Natural medicine and safety

By: Dr. Janet McKenzie, Sep 08, 2012
  Question

Is natural medicine is safe?

Natural medicine can be a safe adjunct to your overall treatment plan

Natural medicine has an excellent safety record. This is not surprising since practitioners emphasize gentle treatments with few side effects. Moreover, NDs are very knowledgeable about potential interactions between herbs, vitamins and other supplements with medications – to the point that they can often suggest treatments that will augment whatever conventional treatment might be in place.

The other thing to recognize is that NDs are team players. They are trained to identify conditions that lie outside their scope of practice and to refer to other health practitioners in those instances.

While these facts do not guarantee safety, they should reassure you that, when combined with your good common sense, natural medicine can be a safe adjunct to your overall treatment plan.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of British Columbia.  I have several years of work experience in nursing covering such specialty areas as gastroenterology, plastic surgery, gerontology, ophthalmology, sexual health and family planning.

I am a member in good standing with the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and I am licensed by the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy  in Ontario.

As a naturopathic doctor, I work with many treatment modalities, some of which you will find described on this site, but have a special interest in clinical nutrition and orthomolecular medicine. Dr. McKenzie's practices at the Summit Natural Health Centre in Etobicoke, Ontario. http://www.summitnaturalhealth.ca/