About the Doctor…Mark Rudderham, N.M.D. earned his Bachelor of Science from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia and his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona. Starting practice at age 23, he was one of the youngest practicing Naturopathic Physicians in recent history. He practiced in Connecticut for seven years before returning to the Valley in 2004. He provides the full services of a family practitioner with particular areas of interest in musculoskeletal and sports medicine. As a former collegiate swimmer these areas of focus have been a natural fit. His approach with clients is to assess where they are and work in the direction of optimizing wellness. This approach works well with everything from advanced chronic disease to acute care. He is an animated lecturer on these topics and enjoys the opportunity to do presentations. He has lectured at various locations around the country. Dr. Rudderham believes in order to be a skilled teacher one must first be a skilled observer. His best assets are that he listens and he cares.
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The following principles are the foundation that naturopathic medical practice is built upon
The Healing Power of Nature. Vis Medicatrix Naturae Nature acts powerfully through the healing mechanisms in the body and mind to maintain and restore health. Naturopathic physicians work to restore and support these inherent healing systems when they have broken down, by using methods, medicines and techniques that are in harmony with natural processes.
First Do No Harm. Primum non nocere Naturopathic physicians prefer non-invasive treatments which minimize side-effects. They are trained to know which patients they can treat safely and which ones they need to refer to other health care practitioners.
Find the Cause. Tolle Causam Every illness has an underlying cause, often in aspects of the lifestyle, diet or habits of the individual. A Naturopathic Physician is trained to find and remove the underlying cause of a disease.
Treat the Whole Person. Health and disease come from a complex interaction of physical, emotional, dietary, genetic, environmental, lifestyle and other factors. Naturopathic Physicians treat the whole person, taking these factors into account.
Preventive Medicine. The Naturopathic approach to health care can prevent minor illnesses from developing into more serious or chronic degenerative diseases. Patients are taught the principles with which to live a healthy life; by following these principles they can prevent major illnesses.