It is in our culture to have some level of a hypochondriasis syndrome. Each time we hear a new piece of information or an opinion from someone we trust, we always reflect on how this new knowledge may benefit us. We may hear something about a specific supplement that treats such and such a condition then decide “that will be the magic bullet that will cure all my illnesses”. The problem with this thinking is that symptom you may be experiencing is not an isolated event, but a result of an entire system of interactions producing a specific symptomatic picture. It may be something very serious that would only worsen by repeated self prescribing. As Naturopathic Doctors it is our responsibility as primary health care providers to properly address serious diseases and refer out when necessary.
You would not take your car to the baker to fix, nor would you have your yoga instructor fix your computer. Your body is the most important thing you have, and it takes a highly trained professional to diagnose and explain the intricate processes that occur in the body. In the long run, you end up spending more money, time, energy and frustration on self prescribing than you ever would seeking professional consult. Naturopathic Doctors are highly trained in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, nutrition and psychology to understand the connections between your symptoms and lifestyle that would elicit a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.