December Recipe

German Chocolate Chia Pudding

This recipe is free: gluten free, dairy free, grain free, and hassle free.

chia seeds

Chia seeds are the star of the show.  Two tablespoons of this food of the ancient Aztec people packs in 5 grams of omega 3 fatty acids and 11 grams of fiber.  They also contain essential minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup chia seeds – dry
  • 16 oz coconut milk
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup mini dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup raw almond slivers
  • Stevia or raw honey to taste

coconut milkDirections:

Stir all ingredients together in a container with a tight sealing lid.  Be sure to mix well.  Allow to sit in your refrigerator for 2-4 hours or overnight.  As the mixture sits, the chia seeds will absorb water from the coconut milk forming a gel that will thicken the mixture.

Serves 4

Chia Seeds by Stacey Spensley is licensed under cc by 2.0

Benefits of Coconut Milk by John Revo Puno is licensed under cc by ND 3.0

 

The Therapeutic Order

Many people believe that naturopathic medicine is about what treatments it uses.  While the contents of the naturopathic toolbox are very important, those tools do not define the profession.  You can read more about the tenets of naturopathic medicine here.  As a reminder, they include the following six key concepts:

  • First – do no harm
  • The healing power of nature – the body’s innate ability to heal itself
  • Identify and treat the cause of disease
  • Treat the whole person
  • Prevention first
  • The doctor as teacher

There is another key foundational philosophy in naturopathic medicine which will be the topic of this month’s blog post – the therapeutic order.

the-therapeutic-order

The therapeutic order is used to determine which treatments are needed for each patient in their given condition.  The order is usually depicted as a pyramid as shown with treatments ranging from creating a solid foundation of nutrition and lifestyle habits all the way to heroic measures such as surgery and chemotherapy.

When considering the therapeutic order one can see that naturopathic doctors have many, many different ways of addressing their patients as well as their conditions.  In fact, within each level of the pyramid, there are multiple different options of treatment and focus allowing us to tailor treatment to the individual.  It can also be seen that without a strong foundation (nutrition and lifestyle efforts) in place, there will be a continued need for more complex and invasive treatments.

Finally, it should be mentioned that multiple levels of the pyramid can be addressed simultaneously.  For instance, in the case of hypertension, once the cause of the disregulation of blood pressure has been identified, a patient may be on an antihypertensive medication (level 6), be on an herbal combination aimed to strengthen the cardiovascular system (level 3), and be starting a new exercise regimen (level 1).  Another patient may be more apt to focus on diet and avoidance of pharmaceuticals and focus on the removal of foods that they react to (level 1) while taking an herbal antihypertensive formula (level 5).  Both approaches have their merits and areas to be cautious about.  The treatment plan that will work the best is the one that works for the patient while addressing the underlying causes of disease.

Naturopathic medicine is more than its tools it is a whole system of medicine with a very solid philosophical foundation to guide the use of its varied tools and practitioners.

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