There are numerous healing modalities that can be categorized as natural medicine.

Eating a nutrient-rich diet and living a healthy lifestyle are two of them, as these habits help you prevent disease and stay healthy.

I admit I am biased, because my training is in naturopathic medicine, but I feel it is important to do everything you can to be in charge of your own health care, and to use natural, non-toxic holistic health care whenever possible.

Though I am a naturopathic doctor, I take advantage of what conventional medicine has to offer when it is appropriate. In an emergency, there is no place I would rather be than in a hospital with state-of-the art modern medical facilities. I have the utmost respect for conventional medicine’s diagnostic procedures, and when I recently had Lyme disease, I dutifully took my 3 week course of antibiotics.

But for general, everyday health issues, I choose to use alternative therapies.

In addition to being passionate about nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle, I personally gravitate to and have a true reverence for herbal medicine. I use botanicals frequently to support my health and that of my family.

I advise you to educate yourself about natural ways to deal with common health complaints and to seek out health care practitioners who are caring and compassionate, and who are open to the holistic approach. Integrating both conventional and alternative medicine is ideal, so you can take advantage of the best of both worlds.

Be open-minded and seek out those healing modalities that make sense to you and truly contribute to your wellness on all levels: mind, body, and spirit.

 

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    Hannah — June 21, 2011 @ 3:06 am

    I wonder why no one has commented on this post! I am in complete agreement with your advice. I avoid conventional medicine as much as I can–only when I am in too much pain and can’t stay in bed to wait it out will I then take a mild painkiller, like acetaminophen. In general, I do not like antibiotics because they kill the good bacteria too, but I can respect that they sometimes have a place. I don’t believe in fluoride or vaccinations–I know this is quite controversial–but it is something I am actually quite passionate about. When I have children I will have them at home with a midwife–medical doctors are usually too controlling and hospitals can harbor super bugs and other illnesses that I don’t want my tiny child exposed to. Much, much more, but I do not want to overflow your site!

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    Diana — June 5, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    Hi Winnie,
    I just found your blog and really love it….I am devouring your One Simple Change posts! I am a conventional medical doctor and I sincerely believe in the healing power of foods as well as all the health benefits of good nutrition. Your blog is full of amazing, helpful, well thought out advice that is always presented in a respectful, moderate manner. Not all medical doctors are “controlling” and ignorant just like not all natural health folks are as balanced as you. I have read plenty of scary stuff being promoted in the way of “holistic health”, or for the sake of pushing products and making money. We need to find some way to appreciate both fields for what they have to offer (I like the word “complementary medicine” instead of alternative medicine) and demand excellence and truthfulness from both sides. Anyways keep up the great work! I can’t wait to get your new book and recommend it to patients!:)