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New specialty shift focuses on alternative treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia

May 22, 2012

TORONTO, May 22, 2012 - The Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic (RSNC) at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine now offers a new specialty shift designed to help patients suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM).

With a special interest and experience in treating individuals with CFS and FM, Louise Shaw, B.Sc. (Hons.), ND, will lead fourth-year interns in this new shift, which began on Friday, May 11 and will run on Fridays thereafter.

"My experience working with patients suffering from CFS and FM has been extremely rewarding. They tend to have a history of being high achieving individuals. To then suffer from a condition which greatly limits activities of daily living can be devastating. This is a wonderful opportunity to be able to provide support and help to these individuals,? says Shaw.

The shift will give patients the opportunity to benefit from an individualized, holistic and all-encompassing approach to their health utilizing efficacious natural therapies. Naturopathic treatments can work in tandem with conventional treatments, allowing for a truly integrated approach to health.

?Conventional and naturopathic treatment of CFS and FM can be very complimentary in helping patients. The ability to benefit from the best both systems have to offer is ideal. Naturopathic care focuses on education (lifestyle counselling, pacing, nutritional counselling, addressing environmental factors etc), taking a holistic approach to care and treating utilizing individualized, safe and efficacious natural treatments,? explains Shaw.

A patient will meet with both the supervisor and fourth-year intern during the first visit. Following a detailed history, review of laboratory results and a relevant physical exam, an integrated program will be developed which combines a variety of naturopathic treatments specific to the patients needs. Those could include clinical nutrition, intravenous (IV) therapy, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, Asian medicine and mind/body medicine.

To help guide treatment, additional testing may be recommended (examples include: food allergy testing, comprehensive digestive stool analysis, comprehensive nutritional analysis, 4 point cortisol and hormone panel).

?This shift will provide accessibility to holistic care from practitioners who have a thorough understanding of the condition thereby striving to improve the quality of life for those who suffer,? says Shaw.

?It is also my hope that it will open the door to much needed research and outreach.?


The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) is Canada's premier institute for education and research in naturopathic medicine. CCNM offers a rigorous four-year, full-time doctor of naturopathic medicine program.

The College educates, develops and trains naturopathic doctors through excellence in health education, clinical services and research that integrate mind, body and spirit.

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are primary health-care practitioners. Interns at CCNM's Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic improve their patients' health by identifying and treating the underlying causes of illness, integrating acupuncture/Asian medicine, botanical medicine, nutrition, homeopathic medicine, hydrotherapy/massage and lifestyle counselling.
For more information or to book an appointment at the RSNC call 416-498-9763.

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Karamjit Singh
Media and Community Relations Office
Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
Phone: 416-498-1255

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