Natural Medicine for All Ages
Amy Fasig, N.D.
2206 Queen Anne Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
care has changed radically as medical knowledge and technology have
seen tremendous breakthroughs. The study of nutrition has led to highly
specialized diets and their popularity has increased alongside the rise
in home exercise equipment, gym memberships, and personal trainers.
Centuries-old remedies have been subjected to 20th and 21st century
scientific experimentation and have been proven to be effective. Grocery
stores now carry an assortment of vitamins, minerals, and herbal
supplements. ‘Echinacea,’ ‘gingko biloba,’ and ‘St. John’s wort’ have
become part of the modern vocabulary.
So have words like ‘web site’ ‘search engine,’ and ‘blog.’ As the
internet has grown and become more useful, it has revolutionized the
ways in which people are able to discover and communicate information
about health care. Googling ‘echinacea’ returns over 4.5 million
results. The traditional media—television news, local newspapers,
afternoon talk shows, and the publishing industry—have not lagged
behind, giving increased attention to the field and now report daily on
new advances or studies.
It is no understatement to say
that, given these technological advances and increased media attention,
people have begun to seize responsibility for their health and have
begun to explore alternatives which would have been utterly unknown only
a short time ago. Chiropractors and acupuncturists have assumed a place
in the mainstream medical community, and naturopathic physicians are
doing so now. Having studied the same basic medical sciences as M.D.s,
naturopathic physicians licensed by the state of Washington are able to
prescribe a number of prescriptive medications and pharmacological
substances such as antibiotics, bio-identical hormones, birth control
pills, thyroid medications, and diuretics in addition to using the core
therapies of naturopathic medicine.
However, the ability to
prescribe drugs and the willingness to do so are entirely different
things. Some naturopathic physicians are absolutely opposed to
prescription drugs, and some recognize that prescription medications may
be necessary or otherwise appropriate under the circumstances. There
are a number of such differences among naturopathic physicians, just as
there are among M.D.s. Some practice as primary care physicians, some as
specialists in particular therapies, and some as both. Some do
traditional laboratory tests, and some do not. Some have unwavering
nutritional recommendations or prescribe the same regimen of supplements
to all their patients.
I opened my practice, in upper Queen
Anne, in 2003, upon the principle that I am, at my best, a partner in
each patient’s taking the responsibility for their own health. The most
important of my duties is to make sure that you are, in every way, as
informed as possible about your health, treatment options, and the
advantages and disadvantages of each, whether natural or pharmaceutical.
I can’t imagine that it would be helpful for each patient to observe
the same diet or to take the same supplements or nutraceuticals. As a
partner, I respect your decisions and respect that you know and
understand your body more than I can. I have found it necessary or
appropriate, in some cases, to prescribe prescription pharmaceuticals. I
do physical exams and standard lab tests in my office, and am happy to
treat you and/or your family as your primary care physician or to work
with you and your primary care physician, naturopathic or not, as a
Finally, I recognize that choosing to take
responsibility for your own health involves juggling more commitments
into your schedule. With this in mind, I regularly see patients in the
evenings and on Saturdays.