Philosophy

Naturopathic medicine is a system of primary health care that combines current medical science and inquiry with safe and effective traditional therapies. While no two doctors are the same, all naturopathic physicians are guided by a specific set of principles.

The Healing Power of Nature

Naturopath Campbell River and Quadra Island Dr. Anita Komonski self-healing immune healthOur bodies have evolved a very complex system of self-repair and homeostasis. When you stop and think about it, the body's innate intelligence is incredible; the way it protects us from the millions of bacteria and viruses we encounter on a daily basis, or how quickly a cut finger is healed. When these systems are not working optimally or are out of balance, our bodies produce symptoms. As your naturopathic physician, I work with you to restore and support the body's innate and intelligent healing capacity by using medicines and techniques that are in harmony with these natural processes.

Identify and Treat the Cause

There is always a reason that the body produces symptoms. Often, they are expressions of the body's attempt to heal itself. Instead of viewing symptoms as the problem to be defeated, I consider them to be clues that point to why the condition exists. With the inquisitiveness of a detective I strive to uncover the root of the problem, which could relate to nutritional deficiencies, lifestyle habits, food allergies, aberrant biochemical processing, mental-emotional issues, structural problems, life events and/or the environment.

First Do No Harm

I use only safe, effective treatments, which minimize side effects and reduce any further risk to the patient. Also, harm is prevented by addressing the cause of illness, as opposed to suppressing symptoms while the illness progresses.

Treat the Whole Person

Naturopath Campbell River and Quadra Island Dr. Anita Komonski physical mental emotional healthAlthough we all share a very similar physiology, and diseases often follow a certain course, what leads a person to health or disease is as individual as they are. The cause of disease is never singular. Likewise, health and illness involve the entire organism, which simply cannot be compartmentalized. Physiological, mental-emotional, spiritual, social, genetic, dietary and environmental factors are taken into account during diagnosis and treatment.

The Physician as Teacher

I believe that one of the physician's main roles is to educate and empower patients. All patients need to understand what is happening in their bodies, as well as where and how natural and conventional medications act so that they can make educated decisions regarding their health. True health cannot be obtained from any pill or supplement. It is a doctor's duty to encourage personal responsibility and teach strategies for optimum health maintenance. Permanent results can only be possible if we know how to read and respect the signals our bodies give us.

Prevention

The best healthcare must be proactive. Instead of waiting for overt disease to manifest, I assess your risk factors, genetic susceptibility and lifestyle factors and make appropriate interventions. Health is more than just the absence of disease; it is optimal daily functioning of every body system, a balanced lifestyle, abundant energy, adequate sleep, and positive thoughts and emotions.