The Disease Tree

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This tree is the best explanation of an holistic approach to medicine. It is the Naturopath's role to find the root cause of your symptoms. Symptoms are the leaves and branches and the root cause are the roots and the soil is the environment. 

 

This is a major difference that you will see during the process of seeing a Naturopath.  We ask many questions regarding the different systems of the body and then connect the answers with symptoms that you are experiencing.  During your follow up appointments we assess what improvements have occurred with the different areas and adjust your treatment plan accordingly. 

My ultimate goal is to work on the root cause so that you are no longer having the same symptoms and you no longer need me to help your body and your body can do it on it's own. Basically my goal is that you don't need me except for yearly checkups and any sudden changes in health. I work towards this goal each and every day with all of my patients. This usually means that you will see me more frequently in the early stages and then less and less as time moves on and you move onto a maintenance program.

Between appointments many hours of research are completed to ensure that any treatment plan designed for you is up to date with the most recent evidence based scientific research and latest products and compounds and dosages.  Most of my new compounds have been designed because of creating a new formula for just one patient and this in-turn helps everyone.

Treatment usually involves liquid herbal tinctures and nutrients mainly through the compounds that I design to help give you symptomatic relief as well as simultaneous providing treatment of the underlying root cause. The reason for treating the root cause is that if only the symptoms are treated then the cause will always be there.  It's just like trying to put a fire by just squirt the flames with water instead of dousing the coals and wood with a bucket of water. If you just stick to the flames then the fire will continue to smolder. 

For example:

If antidepressants are prescribed for depression and nothing is done with correcting neurotransmitters then antidepressants will always be needed and the dosage usually gets higher and higher as time goes on.  There are several underlying causes of depression and they all need to be worked on for you to successfully come off antidepressants.  

If caffeine drinks are consumed to try to increase energy level or sleeping tablets are required for insomnia but the cause of these two problems are not addressed then fatigue and insomnia will continue and intensify.

If antibiotics are continuously prescribed for frequent colds and flu without making improvements to the immune system and the nutrient deficiencies that are causing this then frequent colds will continue.

If medication is prescribed for reflux instead of working on the problem then over the years the rest of the digestive system will suffer and can lead to conditions with no real understanding of why eg IBS.

If you just don't feel quite right then come in and see me and have your health assessed.

Time is very important for a practitioner. Spending time with a patient getting to know you and understand any concerns is part of the process.  This is why our consultations are long. I want to understand where your signs and symptoms are coming from so that I can work on the root cause rather than just putting on a band aid.

Who am I?

I am a Bachelor qualified Naturopath who specialises in improving metabolic processes in the body. Major areas for improvement include gut, thyroid, kidney, skin and liver health. Conditions such as hypothyroidism, fatty liver, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, & irritable bowel conditions. I help my patients by giving them symptomatic relief while working on repairing the underlying causes of metabolic stress and waste accumulation. Patients experience amazing results which are seen in their blood tests with improved thyroid markers, cholesterol, and liver markers.  As well as lower blood pressure and see relief from improved gastrointestinal symptoms like the ones that mean you need to know where every single toilet is before you leave the house. 

Melissa Callaghan ND, BHSc, BTeach
Clinical Naturopath

 

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