My goal with every patient is to act as a compassionate and knowledgeable health coach to support and inspire you on your journey towards health and wellness. As part of this practice, I emphasize that an accurate diagnosis be established first to ensure that all treatments offered are oriented towards treating the true underlying cause(s) and are serving your best interests. This also ensures that you don’t waste time or money on ineffective supplements and treatment plans.
If you have never seen me before I invite you to read through my website to see how I work before making an appointment. My approach to patient care, my general methods and investigation practices are all listed here in detail to help inform prospective patients who are looking for a qualified naturopathic doctor (ND) to work with.
I prefer to work with those people who are sincerely interested in health and natural medicine; who are self-motivated, responsible, committed, and ready & willing to take steps towards improving their health and well-being.
If your interest is superficial or if you are only curious about natural medicine then I would encourage you to find a qualified ND through referral or through the CNDA website (College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta): www.CNDA.net
Naturopathic medicine is gentle and versatile enough to benefit virtually anyone with any condition – this includes those who consider themselves healthy. Optimal health is much more than the absence of illness! The Naturopathic doctor educates and advises with the goal of improving and optimizing digestive function, nutrient absorption, elimination, detoxification, immunity, vital organ function and overall vitality.
Naturopathic doctors all practice differently…
WHAT IS DR. ROLSTON’S APPROACH?
Dr. Rolston’s primary passion is to explore and investigate the potential underlying factors that are negatively influencing a person’s health, to discover what those are through knowledgeable interpretation of symptoms and appropriate testing methods, and to treat based on a thorough and rigorous understanding of these causes and how they relate to the optimal functioning of the human body. This may sound like common sense – and it is – but it is not the way that the conventional medical system and most alternative practitioners operate.
Dr. Rolston maintains that a thorough understanding of how the body works, and how the body can ‘go wrong’ under certain negative influences (dietary, environmental, mental/emotional, physical, spiritual) is an essential component to a doctor’s ability to properly assess and interpret a patient’s symptoms. Dr. Rolston spends much time keeping current on the essential mechanisms of nutrition, biochemistry, digestion, hormonal issues and endocrinology, immunology and how they relate to human physiology and pathology. This knowledge helps him to treat the true causes behind patient’s health conditions, as he can see the patterns in a patient’s (often confusing) symptoms that make sense to him. In a world where the answers to many health conditions are unknown, he enjoys furthering his knowledge and understanding so that he can help these people find answers and improve their health. His skilful patient assessments and diagnostic testing protocols enable him to find answers for many who have been unable to find them. He spends much time researching to make sure that his knowledge is current and that his testing methods and treatments are cutting-edge and effective.
Dr. Rolston’s initial emphasis in practice is to utilize advanced diagnostic testing to investigate into the cause(s) of each patient’s unique condition. Since a proper and accurate diagnosis is the most important starting place for any patient, he utilizes leading-edge diagnostic laboratory testing to help achieve this as accurately as is presently possible. Only after an accurate diagnosis is in place can effective treatments begin! An accurate diagnosis forms the foundation of the patient’s treatment plan and assures both doctor and patient that they are going in the right direction. Such a starting point then enables Dr. Rolston to educate the patient on the true causes underlying the patient’s particular health condition and to make very relevant and specific dietary, nutritional and supplement recommendations.
Above all, he is a sensitive and understanding health professional who acts as a health coach. He also has a strong interest in psychology and the deeper mental/emotional/spiritual issues that can influence health on many levels. He enjoys being a supportive voice of balance and reason and a skilled health counsellor for those looking for answers to their health issues.
Dr. Rolston’s clinical specialties include:
- hormonal health issues – especially menopausal complaints and PMS
- thyroid and adrenal disorders with in-depth testing and treatments
- digestive disorders – including, dysbiosis, yeast overgrowth syndromes, parasitic infections, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcers, diarrhea, constipation, inflammatory bowel disorders (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis), small-intestine overgrowth, malabsorption syndromes, gallbladder problems, diverticulosis.
- detoxification and cleansing – chemical and heavy metal removal protocols.
- immune disorders including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, allergies, chronic viral infections.
- neurotransmitter imbalances – including sleep disorders, depression, anxiety, insomnia.
Dr. Rolston believes that it is important for people to understand their condition and their treatments, and takes the time to educate each patient accordingly. He has prepared detailed information for patients to take home, read and share with family. This enhances their motivation for change and inspires his patients to take charge of their own health and healing.
HOW DR. ROLSTON CAN HELP YOU
Each person is unique with very different environmental, dietary, genetic, lifestyle mental/emotional and spiritual factors influencing his or her state of health. Dr. Rolston takes these important facts into account when he meets with you. He thoroughly investigates your case to ensure that the root cause(s) of your particular health situation are identified and addressed. He makes certain that you understand your options and designs a comprehensive treatment plan to meet your specific and individual needs. Programs are tailored to the person’s present condition. This ensures that patients receive treatments addressing the most vital aspects of their health in ways that are as simple or as involved as patient and doctor determine to be reasonable.
NATURAL THERAPIES OFFERED BY DR. ROLSTON
herbal medicine – contains powerful and effective constituents that stimulate healing without the side effects of drugs. Organic herbs are recommended whenever possible.
dietary counselling and clinical nutrition – Diet provides the foundation for health, and as such, Dr. Rolston has very specialized dietary recommendations for a wide variety of health conditions, with a special emphasis on specialized nutrition for different digestive disorders. He has researched the ‘how’s and why’s’ behind these recommendations, and shares these details with patients to help them understand how these particular dietary choices affect their specific condition. He has spent much time investigating the immunologic and biochemical basis of food allergies, food sensitivities and food intolerances and can offer testing options and specific protocols for testing them yourself at home. He has dramatically increased his knowledge base in this arena during his own illness and recovery.
nutritional supplements – involves the use of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, tissue extracts, glandulars, pre/probiotics and other specialty supplements to promote optimal health and the regeneration of tissues. Dr. Rolston recommends only the highest-quality supplements available. He carries a selection of professional-line high-quality supplements at his clinic.
homeopathic medicine – minute amounts of natural substances used to stimulate the body’s self-healing abilities. Homeopathics are often used to complement other treatment modalities, and are the primary treatments used for infants and young children.
lifestyle counselling – nutritional, environmental, physical, mental/emotional and spiritual factors that influence and affect health are assessed and recommendations are made to improve the patient’s relationships with these influences.
detoxification and cleansing – improving overall health by way of removing accumulated toxicity. Cleansing and detoxification can target organs and systems (digestive tract, liver, kidney/urinary, lymphatic, skin) or be aimed at the entire body.
chemical and heavy metal cleansing therapies – the best known detoxification agents are used as part of a more comprehensive detoxification program. Toxicity is a known influence on many chronic diseases, and eliminating these influences can restore health and immunity. Cleansing is often a starting point in the treatment of many chronic conditions – especially chronic skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
treatments for digestive imbalances and disorders. The great majority of health conditions arise from disturbances in the digestive tract, and this system deserves a special priority in managing and treating health conditions of all types. This area has become an area of special interest and expertise for Dr. Rolston. He has devoted much time to reading and researching in this area, and has detailed information relating to the testing, treatment and management of various digestive conditions. Treatments may involve dietary changes, nutritional supplements, tissue extracts, immune modulators, pre/probiotics, lifestyle recommendations and cleansing. His detailed understanding of digestive issues and their relation to relevant clinical signs and symptoms allows him to interpret much from a patient’s symptoms and history where few can. Testing (when available) is often strongly recommended to determine the exact nature of the imbalance and treatments are based on what is found, which ensures that patients don’t waste time or money on ineffective treatment plans. Dr. Rolston has consulted with specialists all over the world to compile the most effective available treatment protocols for these conditions. He has extensive clinical experience and expertise in interpreting specialized laboratory assessments for many digestive disorders, and knows which tests are most likely to be useful.
natural hormone therapy – Dr. Rolston has spent many years researching and applying natural hormone therapies in his practice. He is considered to be an expert in the field of natural hormone therapy by his colleagues and has extensive knowledge of hormonal interactions and the treatment of hormonal disorders. He consults with many specialists and advises other doctors on their uses.
brain neurotransmitter modulation therapy – Many mood disorders have their root in brain neurotransmitter imbalances. Dr. Rolston uses specialized neurotransmitter testing to identify the imbalance(s) and a thorough understanding of amino acids, hormonal modulation and nutrition to correct these imbalances. Dr. Rolston applies his knowledge of neurotransmitters to help many patients wean off of conventional anti-depressant medications in a safe, effective and manageable manner.
allergy elimination, cleansing and fasting diets – specialized diets are a necessary part of treatment, and they are chosen based on the patient’s individual health condition.
immune modulation and support – Dr. Rolston’s interest in this area has helped him to discover ways of supporting this complex and intricate system for many different conditions that require immune enhancement and/or modulation. Specific immune protocols with well-explained rationales are given for auto-immune conditions, weak or deficient immune systems, inflammatory conditions, allergies, cancer and for acute and chronic infections of all types.
intelligent, well-informed advice on health! – Dr. Rolston is continually updating his knowledge by keeping current with the latest research in his field. He only recommends treatments that make sense based on experience, existing knowledge, clinical studies and common-sense. His breadth of knowledge allows him to help you make informed decisions as to which treatment options are best for you.
When proper consideration and care have been invested in finding the deeper health issues, more specific and efficient treatment programs can be implemented.
DR. ROLSTON OFFERS EFFECTIVE NATUROPATHIC TREATMENTS FOR THE FOLLOWING HEALTH CONDITIONS:
- Digestive Problems
- constipation & diarrhea
- candida and other yeast overgrowth
- small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
- irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis)
- gas and bloating
- gallbladder stones/pain
- ulcers, gastritis
- liver problems/infections
- Chronic Conditions
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- allergies – food and inhalant
- atherosclerosis and heart disease
- high cholesterol
- diabetes – especially adult-onset (type II)
- auto-immune conditions
- chronic viral infections
- Women’s Conditions
- menopausal complaints
- fibrocystic breast disease
- uterine fibroids
- yeast infections
- hormonal imbalances
- heavy menstrual bleeding
- bladder infections
- menstrual cramps
- Hormonal Conditions
- thyroid problems
- adrenal problems
- all female and male hormonal problems/imbalances
- Mental Health
- stress-related conditions
- depression, weaning off anti-depressant medications
- insomnia/sleep disorders
- poor concentration/focus
- ear and throat infections
- chemical and heavy metal toxicity
- neurological conditions -Parkinsons, MS
- cancer – supporting immune and nutritional therapies, diets, well-researched therapy options
Naturopathic treatments offer powerful medicines that promote healing in ways that are gentle, safe and natural to the body