OK In Health - Naturopathic Corner

The Alternative Scientific Approach to Health - July 2018

By Dr. Tamara Browne, Penticton, BC

Naturopathic Doctors: Who are they?

  • 4 year post graduate medical degree (7-8 years of higher education)

  • Same basic science education as MD’s

  • Use Natural therapies for treatment vs. synthetic medicine.


The Principles on Naturopathic Medicine:

  • The Healing Power of Nature

  • First do no harm

  • Find the cause

  • Treat the whole person

  • Preventive Medicine

  • Wellness

  • Doctor as Teacher


Steps towards prevention and longevity
A) Mind/Body /Spirit (Whole person)
Spirit: Optimism, healthy relationships, self knowledge, growth, development, remaining flexible and open. Celebration of life, individuality, diversity. Independent yet connected. Self-love and acceptance.
Mind: Calm, focused, aware. Space to think clearly. Understanding emotional influences / connections. Awareness of hidden/subconscious causes of ongoing stress such as childhood wounds, emotional suppression, fears, and anxieties. Being in charge. Stress reduction is critical to good health. Increase stress = faster aging.
Body: Feeding your physical needs: exercise, nutrition, fluid balance, assimilation and detoxification, touch, rest, stimulation, the five senses kept alive and invigorated.
B) To supplement or not to supplement?

  • condition dependent

  • lifestyle and diet dependent

  • lab assessment: Scientifically based labs test for toxicities, vitamin/mineral levels, heavy metals, allergies, viral/bacterial/yeast/parasite infections, and hormone levels. These tests help to pinpoint the problem and focus the treatment.




Dr. Tamara BrowneDr. Tamara's Bio: Dr. Tamara Browne - Naturopathic Doctor. Dr. Browne graduated from Bastyr University of Naturopathic Medicine, Seattle, Wa., in 1996 and has had an active general family Naturopathic practice in the South Okanagan area ever since. Her current practice is called The Okanagan Chelation Center, and is located at 101-1040 Main Street Okanagan Falls BC, V0H 1R4. She specializes in heart disease prevention & treatment, Chelation & metal detoxification, vitamin & mineral injections, lab testing, pain management techniques, chronic disease management, prevention, nutrition, herbal medicine, constitutional homeopathy, weight loss, & women's health. To contact Dr. Browne - Ph. 250-497-6681. Dr. Browne has a column called ' Naturopathic Corner ' and has written for OK In Health since June 2009. - Dr. Tamara Browne Website - Email


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