On Monday, February 4, 2008, Dr. Nancy Rebellato, Doctor of Naturopathic medicine and Clinic Director of Rebellato Health Centre in Sudbury, appeared as the special guest of the week on THE LEARNING CLINIC INSIDE EDUCATION.

Dr. Nancy has been practicing in the City of Greater Sudbury since 1998, and the Centre has a client base of over 800 patients. She learned about Naturopathic Medicine through experience: the Italian/Mediterranean diet which supported her health and vitality, treatment of a sprained ankle in the Himalayas with homeopathy, and finally a brush with death through Hepatitis C around 1992. She was brought back to life and health by the grace of God and two naturopathic doctors.

Dr. Nancy studied commerce and economics at Laurentian University. She worked overseas for The Times of India Newspaper, IBM New Zealand, and locally for INCO before attending The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto .

Dr. Nancy completed 4 years of training including medical sciences, pharmacology, minor surgery, seven naturopathic therapies, residency, and 14 international licensing exams..

Dr. Nancy’s vision is to bring Gerson Therapy for treatment of cancer and chronic disease to Canada and to have the best cancer clinic in the world -a cancer clinic that has high success rates, treats the body, mind, and soul, treats people with love and respect, and brings hope and joy to those in need.

Dr. Rebellato explained that “Naturopathic Medicine is a complete and coordinated approach to medicine that combines medical sciences with traditional healing wisdom.” She went on to state that the basic principles of naturopathic medicine are founded on the belief that you must find and treat the cause of the problem and not merely focus on treating the symptoms. You must above all else do no harm to the patient, but in finding the root cause of the problem you should treat the whole person, including his/her mental, emotional, spiritual and energetic elements.  She also pointed out that the body has an amazing ability to heal itself naturally, so it is important to use common sense medicine when helping a patient.

She reiterated that this focus on finding and treating the cause instead of the symptoms is what makes Naturopathic Medicine different from conventional medicine. “We take time to get a personal history and examine the whole person we are treating.  Our goal is to treat the whole person, not just the physical part by using natural therapies and techniques that do no harm.”

Dr. Rebellato stated that it takes a long time to become a Naturopathic Doctor, “You still must go through about 8 years of post-secondary education before you begin your practice, but it is well worth it in the end.”

She encourages young people who are interested in medicine to give serious consideration to becoming a naturopathic doctor. “You get to develop long-lasting relationships with your patients. They share everything with you so that you can get down to the root of the problem and treat the whole person. That is what is so satisfying about this career. You really get to know your patients.”


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