Vol X Oct 2008 | The Village Green Apothecary E-Newsletter
We all know her… the woman who is crazy-busy, stressed-out, and taking care of everyone — except herself.
You may want to consider trying bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Bio-identical hormones are estrogen and progesterone analogs that mimic the chemical structure of hormones produced by the ovaries during reproductive years. Contact Village Green to learn more about the many health benefits of bio-identical hormones.
Village Green’s Naturopathic Doctor
Most folks know him as “Dr. Kevin” because he’s so approachable and forthcoming, but don’t let his easygoing demeanor deceive you: Dr. Kevin Passero is an extremely knowledgeable professional with many years of education and experience in his field.
A Maryland native, born in Baltimore and raised in Potomac, Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado, and a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from The National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR (one of only four accredited naturopathic medical schools in the U.S.). But his story, and especially his beliefs about his practice, are even more impressive than his credentials.
In Kevin’s own words…
“I knew in college that I wanted to pursue a career in health care. I always assumed that it would be in the traditional medical arena or in the dental field because both my father and sister are dentists. But before I graduated from college I had an opportunity to work with a naturopathic doctor in Colorado, and I was totally blown away by how much she could help people without using any drugs or traditional medical interventions.
“Now remember, this was about 10 years ago and most people seeing alternative medicine practitioners were desperate, deemed failures by the traditional medical system. These were tough cases that were having fantastic results with naturopathic care. From that moment on my eyes were opened, and I knew in my heart I would seek my education at naturopathic school.
“For the last 3 years I have specialized in working with people who suffer from thyroid, adrenal and hormone dysfunction. After graduating from naturopathic school and running my practice for a couple years, I decided to seek mentorship with a local MD who had spent the last 15 years working with people who have adrenal fatigue, thyroid disorders and hormone imbalance.
“I worked side-by-side with him for almost a year and a half, learning everything I could from his vast experience. Since then, my practice has leaned heavily towards these conditions because so many people suffer from these issues. Also, traditional medical models don’t even recognize the concept of adrenal fatigue and have very little to offer people with hormonal imbalances. It is amazing how well the body responds to natural therapies for these conditions.
“Additionally, thyroid management is often not optimal for many people through the traditional medical model. The results are primarily based on lab results — not what the patient is feeling. Many people tell me that their doctor says their thyroid labs are normal despite the fact that they don’t feel well. It is very important to select the most appropriate lab tests for a person and interpret them in a way that reflects an optimal feeling of well being, not just ‘are you normal or abnormal?’
“More recently, I have expanded my practice to help people with allergies. Seasonal allergies cause tremendous discomfort and frustration and require expensive prescriptions or invasive therapies like allergy shots. Food allergies contribute to conditions like eczema, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, acid reflux and even mood problems. I have recently been trained in a cutting-edge therapy that combines advanced software technologies with age-old acupressure techniques to effectively give people permanent relief from allergy symptoms."
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