Family Medicine & Pediatrics

Integrative Naturopathic Family Medicine combines the science, and diagnostic assessments of conventional medicine that we’re all familiar with in visiting one’s family doctor, with the functional, individual approach naturopathic medicine is known for. The goal is to find the most sensible, effective, and safe approach to treat the underlying condition affecting one’s health, while addressing prevention, and making use of the incredible variety of options one has at their disposal when using an integrative approach. This means when possible, using a natural approach (diet, supplements, herbs, homeopathics, etc), but when needed, using a prescription medication according to an evidence based model.

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine is a science-based field of conventional health care that is grounded in the following principles:

  • Biochemical individuality (genetic and environmental differences among individuals leads to variations in metabolic function)
  • Patient-centered medicine; emphasizing caring for the patient as opposed to the disease
  • The dynamic balance between internal and external factors needs to be considered
  • The human body is comprised of many systems which do not function separately, but rather as an orchestrated network of interconnected systems that are influenced by external factors; dietary imbalances and environmental pathogens do impact the function of the cardiovascular, immune, neurological systems, and dysfunctions in those systems affect the function of other systems in turn
  • Health is not to be defined negatively as the absence of disease, but rather positively. Health is about having vitality, balance, energy, and clarity; there are no limits to its definition
  • As such, health can be enhanced through medicine, and daily life, to improve quality of life and to increase one’s life span

In truth, functional medicine is naturopathic medicine, and vice versa. The important emphasis is on function-ality.

Functional medicine is anchored by an examination of the core clinical imbalances that underlie various disease conditions, such as diet, the health of one’s environment, and one’s mental-emotional life (level of stress). These factors are processed by one’s body, mind, and spirit through a unique set of genetic predispositions, attitudes, and beliefs.

The core clinical imbalances that arise from malfunctions within this complex system include:

  • Hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances
  • Oxidation-reduction imbalances and mitochondropathy
  • Detoxification and biotransformational imbalances
  • Immune imbalances
  • Inflammatory imbalances
  • Digestive, absorptive, and microbiological imbalances
  • Structural imbalances from cellular membrane function to the musculoskeletal system

Functional Medicine incorporates targeted nutrition and lifestyle education. Targeted nutrition focuses on supporting certain systems in the body with natural supplementation, vitamins, minerals, homeopathics, and herbs, while lifestyle education supports the targeted nutrition by incorporating a health promoting lifestyle as a foundation.

Naturopathic Pediatrics delivers safe, effective treatment approaches for a broad range of pediatric health conditions, including:

  • Digestive: colic, indigestion, reflux, gas, diarrhea, constipation, IBS, food sensitivities, allergies and intolerances, introducing solid foods to infants, and feeding issues
  • Dermatological: eczema, dermatitis, rashes, cradle cap, acne, psoriasis
  • Immune: frequent or persistent colds and flu’s, ear infections, sinus congestion/sinusitis, allergies, asthma, urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Mental-emotional: learning disabilities, nightmares, insomnia, depression, anxiety, fears, temper tantrums, behavioural problems, ADD/ADHD, OCD, Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental: teething, growing pains, puberty related health issues, developmental disorders (PDD)

A broad range of therapies are available including dietary modifications, nutritional supplementation, counseling, cranio-sacral & bowen therapy, herbal and homeopathic medicine. The dispensary at White Rock Naturopathic carries a very broad array of kid-friendly herbal formulas (glycerine based) that are easy to use, taste great and are effective. As a parent himself, and a member of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors, Dr Grodski knows the unique challenges of children’s health – for both the children themselves, but also for their parents.

Well-Child Visits

Of course, good health can always benefit from a healthy dose of prevention. And with that in mind, White Rock Naturopathic is proud to provide preventative check-ups (called ‘Well-Child’ Visits), which can be done at birth, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2 years, and then yearly after that. These check-ups offer an opportunity to do a physical exam, and monitor growth, development, behaviour and overall health. Aside from ensuring that developmental milestones are being attained, it also offers an opportunity to check-in about diet and nutrition, exercise, mood, digestive health, and immune system function. Many common childhood illnesses can be prevented if the symptoms or predisposing factors are caught early.

Vaccinations

Many parents have questions about vaccinations, side effects, and the vaccination schedule. I am happy to provide information about the pros and cons of each vaccine, and to discuss alternate vaccination schedules. My goal is to help parents get the information they need to make informed choices about vaccinating their child.