Root-cause Heart Health
So, you’ve been told that you have “high blood pressure” or “high cholesterol”… but what does this mean? Did you know that it can mean something different for everyone?
As Naturopathic Doctors, we are able to requisition blood work for cholesterol and inflammatory markers for the cardiovascular system, as well as assess blood pressure.Then, we thoroughly examine your results and put these pieces together with your full health history to figure out underlying causes and the best treatment and prevention plan for YOU specifically.
FOR EXAMPLE: Many of my patients come in being told they have high cholesterol. The first thing I do is comb through their blood test results to determine what type of cholesterol is elevated… there’s more too it than just the total number or just “good” or “bad” cholesterol. For some people the elevation is due to sugar or excessive carbohydrate intake rather than cholesterol in the diet. I recently worked with a patient who started to eat a vegan diet to control his cholesterol and his numbers worsened. Upon thorough assessment of his blood work and diet I was able to determine that his carbohydrate intake was too high causing his triglycerides and non-HDL to be elevated (increasing his total cholesterol). Vitamin B12 was also a factor to consider in this case affecting proper cholesterol metabolism. After a few months on an individualized plan, we corrected all of his values. THIS is root-cause medicine.