Parker brings health and wellness to the community

Dr. Megan Parker, N.D., will be writing a bi-weekly column for the Humboldt Journal and East Central Trader. Her topics will focus on health, lifestyle, and emerging related trends. Any inquiries pertaining to her field can be sent to the editorial department of the Humboldt Journal.

It Starts with Nature Health Clinic was established on Oct. 22, 2013 by me, Naturopathic Doctor Megan Parker. I graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in May of 2013. Before moving to Toronto to begin studies at CCNM, I graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology in 2009. I am currently a member in good standing with the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) and the Saskatchewan Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (SANP).

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Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that combines modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The Naturopathic Doctor aims to stimulate the healing power of the body and to treat the underlying cause of disease.

Symptoms are seen as warning signals of improper body function and unfavourable lifestyle habits. Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes disease as an imbalance rather than as an entity. For this reason, treatments are tailored to meet the needs of the individual rather than based on their medical diagnosis. All factors contributing to a person’s health are considered including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, environmental and lifestyle.

In Saskatchewan, Naturopathic Doctors work in partnership with other regulated health care professionals to ensure patients get the most comprehensive and effective care possible.

Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are required to complete a university degree prior to four years of post-graduate training at an accredited naturopathic medical school. Graduates of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine complete over 3,000 classroom hours and gain over 1,200 hours of clinical experience while enrolled. This includes extensive training in both medical sciences and naturopathic modalities. Naturopathic Doctors must complete international and provincial examinations prior to receiving licensure. In addition, continuing education must be maintained throughout their career.

I have received training in a variety of treatment modalities including: clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, lifestyle counselling, homeopathic medicine, Bowen therapy, naturopathic manipulation, hydrotherapy techniques, Reiki, exercise therapy, and mesotherapy.

Virtually all acute and chronic conditions may benefit from treatment by a Naturopathic Doctor. The following are examples of common concerns treated: digestive concerns, skin conditions, menopause, menstrual irregularities, arthritis & Chronic Pain, fatigue & stress, anxiety/depression, high blood pressure/cholesterol, asthma, allergies, autoimmune Conditions. People of all ages and in all stages of life can benefit from Naturopathic care!

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