Who is Dr. Beck?
Dr. Brooke Beck is a board certified naturopathic doctor and holds a certificate in homeopathy. She completed her 5 year doctoral program in naturopathic medicine and certificate of homeopathy at the oldest naturopathic medical school, the National College of Natural Medicine. While at medical school she also completed a two year course in classical homeopathic medicine from the New England School of Homeopathy. Following her graduation in 2009, she, her husband and their son, moved to Orlando, Florida where she completed an intensive one year residency focusing on chronic disease and family medicine at the Center for Natural and Integrative Medicine. Dr. Beck is regsistered as a naturopathic doctor in the state of Minnesota, and is an active member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Wisconsin Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Dr. Beck specializes in family medicine utilizing botanicals, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, nutritional/diet counseling, and exercise to treat her patients. She practices preventative medicine with a focus on allergies, gastrointestinal disease, and diabetes. As the basis of each session, her goal is to find the root cause of your health complaint and to build restoration and internal resistance in the body by support of your natural abilities to heal. Each person has been on a journey – all events in their life have led them to where they are today mentally, physically, and spiritually. Dr. Beck works with each patient to understand their obstacles and health challenges as well as educating them about how to eat better, live healthier lives, and how to interpret their body’s reactions and symptoms as a sign of internal disharmony. Reaching optimum health takes time and requires active participation from each patient. Dr. Beck’s unique style of medicine motivates and empowers you to reach a higher level of wellness.
Dr. Beck tries at all levels of experience to “live the life that she prescribes” to her patients, and finds this critical to inspiring others on their path to wellness. She loves enjoying music with her family and appreciates finding creative ways to cook and combine foods. Her favorite activities are biking, swimming, knitting, and playing games with friends and family.
Please visit her website for more detailed information on hours, services, and new patient forms to download at: www.hawthornclinic.com
What is a naturopathic Doctor?
A Naturopathic Doctor (ND) is a primary care general practitioner trained as an expert in natural medicine. Naturopathic medicine concentrates on whole-patient wellness. The medicine is tailored to you as an individual and emphasizes prevention and health education. Naturopathic medicine strives to address the underlying causes of your condition rather than focusing solely on symptomatic treatment. Naturopathic Doctors cooperate with all other branches of medical science, referring patients to other practitioners for complete care.
Naturopathic doctors ensure that their patients are safe and comfortable on their journey to greater health. Some of the modalities used by naturopathic doctors to treat any number of health complaints are: clinical nutrition, western botanicals, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, body work, physiotherapy, and lifestyle counseling. Certain states authorize Naturopathic doctors to utilize minor surgery, naturopathic obstetrics and limited pharmaceutical prescribing.
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care that integrates safe and effective natural therapies with current advances in medical science. Naturopathic doctors use a natural approach to health and healing that recognizes the integrity of the whole person.
Naturopathic Medicine represents the “vitalistic” tradition of medicine in our Western world. That is, it treats disease through the stimulation, increase, and support of the person’s inherent healing capacity. These treatments are chosen to work with the patient’s vital force, respecting the natural healing processes of nature – or scientifically speaking respecting natural physiology and homeostasis. Naturopathic medicine is a non-toxic, non-invasive approach that covers all aspects of family health, acute and chronic disease and prevention. It is distinctively different from conventional medicine in the philosophy which it is based.
To find more about Naturopathic Medicine visit: the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
The Naturopathic Tenants
1. Docere: Physician as teacher
The physician’s major role is to educate and encourage the patient to take responsibility for their own health. A cooperative doctor-patient relationship is formed where the physician is a catalyst for healthful change, empowering and motivating the patient to assume responsibility. It is the patient, not the doctor, who ultimately creates/accomplishes healing. By teaching with hope, knowledge, and understanding, the physician acts to enable patients to heal.
2. Vis Mediatrix Naturae: The healing power of nature
The body has an inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health. This is the basis physiology in the body. The healing process is ordered and intelligent. The physician’s role is to facilitate this process, to identify and remove obstacles to health and recovery, and to establish or restore a healthy internal and external environment.
3. Primum No Nocere: First do no harm
Illness has a purpose in the organism. The process of healing generates symptoms, which are an expression of the life force or vix mediatrix, attempting to heal itself. Therapeutic actions should complement this process versus suppress symptoms without removing the underlying cause which would be considered harmful.
4. Tolle Causam: Identify and treat the cause
Illness occurs with a cause. Underlying causes of disease must be discovered and removed or treated before a person can completely recover from illness. Symptoms express the body’s attempt to heal, but are not the cause of disease. Causes may occur on the physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual level. Treatment should be directed at root causes rather than at symptomatic expression.
5. Tolle totum: Heal the whole person
Health and disease are conditions of the whole organism. The ND must treat the whole person by taking these factors into account. Harmonious functioning of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects are essential to recovery from and prevention of disease. This involves a comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment.
The ultimate goal of any health care system should be prevention of disease. This is accomplished through education and promotion of life-habits that create good health. Building health and wellness works better and more surely than fighting disease.