Complimentary, not Alternative Medicine.

Jennifer Haessler, ND
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Recently our 4 year old son developed a cough and fever that were not getting better.  We ended up taking him to the Emergency Department at the hospital to get checked out, and it turned out that he had pneumonia.  While his cough lingered for a while after that, he was markedly better within a few days of starting a course of antibiotics. 

As a Naturopathic Doctor (ND), I am passionate about teaching people how to feel their best using natural means, but there are definitely times when we need the help of conventional medicine.

Our healthcare system works best when conventional and complimentary medicine can work together to help optimize patient health.  We are fortunate to have access to a great variety of healthcare options in Saugeen Shores when we need it.  As a Naturopathic Doctor, and mom of 3, I have seen personally and professionally how well these services can work together.  Some people have the misconception that choosing Naturopathic Medicine means making a choice between one form of medicine or the other. 

Or that an ND might be judgemental of their decisions regarding their healthcare.  This couldn’t be further from the truth – people need to be empowered with the pros and cons of different treatment options so that they can make an informed choice about what is best for them.

Jennifer Haessler, ND practices at Maple Shores Health Centre
Jennifer Haessler, ND practices at Maple Shores Health Centre

Conventional medicine excels in helping with acute situations – broken limbs, heart surgery, treating certain infections – we need to have access to the testing and conventional care to get these situations stabilized.  Naturopathic Medicine excels in helping to prevent and treat chronic diseases, such as digestive issues, low energy, hormonal imbalances, sub-optimal thyroid function and insulin resistance. 

By listening to the patient, doing some blood work or other lab work, and doing a physical exam, an ND’s job is to act as an investigator to figure out what might not be functioning optimally that is contributing to their symptoms.  By working with the patient to assist with stress management, time efficient and effective exercise, and incorporating a healthy diet, and supplements to address the imbalances, the goal is to help them feel their best so that they can go on to do all of the wonderful things they are meant to for our community.


Article by Jennifer Haessler, ND
Maple Shores Health Centre