Greetings, All! Yesterday on my VoiceAmerica radio show Generation Regeneration, we spoke with Doctor of Naturopathy Jason Barker. If you missed it, you can catch it at your convenience On Demand here.
It was a fun and informative conversation. Dr. Barker described his field for those who are not familiar with it, and went into detail about the 4-year post-graduate degree he earned. He also drew a big distinction about the way he provides health care to his patients as compared to a conventional M.D. When you visit a naturopath for the first time, you will need to fill out a detailed intake form which describes your lifestyle, diet, previous health conditions, etc., so they can really get to know you. And then each time you visit the naturopath, they may spend upwards of 1 hour talking to you, doing a physical exam, and possibly doing further laboratory testing. The big point is that the naturopath will spend the time required to understand the root cause of your ailment and then will prescribe treatments which work with your body so it can heal itself. The experience will be very different from that of an appointment with a conventional M.D., where you may wait for 1 hour in the waiting room and then spend about 10 minutes with the doctor, the end result being a script for a pharmaceutical that likely just treats the symptoms of your ailment and not the root cause. Dr. Barker gave the example of treating someone who has a recurring cold during the winter. His approach would be to figure out why that patient’s immune system is allowing so many colds to fester, and treat that root cause instead of just the symptoms of the cold.
We then discussed why Type 2 diabetes is becoming so prevalent, even in kids, and how it is possible for those with Type 2 diabetes to be weaned off of insulin with proper diet and lifestyle changes. I found that part of the conversation empowering! We also covered the topics of supplements and vaccinations, which I found super informative.
I hope you will take the time to check out the show because Dr. Barker provided a wealth of useful information and showed us Why Naturopaths Rock! I’d love to get your feedback on Twitter @SandraGMalhotra #WeAreGenR. Namaste!