What is a Chronic Disease?

Acute conditions, such as a cold, typically resolve within days or weeks. With a chronic disease, you are sick for long periods of time, perhaps with episodes of feeling better or worse.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, chronic diseases form 7 out of the 10 leading causes of death in North America. Less likely to die from acute illnesses such as infections or fevers, we now carry the burden of disease in our bodies for decades.

The goal in treating chronic disease is to slow down and eventually stop the progression of the illness by addressing the underlying cause. Often there are multiple factors involved in symptom development and disease progression that must be uncovered and corrected.

Just as diseases develop and progress over long periods of time, uncovering their root cause and correcting it can also take time. As such, chronic disease can be very complicated to manage and require a close, on-going partnership between the naturopathic doctor and patient.

Naturopathic Medicine & Chronic Diseases

Our naturopathic doctors empower you to make the diet and lifestyle changes necessary to restore your body to ongoing, lasting health.

Your individualized treatment plan may include restoring hormonal balance; quieting inflammation; correcting neurotransmitter imbalances; improving nutrition, digestion, absorption and elimination; using herbs and nutritional supplements to achieve therapeutic levels of supportive nutrients; and more.

Below are just some examples of chronic diseases that can be profoundly affected with naturopathic medicine. Because naturopathic medicine treats people and not disease, this list is not all-inclusive. If you do not see your condition listed here, please contact the clinic directly to set up a complimentary phone consult with one of our naturopathic doctors:


  • Crohn’s Disease

  • Grave’s Disease

  • Hashimoto’s Disease

  • Psoriasis

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis



  • Anemia

  • Angina

  • Atherosclerosis

  • High Blood Pressure

  • High Cholesterol

  • Peripheral Arterial Disease

  • Pre-Stroke Conditions

  • Venous Insufficiency



  • Acne

  • Bacterial Infections

  • Eczema

  • Fungal Infections (nails)

  • Warts



  • Adrenal Fatigue

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Diabetes

  • Fatigue

  • Hypoglycemia

  • Obesity/Weight Gain

  • Thyroid Disorders



  • Acid Reflux/GERD

  • Celiac Disease

  • Constipation

  • Crohn’s Disease

  • Diarrhea

  • Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis

  • Food Allergies

  • Gall Bladder Irritation (Cholecystitis)

  • Indigestion

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • Intestinal Dysbiosis (gut microflora imbalances or intestinal candida overgrowth)

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Leaky Gut Syndrome

  • Liver Congestion or Fatty Liver (Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis)

  • Pancreatic Enzyme Insufficiency

  • Peptic Ulcers

  • Small Gallstones (Cholelithiasis)

  • Ulcers



  • Chronic or Frequent Infections (bladder, prostate, vagina)

  • Incontinence

  • Interstitial Cystitis

  • Prostate Conditions



  • Breast Cancer Prevention

  • Infertility

  • Menopausal Symptoms

  • Menstrual Irregularities

  • Perimenopause

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

  • Recurrent Vaginal Infections

  • Yeast Infections


For more information about women’s health conditions we treat, please visit our Women’s Health page.


Immune & Inflammatory

  • Allergies

  • Asthma

  • Chronic (or Recurrent) Ear Infections

  • Eczema



  • Arthritis

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Headaches (premenstrual, migraine, tension)

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Osteopenia

  • Rheumatic Diseases

  • Tendonitis



  • Brain Fog

  • Insomnia

  • Memory Issues

  • Migraines

  • Neuropathy




  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Fatigue

  • Insomnia

  • Panic Attacks


For more information about psychological conditions we treat, please visit our Mental/Emotional Health page.



Paul Lewis Services Therapeutic
Massage Clinic & Education
Burlington Physiotherapy
& Health Clinic

Tel. 647-996-5674

Fax. 289-714-2644

831 N Service Rd

Mississauga, ON

L4Y 1A2

Tel. 905-333-1515

Fax. 905-333-4747

2004 Caroline St

Burlington, ON

L7R 1K9