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Frequently Asked Questions

General Information about Vitallife

    1. Are appointments available outside of the administrative hours?
    2. What are your office hours? Where is your office located?

Naturopathic Medicine

    1. What is the training to become a licensed naturopathic doctor?
    2. What kind of health issues can be treated with naturopathic medicine?
    3. What are the primary treatment methods that you use to treat patients?
    4. Will Naturopathic Medical care be covered through insurance?
    5. Can Naturopathic Doctors do any medical testing?
    6. What can I expect from a visit with my Naturopathic Doctor?

General Health Information

    1. Should I take a daily multivitamin?
    2. I was told I do not drink enough water. Is it really that important and how much should I drink?
    3. What are the best first foods when introducing solids to baby?

1. Are appointments available outside of the administrative hours?

Please view Practitioner Hours for more information.  If the posted hours provide an obstacle for you, please contact us for further assistance.

2. What are your office hours? Where is your office located?

You can find the address, phone number, and administrative hours of our office on our contact page.

1. What is the training to become a licensed naturopathic doctor?

Naturopathic doctors receive their training at one of 6 accredited schools in North America following the completion of pre-Medical sciences degree at the undergraduate level.

In addition, naturopathic doctors must:

  • Successfully complete a 4-year-full time program in an accredited school of Naturopathic Medicine that includes more than 4,500 hours of classroom training and 1,500 hours of supervised clinical experience.
  • Pass NPLEX board exams that are written after the 2nd year and 4th year of study. NPLEX is the standard examination used by all licensing jurisdictions for Naturopathic doctors in North America.
  • Meet the Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits as required by the provincial regulatory boards on an ongoing basis.

2. What kind of health issues can be treated with naturopathic medicine?

As registered primary health care providers in Ontario, naturopathic doctors can treat any conditions which you would go to a medical doctor for.

3. What are the primary treatment methods that you use to treat patients?

Naturopathic doctors use a broad spectrum of modalities to treat patients. Our training includes diet and lifestyle assessments, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, hydrotherapy and health psychology. Each patient is treated as a unique individual and receives a personalized treatment plan based on the results of a complete initial assessment.

4. Will Naturopathic Medical care be covered through insurance?

Although OHIP does not cover Naturopathic Medicine, most extended health care plans provide coverage. Plans typically provide coverage for naturopathy provided by a licensed Naturopathic Doctor. We advise all clients to consult their plan provider’s brochure, web site or representative.

5. Can Naturopathic Doctors do any medical testing?

Yes. Naturopathic Doctors frequently rely on diagnostic testing before installing a treatment protocol. These include conventional testing, such as blood work, urinalysis, etc., as well as Naturopathic testing including saliva hormone testing, stool analysis, food sensitivity testing, vitamin/mineral analyses, hair mineral analysis, etc.

6. What can I expect from a visit with my Naturopathic Doctor?

Typically your first two appointments with your Naturopath will be 60 – 90 minutes in length. During the first visit you will discuss your concerns and your medical history. A thorough health history will be taken and any necessary testing may be ordered. Initial recommendations will be made. During the second visit, a physical exam will usually be performed and a personalized treatment plan put into place. Subsequent visits are usually 30 min in length to follow-up and continue with the treatment.

1. Should I take a daily multivitamin?

Look at a good quality multivitamin/ multimineral formula as an insurance policy. We all have busy lives and our diet may be missing some key nutrients on any given day. Our food simply does not have the nutrient density that it used to, so a good quality multi will help bridge the gap and protect against deficiency.

2. I was told I do not drink enough water. Is it really that important and how much should I drink?

Clean filtered water is important for optimal functioning of the body and essential for the removal of toxins. We need water daily for good health. A good rule of thumb when it comes to water intake is your body weight in LBS divided by 2. The number you get is the number of ounces of water you need daily–minimum. Should you consume caffeine or alcohol, exercise or if the weather is hot you need to increase that amount.

3. What are the best first foods when introducing solids to baby?

Let’s begin with a quick tip….never start solids early (before 6 months). Doing so can lead to digestive problems, food allergies or sensitivities, immune system problems and obesity. The optimal nutrition for baby to this point is breast milk or a hypoallergenic formula if you cannot breast feed. These first foods should be simple and natural with no added flavour (sugar or salt) – pureed or mashed pear, apple, yam, squash or banana are good choices. Introduce one food at a time a few days apart to ensure they are tolerated well. Grains such as rice and oatmeal may then be added. Avoid fish, dairy, egg whites and wheat until after age 1 and if allergies to nuts run in the family avoid until after age 2.