Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care that addresses the root causes of illness, and promotes health and healing using natural therapies. It supports your body's own healing ability using an integrated approach to disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention.The strength and uniqueness of naturopathic medicine is founded on six principles:
Hi! My name is Danika Sicard and I began my career at the University of Ottawa completing an undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics. This was the beginning of my particular interest in nutrition and healthy living. I began to incorporate concepts I had been taught into my daily life and experienced profound improvements in my general health, energy and state of mind. I decided then that my vocation lay in helping others to reach their health goals, prevent disease and to heal themselves.
I continued my studies and completed the four-year graduate degree at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. I augmented my professional credentials with a Master of Science in Acupuncture granted by the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.
It wasn’t until my second child came along that I really became interested in autoimmune diseases. My daughter was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and even after extensive education in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture, I felt I needed to know more and that’s when I fell upon the Autoimmune Protocol and the teachings of Dr. Sarah Ballantyne. It was my mission to learn everything I could about her condition and other autoimmune conditions.
So, here I am today able to help people living with a variety of health conditions by offering them the direction and tools they need to achieve their optimal state of health.
Areas of interest include autoimmune conditions, fertility, pain management, digestive problems and stress management.
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I've come to realize that one does not usually choose to become a Naturopathic Doctor when exploring career choices, but rather one falls into this career by happenstance. My journey into naturopathic medicine like many of my colleagues came as a complete surprise. I discovered naturopathic medicine during my Bachelor’s degree at Laurentian University in Sudbury where I was studying biomedical sciences with a focus in microbiology. At that point, I was considering a research career in microbiology; I knew nothing of naturopathic medicine or of its principles until a member of my family became ill.
Once I discovered Naturopathic medicine and it’s principles I was hooked. Naturopathic medicine empowers patients to take charge of their health to prevent illnesses, and when treatment is necessary it understands that one must treat the whole individual with safe and effective natural therapies. It was only during my final year of my bachelor’s degree that I decided that a career in Naturopathic Medicine was my true calling.
Throughout my four years at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to Haiti and provide naturopathic care to those in need, as well as teach the community methods on how to improve their health. I’ve worked with children and adolescences; people who are HIV+; people who are experiencing menstrual problems, hormonal irregularities and fertility difficulties; individuals seeking assistance with weight management; people with digestive disorders and liver conditions, as well as those who live with chronic pain.
I am very excited to be working alongside Dr. Danika Sicard at Orléans Naturopath providing Naturopathic care in French and English in Orléans. I treat a variety of health conditions including women's health, hormonal problems, digestive issues, and pain management.
I believe that when people understand what is happening with their health, they can better help themselves. Knowledge is empowering and contagious. When you are feeling the best you can, you want to share that with everyone. It creates a domino effect from friends to friends, family to family, parents to kids, and to a whole community. My goal is to support you with your health decisions and motivate you to make sustainable change. Through appropriate questioning and testing, we can create a realistic plan that moves you into an optimal state of health.
I completed my undergrad at the University of Ottawa in Health Sciences. This program showed me the importance of community health. I learnt that many health issues are not solely physical medical symptoms but can depend on so many other factors. A person’s environment and mental health are such huge components of long term health quality. After completing my degree, and in combination with my own health journey, Naturopathic Medicine provided answers and a way to help others. I knew that symptom management was only the first layer. The entirety of someone’s case needs to be considered.
During my clinical year at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, I had the opportunity to work at a community health clinic supporting lower income patients and realize affordable care options for them. I focused clinically on pediatric health. I worked with parents to feel more confident about how to help their kids. I assisted kids recognize how they can improve their own well-being. I also supported patients with digestive health, pain management, and anxiety among many other things.
I feel lucky to be back in Ottawa and join Dr. Danika Sicard and Dr. Natacha Montpellier at Orleans Naturopath seeing patients in both French and English. I want our Orleans community to feel it’s best!
One of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world, acupuncture originated in China more than 2,000 years ago. Acupuncture is one of the key components of the system of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). In the TCM system of medicine, the body is seen as a delicate balance of two opposing and inseparable forces: yin and yang. The main assumption in TCM is that health is achieved by maintaining the body in a “balanced state” and that disease is due to an internal imbalance of yin and yang. This imbalance leads to the blockage in the flow of qi (vital energy) along pathways known as meridians. Helpful adjunctive treatments include, Moxa, Cupping, Guasha, and Tui na massage.
Botanical medicine utilizes diverse plant substances from around the world for their powerful healing and nutritional values. Naturopathic doctors use herbs from Europe, the Americas, China and India to prevent and alleviate illness. The flowers, roots, leaves or oils of a plant may be used in the remedy. Therapy may take the form of:
• Teas • Tinctures • Ointments • Essential oils • Capsules
Food is essential to life. However, the food we choose can make the difference between being well and being sick. Using food as medicine is one of the simplest ways to help heal the body. Applying a Functional Medicine approach can help target certain disease pathways and help restore health. For example, someone who has been in pain for many months or years may feel a decrease in their pain once they make some key dietary changes. Another example, the connection between blood sugar dysregulation and fertility issues. Diet has an immense impact on our health and it is essential to help restore quality of life.
Homeopathy Homeopathic medicine is a natural, nontoxic therapeutic system of healing that assists the inherent ability of the body to heal itself. Homeopathy restores the body to homeostasis, or healthy balance, which is considered its natural state. The symptoms of a disease are regarded as the body's own defensive attempt to correct its imbalance, rather than as enemies to be defeated. Homeopathic remedies are designed to stimulate this internal curative process rather than to suppress the symptoms.
Counseling and lifestyle modifications are important elements in overall health and should be considered when treating illness and disease. Lifestyle counseling, in conjunction with other naturopathic and traditional Chinese therapies, can provide support for those dealing with fertility issues, work-related stress, relationship difficulties, life transitions, and health problems, particularly chronic health problems.
Dry Salt Therapy: It’s natural and gentle. And it works for a range of conditions — the everyday cold and the flu, allergies, respiratory ailments, skin conditions, even snoring, stress and fatigue.
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It’s that time of year when we start to think about arming ourselves for the dreaded cold & flu season. There are many natural over the counter products that are very effective at preventing and shortening the course of a cold or flu. However, I like to caution my patients with autoimmune disease to think twice before grabbing the Echinacea or Cold FX off the shelf.
As a naturopathic doctor who has a special focus in fertility, pregnancy, and post-partum I am frequently taken aback by the small number of men joining their partners for fertility optimization. According to the Canadian government, 30% of all fertility issues originate solely in the male partner1. However, the female partner is often the only one seeking care to enhance her fertility and chances of conception.
I am so happy to share my first blog post with you! It took me a while to decide what to write about and finally I decided to write about something that is always on my mind….Autoimmune Disease!!