Welcome to the second part of our enlightening blog series on naturopathic medicine. 

As a naturopathic doctor with over 18 years of experience, I am genuinely excited to guide you through the crucial process of identifying and treating the root causes of your health issues. 

By uncovering these hidden triggers, we embark on a transformative healing journey that brings lasting relief and restores balance to your body and vitality to your life.

The Importance of Addressing Root Causes

Unlike conventional medicine, which often focuses on symptom management, naturopathic medicine places great importance on identifying and addressing the underlying imbalances that contribute to health issues. By targeting the root causes, we initiate a profound healing process that promotes true wellness from within.

Uncovering the root causes allows us to move beyond surface-level symptoms and delve deeper into understanding the imbalances at the core of your health concerns. By identifying these underlying factors, we can develop personalized treatment plans that directly address the root causes, leading to comprehensive healing and sustainable results.

Examples of Root Causes of Illness and Disease

Root causes can be unique to each individual and encompass a range of factors. Let's explore some common examples:

Hormonal Imbalances: Disruptions in hormonal levels can manifest as menstrual irregularities, thyroid imbalances or adrenal dysfunction and fatigue and a whole wide milieu of other issues. It’s way too much to cover here. But here’s the main point…

Hormones regulate and affect all areas of the body. So hormonal disruptions can be underlying all sorts of symptoms - things you may not even suspect. If your health issue is due to a hormone imbalance, then this should be treated.

For example, maybe your joint pain is due to low testosterone or progesterone causing excessive body inflammation and pain. In this case, taking steroids to reduce inflammation is a conventional, surface-level treatment to mask the pain. But hormone balancing to address the root-cause issue would be a better approach. 

That’s just one of a ton of examples about connections in the body that you may not be thinking about, but that do exist. Identifying and addressing hormone imbalances can have a profound impact on your overall well-being.

Nutrient Deficiencies: Poor nutrition, malabsorption issues in the gut, or specific dietary restrictions can result in nutrient deficiencies that affect various bodily functions. Likewise, a stressful lifestyle or an illness process can cause the body to burn through nutrients at a very rapid rate and also lead to deficiencies.

Vitamins, minerals, and amino acids are essential for the proper function of the body. There are literally thousands of physiological processes that occur in your body that depend on the right amount of nutrients to be there in order to work properly. The body cannot function properly without these essential nutrients. It’s as simple as that!

By addressing these deficiencies and optimizing your nutrient intake, we can support your body's ability to function at its best. And we can also erase illness symptoms - of which there are way too many to name here - that are caused by these nutrient deficiencies.

Chronic Inflammation: While inflammation is a natural response to acute injury or infection, chronic inflammation can contribute to autoimmune conditions, cardiovascular disease, digestive disorders, lung problems, arthritic issues, etc. All areas of the body can be negatively impacted when there is excessive or ongoing, chronic inflammation.

Identifying sources of chronic inflammation - like hidden chronic infections, toxins, mold, food sensitivities, etc. - and implementing targeted interventions can help reduce inflammation and foster healing of many chronic health issues.

Stress: Chronic stress disrupts the delicate balance within our bodies and contributes to fatigue, anxiety, digestive problems, and weakened immune function - just to name a few things. Stress can wreck havoc on the whole body and can be an underlying trigger for many illnesses.

By identifying stress triggers and implementing stress management techniques, we can help restore balance, support illness recovery and healing, and support your overall well-being.

Environmental Toxins: Exposure to heavy metals, pesticides, and pollutants can negatively impact our whole health picture. 

Toxins are often a neglected root-cause of illness. You will not see them on your annual bloodwork panel. Special testing must be run to identify this important root cause of disease.

Identifying sources of exposure and implementing detoxification protocols can support your body's natural detoxification pathways and aid in healing from a host of illnesses.

Long-Lasting Results

The aforementioned are just a few examples of root causes of illness. One of the most important jobs I have as a naturopathic doctor is in assessing and uncovering the root causes of illness for my patients. It’s essential to know the cause of your health problems in order to develop the most effective treatment plan for them.

Addressing root causes goes beyond temporary relief; it brings about long-lasting results by treating the fundamental imbalances that contribute to health issues. This approach focuses on restoring your body's natural balance, strengthening its innate healing power, and promoting sustainable well-being. By addressing the root causes, we create a solid foundation for lasting health and vitality.

Success Stories

In my 18 years of medical practice, I have witnessed countless success stories where patients experienced profound improvements in their health by identifying and treating the root causes. Through personalized treatment plans, lifestyle modifications, and the integration of natural therapies, individuals have achieved lasting relief and regained their vitality. These success stories exemplify the power of naturopathic medicine in uncovering and addressing root causes.


Uncovering the root causes of your health issues is a fundamental step towards true healing. By collaborating with a knowledgeable naturopathic doctor, you embark on a transformative journey that leads to lasting relief, restored balance, and optimal well-being. Together, we identify the hidden triggers, implement personalized treatment plans, and empower you to take control of your health.

Ready to address the root causes of your health issues and experience lasting relief and transformation? Call us today to discover how our personalized treatment plans can help you achieve optimal health and vitality. During your initial consultation, we will conduct a thorough assessment, discuss your health concerns, and look at what it takes to develop a tailored approach that addresses the root causes of your specific condition.

Remember, true healing goes beyond symptom management. By addressing the underlying imbalances that contribute to your health issues, we unlock your body's innate healing abilities and support you on your path to lasting well-being.