Dr. Clack recommends natural medicines and treatments for each person based on their assessment (or diagnosis), age, and clinical or research data about the efficacy of various treatments. Your personalized treatment can include a mix of the following:
- Therapeutic diet
- Herbal (botanical) medicines – in pill or liquid forms
- Homeopathic remedies and/or formulas
- Acupuncture, Acupressure, and traditional Chinese herbs – Dr. Clack uses traditional needles, laser and/or electrotherapeutic point stimulation for treatments
- Nutritional supplements – vitamins, minerals, amino acids in capsules or liquid forms
- NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques) – an acupressure-based treatment that rebalances the nervous system response to sensitivities and allergens
- Lifestyle counselling – advice on sleep, exercise and mental (or spiritual) wellness
- Physical medicine treatments – stretching, massage or water-based (hydrotherapy) treatments are most commonly recommended by Dr. Clack; patients are directed to other practitioners (eg. Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths) for more comprehensive physical medicine treatments.
At this time, none of our modalities are covered by OHIP. Extended Health Insurance coverage is available from most providers for Naturopathic Medicine (ranges $350 to $1200/year per person is average) and Acupuncture ($300 to $500 per year per person, possibly more) but you must check your specific policy to understand your coverage. Your insurance company may reimburse for supplements or natural medicines: check your policy for further details.
Most common health problems that people visit family doctors for can be treated with Naturopathic treatments. Your treatments can be integrated, meaning that you can continue to use prescription medicines while taking naturopathic medicines; Dr. Clack will be responsible for ensuring safe combining of your medicines and potentially collaborating with your family doctor if your prescription medicine doses can be adjusted.
Dr. Clack has special interest in, and years of training and clinical experience, for treating:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- PANS/PANDAS (Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome)
- OCD, Tic disorders
- Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease
- IBD (Crohn’s, Ulcerative colitis), IBS, SIBO and GERD
Naturopathic Medicine can also be effective for treatment of cancer, although patients are required to be under the care of an Oncologist as their primary form of cancer treatment.
At this time, the differences between these two systems of natural medicine are professional regulation and training. Naturopathic Medicine has always been a regulated profession in Ontario since 1925. Under the regulatory act, Naturopathic Doctors in Ontario have been required to complete their 4-year training at a recognized, accredited Naturopathic college and pass licensing exams set by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario. ND’s in Ontario are also required to pass a Jurisprudence test and practical examinations.
While anyone can legally provide homeopathy education and advice, what sets registered homeopaths apart is that, under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, they are accountable to the College of Homeopaths of Ontario to provide safe, competent and ethical practice. Each homeopath must participate in quality assurance and practice assessment programs to ensure continuing competency.
A Naturopathic Doctor or a homeopath may recommend similar treatments (eg. Dietary changes, homeopathic remedies, nutritional supplements). Naturopathic Doctors also have the following included in their scope of practice:
- Use of the protected title, Doctor
- Ability to order diagnostic testing through certified laboratories
- Ability to perform physical examinations