My philosophy on health and healing stems from both my education and personal experiences. I believe that the natural state of the body is one of health, but through our modern lifestyles we are often pushed out of balance. Finding the right balance is different for every person, and can vary in time, so I work with each individual to promote health and well-being by restoring balance.
Physiology Prevails Over Pathology
With a background in Physiology from McGill University, I have a thorough understanding of how the healthy body is supposed to function. Rather than focusing on disease and how to rid the body of pathogens, my focus is on how to promote health by restoring normal physiology. This knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the body also helps uncover the root causes of disease and malfunction, as symptoms are merely a way that the body expresses imbalance. Using a blend of modern evidence-based medicine and safe, effective natural remedies, the goal is always to restore balance and stimulate the body to heal itself.
Doctor As Teacher
The word doctor comes from the latin word docere – meaning “to teach.” I try to embrace this role as a naturopathic doctor, and take each opportunity to teach my patients about their health. By better understanding your health and how disease manifests, you become empowered to take control of your health. I further hone this craft as an instructor of Biomedical Sciences at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, and of Anatomy & Physiology at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Vancouver.
Mindfulness In Medicine
Mindfulness has a number of meanings. In Buddhist meditation, mindfulness is a spiritual faculty that is considered to be one of seven factors of enlightenment. In western psychology, mindfulness can be defined as bringing one’s complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis. I strive to cultivate mindfulness in both my every day life and in medical practice. Mindfulness also ties in with being present - we often dwell about the past and worry about the future, but the only thing we can truly control is the present moment.
The past is a pool for reflection, not for wading. -Dr. Tomah Phillips