By Dr. Lauren Goss, ND
Hi, I’m Lauren, a naturopathic doctor. I first moved to Revelstoke in 2010, after completing my Bachelor of Commerce at McGill University. You may know me from the pro shop at the golf course or serving at the Big Eddy Pub; instructing yoga or as a clinical assistant at Selkirk Medical; Girls Do Ski coach or a patroller at RMR. We may have volunteered teaching adult literacy at Okanagan College or as a member of the poverty reduction steering committee. Chances are, we have crossed paths pursuing Revelstoke’s many outdoor activities. My various experiences locally represent my love and commitment to live in this town and reap the soul filling benefits of a simple, adventurous and communal way of life.
My journey to medicine stemmed from a desire to learn about the human body and the ways in which we flux between sickness and health. I asked myself the following questions:
What is the difference between the absence of sickness and truly being well?
Is there something more important than satisfying the normal laboratory reference ranges of our medical standards?
If treatments aren’t working, or side effects are overwhelming, are there other options to explore or preventative measures to take?
My yoga teacher training is where I first began understanding the complex connection between mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Concurrently, I was completing my pre-medical sciences through TRU and UBC Okanagan, when first exposed to the principles of naturopathic medicine. They began to formulate answers to my long-standing curiosities. We are beyond grateful for modern medicine and its ability to save lives, handle emergencies, fight infectious diseases, and manage complex health challenges. Naturopathic medicine’s preventative and holistic approach can be very complimentary to our current health care model. In Vancouver, I completed my four-year degree and clinical studies through the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. As planned, I have returned to the town I love, to prioritize lifestyle and my passion for helping people thrive, mentally, physical, and emotionally.
Naturopathic medicine is a licensed and regulated profession that focuses on the interconnectedness of the whole person and treating the root cause of disease, rather than symptom management. We focus on lifestyle changes, such as diet, exercise, sleep, stress management and human connection, after correcting any lab indicated physiological imbalances. Using botanical medicine, nutrition and supplementation, acupuncture, counselling, physical medicine, and pharmaceutical interventions, an individualized treatment plan is created. We are committed to evidence-based medicine; incorporating clinical experience, the best available evidence and patient preference. If you struggle with digestion, hormones, mental and / or emotional health, sport or work-related injuries, auto immune conditions, or chronic pain, you have options.
I repeatedly come across patients suffering from digestive disturbances. The physical symptoms can range from diarrhea and constipation, abdominal pain, brain fog, mood or sleep disturbances, to common skin conditions. Rather than focusing on the constipation, for example, the treatment approach would address the parasympathetic nervous system, digestive enzyme and gut motility, immune hypersensitivity from allergens or underlying infections, fiber and water intake, and the health of the gut microbiome. Depending on the cause, a treatment is created based on the best available evidence, using the least invasive options first.
I will be opening my naturopathic practice in early 2020 at Revelstoke Osteopathy and Wellness. I am currently offering presentations to educate and create a dialogue around health and vitality. Please contact me if you, or your organization is interested in hosting a free presentation tailored to your interests and needs. I look forward to connecting with you in the community. Ask yourself – is this the best I can do?
Dr. Lauren Goss ND
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