Naturopathic Treatment Goals
The human body has a tremendous capacity to heal itself. The principle known as the healing power of nature,
is the foundation of naturopathic philosophy. Dr. Ruhlandís goal as a naturopathic physician is to help you
restore balance to your body, your mind, and your spirit.
The focus of the first visit is treating current problems you are having, using natural therapies. If necessary, an
intermediate-range goal may be to focus on preventing specific future illnesses. The long-term goal when treating
you is to work with you to improve your health, as well as to create conditions that continue to promote healthfulness.
Health Care Services
Initial visit includes evaluating:
Current health problems
Stress and energy levels
Personal and family health history
Necessary lab tests
Follow-up visit includes:
Evaluation of progress
Review of test results
Follow-up treatment recommendations
Your treatment plan may include:
Herbs and supplements
Stress management guidelines
Constitutional homeopathic remedy
Therapy is supportive, providing guidance and insight into difficult
life issues such as relationship issues, important transitions, and losses.
At the Clinic:
- Improve nutritional status
a. Improve digestion
- eliminate food allergies
- optimize GI health and nutrient absorption
- treat yeast overgrowth
b. Optimize nutrition
c. Include antioxidant therapy
- Increase cellular oxygen through breathing and other exercises
- Improve function and balance in weakened systems
- Clear toxins, including heavy metals, synthetic hormones, and pesticides
- Treat the following issues
- Provide complementary care for patients undergoing orthodox medical treatments
Due to patient allergies and chemical sensitivities, please refrain from wearing
cologne or perfume. We also suggest that patients turn off their cell phones in the
clinic, because of electronic sensitivities, as well as to provide a more restful environment.
Dr. Ruhlandís Background
Dr. Ruhland earned his doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in 1998.
He has a broad range of experience, which includes providing care in clinics for young people, senior
citizens, chelation treatment, and counseling. He has also worked with a naturopathic midwife.
His experience includes providing complementary care for people with a wide range of conditions, ranging
from pregnancy and pediatrics, to heart disease and cancer.
Note: We are a Naturopathic office in Washington State; treating cancer is outside of our scope of practice.
We can offer complementary care for patients under an oncologistís care. Simply bring in a note from the
oncologist stating that they are providing ongoing care for cancer. Please also bring a note that you give
Dr. Ruhland permission to communicate with the oncologist by phone and email.
Additional training in gastroenterology includes:
sigmoidoscopic training, and working as a principal investigator on a placebo-controlled study of an herbal
treatment for hemorrhoids.
Research experience includes five years as Research Assistant for the Bastyr University AIDS Research Center,
and Research Investigator for the Bastyr University Research Institute where he was involved with research in
hepatitis and AIDS. Dr. Ruhland has lectured and taught on a variety of topics related to medicine, including
teaching at Bastyr University. Areas of special study include homeopathy, herbal medicine, muscle testing,
thermography, neural therapy, foot care, and foot orthotics. He is a contributing author to several books on
natural medicine, including the Textbook of Natural Medicine. Upcoming books include an overview of alternative
perspectives on causes and treatments of viral infections such as Hepatitis and AIDS, and a comprehensive look
at alternatives to vaccination.
Dr. Ruhland has passed all required national and state licensing board examinations.