Naturopathy offers a holistic approach to health. It is very broad, as it can encompass nutrition, herbal medicine, physical medicine, naturopathic counseling and functional laboratory diagnostics. My training at Bastyr University in Seattle, USA included conventional laboratory and imaging diagnostics, as well as pharmaceutical management.* I am well trained to know when naturopathic specialty care is appropriate and when it is in the patient's best interest to seek conventional medicine. Naturopathic physicians trained in the U.S. are the only provider type that undergo supervised clinical training in functional medicine practices as part of their requirement for licensure. I strive to educate and empower clientele to make changes that help them achieve the best health possible for their situation. Naturopathic care offers great stand alone treatments, as well as many options that enhance or complement conventional care. Though I have chosen to focus my continued education on digestive health, mental health and environmental exposures, I can offer a naturopathic perspective on many common conditions such as frequent migraines, recurrent infections, general inflammation, ADHD/ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, women's health issues and infertility. I feel honored to assist you in your journey to optimal health!
*Naturopathic Physicians trained and licensed in the United States can act as general practitioners in the states they are licensed in. They have a broad scope of practice that includes pharmaceutical management, physical exams and conventional diagnostics, and even minor surgery. Though I now practice solely within the UK, I do maintain an active naturopathic license in the State of Washington, USA. In the IOM/UK, I am registered as a naturopath through the Association of Naturopathic Practitioners. I am NOT a registered medical practitioner in the IOM/UK. My scope is more limited, but my applicable skillset is still vast.
Many people suffer from digestive issues such as IBS, IBD, reflux and bloating. My approach to these conditions is to rule out food sensitivities, diagnose and treat Small Intestinal Bowel Overgrowth (SIBO), and heal the gut with an anti-inflammatory diet and gut healing supplements. Many patients find that healing the gut results in the added benefit of clearer skin, better energy, and reduced pain related to inflammation. Please call today to schedule an appointment to get your digestive health back on track.
Life is stressful. There are some great naturopathic therapeutics for mild to moderate depression, anxiety and general fatigue. In addition to training in naturopathic counselling, I can offer excellent natural neurotransmitter support. Neurotransmitters come from amino acid, or protein precursors. There are predictable biochemical reactions that take place in the body starting with amino acids, using enzymes and nutrients as co-factors, resulting in the end-product of specific neurotransmitters. Some people have genetic polymorphisms that cause them to make too little, or too much enzyme essential to healthy neurotransmitter metabolism. I am able to test for these genetic polymorphisms and treat them as appropriate. I may also be able to deduce which neuro-transmitters are out of balance based on symptoms and can support them by offering amino acid precursors and nutrient cofactors. On occasion, I will recommend a urinary neuro-transmitter profile to further assess neuro-transmitter imbalance. Additionally, there is now thought to be an inflammatory component to depression and anxiety, that can also be addressed.
REDUCE TOXIC EXPOSURE
We are learning that constant, low grade exposure to many types of toxicants can contribute to many different chronic diseases. The most important action to take with environmental medicine is to stop the exposure. I have undergone specific environmental medicine training to help determine which toxicants patients may have been exposed to. I can order labs to further determine exposure. Common exposures include pesticides (via air, water, food), heavy metals (dental amalgams, certain seafoods, cigarettes), BPA (cans, receipts), phthalates (scented cleaning and beauty products) and mold. Our bodies have an amazing system set up to eliminate toxins. However, we are exposed to a wider variety of man-made chemicals then ever before. These chemicals can be obesogens, endocrine disruptors, carcinogens, immune toxins and neurotoxins.
JULIE FIGGINS ND
Naturopathic Practitioner registered to serve residents of the United Kingdom, including the Isle of Man
"Our life is what our thoughts make it"