Lisa Samet focuses on optimizing nutrition and lifestyle choices to help her patients achieve better health. Identifiying foods which may be causing distress and be an obstacle to healing is an important beginning. Thoroughly trained in all aspects of nutrition, diet, fasting and detoxification in her naturopathic studies, she is knowledgeable and experienced in guiding you to improve your health and sense of well-being.
"I have been working with Lisa as my go to medical advisor for almost two years now. She helps my whole family get throught allergies, infections, injuries, and even mood imbalances. This is a service I value and believe in. Making the decision for my family to follow homeopathic medicine with Lisa has been one of the most rewarding decisions in my life. This creates a lifestyle for us that allows us to reach our physical, mental and emotional potential. We do not get sick when others catch the seasonal bugs so we are able to spend our time healthier and happier. I enjoy seeing the wonders of this form of medicine with every passing ailment. I am learning more and more how to use it on my own, which brings me a proud sense of empowerment. I would, and often do, recommend Lisa'a services to everyone seeking better health."
– K.M., 32 y.o., Montreal
Naturopathic Medicine is a unique and comprehensive approach to improving health and addressing illness. Focusing on prevention and using natural approaches, N.D.’s support and stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself. The primary goal of the naturopathic approach is to address the cause of illness, rather than simply treat or suppress symptoms. The patient is seen as a whole person and the N.D. takes the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions into account when making an assessment and developing strategies for recovery of health.
The principles of naturopathic medicine provide the foundation for its practice. They are:
- First Do No Harm:
The naturopathic doctor uses remedies that are non-toxic and naturally based which minimize the risk of harmful side effects. Since iatrogenic disease (medically induced disease from prescription drug interactions or medical error) is the fourth cause of death in North America, this point becomes particularly meaningful.
- Address the Whole Person:
Naturopathic doctors do not address only the part of the person that is ill, but the whole being, taking into account all factors to improve the patient’s health.
- Identify and Address the Causes of Disease:
The naturopathic doctor seeks to identify and address the underlying causes of illness, rather than merely palliate or suppress symptoms.
- The Healing Power of Nature:
Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in the person. Naturopathic doctors act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.
- Doctor as Teacher:
Naturopathic doctors educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.
Naturopathic doctors emphasize prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease and recommending appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.
The goal of N.D.'s is to understand the patient and all the factors which impact on his or her health. The N.D. will take an in-depth patient history. A personal health plan will then be proposed to help facilitate the healing process. We address the person, not diseases!
Virtually all chronic and most acute conditions may benefit from naturopathic care. Adults and children of all ages can be helped. Research has shown that sub-optional diet and lifestyle plus stress may contribute to the following deseases:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Allergies and environmental illness
- Arthritis, Fibromyalgia
- Depression and Anxiety Disorders
- Digestive problems including Crohn’s, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis
- Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, Warts
- Cystitis, Prostatitis, Impotence
- Back Pain
- Developmental disorders in children
- Colds and Flu
- Ear, throat and sinus infections
- Intestinal Upsets
- Menopausal problems
- PMS, Menstrual disorders
- Complaints of pregnancy
- Endometriosis, Uterine fibroids
The training of an N.D. is very thorough. There are seven accredited schools in North America which offer doctorate degrees in naturopathic medicine. N.D.’s must have a minimum of three years of premedical studies at university, followed by four years at one of the recognized colleges of Naturopathic Medicine. The education encompasses basic medical sciences, naturopathic principles and therapeutics equaling on average 4500 hours of study, plus an additional 1500 hours of supervised clinical experience.
In licensed provinces and states across North America, graduates must also pass rigorous standardized exams to qualify for practice. In Canada, N.D.s are regulated in BC, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and pending in Nova Scotia. There are about fifteen N.D.’s who graduated from accredited schools practicing in Quebec and our association is working hard to obtain licensing here. Licensing is important because it defines who a has gratuated from a College of naturopathic medicine which illustrates the types of training required to merit the title and also the scope of practice we are entitled to. Currently in the province of Quebec as a result of the lack of legislation, any practitioner is allowed to call themselves by any title, with no supervisory board differentiating those who have a four-year naturopathic medical training from those that have completed a weekend course in naturopathy. This is unfortunate for the patient who may not be savvy enough to ask these pertinent questions.
The safety record for naturopathic medicine is excellent. This makes sense given the emphasis on non-toxic, natural source medicines and gentle, non-invasive treatments. Side effects are rare and N.D.’s are knowledgeable about contraindications between naturopathic remedies and conventional medicines. Notably, less than 1% of N.D.’s have been sued for malpractice versus about 20% of MD’s. N.D.’s are trained to recognize conditions outside their scope of practice and refer to other health professionals when appropriate.
Naturopathic doctors services are frequently covered by private health insurance. This is smart business for insurance companies as studies have shown that long term medical care costs are lower in patients who use preventative and alternative medicines versus conventional medicine.