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Food Fuels or Fools – How I Approach your Health as a Naturopathic Doctor

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When I tell people that I’m a Naturopathic Doctor I tend to get a variety of interesting reactions.  Overall, people are often quite excited! If they’ve previously seen a Naturopathic Doctor it’s not unusual for them to share with me how they have experienced a positive transformation in their health.  However, those who are unfamiliar with naturopathic medicine will often respond with confusion, wondering what is it exactly that I do?  What is naturopathic medicine really all about?

As a Naturopathic Doctor, I’m medically trained yet naturally focused.  My goal is always to identify and treat the underlying cause of your symptoms so that you begin to feel better quickly!  By identifying and removing the cause of your symptoms not only do your chronic health concerns improve but you’re also likely to experience a pronounced improvement in your energy and vitality!  Health is so much more than the absence of disease. 

In this short video of a presentation that I did with the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, I briefly outline how I approach your healthcare as a Naturopathic Doctor.   I also share the experience of one of my patients, Angela, who completely transformed her health simply and rapidly through my help in identifying her food sensitivities.  You can do the same!  I would love to help you on your health journey in person or online!

Please share your comments and questions with me at the bottom of this page!  I’d love to hear from you!

Imagine it’s 2pm in the afternoon…on a workday.

How are you feeling?
Are you energized and excited about your work?  Or are you feeling tired and exhausted, clutching onto that last cup of coffee (or so you tell yourself) just counting the hours until you can go home?
Well you don’t need to feel that way! As a naturopathic doctor I help you to get your energy back and to feel fabulous!
Fatigue is so common, but it truly holds us back from living a happy and fulfilling life.  We need energy to do the things that we love!
One of my patients Angela discovered this first hand after struggling with fatigue and depression over the past few years.  As a professional woman she was pouring all of her reserves into her job and was out of gas by the time she got home to spend time with her family.  On top of this she was also experiencing troubling digestive symptoms yet despite medical testing she had not come up with any answers.
Without direction Angela felt alone and started feeling hopeless.  How could she take action to improve her health when she didn’t even know what was wrong?
Some of you here may resonate with Angela and it was through that experience that she came to see me in search of answers
As a naturopathic doctor I find that there are typically one or two underlying causes that unite all of your seemingly unrelated symptoms.  When I identify and treat those causes, we can achieve long lasting and rapid transformations in your health!
As a society we’ve become so accustomed to treating our symptoms; taking antacids, sleeping aids and painkillers to suppress our symptoms instead of truly identifying what’s at the root cause.  This is like mopping up water from a leak without actually addressing the leak itself.  We wouldn’t do that…right?
When you see me in my practice I’m going to be assessing various aspects of your health in order to identify the underlying cause of your own symptoms and one of the main areas that I’ll be looking at is your diet.  Now you don’t need to worry, I’m not only looking at your cupcake to cauliflower ratio…which might have some of you a little bit nervous!  In fact what I’m trying to assess is whether there are one or two foods or food groups that are leading to your symptoms.  These types of reactions are called food sensitivities and they are very different from food allergies, which you may be more familiar with.  As an example, think of a peanut allergy.  With food allergies the symptoms that people experience are severe and they experience them immediately after they’ve eaten that food.  This makes identifying the food as the cause of the symptoms very simple.
Food sensitivities are different and people often don’t experience the symptoms of food sensitivities until up to 72 hours after they’ve eaten that food. Due to this delay in the reaction and the nature of the symptoms that are experienced, most people have no idea that food may be at the underlying cause of their symptoms.
Symptoms that can be caused by food sensitivities include chronic things that you may be experiencing on an every day basis.  These symptoms include things like fatigue, digestive upset, bloating or IBS, skin concerns like acne or eczema, anxiety, depression, joint pain, headaches and a number of other things that you might not expect.  
With Angela, I identified that she had a food sensitivity to dairy and to wheat.  Within only two weeks of avoiding these foods she had a dramatic transformation in her mood and her energy levels as well as a complete resolution of her digestive problems.  Her transformation was quite amazing!
Now, do you know whether the foods in your diet are fuelling or fooling your body?  You do not need piles of medications, or supplements for that matter, in order to transform your health!  What you do need to do is to identify and address the underlying cause of your symptoms, and identifying your food sensitivities is a very important place to start.  Imagine only two weeks from now feeling like a new, revitalized and energetic you!  


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Dr. Kimberley O'Brien

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Dr. Kimberley O'Brien is a Naturopathic Doctor with a medical practice in Nelson, BC. She is the founder of Healthy Life Redesign and creator of the Elimination Diet Meal Plan online program. Her mission is to help you own your health and live a life you love!

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