A Dose of Preventative Medicine

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”   ― Benjamin Franklin

He who cures a disease may be the skillfullest, but he who prevents it is the safest physician.  — Thomas Fuller

There are many quotes out there about preventing illness.  And while it can sometimes seem less impressive than a miraculous cure, most people would agree that they would prefer to never suffer from an illness at all.

Last year the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine research department published an exciting study in the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association.  They studied the addition of Naturopathic Medicine to standard treatment in 246 Canadian postal workers.  This included diet and lifestyle modifications, weight loss and supplement recommendations.  

After one year, the participants receiving Naturopathic care had a 17% reduction in a heart disease risk factor while the participants receiving standard care had an increase in their risk. 

Heart disease, diabetes and cancer are some of the most common causes of death in our society.  There is a genetic factor in these illness and this is well-known by the public.  As a result, I often have patients in my office tell me that they are doomed to have a heart attack or end up on insulin like their family members.  I love that I get to tell them that this is not necessarily true! There is a vast quantity of research demonstrating dramatic reductions in the risk of these illnesses with simple diet and lifestyle modifications. 

While less exciting than a dramatic cure, preventative medicine has the opportunity to contribute to our health in very significant ways and help us to avoid the suffering and expense of chronic disease.  If you are working with a Naturopathic Doctor, congratulate yourself for investing in your future health and keep up your efforts to stay healthy. If you’ve never worked with a Naturopathic Doctor, consider taking the step to invest in preventative care.  

Check out the study mentioned: http://www.cmaj.ca/site/misc/pr/29apr13_pr.xhtml