Updated: Sep 22
What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic Doctors (ND's) are healthcare providers who use natural therapies to support and stimulate the bodies own healing ability. ND's in Canada attend a naturopathic medical college, where they study much of the same foundational coursework as traditional medical doctors. They also take a professional board exam to become licensed, and are considered primary care.
Unsure about how a Naturopathic Doctor can help their patients?
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.
Dr. Lydia Thurton, Naturopathic Doctor at LiveWell Health and Wellness has over 10 years of clinical experience. Her specialization targets optimizing wellness through all stages of life.
In a recent interview Dr. Lydia commented that "One of the challenges naturopathic medicine faces is in answering the question of when to see an ND and when to see an MD - when the truth is that these professionals work together."
When asked about why she thinks some people do seek out Naturopathic care, Dr. Lydia commented that; "Some of us were raised with natural medicines in our homes. It feels like a more natural fit as the first place to turn when our body needs healing.: In her practice, Dr. Lydia has helped her patients with health and wellness challenges such as;
Obtaining Advanced testing
In Ontario, testing is limited by OHIP coverage. In-depth hormone testing, and digestive testing are more readily available in the U.S. Dr. Lydia has access to world class testing to help you get to the bottom of hormone and digestive problems. Dr. Lydia works directly with MDs and other professionals to ensure that patients get their best care. She strongly believes that you should never have to choose just one or the other.
Sustainable weight loss
Through a signature and customized program, Dr. Lydia has developed a holistic approach to sustainable weight loss. Through this comprehensive care approach, Dr. Lydia works with patients to identify and optimize both hormonal and nutritional knowledge and health, resulting in sustainable life changes. Natural medicine and nutrition have profound impacts on gut health and metabolic wellness. This program is the place to start if you are experiencing heartburn, bloating, diarrhea/constipation, and they are are impacting your quality of life.
Hormone Issues & Irritable Bowl Syndrome
When experiencing menstrual pain, heavy bleeding, and symptoms of menopause - many women want to take a natural approach to their hormone health. Treating menstrual issues is a cornerstone of Dr. Lydia's practice. Dr. Lydia commented that "so many women suffer month after month, when there are solutions to help". She also commented "I have a special interest in the health of Black women because they tend to have some of the most severe symptoms."
Dr. Lydia has worked with communities of patients, educating, and empowering these communities to understand that stress and mental health can tax our physical bodies. Naturopathic and Medical Doctors work as complimentary experts to plan and achieve the best outcomes for their patients. Dr. Lydia works with you to look for patterns in the whole body system, rather than treating a single symptom - she gets to the root cause.
Book a free introductory discussion with Dr. Lydia today.