Each person is unique, physically, mentally and emotionally. Just as no two snowflakes are alike, no two humans are alike. People can have the same physical health issue, yet have different causative factors that contribute to the health condition. Chronic conditions inevitably arise when the true causes of the health issues are left untreated. The road to optimal health is traveled more quickly when treatments and medicines are tailored to the individual.

With the evaluation skills that I have incorporated into my practice since 1980, I enjoy working with patients who are motivated to live a healthy lifestyle, to help them be the best they can be. Eating nutritiously, getting enough sleep, exercise, fresh air, sunlight and good water make a world of difference in the healing process!

Linda Melos, ND performing therapy session.
An Ondamed Therapy session – Dr. Melos checking pulses.

Some of the health issues I treat with naturopathic medicine include:

  • fatigue and chronic fatigue
  • depression
  • chronic pain
  • allergies and environmental sensitivities
  • hypoglycemia and diabetes
  • gastro-intestinal health
  • thyroid conditions
  • adrenal fatigue
  • hypo and hypertension
  • PMS and menopausal symptoms
  • women’s health
  • preventive medicine

I am a Preferred Provider for the following health insurances:

Premera Blue Cross, Regence Blue Shield, Lifewise of WA and Uniform Medical Plan.

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic doctors receive undergraduate training in standard premedical courses, followed by four years at a naturopathic medical school. The academic training in medical sciences of naturopathic and conventional physicians is similar. Both study modern physical, clinical and laboratory diagnosis. Naturopathic doctors are also trained in therapies that work to restore and support the body’s innate self-healing processes, using treatments and medicines that are not toxic to the body.

Some history: In 1902, practitioners of a variety of medical disciplines combined their natural therapeutics and joined together to form the first naturopathic professional societies. Naturopathic medical conventions in the 1920’s attracted more than 10,000 practitioners. There were more than 20 naturopathic medical colleges, and naturopathic physicians were licensed in a majority of the states.

With the rise of pharmaceutical drugs (antibiotics, etc.) in the 40’s and 50’s, and the idea that these drugs could eliminate all disease, naturopathic medicine experienced a sharp decline. It has experienced a slow resurgence starting in the mid-60’s.

Currently, 13 states, the District of Columbia, and the US territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have licensing laws for naturopathic doctors. There are currently four naturopathic medical schools in the U.S., and two schools in Canada.

For more information on naturopathic medicine in Washington, click here.