What does a Naturopathic Doctor do? (Plus Naturopathic Solutions)

What does a Naturopathic Doctor do? (Plus Naturopathic Solutions)


(upbeat drum music) (calm ethereal music) – Hi, everybody! Today we are here with
Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Jason Lee. Welcome to the show! – Hello. Thanks for having me. – Absolutely, this is amazing! You are an educator, you
are a motivational speaker, so I think your client list is like five to six months for new patients? – It takes a while, yeah. (interviewer laughs) – So you’re obviously on the right path, what’s your business plan model and how has it been? – The plan has always been
to do the best work I can for patients, and hopefully
that will get word of mouth and other patients will come, and that’s basically
how the practice has run for the past 15 years, it’s all been completely
100% word of mouth. We have… – That’s amazing. – No signage out front, we don’t really – Yeah, you don’t advertise ’cause I heard from word of mouth, yeah. – No flyers, no nothing,
it’s just word of mouth. And I find that’s the best
right ’cause people have come, they’ve had a good experience,
they get great results and they just tell other people, so. – And it snowballs right? – Yeah it snowballs, so
to start off, I mean, I think in my first
month I saw three people. Then I was like “what am I doing, I think I’m doing the wrong thing.” (interviewer laughs) But those people told other people and over the past 15 years
it’s just snowballed. – It’s amazing. – Yeah. – Whenever I come into your office I see a sign for Innermedica. Is this your, I guess,
organization business or is that a separate thing you’re part of ’cause when I was on the website I saw like five or six other
practitioners, like with you, so I was just curious about that. – Yeah that’s a good question,
when I started my practice it was just “Jason Lee” that was it. A real original name, my name
jasonlee.com or drjason.com and that’s how I ran for many years, but when I opened this office up it was probably about eight years ago. We had other practitioners that would come and they were using space here and they’re allied professionals
so we have psychotherapy, colonic hydrotherapy, osteopath. – Massage therapy. – Massage therapy,
different kinds of people so I thought, it didn’t
feel right having them come to a clinic named after me. ‘Cause it’s sort of like, I
mean it didn’t seem right, so we came up with the name
Innermedica which is two words, basically inner and
medica so inner medicine. The body heals itself. I mean, if given the right opportunities. And also educating people,
so our phrase is basically: teach, empower and restore. So that’s where the name came from but it came more out of the fact that I had to get something for the clinic but then it kind of stuck and it stayed. – And so through Innermedica
you’re educating, ’cause I know you’ve done Ted Talks, you do have your own blog, I will put links at the end of this video to all those things. – Yes. – So you’re constantly, so that’s great. So you’re not only just treating people you’re informing them. – Mmmhmm, the word doctor is interesting, Doctor comes from the Latin
word docēre which means to teach so really we’re just teachers. Sometimes I also say to students, the most powerful treatment modality that I actually have in this
clinic is to help patients become accountable for themselves and to be accountable
you need to be educated. You need to understand and
people don’t always understand, they have a problem, they’re like I don’t know why I have it. So then they take something
medically to cover that symptom but the reality is if
they knew why they had it, they could fix that and then
the symptom wouldn’t be there. – Yeah, you’ve given me
a few tips and tricks and now every time I reach
for a gum or a mint I’m like “maybe I shouldn’t” and I
don’t drink water with a meal so I have been implementing
what you’ve been teaching and that has been helping. – Hasn’t annoyed you too much. (Both laugh) – Well sometimes it’s hard
when everyone’s like, you know. – Oh totally, totally. The things I ask people to do are not easy because the general public
doesn’t do half these things but that’s why people
are in a state of disease or ill health. – So when you were growing
up I know you had eczema and that was obviously
something frustrating, everyone’s got something. Is that what fueled your
motivation to become a naturopath. – Totally, it was probably
the driving factor. I mean I was born in the ’70s
and in the ’70s breastfeeding was not that important. They kind of viewed it as
being almost “why bother,” use the formula, so I was put on formula, I developed eczema from that. No one knew at the time,
they just thought it spontaneously happened. – Right. – And I was on steroids
and all these medications, I saw many doctors and in the end, it was actually naturopathic
medicine that helped me. When I was in my 12, 13
years old I saw a naturopath and she told me something
I’d never forget, she said “you know your skin
problem’s not a skin problem, it comes from here.” And she pointed to my belly button. And I was like – What. – My belly button? She goes no, what’s inside
your gut, it’s your digestion is causing your skin issue. And I thought that was such
a weird comment to make. I mean I was covered in skin lesions and the woman’s talking
about my digestion. But I followed what she said and it was amazing what happened,
I mean the itching stopped the skin got a lot better and
she never gave me a cream. And to me that was so powerful, I thought, that’s what I gotta do. It totally led me along this path. Have you told her that you’re now… (interviewer laughs) – I did actually, she still practices. I told her, I said, I want you to know, I just need you to understand
what you did for me. What you said and what
that resonated with for me, it not only affected my
health but it affected the course of my life and I just wanted to thank you for that. – I’m sure she was so touched. – And she was very happy,
yeah, it was wonderful and she’s still practicing,
so it was great. – And that’s when you
said you were like 12, 13 so did you start taking
courses or were you just like okay, once I hit
university I know my path. – I started reading different books, they had quite a few
books out at the time, not too many, just some. And then I went to McMaster University, did my degree in science and biology and then from there I applied
to the naturobiotics school. But I was always interested in that so I did some courses here and there but not too many until I actually went to
the naturobiotic program. And then we do lots of continued education so I’m always in conferences and we lecture and stuff like that. (interviewer laughs) – Which is also why you’re so busy and hard to get a hold of sometimes. – Yeah and it’s wonderful,
it’s such a great field, and a growing field, and
it gives me the opportunity to meet fantastic people every day. Hello my name is Dr Jason
Lee, naturopathic Doctor I’m here to give you some
tips on health and wellness, some things you can do at home. First things first, you gotta move. That’s super, super key, I mean
these are very simple steps I’m gonna talk about but
they’re things everybody can do but not everybody does them. Move, gentle movement activity. It doesn’t have to be a lot,
it can be 20 minutes a day, gentle walking, could be
yoga, could be exercise, going to the gym, some kind of movement. Our body’s always meant to move. If you don’t use it, you tend to lose it. Step number two for sure,
drink a lot of water. Most people don’t drink
enough water at all. The average adult at my
height, which is not that tall, it’s probably 1.5 liters of water a day, but the average person, probably about two liters of water a day. That’s super, super key. Most people drink their
juice, their coffee or other kinds of things,
they don’t drink any water. Remember the line, “dilution
is the solution to pollution,” you gotta flush the body out. And that’s what we have to do, it helps with bowel function, it helps with just flooding
waste out of the body. Super super key. Number three is try and eat
vegetables, okay, everyday. And we’re not just talking about
a little bit here and there I’d prefer half your plate for lunch, half your plate for dinner,
some kind of vegetable. Doesn’t really matter what kind. Something green, really really key. People just don’t do that. Number 4, stay away from foods with ingredients you can’t understand. People always ask me, what
should I stay away from, it’s really simple. If you read it, usually it comes in a box and it has ingredients
that you don’t understand. You’re reading it and you’re
like I don’t know what that is, chances are your body
doesn’t know it either. So that’s super super key. You know, those are some real
simple things you can do. And Olivia I think mentioned a few things about chewing your food,
that’s one thing we never do, our teeth are flat,
they’re designed to bite and grind food, not bite
tear and swallow whole. We eat almost like we have
the teeth of a jaguar, Yet we have teeth more like a
cow, designed to chew our food really well and no fluids with
meals, now why is that one? When you drink and eat at the same time you dilute the enzymes that are designed to break down the food in the first place causing digestive issues. That’s why if you notice a dog has a food bowl and a water
bowl, you never see the dog eat the food and then
drink and eat the food and drink the water,
just one or the other, so those are small steps for digestion. The key to health is always
to do the right thing, for a long time. For a lot of people
they do the wrong things in small amounts everyday and that’s what hurts them the most. So, yes you’re gonna go off
the wagon here and there, you’re gonna go on that
vacation, eat these things, go out with your buddies for a guys trip and that’s okay, as long
as you do the right thing most of the time that’s
really really great. So hopefully that helps and take care. – And if there was another
job that you could do, say for a day, or try out. What do you think you would do and why? – It’s interesting you asked that ’cause I had a conversation
with my girlfriend and she asked, what would you
do if you weren’t doing this? ‘Cause I actually do love what I do. I really do, I would love to be a chef. I love cooking, I’ve always
loved cooking, it’s a big part, we have a teaching kitchen
actually down stairs. And it’s something that I just
love, I just love cooking. – That’s so fascinating. – It’d be great to have
a restaurant that has, – Healthy eating, – 10 tables, no more than that. (interviewer laughs) I would love to just sit and
eat food and chat about food with people and show
them how to do things, that would be a fantastic job. Or I would teach. – Which is kind of on your path already. – Yeah, I mean I kind of do that here, but that’s basically what I
would do something about food. – Beautiful. Well thank you so much
for chatting with us. – Yeah, thanks for having me. – And thanks guys for watching. – Thanks a lot, appreciate it. – We will see you next week. – Take care, bye now.

3 Replies to “What does a Naturopathic Doctor do? (Plus Naturopathic Solutions)”

  1. Amazing job Olivia!!!! I love your editing style. its awesome!! Love your intro! you are wonderful! i look forward to many many mannnnny more eps!

  2. Thanks for watching my Interview with Naturopathic Doctor Jason Lee! Do you believe in natural healing?

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