall and Samantha Evans.

Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

First Do No Harm.
Preventive Medicine.
Find the Cause.
Treat the Whole Person.
The Healing Power of Nature.

Did You Know?

72 million Americans a year consult 'alternative' providers.

Eisenberg DM, et al. Trends in alternative medicine use in the United States, 1990-1997: results of a follow-up national survey. JAMA 1998; 280(18). Trends in use of complementary and alternative medicine by US adults: 1997-2002. Tindle HA, Davis RB, Phillips RS, Eisenberg DM Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine [2005, 11(1):42-49]

Did You Know?

Properly prescribed pharmaceutical drugs are the 4th-6th leading cause of death in America.

Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR) kill more people each year than pneumonia, diabetes, Alzheimer's, suicide, homicide, septicemia, kidney disease, or liver disease.

Lazarou J, et al. Incidence of Adverse Drug Reactions in Hospitalized Patients.

Did You Know?

A recent study found that Seattle children who consume non-organic produce have 9-times the amount of pesticides in their urine compared to children eating primarily organic produce.

Those eating non-organic fruits, vegetables, and juice had pesticide exposure levels exceeding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's current guidelines.

Curl CL, et al. Organophosphorus Pesticide Exposure of Urban and Suburban Preschool Children with Organic and Conventional Diets.