Are you Happy with your Healthcare Experience?

As appears in the September issue of SNAP Kingston publication.

When I ask this question, people generally tell me of their frustration with wait times, physicians with no time to listen, and a medical system that treats only one part of their body at a time. Other regular concerns include side effects of pharmaceuticals, and what seems to be a medical system with a near complete disregard for real prevention and environmentalism. Fortunately, the face of healthcare is changing and people are pleased to discover more healthcare options than ever before.

There are many medical systems to choose from, provided by highly educated, government-regulated professionals. They generally are not covered by OHIP, but many private health plans will reimburse members for these medical costs, including those by naturopathic doctors, registered massage therapists, acupuncturists, and counselors. .

Naturopathic Doctors function like the family doctors of complementary and alternative medicine. Their medical system integrates Western, mainstream medicine with other medical systems, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and botanicals (herbs). Traditional Chinese Medicine, which includes acupuncture, is a 5000 year old system that is very effective for pain management, female health… Both medicines treat the whole body and root cause of disease. They understand how the body is entirely integrated in itself, and with the environment.

Counseling is an essential component of any health program. Understanding how your lifestyle and mental health contribute to your physical state is essential for true healing to occur.

I encourage you to explore these medical options and find a system that matches your personal values and health requirements.


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