Dr. Charles Mayo said, “The prevention of disease today is one of the most important factors in the line of human endeavor.” Over 100 years later, we spend less than 5% of America’s health care dollars on prevention, leaving almost $2.5 trillion to manage chronic diseases with drugs and surgery. The time has come to address the root causes of the most prevalent chronic diseases afflicting humanity today, through improved nutrition, exercise and stress management. The place is the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences Medical Center.
At SCNM clinics, patients heal in a supportive environment led by an interdisciplinary team of naturopathic physicians and student interns, acupuncturists, chiropractors, nurses, counselors and massage therapists. Open since 1995, the center offers an array of services for patients who want to get to the bottom of their health problems and identify the causes rather than just treat their symptoms.
Naturopathic medicine combines the best of conventional medicine, primary prevention and alternative therapies including acupuncture, clinical nutrition, physical medicine, homeopathy, botanical medicine, and mind-body medicine. SCNM’s practitioners and students emphasize primary prevention through nutrition, diet, exercise and stress management, an approach that helps address the root causes of the most prevalent chronic diseases afflicting people today.
The principles of naturopathic medicine – first, to do no harm; the healing power of nature; treat the whole person; identify the cause; practice prevention; doctor as teacher and enhance health – fit into a conceptual framework called the therapeutic order to guide SCNM physicians and students in practice. After diagnosing the root cause of a patient’s problem, physicians and students create an individualized treatment plan that can include therapeutic life changes (diet, exercise, stress management), energetic therapies (acupuncture, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, mind-body medicine), support for organ systems (microbiome support and therapeutic nutrition), structural integrity (manipulation and physical medicine), drugs or surgery. The therapeutic order helps craft a treatment plan focused on each patient’s individualized need.
The professional and caring staff, students and faculty make SCNM clinical experiences a healing opportunity for patients, one of self-discovery and empowerment. We welcome you to our medical center and thank you for entrusting your healthcare needs to our community.
Paul Mittman, ND, EdD
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine