I was recently in Santa Fe, New Mexico attending the annual Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine (AARM) conference. This conference was a amazing opportunity to connect with like-minded Naturopathic Doctors, MDs, Nurse Practitioners and other integrative medicine practitioners. Not only was I able to learn from some truly great minds, but I was also able to participate in a certification in Restorative Medicine. This certification encompasses an evidence-based review of thyroid function including treatment protocols for optimizing thyroid health, using Triiodothyronine, botanicals and nutritional medicines to support the thyroid system.
What is Restorative Medicine?
The purpose of Restorative Medicine is to restore the delicate balance of system functions to achieve optimal health. With this goal, Restorative Medicine enhances healthy aging and promotes vitality and longevity. By reaching beyond simple symptomatic relief, it explores the root cause of disease with the purpose of halting tissue degeneration and optimizing cellular, endocrine and metabolic function. Restorative Medicine is patient-specific rather than disease-specific. By working with the biological individuality of the patient, a path is cleared to re-create balance and promote healthy aging.
Restorative Medicine is comprised of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies that, combined with lifestyle changes are capable of preventing future disease and slow or halt the progression of existing diseases. It is powered by novel, evidence- based therapies that are published in peer-reviewed medical journals and shared in a variety of medical education opportunities. Both conventional medical practitioners and Naturopathic doctors utilize hormones, nutrition and herbal therapies to effectively practice Restorative Medicine.
How Restorative Medicine can Help You:
I am so excited to be able to offer my patients more innovative care and new ideas to enhance their health. In particular, to promote metabolic processes and thyroid function by establishing optimal body temperature.
Dr. Jen Newell is passionate about helping people embrace health, feel amazing and easily incorporate “real” food into their busy lives. Her mission is to make health accessible and achievable, and to inspire patients to live an active, vibrant and healthy life.
Jen has a clinical focus on digestive health, food sensitivities and healthy nutrition; mental health and stress-related illness; women’s health, hormone balance and fertility; optimal aging; and dermatology. She focuses on integrating healthy foods into one’s diet in a medicinal and therapeutic capacity and providing individuals with nutritional support that is easy to incorporate into a busy day. Dr. Newell practices at the Integrative Health Institute in Downtown Toronto.