|A naturopath is educated in the art of healing using a variety of natural
methods. These include, but are not limited to: herbs, dietary counseling,
nutritional supplements, orthomolecular medicine, flower essences,
homeopathy, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, bodywork (massage,
acupressure, reflexology, energy healing), kinesiology, stress
management, light & sound therapy, iridology and biofeedback, all with a
holistic approach - meaning addressing the 'Whole person'.
A naturopath is known to be a “drugless” professional who does no
harm. Many people who seek out the assistance of a naturopath are
looking for someone to guide them on the road to natural health. Some
are looking for a non-pharmaceutical approach to wellness. Others have
tried just about everything and are ready to try something different in
their quest for better health.
The practice of naturopathy is based on the premise that the body is self-
healing. There is a belief in a vital energy or life force beyond the
physical realm, although modern medicine has not found a way to
measure this energy. When there is an illness or disease, the life force
has become blocked in its ability to self-heal. The task of the naturopath
is to discover what may be the obstacles to healing. The obstacles may
be of a physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual nature. Either there is
something vital to health that is missing or something toxic that needs
to be removed or released.
A naturopathic counselor looks not at 'disease', but at the body systems
that are out of balance or harmony. From this approach, one can expect
to discover the underlying reason for one's particular symptoms.
While a headache can be alleviated with an aspirin, the aspirin will not
prevent further headaches. Nor is a headache caused by an 'aspirin
deficiency'. Therefore, the 'root' cause has not been discovered. A
naturopath will look further to find if the body's endocrine system is out of
balance, if the nervous system is stressed, or if the circulatory system
may be a contributing factor, to name a few. Each person is unique.
What's involved in a detailed 'Health Analysis'? A personal consultation
with Gael Riverz will include an in-depth evaluation looking at all aspects
of symptoms, lifestyle, personal and genetic influences to ascertain
the most advantageous health building plan for each person. Usually
short-term advice is suggested followed by a longer-term plan of
This is what I look for:
1: Current Symptoms – A 'Symptom Evaluation’ usually involves a natural
health building program addressing your current primary needs.
2: Core Issues/ Blockages/ Deficiencies—Utilizing 'Kinesiology' - Muscle
Testing the acupuncture reflex points to determine nutritional
deficiencies, chemical imbalances, allergies, or structural
blockages for specific recommendations, and checking the bodies
response to treatment.
3: Root Causes, Genetic influences, Constitutional needs - Detailed Iris
Analysis for health of organs, tissues, glands, genetic pre-dispositions,
digestion, brain areas, endocrine glands, congestion, toxicity,
I am different from your medical doctor for many reasons. I spend a great
deal of time with my clients, particularly for the first consultation. The
ratio of time to fee is reasonable. I must stress that I am NOT a medical
doctor. I encourage my clients to see their medical doctor for proper
medical care whenever needed, and then they may come to me to learn
about their nutritional needs and preventive health building
recommendations. The role that a Naturopath - Iridologist can play in your
overall health needs, both now and for prevention, are invaluable!
Do naturopaths require a license? The answer depends on where you
live. There are naturopaths across North America, Europe, and in many
parts of the world. Here the practice of naturopathic medicine is
regulated state-by-state. In some parts of this country, naturopaths are
licensed to practice as 'naturopathic medical physicians' (NMD's). They
are licensed by the AMA because they can prescribe medicines, diagnose
diseases, and perform minor surgeries (sort of a hybrid between a
traditional naturopath and medical doctor).
However, most states do not require licensure for trained 'Traditional
Naturopaths' who don’t use these medical practices. In these states,
doctors of natural medicine serve as natural health counselors, being
trained in the art of natural therapies. In other words, they must avoid
stepping into the arena of ‘practicing medicine’, which is
defined as diagnosing and prescribing. Naturopaths may do health
assessments and health education, teaching you how to find and maintain
You can expect to pay up front for the visit; any reimbursement from your
insurance company (if any) is made directly to you. The naturopath is
not considered a primary care provider. You are expected to have a
family doctor for your medical care. The naturopath uses a holistic
approach (quantum physics) for each person, always trusting in the innate
healing power of nature.
Gael Riverz is a Traditional Naturopath, certified in Iridology, Sclerology,
and Cardiovascular Screening. She has a private practice in Delafield,
Wisconsin For more info you may reach her at (262)646-2797.
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