Dr. Doug Miller ND
2801 35 St., Vernon, BC (250) 558-7733
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.
examines the relationship
between diet and health. Special diets may
be recommended, and
treatment may include
nutritional supplements such as vitamins,
enzymes, and other nutraceuticals.
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
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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 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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