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"N" is for Naturopathic Medicine; "N" is for Nutrition
Does nutrition have anything in common with naturopathic medicine?
When I posed this question to Dr. Ben Connolly, ND, this nutrition nut (me, not him), was thrilled to hear: "... nutritional counselling is my first consideration when I see my patients." That nutrition includes dietary changes and supplements - with his plan for the latter as initial building and restoring, and some for maintenance - with the goal as food being the primary source of healthy nutrition.
My appointment with Ben had been due to pain and swelling in my left hand, specifically at the base of my thumb (something happened while hiking and grasping a walking pole?!). He introduced me to acupuncture treatment, demonstrated appropriate stretches, and prescribed vitamin E, and fish oil, rich in omega-3 fats. There might have been more recommendations but this is all I remember from that visit two years ago. Since then, I've completed my nutrition studies and am grateful for the opportunity to do nutrtional consulting with some of his patients.
For the record, since then the thumb is functioning much better. And I've learned more about Ben's naturopathic medicine philosophy.
"To promote innate healing of the body through safe and effective natural treatments."
Besides clinical nutrition, some of these treatments include:
- hydrotherapy - using the properties of water (temperature and pressure) - to help alleviate symptoms of disease and to improve circulation. My own experience/experimenting has been fluctuating the hot and cold temperatures while in the shower - an awakening! This is to improve circulation and to help flush toxins. For hardy souls - Ben's advice: take this on gradually, but is oh so reviving!
From childhood, Ben had been interested in medicine and started his training with a Bachelor of Science degree at Saint Mary's University in Halifax. His job in a hospital lab, specifically related to transplant patients, was interesting work but other "aspects" of the job enforced his decision not to follow through on his original plan for mainstream medicine.
Four years later, he obtained his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto.
Ben's purpose as stated on his business card.
"To improve quality of life for patients by addressing the fundamental causes of disease, by healing the whole person through individualized treatment and by promoting the principles of healthy living and preventive medicine."
Knowing Ben's postive and professional attitude, expertise in his field, and friendly manner I can recommend that he will follow through on his purpose.
Beet, Swiss Chard, and Walnut Salad
The last few blogs have been on a bit of a salad roll - I think it's the hope and vibrancy of spring (as I finish this on a snowy Easter Sunday!!). But before I switch gears I have to leave a link for one more: this salad from FatFree Vegan Kitchen is worth eating just for the dressing!