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Taking the Natural Approach to Health

At White Sands Natural Health we believe that the body heals itself if given the right conditions.  By providing the body with the correct nutrients and environment, it will be able to function properly to repair and replace damages to cells, tissues, organs and systems.  For instance, if you break a bone you need the right nutrients to help make new bone, the bone set back into alignment so it will rebuild it correctly, and immobilization to protect the healing process.  All of this is done by the body if given the right conditions.

We believe that education is the key to gaining optimal health.  That means learning how to support the body through hydration, nutrition, rest and relaxation.  We call these the Determinants of Health.  When their is a disturbance in these determinants, the body tries it's best to compensate, but it's not always successful.  If not corrected, these disturbances can cause chronic conditions of dis-ease in the body.  Our goal is to review with you the disturbances that may be impacting your help and to teach you ways to correct and avoid these disturbances in the future.  Education is the Key to Success!

Information on Naturopathic Medicine


Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process.  The following principles are the foundation of Naturopathic Medical practice: 


  • The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Naturopathic Medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic doctors act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.


  • Identify and Treat the Causes (ToIle Causam): The Naturopathic doctor seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.


  • First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere): Naturopathic doctors follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:

  1. Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat;

  2. Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and

  3. Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process.


  • Doctor as Teacher (Docere): Naturopathic doctors educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-client relationship.


  • Treat the Whole Person: Naturopathic doctors treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, Naturopathic doctors encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.


  • Prevention: Naturopathic doctors emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their clients to prevent illness.


Naturopathic Medicine includes the following modalities: clinical and laboratory testing, nutritional therapies, botanical therapies, naturopathic physical medicine, public health measures, hygiene, counseling, minor surgery, homeopathy, acupuncture, prescription medication, intravenous and injection therapy, and naturopathic obstetrics (natural childbirth).


Note:  The inclusion of these modalities in an individual naturopathic practice depends upon individual state licensure and scope of practice.  Florida is not one of the 20 licensed states and therefore not all naturopathic modalities and practices are available at White Sands Natural Health.  The information above is general information on naturopathic medicine that naturopathic physicians in a licensed state may offer in their practice. 


White Sands Natural Health does not offer Naturopathic Medicine services to our clients.  We only offer educational consultations to help people with their health issues in coordination with their physician.