January 20, 2018

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  • Gillian Martlew, N.D.
  • New London Center for Naturopathic Health
  • PO Box 1195
  • New London, NH 03257
  • (603) 526-8446


"Before I started working with Gillian I thought there was no hope of ever feeling well again..."
"...I've tried many alternative therapies in the last 8 years. Each helped to some degree, but none has ever produced the life changing results that working with you has..."
"...it is wonderful to wake up in the morning and feel good-for the first time in many years!"
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"Dear Gillian, Hope you are sitting down!!!!!!!!! Total Cholesterol 198 (my fingers quiver as I type!) HDL 62, LDL 122, Tryglycerides 77..."
"...following your suggestions, I am sleeping much better, I DON'T crave sweets anymore, I'm off caffeine, I have lots of energy...I can hardly wait to see what other good things are in store for me..."
"You can't begin to imagine how excited I am to report my cholesterol numbers to you...These are motivating results. In January my Doctor's comment was, 'it is unlikely with a level this high that you will be able to lower it without medication.' Comment on this report is, 'please continue whatever you've been doing to get it down. It worked!' ..."


What is Naturopathy?

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Naturopathic medicine is a healthcare practice that provides drugless treatment for a broad spectrum of health concerns. Its primary focus is to find the cause of a disease, bring the body into balance, and support its ability to heal.

The therapies used by a naturopath can include therapeutic nutrition, physical medicine, stress and psychological management, homeopathy, botanical medicine, and numerous other natural modalities. The patient is treated as a whole, not as a list of symptoms.

Naturopathic treatments use natural and holistic treatments to restore health and prevent disease, and may be used exclusively?or in harmony with orthodox/allopathic medicine.

One of the main differences between Naturopathic and orthodox/allopathic medicine is the time taken with each patient. Naturopathic appointments may take from 1-2 hours to enable a complete history, non invasive tests and an “overall picture of the patient” to be taken. This thoroughness is the key to determining the right treatment for each person as an individual.

Top Ten Reasons to Consult a Naturopath

1. It?s part of your healthy life-style.
2. You are taking a lot of supplements, but aren?t sure if they are right for you.
3. You want advice from a specialist who is well trained in natural therapies.
4. You want to make an informed decision about your health.
5. You want a natural health program designed for you.
6. You are confused by contradictory health claims.
7. You have vague complaints but aren?t sick enough to see a medical doctor or use drugs.
8. You are concerned about the long-term side effects of drugs.
9. You have an uncommon health problem that has many specialists baffled.
10. The drugs you are taking cause side effects that are worse than the original problem.

At the height of Naturopathy’s popularity in the early 1900s, there were more than 20 naturopathic medical schools in the United States, and naturopathic doctors were licensed in most states. As the use of pharmaceutical drugs increased, naturopathic medicine began to decline. However, in the past several decades there has been a resurgence of interest in naturopathy. There are now 5 Naturopathic Medical Schools in North America, and many states are licensing Naturopathic Doctors again.

Naturopaths do not prescribe drugs, but are also not opposed to pharmaceutical drugs or surgery, and where appropriate, will either work in conjunction with prescription drug regimes, medical doctors, or surgeons, or make referrals for such treatment. Naturopathic doctors refer to a wide range of other health practitioners including physician specialists and other conventional and alternative providers.

Naturopathic Doctors (ND’s) have been licensed as primary care doctors in New Hampshire since 1995. To become a licensed ND, the state of New Hampshire requires that an applicant be a graduate of an accredited Naturopathic medical school and have passed all state and national required board examinations.

Some insurance companies have covered naturopathic care in New Hampshire, but you should ask your medical insurer about coverage for naturopathic medicine. In the future, it is probable that naturopathic medicine will be included in medical insurance.