Frequently Asked Questions
+ What conditions do you treat?
“It is much more important to know what sort of person has a disease, than to know what sort of disease a person has.” Sir William Osler, MD
I don’t treat conditions. Rather, I treat the person as a whole. With that said, some people with particular conditions tend to respond very well to naturopathic medicine. These conditions include: auto-immune disorders, digestive concerns, PCOS, infertility, endometriosis, PMS, peri-menopause, multiple sclerosis, chronic infections, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, ear infections, cough, asthma, bronchitis, chronic sports injuries, chronic pain, herniated discs, peripheral neuropathy, parkinson's disease, fatty liver disease, allergies, ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum, insomnia, and migraines. I can also work with those with cancer, provided they are working with an oncologist.
+ What is naturopathic medicine?
Per the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians: Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process. The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods. Naturopathic practice includes the following diagnostic and therapeutic modalities: clinical and laboratory diagnostic testing, nutritional medicine, botanical medicine, naturopathic physical medicine (including naturopathic manipulative therapy), public health measures, hygiene, counseling, minor surgery, homeopathy, prescription medication, and intravenous and injection therapy.
+ What training do naturopathic doctors have?
Per the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians: A licensed naturopathic physician (ND) attends a four-year, graduate-level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an MD, but also studies holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic physician also studies clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, and counseling. A naturopathic physician takes rigorous professional board exams so that he or she may be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care general practice physician.
+ Can you be my primary care doctor?
I provide primary care services in Lyons, CO at Stillwater Healing Arts. My Louisville clinic is geared more toward specialty services for chronic issues including hormone balance, sports medicine and adjunctive pediatric care. For an emergency, or urgent situation, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department or urgent care.
+ Do you treat children?
I love treating children! I work along-side your child's pediatrition. For example, your child may have a skin rash diagnosed as eczema from their pediatrician but you want options other than corticosteroids. I would be happy to evaluate the rash and suggest alternatives to corticosteroids which might include dietary changes, homeopathy, or herbal remedies.
+ What is Fascial Manipulation®?
Fascial Manipulation® is a manual therapy method that has been developed by Luigi Stecco, an physiotherapist from Italy. It is a systematic method that helps to identify and treat the potential source of the site of pain (which is often in a different segment of the body). A practicioner can identify and treat densificatios in the body to help restore movement. Dr. April has completed Level 1 and Level 2 of the course and is working to become certified in this method.
+ What is constitutional hydrotherapy?
Constitutional hydrotherapy is an old naturopathic method using hot and cold towels, and gentle sine-wave electrical therapy to bring about detoxification, blood purification, organ stimulation, immune stimulation, and relaxation. It can be great when you are undergoing a detoxification program, if you have chronic illness, and can be especially wonderful in acute illnesses. The treatment takes about an hour. The patient lies on a table with the practitioner placing hot, then cold towels, and the sine-wave electrical stimulation machine. The cold part can be quite rejuvenating, or flat out uncomfortable, depending on how you handle cold; but, rest assured, you will be tucked in with velux and wool blankets to help your body heat up the cold towel, and the discomfort will dissipate quickly. It usually takes about 4-12 treatments before the benefit becomes noticeable.
+ What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a gentle system of medicine developed by Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700’s. It is based on the principle “like cures like”, quite similar to the principle of using vaccines, really. In a vaccine, a small dose of the flu virus is used to prevent the flu illness. This is working on more of a physiological level; whereas, in homeopathy, the work is done an an energetic level. Homeopathic doses are extremely small, usually with no molecules of the original plant, animal, or mineral substance left. It can be difficult for us to comprehend how this might work, but I believe it is important to remember that there are all sorts of things that we cannot see (the energy radiating out of our computers, for instance), but they are still there. And there are so many things we don’t yet understand from a medical perspective. There was a time where humans still believed the Earth was flat. I could seriously write about this all day, but the bottom line, is that in all of my time in naturopathic medical school, in all of my rotations/preceptorships, and clinical experience this is the medicine where I saw the most amazing healing (along with holistic counseling). I could not possibly practice medicine without using homeopathy.
+ What is holistic counseling?
Holistic Counseling is a unique counseling method developed by Moshe Daniel Block, ND, HMC. The practitioner is trained to ask the right questions to help uncover buried wounds with the intent of helping the patient come to an understanding of how they can set themselves free. This process can be incredibly healing, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. This visit usually takes about 90-minutes, and is in a safe atmosphere where the patient is free to speak their truth. I am currently working on becoming certified in this method but can already be effective in helping people, using these techniques, along with the counseling techniques learned in naturopathic medical school.
+ How do I know if I have a food intolerance?
I first just want to clarify, that a food intolerance is a different physiological process than a food allergy. Here, I’ll discuss food intolerances only. In my opinion, we all have some food intolerances. If you think about it, in the United States, we have access to every food under the sun, and even something as benign as a nutrition bar can have so many ingredients from so many types of foods (soy, egg, dairy, grain/wheat, potato, fruit). I believe that most of us are intolerant to at least one of those foods, depending on our genetics. Some people are more affected than this by others. Symptoms of a food intolerance can include poor digestion, abdominal discomfort, constipation, diarrhea, skin rashes, circles under the eyes, congestion, chronic infections, chronic pain, headaches, etc. I can help you identify your food intolerances using an elimination diet, or an electrodermal bioenergetic food intolerance method.