Integrative Health Resources
The purpose of our resources page is to provide knowledge and materials for empowering the healing process. At Roots and Branches we are clear that we can not heal or cure, but teach patients how to heal themselves. This is accomplished with a thorough diagnosis, as the cause of “illness” is usually multifactorial. As Dr. Dorninger is known to say “it is many straws that break the camel’s back”.
This multifactorial approach to the causes of illness is known in Naturopathic Medicine as “Total Load”. “Total Load” is a conglomeration of life circumstances, genetic predisposition, diet, lifestyle, environment, infection, etc. that tips the body and mind into physiological disturbance. Identifying these underlying disturbances or causes is essential for healing to occur. Once identified, the individual we are working with usually needs support on understanding and owning why the disease process is occurring. This could be inflammatory foods, a water damaged building, emotional health effects on immune system, overcoming nutrient deficiencies, biomechanical causes of pain syndromes, etc.
Hence, in the tradition of Docere (the Latin root of Doctor that means “to teach”), our resources page is meant to educate our patient population and the public on common obstacles to healing and ways we can endorse and promote health and wellness in our human community.