At Rooted Heart, we are fortunate to be home to Dr. Chad Triscuit.
Dr. Triscuit is a naturopathic doctor with a a decade of experience in both medicine and microbiology. He is passionate about health and about helping people to live their best lives. I had the chance to sit down with Dr. Triscuit to talk to him about what naturopathic medicine means and to learn more about the approach he uses with clients in his practice here at Rooted Heart.
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
When asked about this field of medicine, Dr. Triscuit said, “Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms, as is sometimes done in a common medical approach. However, symptom suppression through natural remedies can be integral to helping to treat the underlying disease.”
What are some core components of this approach?
Treating the Whole Person
Dr. Triscuit shared that, “Naturopathic physicians 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 physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.”
This approach seems mindful of the fact that all aspects of self are intertwined, and sometimes physical symptoms and disease can be manifestations of issues in other areas of life.
Doctor as Teacher
Another facet of Dr. Triscuit’s practice that fascinates me is the idea of doctor as teacher. Now, maybe it’s the former middle school teacher in me that loves the opportunity to sit down with a doctor and get “in the know” about my health, but it’s something I personally see more and more people gravitating toward. Dr. Triscuit shared that, “Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health…giving you knowledge and empowering you to take control.”
You have likely heard the saying that we shouldn’t wait to think about our health until we are sick. Dr. Triscuit’s practice emphasizes, “the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with patients to prevent illness.” His practice is a place you can come to focus on wellness, not just illness.
Lastly, I wanted to know who naturopathic medicine is good for. And as it turns out, it’s pretty much everyone! Dr. Triscuit sees patients for a whole variety of health issues, but here are some common ones
Food Sensitivity testing
Hormonal testing (related to fertility as well)
Nutritional evaluation through questionnaire and lab testing
Pharmaceutical quality supplements
General health and wellness
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Triscuit, visit his website: www.drchadtriscuit.com