Frequently Asked Questions
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Q. What is Herbology?
Herbology is the study and proper application of herbs(roots, bark, leaves, flowers, blossoms, buds of plants). Since the dawn of creation, plants have been the primary source of medicine for the human race. Even today, the reader may be interested to note that still an incredible eighty per cent of the earth’s population uses plant-based medicine as their main source of treatment for sickness and disease. Herbs are a gift from the Creator for our benefit and the wise and judicious use of these precious healing plants can produce remarkable healing outcomes in all manner of illness. Herbs are intelligent and often have an affinity for a particular area of the body, while others are “activators” or “potentiators”(e.g. capsicum which delivers other herbs to their destination more swiftly and efficiently), while still others are “adaptogens”(eg.ginseng which “adapts” itself to the other herb or herbs it is combined with and joins with those herbs to make the combination more effective and therapeutic).
Q. What is involved in Nutritional Consulting
Ultimately, the cells in our bodies are built from the raw materials we eat. The more suitable our food choices are to our specific requirements, the better cell structures we can build.
Since every person is bio-chemically unique, individual nutritional imbalances and weaknesses must be assessed.
A Nutritionist will introduce new dietary habits, incorporating the latest nutritional breakthroughs, but it may be difficult to achieve optimal health through food alone. In such cases, Nutritionist’s are trained to design personalized dietary supplement programs.
Environmental pollution, chemical and metal toxicity, parasites, yeast, bacterial and viral overload, hormone disruptors and imbalance are just some of the factors that must be considered in constructing a nutritional program.
Q. What is Orthomolecular Medicine?
Orthomolecular Medicine is defined as the practice of preventing and treating disease by providing the body with optimal amounts of substances which are natural to the body. The term “orthomolecular”(‘ortho’ in Greek means ‘right’ molecule)was first used by Linus Pauling in a paper he wrote in the journal Science in 1968. The key idea in orthomolecular medicine is that genetic factors affect not only the physical characteristics of individuals, but also to their biochemical milieu. Biochemical pathways of the body have significant genetic variability and diseases such as atherosclerosis, cancer, schizophrenia or depression are associated with specific biochemical abnormalities which are causal or contributing factors of the illness. David Sloan primarily uses this as an important approach to address issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression and cancer.
Q. What does Clinical Nutrition mean?
Clinical Nutrition is a very exciting branch of nutritional therapy where nutrients such as vitamins and minerals(either singly or in combination), concentrated food substances, antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, and glandular substances are used to treat and to also help prevent a wide variety of ailments. The particular benefits of Clinical Nutrition(sometimes referred to as Applied Nutrition)is that it can offer an alternative to drug therapy which is often just as effective but eliminates the risks of side-effects that are associated with pharmaceuticals. Clinical Nutrition is also working on the nutritional level of body function, thereby often alleviating the cause of the disease by correcting the underlying nutrient deficiency.
Q. What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathic remedies(also called homeopathics) are a system of medicine based on three principles:
1.Like Cures Like – For example, if the symptoms of your cold are similar to poisoning by mercury, then mercury would be your homeopathic remedy.
2.Minimal Dose – The remedy is taken in an extremely dilute form; normally one part of the remedy to around 10, 100, 1000, 1,000,000 or more parts of water.
3. The Single Remedy – No matter how many symptoms are experienced, only one remedy is taken, and that remedy will be aimed at all those symptoms. This is referred to as Classical Homeopathy. Many modern Homeopathic Practitioners will also use what is called Complex Homeopathy which combines several or more single homeopathic remedies in order to achieve a more timely outcome. However, this approach isn’t necessarily better than finding the Similimum or single remedy that the Classical Homeopath seeks, so David uses a blend of both forms in his practise.
Similar principals forms the basis of conventional allergy treatment, where the allergic substance is given in a small dose, and in vaccines where an impotent form of the virus is given to bolster the immune system against that particular virus.
Homeopathy is the second most widely used system of medicine in the world. Its growth in popularity in the United States has been around 25 to 50 percent a year throughout the last decade.
Why is homeopathy so successful? Here are some of the many reasons:
• Homeopathy is extremely effective, often with rapid, complete and permanent results.
• Homeopathy is natural and completely safe. Even infants and pregnant mothers can safely use Homeopathy without the danger of side effects.
• Homeopathy works in harmony with your immune system, unlike some conventional medicines which suppress the immune system. (For example, cough medicines suppress the cough reflex, which is your body’s attempt to clear the lungs).
• Homeopathic remedies do not have harmful short-term or long-term side-effects and they are not addictive.
• Homeopathic medicine is very reasonable as far as cost is concerned compared to drug medication.
The only catch to Homeopathy is that because the remedy must exactly match the symptoms and the sheer number of Homeopathic remedies for a particular health complaint is mind-boggling, one is best served by seeking the services of a skilled, experienced Homeopath to achieve excellent results. David Sloan has studied homeopathy for many years and enjoys seeing the amazing benefits these remedies provide for his patients.