Dr. Brenda Gill
I am a retired naturopathic physician who practised for over 20 years.
I have a Bachelor of Science and a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. I have also done post-graduate training in VEGA testing and interpretation, women’s medicine, neutraceuticals, pediatric medicine, homeopathy, laser therapy and more.
What kind of person seeks my expertise?
- I can assist you with a wide variety of concerns and welcome questions from men, women and also questions about your children.
- I have extensive experience in treating people with allergy-related concerns, women’s health issues, digestive disorders of all kinds and many other acute and chronic conditions.
- I often saw patients with complex health concerns such as chronic pain, auto-immune disease, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and cancer.
- I also get questions from healthy people who want to attain a higher level of health. For instance, people who are generally in good health may yearn for better energy, athletic performance, sleep or weight loss.
- I can review your supplements, suggest cleansing programs and optimize your nutrition. This will assist you in achieving the level of health and happiness you strive for.
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathy means treating “pathos” or disease using natural remedies. Naturopathic physicians are general medical practitioners who are specialists in natural medicine, thus natural medicine doctors. We are extensively trained in modern medical science at accredited medical schools. Naturopathic physicians treat disease and restore health using a combination of clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, counselling, and physiological medicines. You are encouraged to take responsibility for your health and are educated about how to use safe, natural approaches to optimize your path to wellness.
Naturopathic Medical Education
Naturopathic physicians undergo rigorous medical training. British Columbia licensing requires a completed undergraduate degree including “pre-med” sciences. Then we have at least four years of post-graduate training from an accredited naturopathic medical college. This post-graduate work includes medical sciences such as:
• laboratory diagnosis
• clinical and physical diagnosis
• minor surgery
• gynecology/ women’s health
• naturopathic therapeutics
• other clinical sciences
The education includes 1,500 hours of supervised clinical experience and receive approximately 4,500 hours of academic and clinical training. Graduates receive the title “N.D.” or Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, and must pass rigorous international licensing and board examinations.
Philosophy and Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic medicine is based on six main principles which make as much sense in today’s modern world as they did 200 years ago.
1) First do no harm. Naturopathic physicians use safe and effective natural therapies to maximize the body’s ability to heal. We seek to create “side-benefits,” not side effects.
2) Nature has healing powers. Naturopathic physicians believe that the body has considerable power to heal itself. We facilitate and enhances this process with the help of natural, nontoxic therapies.
3) Identify and treat the cause. Naturopathic physicians are trained to seek the underlying causes of a disease rather than to simply suppress symptoms. Symptoms are signs of the body’s attempt to heal itself, while the primary causes can originate from the physical, mental or emotional levels .
4) Treat the whole person. Naturopathic physicians are trained to view an individual as a whole being composed of a complex set of physical, mental, emotional and social influences.
5) The physician is a teacher. Naturopathic physicians are primarily teachers – they educate, empower and motivate patients to assume more personal responsibility for their health by adopting a healthy attitude, lifestyle and diet.
6) Prevention is the best cure. Naturopathic physicians are preventive medicine specialists. Prevention of disease is accomplished through education and by encouraging life habits that support health and prevent disease.