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Lee Dennis, ND

Naturopathic Physician

Call (503)408-0790

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Location

Namaste Natural Healing Center
12616 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97233

Nutrition

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"Leave your drugs in the chemist’s pot if you can cure the patient with food."

- Hippocrates, 420 BC

"One can not think well, love well, or sleep well if one has not dined well."

- Virginia Woolf, 1929

Optimal nutrition and a balanced diet is a necessary component of any healthy lifestyle. Food, however, not only provides the building blocks of our body, but can also modulate inflammation, alter immune function and affect a multitude of other biological processes as well. Naturopathic physicians are trained to use food and nutrients as medicine. As such, a visit with a naturopath will most certainly involve some aspect of nutrition -- either dietary changes or nutrient-based supplements. Ideally, any dietary changes will be personalized and directed towards each individual's needs.

Because diet is the cornerstone of our health, Dr. Dennis discusses diet and nutrition with every patient, regardless of the health concern being discussed. While there are dietary recommendations that are good for everyone, such as having an adequate intake of fruits and vegetables, diet is also highly personal and individual. The perfect diet for each patient depends not only on their genetic background and predisposition, but also on how they've been raised and their personal preferences that have developed over the years. Dr. Dennis believes in keeping our diet as close as possible to what nature intended, combining common sense with the latest in nutrition research, while also keeping it manageable.



Homeopathy

Homeopathy was first developed by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, in the late 18th century. Homeopathy is based on the principle that "like cures like". Hahnemann first observed this principle with the use of cinchona bark to treat malaria. Hahnemann discovered that when cinchona was given to healthy individuals, it caused symptoms similar to those seen in malaria patients. Through experimentation, Hahnemann found that by using small doses of a substance he could avoid the toxic side... - read more -


Herbal Medicine

Plants have been used for thousands of years by various cultures across the world to combat illness and improve health. In fact, many pharmaceutical drugs are derived from plant constituents. Naturopaths are trained in the Western herbal tradition, though some may also employ the use of other herbal traditions such as Chinese medicine or the Indian tradition of Ayurveda. Many of the traditional uses of herbs are being confirmed by modern scientific studies, while new uses are often being found as well... - read more -


What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine as a profession finds its origins dating back to the practitioners of nature cure in the early 19th century. From the early hydrotherapy techniques developed by Vincent Priessnitz to the father of naturopathy, Benedict Lust, to more modern contributors such as John Bastyr, naturopathic medicine has become an amalgamation of natural therapies that are guided by the 6 fundamental principles... - read more -