Purity was created specifically for the person who wants to change their life but needs a little guidance to get going. We see ourselves as a “life coach” just as much as we are a physician. Our mission is to teach and inspire healthy lifestyle and balance in our patients and to empower them to make positive health care choices that will last a lifetime. We will strive to achieve this through a high standard of care and by implementing the Naturopathic Principle, Docere, Doctor as Teacher.
We provide Naturopathic Primary care as well as Complementary and Alternative Medicine, preferably referred to as “Integrative Medicine”. We specialize in bioidentical hormones, anxiety, depression, women’s health and many more situations or issues. We also assist with weight loss and detoxification, both of which are areas that can promote longevity and increase quality of life.
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is a specialty of medicine that focuses on primary care, treating the cause and preventing disease before it happens. Naturopathic Physicians focus on teaching ways to live a healthy life in order to help the body fight the possibility of disease. They use natural medicines such as botanicals, nutraceuticals, homeopathy, et. cetera, to treat the cause of disease if it does occur and help patients correct any deficiency to give the person a chance to fight back, heal and never return. They may also use physical medicine such as hydrotherapy, massage therapy, and spinal manipulation to correct structural dysfunction if needed. If appropriate and absolutely indicated, pharmaceutical intervention may be used.
Naturopaths are considered Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) who can diagnose and treat disease and illness. Diagnosis is obtained through scientific means such as laboratory studies, imaging reports and physical exam. Treatment is supported through scientific studies and peer-reviewed journals as well as some clinical evidence and experience.
Naturopath Physician’s are trained at accredited Naturopathic Medical Schools in a four-year Doctorate program in Naturopathic Medicine. A Naturopathic Candidate must have a Bachelor degree and pre-med requirements completed before attending. The education is very similar to conventional medical school with the first two years focusing on basic sciences such as Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Pharmacology and Physical and Clinical Diagnosis. The third and fourth year focuses on clinical sciences such as Gynecology, Oncology, Gastroenterology, Dermatology, Neurology and many more, meanwhile attending an internship the Bastyr Clinic and many satellite specialty clinics, specializing in areas such as Geriatrics, HIV/AIDS, Women’s Health, Homeless Youth and Oncology. Interspersed through the four-year training are classes specific to Naturopathic Medicine such as Botanical Medicine, Nutrition, Homeopathy, Counseling, Hydrotherapy, Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine, Spinal Manipulation, et cetera. At the end of two years, the candidates take Basic Science Board Exams and after graduation (four years), the Naturopathic Physicians take Clinical Board Exams in order to obtain licensure in the State of their choice.