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How Complex is Your Health Concern?

Use this guide to determine whether self-help is appropriate for you, or whether your problems would be best resolved with the help of a naturopathic physician. Naturopathic care is always geared towards prevention, but the following descriptions may help you better understand how to use this website and Options Naturopathic Clinic.

  • Preventive
  • You have NO health concerns, but would like to keep it that way! Our section on Preventive approaches and our entire website, in general, will guide you to the best way to maintain health and wellness even as one progresses in age.

  • Acute
  • You have an Acute health problem if you have no ongoing health concerns but have recently developed a problem of less than six-months duration. Your problem is acute if it involves less than five symptoms and these symptoms seem to be related. Examples in this category would include the common cold, flu, recent infections, minor eye problems (such as styes or dryness), a small rash or diarrhea.

    Many Acute health concerns can be remedied with information from the acute infections, and fever sections.

    If any of the symptoms in question have been associated with a chronic disease diagnosis-your problem is not acute! See Chronic below!

  • Simple
  • Simple concerns would qualify as any ongoing health problem that is not associated with a systemic disease process. You have a Simple problem if you have never been diagnosed with any disease, but may have been told you have a condition that requires ongoing use of an over-the-counter or single prescription medication. Examples of this type of health concern would include Heartburn, IBS, simple PMS, occasional minor headaches, or hypertension that has been present for less than 6 months.

    Should you find that your problem does not resolve in a three-month time period, it may be because your problem is not truly Simple, or requires the assessment of a trained naturopathic-physician. Please consider a consultation if you feel this is the case.

  • Chronic
  • Chronic health problems are problems that have been present for longer than six months and/or are being treated with more than one prescription medication. Often acute problems morph into chronic ones. If you are unsure of whether your problem is acute or chronic, it may be a combination of both, where the chronic problem mounts as an acute infection, for example, every few months. You can try the simple plan for your concern, and then consult with our professionals if every symptom does not clear on a regiment. Examples of Chronic health problems include GERD (Esophageal Reflux Disease), Hypertension, Chronic headaches or migraines, Chronic Sinusitis, ongoing joint pain, any type of arthritis, controlled diabetes, asthma or eczema in any person over 5 years old.

    Chronic health problems require a professional consultation with one of our naturopathic doctors. Professional consults are also recommended if you feel you have too many questions or if the prospect of starting a supplemental and homeopathic program feels too overwhelming to you without the direct support. Schedule a Consultation.

  • Complicated
  • Complicated health concerns are those that involve multiple systems or multiple diagnoses. If you have had a number of health problems for a number of years, it would be in your best interest to consult one of our professional doctors before trying to self-diagnose and self- treat.

    Examples of Complicated health concerns include: Lyme Disease, any type of cancer, Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, uncontrolled or insulin-dependent-Diabetes, medicated hypertension, heart disease, any autoimmune condition, and neurological diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

    Any Complicated case will require an extended consultation session with one of our naturopathic doctors.