Naturopathic ideology approaches each individual as a vital whole with an emphasis on overall health and disease prevention. This holistic approach uses many different treatment modalities and practitioners may recommend the incorporation of conventional medicine, when indicated. The roots of Naturopathy stretch back to the Nature Cure Movement of Europe and its modern practice is professionally governed in Ontario
by The Coalition for Naturopathic Medicine: an alliance of the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy; Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors; Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors; and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. With a focus on the philosophy of natural self-healing, rather than specific methods, Naturopathic practitioners employ a multi-treatment approach with a concentration on the following:
- Diet & Nutrition
- Acupuncture/ Chinese Medicine
- Herbal Medicine
- Physical Medicine
- Lifestyle Counselling and Prevention
1. First, do no harm and provide the most effective health care available with the least risk to patients at all times;
2. Recognize, respect and promote the self-healing power of nature inherent in each individual human being;
3. Identify and remove the causes of illness, rather than eliminate or suppress symptoms;
4. Educate, inspire rational hope and encourage self-responsibility for health;
5. Treat each person by considering all individual health factors and influences;
6. Emphasize the condition of health to promote well-being and to prevent diseases for individuals, each community and our world.
Nutritional IV Therapy
By far the most efficient method for treating nutritional shortcomings, intravenous delivery bypasses any inadequacies or malfunctions within the body to address deficiencies quickly. A healthy, safe dose of natural vitamins, amino acids and minerals are delivered directly into the circulatory system. As part of an overall wellness program, Nutritional IV Therapy can help you feel better faster.
Commonly used as an adjunct cancer support therapy, it may also help with arthritis, chronic fatigue, colds and flu. This therapeutic practice may also help to hydrate the body and detoxify the liver and lymphatic system, thereby helping your body work more efficiently. It is an ideal process for patients who cannot easily swallow pills or have a compromised digestive system.
After performing the necessary blood work to determine your individual needs, Dr. Caversan will tailor your IV treatment to maximize the outcome. He provides a complete diagnostic and profiling service to identify nutritional deficiencies and will recommend the perfect balance to maximize the power of IV Therapy.
Conditions that may benefit from Nutritional IV Therapy:
- Auto Immune Diseases
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Chronic Lyme Disease
- Endocrine Dysfunction
- Epstein-Barr Syndrome (Mononucleosis)
- Immune System Support
- Heavy Metal Contamination
- Hepatitis C & AIDS
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Revitalization after Chemotherapy
Pain Treatment: A Physician’s Greatest Challenge
Controlling pain in patients is one of the physician’s greatest challenges and important services. Because pain tends to be the primary motivator for a person to seek medical care, this symptom often takes precedence over all other symptoms.
Quite often, pain is not the disease but rather a symptom of imbalance in one or more areas of the body. The technique of pain control with natural medicines involves identifying, treating and, ideally, removing the source of the discomfort. By receiving personalized attention using
a range of natural treatments—from enzyme therapies toacupuncture, botanical medicines, cold laser therapy, and shockwave therapy, a patient may be able to avoid the risk of addiction to pharmaceutical pain medicines and their potentially toxic side-effects.
A complete understanding of your unique physiology informs all recommended treatments. Dr. Caversan will design a customized pain management program utilizing a variety and combination of techniques.
“When I am able to alter the course of a person’s health away from a protracted period of pain and concomitant disability, I feel rewarded as a practitioner of naturopathic medicine. Consequently, I am always excited by new research and methodology.” — Dr. Amauri Caversan, B.Sc., (Agr. Eng.) N.D.
The theory behind acupuncture, as in all traditional Chinese medicine, is that health results from a harmonious balance between the complementary extremes, or yin and yang, of the life force known as qi (pronounced chee).
Qi is believed to flow through pathways called meridians in your body. These meridians, and the energy itself, are accessible through more than 350
acupuncture points. Because illness may result from an imbalance of these forces, the insertion of needles into targeted points in various combinations can rebalance your energy flow.
The Western approach to acupuncture incorporates modern concepts of neuroscience. Practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue.
Such stimulation appears to boost the activity of your body’s natural painkillers and increase blood flow.
Traditional acupuncture may also be used cosmetically as a non-invasive, non-traumatic alternative to surgery called Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
Thousands of years ago, the Chinese discovered that the face holds important acupuncture points. Many meridians begin or end in the face while others have internal branches that do so.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a non-surgical method of reducing the signs of aging by accessing these meridians.
Sometimes referred to as an Acupuncture Facelift, it is more than a cosmetic procedure. A rejuvenation and revitalization process is designed to help the whole body look and feel younger.
Treatment involves the insertion of hair-thin needles into particular areas of the face, ears, neck, hands, trunk, and legs along
meridians of qi. Specific points are chosen Practitioners of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture know how to specifically improve the appearance of the face while simultaneously treating the underlying factors that contribute to the aging process.
Cold Laser Therapy
Laser Therapy decreases inflammation and pain while increasing tissue regeneration and healing. Less inflammation means there is less swelling and therefore less pain.
Combining 21st century science with ancient Chinese Medicine, Cold Laser Therapy delivers small levels
of laser light to key trigger points on your body. Also known as Low Laser Therapy, or Laser Acupuncture, Cold Laser Therapy has proven to be most successful in the relief of arthritis and osteoarthritis symptoms.
This may be a good alternative for individuals not comfortable with the needles of traditional acupuncture. Safe and
to manipulate the movement of energy in the body according to the individual’s needs. painless, patients only experience a mild tingling sensation or localized numbness as the body’s natural production of endorphins is stimulated.
Some common conditions treatable with laser:
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Heel pain
- Tennis elbow
- Knee pain
- Sprains & strains
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Hip pain
- Wound healing and more
Formally known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, or ESWT, this procedure delivers short, but intense, waves of energy to key points of the musculoskeletal system.
The treatment evolved from the use of acoustic shockwaves to break up kidney stones and, after 25 years of success, clinicians discovered that patients
frequently reported unrelated aches and pains vanished in the process. Scientists began to look at the possibility that shockwaves may be an effective healing tool for soft tissue complaints and it is now commonly used for rapid relief of tennis elbow and plantar fasciitis.
Two theories exist regarding the efficacy of ESWT. The first is that the repeated
shockwaves create new blood flow to the painful tissue, thus promoting healing.
The second theory posits that in cases of chronic pain, the brain eventually ceases to react to the affected area. The application of short pulses of shockwaves may be creating a new inflammatory process to which the brain reacts.
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendonopathy
- Tennis Elbow
- Jumpers Knee
- Stress Fractures
- Calcific Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Non Healing Ulcers
- Non Unions
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Scar Tissue Treatment
- Hallux Rigidus
Toxicity can be the underlying source of many chronic illnesses and other barriers to optimal health. Accumulating in the body over one’s lifetime, environmental toxins are known to disrupt the immune, nervous, and hormonal systems. Mood disorders,
infertility, allergies and cognitive impairment have all been linked to environmental toxins.
A program of detoxification begins with thorough diagnostic testing to identify the toxic materials present in your body.
Dr. Caversan will then customize a personal rejuvenation plan to effectively remove the toxins and, taking into account your individual circumstances, suggest a course of action to minimize future exposure.
Toxins are present in our air, our food, water and everyday household products. Canadians are verifiably polluted with a mix of harmful chemicals, some of which will accumulate in tissues or cells causing toxic effects.
Metal toxicity poses perhaps the greatest such risk to optimal health. Lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic are all capable of causing considerable damage to
the brain and nervous system, particularly in children. According to toxicnation.com, toxic metals pose the worst environmental health problem in Canada today. Widely used in industry, food processing, and agriculture, they find their way into our bodies through normal daily activity.
Good habits can minimize your intake and uptake of toxic metals. Eating a high fibre diet, avoiding food grown with pesticides
and artificial fertilizers, and eating organically grown products are an excellent beginning.
Toxicology testing can identify the metals and toxins present in your body and also establish the substances required to alleviate toxic conditions such as:
- Autoimmune conditions
- Brain fog
- Certain cancers
- Chemical sensitivities
- Chronic bacterial, fungal and viral infections
- Chronic neurological illnesses
- Cognitive Difficulties
- Development disorders
- Hormonal imbalances
- Mood disorders
High levels of stress, inflammatory foods, lack of exercise and poor dietary choices can all contribute to obesity and overall poor health. Whether your goal is to prevent obesity-related diseases such as diabetes and hypertension or to simply look and feel better, a naturopathic program involving supplements, a healthy
Mediterranean-style diet and lifestyle changes can help you reach your ideal weight and stay there.
Contributing factors for obesity vary in men and women, many of which are identifiable through blood tests known as male and female weight loss panels. These include measurements of reproductive and thyroid-stimulating
hormones, insulin, glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, lipoproteins, and liver and kidney function. Dr. Caversan will also test your basic metabolic rate and cellular fat content. After thorough analysis, the restoration of hormonal balance and optimal metabolic function can begin, contributing to successful, prolonged weight loss.
Truly Personalized Medicine
The profiling services listed below offer you a focused way of quickly assessing your current state of health. A comprehensive functional blood chemistry panel of more than 50 blood markers is used to
provide a complete biochemical assessment. Dr. Caversan will thoroughly review the date, evaluate each system of your body and identify what he sees in terms of health concerns before they turn into disease.
These tests can provide early identification of disease risk factors along with free radical stress, adrenal patterns, bowel toxicity, vitamin deficiencies, early aging and more.
Testing options include
Urine/Hair Toxic Mineral Analysis and Essential Element Status
An invaluable tool for the assessment of toxic metal retention in the body and the status of essential nutrient elements. Toxic metals do not have any useful physiological function. They adversely affect virtually every organ system and disrupt the balance of nutrients.
Evaluates the genetic factors associated with an increased risk of impaired detoxification capacity, particularly when the individual is exposed to environmental toxins. It also identifies individuals potentially susceptible to adverse drug reactions.
Toxicants and Detoxification
These profiles can help identify exposure to the most toxic chemicals and the subsequent body burden on the patient. PCBs, chlorinated pesticides, volatile solvents, phthalates (plasticizers), and parabens (preservatives) are some of the most commonly found toxins with national reference ranges and are documented to cause adverse health problems.
- PCBs Profile – Serum
- Chlorinated Pesticides Profile – Serum
- Volatile Solvents Profile – Whole Blood
- Phthalates & Parabens Profile – Urine
Comprehensive Drinking Water Analysis
Many toxic elements to which individuals are exposed may be found in drinking water in some parts of the world. Serious health problems are associated with elevated arsenic, mercury and lead levels.
Functional Intracellular Nutritional Deficiency Analysis
Vitamin, mineral and antioxidant deficiencies suppress immune function and contribute to chronic degenerative processes such as arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. This blood test will measure the functionality of micronutrients within your white blood cells to determine deficiencies associated with disease processes and overall health levels.
Scientific evidence indicates that adequate amounts of antioxidants can help offset premature aging, cardiovascular disease and arthritis.
Comprehensive Stool Analysis
Gastrointestinal (GI) complaints are among the most common reasons that patients seek medical care. Symptoms associated with GI disorders include persistent diarrhea, constipation, bloating, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome and mal-absorption. A Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology may be used to assess digestive and absorptive functions, the presence of pathogens, and to monitor the efficacy of treatments for GI disorders.
IgE/IgG Food Allergy Testing
Two of the antibodies involved in allergic reactions are immunoglobulin E (IgE) and immunoglobulin G (IgG). IgE production occurs directly after the ingestion or inhalation of an allergen and is referred to as a Type I immediate hypersensitivity reaction. IgG antibodies are produced for several hours or days after exposure to an allergen and are called Type III delayed hypersensitivity reactions.
IgG-Ag complexes may result in the following health concerns:
- Vascular deposition: headaches, vasculitis or hypertension
- Respiratory tissue deposition: alveolitis, asthma and recurrent infections
- Skin deposition: dermatologic conditions
- Joint deposition: joint pain
- Rhinitis (stuffy nose) and angioedema (swelling) may occur as a result of histamine release by immune complexes.
IgE Immediate Onset Allergies
Triggers the release of histamine and the production of other inflammatory mediators, resulting in an early reaction that appears within minutes of exposure to an allergen/antigen. The release of inflammatory mediators like histamine can cause the following reactions:
- Dilation of blood vessels leading to redness and swelling
- Increased capillary permeability
- Constriction of airways
- Stimulation of mucous secretion leading to airway congestion
- Stimulation of nerve endings leading to pain and itching on skin surface
Adrenal Stress Index
Stress is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. This simple non-invasive test utilizes four saliva samples collected at specified time periods throughout the day. Because the adrenal gland does not secrete its steroid hormones at constant levels, the Adrenal Stress Index provides the clinician with a comprehensive assessment of adrenal function over the course of time.
Female Hormone Panel™
Eleven saliva samples will be collected at specified times throughout the menstrual cycle to determine hormonal levels and ovarian function. The Female Hormone Panel™ includes Estradiol, Progesterone, Follicle Stimulating and Luteinizing Hormones responsible for ovulation. Cycle averages of Testosterone and DHEA are also measured.
Male Hormone Panel™
Male hormone functionality affects vigor, vitality and virility. Using a non-invasive saliva collection, the Male Hormone Panel™ evaluates Androstenedione, Testosterone, Dihydrotestosterone, Estrone, Progesterone, DHEA/DHEA-S, and the Follicle Stimulating and Luteinizing Hormones necessary for the production of Testosterone.