What, you might be asking is Michigan Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of holistic health care that treats the whole person and addresses the root causes of disease. It supports your body’s innate ability to heal itself through natural therapies. Naturopathic doctors are highly educated health care providers who integrate standard medical diagnostics with preventative medicine and natural therapies.
Dr. Hallie Armstrong, ND, is a Senior Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine for the Beaumont Troy Integrated Medicine Dept. on the Sterling Heights side of Dequinde. She has been with Beaumont since 2008.
She believes it is vital to treat the whole person and is dedicated to providing patients with a team-based approach to wellness.
She was at the Troy Kiwanis Club recently to explain how naturopathic medicine might well improve our health.
As an undergraduate from Michigan State University, she went on to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto for four years to study her field.
Her most basic advice: Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s safe. This is especially true for vitamins and supplements.
“There are no regulations in Michigan for these products.” And, some who call themselves wholistic doctors may have only taken a weekend course before hanging up their shingle.
“Some herbs,” Dr. Armstrong warns, “called ‘natural medicine’ aren’t fit for human consumption.”
She says her job is to know what supplements are safe and which are not. “In the U.S., what’s in the bottle may not match what’s on the label. There are no regulations.”
You want reputable brands of vitamins, minerals and essential oils if you want good health, Dr. Armstrong continues. “A lot of people think this is a magic bullet…one thing isn’t going to cure all your symptoms.”
As for finding safe vitamins and supplements, she thinks there are only one place to buy them from on the internet, Germany. They have rules and are generally safe. Drugs from other countries are often contaminated and contain heavy metals, she advises.
Where do you start on the path to good health? Dr. Armstrong says “with the basics. Sleep and what you eat.” Eat whole foods, she advises, not snacks and processed foods.
“We want you to get nutrients from you food. But we’ve overworked our soil and that causes it to loose the trace elements we need for good health,” which is why you might well need vitamins and supplements.
In Michigan, doctors of naturopathic medicine are not covered by insurance, hence there are only 25 degreed such doctors practicing in the state. Dr. Armstrong hopes that changes and Michigan will recognize their doctor’s degree, as other state’s have done, and their association, Michigan Association of Naturopathic Physicians, has petitioned Lansing for such recognition.
In her practice, she has worked with diverse populations to treat physical and mental health concerns. She specializes in women’s health and pediatrics. You may reach her at 248-964-9200.