involves the use of nutrients to support health and treat disease. Naturopathic doctors receive extensive training in nutritional science. During initial appointments, assessment will be made to look for: signs of nutrient deficiencies in patients (which can be subtle), nutrients that may be depleted by medications, nutrients that are needed in larger amounts during specific circumstances (ex. during pregnancy, puberty, post-injury, etc.), and nutrients to optimize health. The dose, brand, and duration of use are also important factors that Naturopathic Doctors consider.
Whenever possible, Michelle prefers to use food sources to achieve certain nutrient requirements in her patients. However, sometimes this is more difficult for patients or simply cannot be obtained through the diet and supplements are recommended.