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About Dr. Peter Bennett
Dr. Peter Bennett ND, RAc, DHANP
• Naturopathic Physician
• Registered Acupuncturist
• Board Certified Homeopath
Dr. Peter Bennett practices in Langley and Whistler B.C., on the West coast of Canada. Dr. Bennett uses diet, nutrition, herbal medicines, acupuncture, homeopathy, physical medicine and intravenous nutritional medicines to help patients with acute and chronic health problems. He frequently lectures to medical and naturopathic doctors at conferences, teaches at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, and teaches public seminars. Dr. Bennett writes for magazines, and has been a featured expert on the Joe Easingwood Show at CFAX radio, and on the Women’s Television Network.
Dr. Bennett graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA in Asian Studies in 1980 and completed the naturopathic medical school program at Bastyr University in 1987. Dr. Bennett concurrently completed the three-year degree program in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at the Northwest Clinic of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He received his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) in 1987 and was selected by his peers for a post-graduate residency training program at Bastyr University. After completing his education, Dr. Bennett returned to his home on a small island off the coast of British Columbia where he worked as a sole practitioner for many years.
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Patient Care With Dr. Bennett
Dr. Bennett’s patient care is based on the importance of each person’s uniqueness. He treats each patient with a special program suited to their own health problems, their own genetics, their own personal situation. In contrast, the practice of mainstream medicine is quite different. Usually, most “standard of care” primary care and specialist medical doctors are trained to evaluate and treat single organs (lungs, stomach, bladder, colon) and organ systems (nervous, immune, digestive), and to consider them as separate and distinctive health care specialties. To assist in the specialization of a single organ system, there are cardiologists, neurologists, and gastroenterologists. When a patient consults mainstream physician about his or her problems, the typical process is to try to match symptoms with disease complexes, conditions, and disorders familiar to the doctor in order to reach a diagnosis. Once the problem has been named, tests might be done to confirm the diagnosis, and a treatment program follows. Usually this treatment program is a pharmaceutical or surgical intervention. The name of the problem usually describes the type of damage that the disease has wrought or the part of the body that’s affected. The treatment is based on a model called the “standard of care,” which means that the physician treats the disease, not the person, using the standard textbook approach. This model is not designed to factor in the genetic uniqueness and biochemical individuality of each patient and the special circumstances of his or her situation.
Obviously, the mainstream method of health care delivery works very well in certain cases, especially when a patient’s problem is of an acute nature or emergency situation. However, in many cases, chronic problems in multiple systems is the presenting situation. When a doctor can’t identify a clear-cut cause, he or she treats the symptoms alone, often with medications to suppress the symptoms, and the patient never really gets better. The method of temporarily stopping the pain with a drug or cutting out the tissue that is diseased, may only cause the problem show up somewhere else. This strategy is not the same as treating the source or cause of the problem. In some cases, the source of the problem is separate from the site of the disease.
For example, arthritis means inflammation in the joint, and gastritis means inflammation in the stomach. These names are descriptive only—they tell us nothing about why the inflammation has occurred. However, from the point of view of Dr. Bennett’s care, these states of tissue inflammation are caused from disorders in other parts of the body. A person with arthritis could actually have a digestive problem, and gastric inflammation could be the result of food intolerance. In natural healing, the reason for an illness is more important than its name. The cure begins with understanding the cause.