What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine is a holistic approach to healthcare. Naturopathic Doctors receive similar levels of training, and have similar diagnostic and assessment skills as Medical Doctors and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, but our system of medicine has a very different foundational philosophy and we often treat with different therapies.

We believe that the least invasive and most natural therapies should be used first, and drugs and surgeries should only be used when necessary. We use clinical nutrition, lifestyle changes, mind-body medicine, botanical medicine, homeopathy, nutraceuticals, as well as a myriad of other specialized treatments before resorting to more invasive or risky therapies.

Naturopathic doctors view symptoms as the body’s alert signal indicating a deeper imbalance. We believe that the true path to wellness lies in treating the underlying problem, rather than just palliating the symptoms.

We recognize that health is not just the absence of disease, but a complete mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual state. Therefore, we spend a lot more time than a conventional MD getting to know you, your health, and your life circumstances. With this complete picture, we are better able to determine the root of your health issues.
 


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Lifestyle & Wellness Visits

Because Dr. Cureton is a primary care provider and an expert in preventative medicine, she is a great resource for annual physical exams, screening lab work, and suggestions for how to optimize your health.  She’ll be happy to help with detailed dietary and exercise plans, mind-body wellness techniques to use at home, how to detoxify your body, personal care products, and any other disease preventative measures for you.

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Specialty Lab Testing

Dr. Cureton frequently uses specialty labs to better determine the cause of your illness. Some examples are as follows:

  • Comprehensive cardio-metabolic testing through Boston Heart laboratory

  • Food Intolerance testing through US Biotek laboratory

  • Micronutrient testing through Spectracell laboratory

  • Salivary Hormone and Urinary Neurotransmitter testing through Labrix

  • Urine spot comprehensive Hormone Metabolism testing through the DUTCH test

  • Urine Mycotoxin testing through Real Time Labs or Great Plains

  • SIBO breath testing through Aerodiagnostics

  • PCR Stool testing through Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory

  • Heavy Metals testing via Doctor’s Data & Quicksilver Scientific

  • Nasal swab culture testing for MARCONs and Fungi from Microbiology Dx lab

  • Chronic lyme disease testing via DNA Connexions or Igenex

Diagnostic Imaging Referrals

Dr. Cureton can order X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, EKGs, EEGs, and various other kinds of imaging and diagnostic procedures, just as an MD primary care doctor would.

Autonomic Response Testing

Autonomic Response Testing is a simple, yet highly effective biofeedback assessment technique used to determine disturbances in your body and possible remedies. It is an advanced form of muscle testing. ART is non-invasive, non-electronic, and  can be used to assess people of any age. It is a most valuable functional assessment tool in determining the root cause of health disturbances.

The "autonomic' in ART refers to the autonomic nervous system. This is the part of the nervous system responsible for all the automatic functions of your body such as your heartbeat, breathing, digestion, healing, etc. This part of the nervous system reliably responds to all forms of body dysfunction and diseases, and can be used to indicate the contributing factors and best treatments for these dysfunctions, which will be different in each individual.

ART was developed by Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, who blended the muscle testing of American Applied Kinesiology with the understanding of the anatomy and physiology of German Neural Therapy. The result is a highly structured muscle testing biofeedback system designed to give reliable and reproducible results.

ART is just one of the functional assessment tools that may be used by the Integrative practitioner along with conventional medical tests and sound medical judgement to develop an Integrative medical strategy.To read more about this technique, there is a detailed description here.

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Clinical Nutrition

Because there is no one-size-fits-all ideal diet, Dr. Cureton prescribes individualized dietary guidelines to nearly every patient that sees her for a visit.  These recommendations are based on your particular health care needs, optimal blood sugar balance, promoting normal gut flora balance, avoidance of food toxins, and avoidance of food intolerances if necessary. In the eyes of Naturopathic Medicine, food is medicine, and one of our most powerful tools for promoting health.

Nutraceuticals

Within the realm of clinical nutrition, sometimes the body is not able to get all of the nutrients it needs from the food we eat, either because the food we eat is of poor nutritional value or because the needs of the body are increased due to a disease process. For these reasons, Dr. Cureton sometimes utilizes nutraceuticals, which are vitamins and other nutrients in supplemental form.

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Botanical Medicine

Botanical Medicine, also known as herbalism or herbal medicine, is a medical system based on the use of plants or plant extracts to induce healing.  Since ancient times, Botanical Medicine has been used by all cultures throughout the world. Herbal remedies in the form of extracts, tinctures, capsules, and tablets may be recommended by Dr. Cureton to assist in the body’s healing process.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy was created by Samuel Hahneman in 1796, and is based on the law of similars. In other words, this system of alternative medicine aligns with the philosophy that "what a substance can cause, it can cure".

Homeopathic remedies are prepared through a series of dilutions to reduce a substance to its purest form. Thereby, it becomes a catalyst for the body's ability to achieve a deeper level of healing. Homeopathic remedies are effective in addressing the root cause of illness, and are often beneficial for patients who do not respond well to traditional Western treatments. Additionally, they are safe to use among patients of all ages, including babies, children, pregnant and nursing women, as well as senior citizens.
 

Biotherapeutic Drainage

A form of homeopathy, UNDA remedies and other Biotherapeutic Drainage were developed in Germany and are used to normalize physiology at both an intracellular and extracellular level. They encourage the regular elimination of toxins that burden the body and can help address health problems that result from poor nutrition, stress overload, and environmental toxins. Dr. Cureton may recommend UNDA remedies to decrease cellular toxicity and restore homeostasis.

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Low Dose Allergen Therapy

Low dose allergen (LDA) therapy is a safe and effective method used for treating both allergies to food and the environment. Far different from other allergy treatments, LDA utilizes mixes of unique antigens that help restore your body’s immune tolerance to the environment outside and inside your body. Read More...

Low Does Immunotherapy

Low Dose Immunotherapy was developed by Dr. Ty Vincent in 2009. He hypothesized that since homeopathic dilutions of allergens were extremely effective at reducing the symptoms of allergies, perhaps this principle would be effective for people suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions that were triggered by microbes. Read More...

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Biopuncture

Biopuncture is an injection therapy in which specific body zones or points are injected with highly dilute natural products, the majority of which are derived from plants, in order to regulate inflammatory processes and support natural repair mechanisms. Most of these injections are given into the skin or muscles. As a specific injection method, biopuncture is distinct from other injection methods applied in medical practice, including other natural injection therapies such as neural therapy, mesotherapy, prolotherapy, and numerous others. Read More...

Ozone Therapy

Ozone Therapy is a medical therapy that has been used worldwide for over 50 years with dramatic success and safety. In North America, Ozone Therapy has not yet been fully recognized by the medical authorities.  However, extensive research and clinical efficacy have proven that Ozone therapy is an extremely useful tool in a broad range of health conditions. Read More...

Prolozone Pain Therapy

Prolozone is an ozone injection technique developed and pioneered by Dr. Frank Shallenberger, MD. Dr. Shallenberger started using medical ozone therapies some 30 years ago, but there was a much longer precedent before that. Prolozone is excellent for all forms of musculoskeletal and joint pain including chronic neck and back pain, rotator cuff injuries, degenerative and arthritic hips and knees, degenerated discs, and shoulder and elbow pain. The good thing about Prolozone is that because it actually corrects the pathology of the disorder, there is a 75% chance for the chronic pain sufferer to becoming permanently pain free.   Read More...

 

Perineural Injection Therapy

Perineural Injection Therapy was developed by Dr. John Lyftogt, MD, an orthopedic specialist in New Zealand.  He developed the technique after pouring over the research about pain signaling. That research clearly indicated, that nerves increase their pain signaling by 600% when they are deprived of glucose (sugar), and to a lesser degree when deprived of Oxygen.  This is a common scenario in chronic pain because after the area becomes damaged, inflammation and swelling cut off the blood supply to the area, including the nerves, resulting in the nerves not getting the nutrition they need to heal. Perineural Injection Therapy alleviates that issue, by delivering micro-injections of diluted dextrose (sugar water) along the peripheral nerves in places of inflammation or compression.  This provides the nerves what is necessary for their healing, and to stop sending pain signals. It is effective for many types and causes of peripheral neuropathies, including acute or chronic injuries, nerve impingement, chemotherapy or diabetes-induced neuropathies. To read more about the therapy, click here.

 

Neural Therapy for Scars & Interference Fields

Scars often create, what are called interference fields. These interference fields are electrophysiologically unstable and emit abnormal neurological signals which disrupt the autonomic nervous system. These aberrant neurological signals can produce pain near and around the scar and even symptoms in distance areas of the body via Autonomic Nervous System dysfunction. Neural therapy for the treatment of these scars involves microinjections of local anesthetic (procaine) into the area to reset the dysfunctional neurological signaling and Autonomic Nervous System.  There is often immediate relief, and the patient can experience a feeling of euphoria, energy going to the head (lightening reaction), and/ or emotional release and release of long-held toxins.  All of these responses are important in the healing process. Here is a great article to read more about Neural Therapy and the dysfunction created by scars.