Dr. Doug Miller ND
Better Health - Naturally

2801 35 St., Vernon, BC    (250) 558-7733

Helping you achieve

your health goals....

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Therapies and Treatments

 

We use a number of different therapies in the clinic.  With most every patient we make recommendations regarding the cornerstones of health and healing: nutrition (supplements and diet), movement and exercise, breathing, lifestyle including stress management, positive mental attitude, water, air, rest, and sleep.  You can begin implementing positive changes in these areas even before you come for your initial assessment.  For tips see Basic Treatment Guidelines, and Making A New Start, in the Resources section.  We aspire to be true to the underlying philosophy of naturopathic medicine which includes the principles of: Do No Harm, The Healing Power of Nature, Treating the True Cause, Prevention, and Doctor as Teacher.

 

Beyond the basics we implement various specific therapies to help restore you to a state of vitality, balance and health.

 

Clinical Nutrition


Clinical nutrition examines the relationship

between diet and health.  Special diets may

be recommended, and treatment may include

nutritional supplements such as vitamins,

minerals, enzymes, and other nutraceuticals. 

“You are what you eat.”

 

Botanical (Herbal) Medicine


The use of plants for healing dates back to the

dawn of humanity and is the foundation of

modern pharmacology.  Plant substances from

around the world are used for their healing effects and nutritional value.  Herbs are so wonderful to work with. Because they are living things they embody a fuller spectrum of healing energy than an individual chemical nutrient.  Also each plant is like an amazing factory producing an array of components that can work synergistically to help us in our healing process.

 

Homeopathic Medicine


Based on the principle of “like cures like” homeopathic medicine was developed in the 1700s, by Samuel Hahnemann, a medical doctor frustrated with the toxic drugs employed by the medicine of the day (not that unlike the frustration some of us experience with some modern day pharmaceuticals). Energetically active dilutions of natural substances are used to stimulate the body’s self-healing abilities.  The correct remedy resonates with the body’s imbalance and can work dramatically to restore normal function. 

 

NAET

 

NAET is an amazing method for assessing and treating allergies, sensitivities and emotional issues.  Using acupressure combined with other Traditional Chinese medicine principles, allergies can be eliminated, or dramatically diminished relatively easily. NAET is completely safe, natural, and  non-invasive. For further info see NAET.

 

Injection Therapies


Injecting vitamins, minerals, and homeopathics into the muscles or intravenously can be extremely helpful for a number of health concerns.  Often absorption and assimilation in the digestive tract is compromised; by injecting nutrients we get a dramatic therapeutic benefit.   Conditions most commonly helped are fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia (I have seen complete relief of pain with Myers Injections), local muscle pain and spasm, injuries, chronic viral conditions, poor immune function, certain types of cancer, and nutritional deficiency conditions such as Crohn’s disease and colitis.  

 

Clearing Mental Emotional Blocks 

 

Dysfunctional and unhelpful core beliefs (or mental programs) often present since childhood,          such as “I don’t deserve to be healthy,” or “I am not worthy of love, health or happiness,” or “I’m a bad person,” are major blocks to healing.  All the great nutrition in the world won’t restore health if you are blocked by a negative core belief.  We use a variety of cutting edge techniques to delete negative programming and download the positive, hence clearing the way so that you can begin to experience the health you deserve. We find a combination of in-office treatments and self-applied techniques that you can practice at home is most helpful.  These include NAET, EFT (emotional freedom technique), visualization, meditation, prayer, and affirmation.

 

Detoxification and Cleansing


The world we are living in is a toxic chemical soup.  Most of these chemicals have been introduced into the environment in the last 50 -80 years.  Our immune systems and detoxification systems have not yet adapted to deal with this onslaught of toxins.  Many are carcinogenic, hence the high rates of cancer in our world.  Many toxins also contribute to a myriad of other chronic health problems.  There are various methods of detoxification that can be used preventatively and more specifically to treat chronic health problems. These include: homeopathic drainage, gemmotherapies for drainage, saunas, colon cleansing, liver cleansing, therapeutic juice and water fasting, and chelation.  Some of these techniques are very low tech, and some quite high tech.  A combination of cleansing and detoxification can help set your body back on the road to self-healing.

 

Chelation


Chelation is a specific type of detoxification program wherein certain substances are administered either orally or intravenously to “chelate” (remove) heavy metal toxins such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and arsenic.  Unfortunately, heavy metal contamination is extremely prevalent.  Anyone we have tested has shown some degree of toxicity for at least a few metals.  Heavy metals disrupt at a cellular level and can poison the nervous system (peripheral and central ie. brain), immune system, digestive tract, and the cardiovascular system.  Also, the presence of heavy metals inhibits the body’s ability to detoxify other chemicals, hence, heavy metals intensify the effects of all other toxins. Probably, everyone would benefit from properly administered chelation therapy.  One study done in Europe showed a dramatic decrease in the rate of cancer in those patients who had received chelation treaments many years earlier.

Prior to starting chelation, the first step is to assess the body’s burden of heavy metals.  We do this with a relatively simple provoked urine test.  The results of this test give us a good idea of what metals you are contaminated with.

 

 

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