The Healing Power of Nature
The Healing Power of Nature
An Interview with Stacey Munro, ND
At Nature’s Helper Medical Clinic in Suffield, Dr. Stacey Munro specializes in the treatment of chronic health conditions. A Naturopathic Physician, Munro has been treating adults, teenagers and children for chronic health issues since 2007.
Naturopathic medicine treatment supports the innate self-healing ability of the body—the healing power of nature. Munro prescribes dietary and lifestyle changes, nutritional supplements, herbal medicine and other therapies as prevention and treatment for disease.
Following Naturopathic philosophy, she looks for the root cause of imbalance, rather than just treating symptoms.
How did you come to be so passionate about natural approaches to health and well-being?
I first heard about Naturopathic medicine in college. It really appealed to me that there was a different approach to health and medicine that didn’t include drugs. Although they are necessary for some people, doctors are too quick to prescribe medication for everything. Sometimes they prescribe medication to treat side effects of other medications, rather than try to find and treat the root cause.
What gets you most excited about what you do?
When I truly get to help someone feel better or reach their goal. At the same time, they have learned how to maintain their own health and well-being.
When you started your clinic, what was your vision for the work that would happen there?
When I started my practice I thought I would focus on treating patients with autoimmune disease. This is probably one of the hardest imbalances to correct. Autoimmune disease is not a disease of a single part of the body. You have to treat the whole person, which leads to questions about gut health, stress, nutrition, trauma and toxic exposures.
How does the current clinic mesh with your original vision?
I treat all chronic conditions, except cancer, by looking at the whole person. I found a niche in dietary and lifestyle counseling, because this is really the foundation of all healing.
What are some of the conditions you treat at the clinic?
Some of the conditions treated include: allergies, asthma, eczema, arthritis, autoimmune disease, fatigue, food sensitivities, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hypothyroidism, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, menopause treatment, obesity, osteoporosis and Type II diabetes.
Which elements of the work frustrate you?
Complex issues that fail to resolve are frustrating, both for me and my patient. This is especially true when the patient has tried all of my recommendations and still isn’t improving. Sometimes health issues have a mental or emotional basis which is an obstacle to cure. Until that is addressed, treatments for the physical body are not going to work.
What changes are you planning for your clinic this year?
I am going to work on better outreach through social media. I am also considering offering my weight loss program in a corporate setting for employees.
Starting in January of this year, I now hold free informational gatherings in my office on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, from 5:30 to 6:15pm. These are opportunities to learn about the weight loss and healthy eating programs offered at the clinic. Specifically, we cover two programs during the sessions. The first is a structured, food-based, physician-monitored weight loss program. This program is recommended for both adult men and women, but not teenagers or children. The second program is a modified Mediterranean eating plan that anyone can use. Both programs promote weight loss, lower blood sugar and improve cholesterol levels. Meetings are open to anyone and include information about the programs, costs and time for questions.
What else do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about Nature’s Helper?
Seeing a Naturopathic Physician doesn’t mean you have to give up your regular doctor or medication. Our focus is on treating the root cause, re-balancing the system and making sure your dietary and lifestyle habits support good health. We also have great natural treatments which can powerfully affect the body and mind. In order to move toward better health, the process is one foot in front of the other. You just have to have a willingness to address the issues that are creating the disease and a positive mental outlook.
Nature’s Helper Medical Clinic is located at 178 Mountain Rd, Suffield. Connect with Dr. Stacey Munro at 860-758-7808 or NaturesHelperMedical.com. See ad, page 16.