Interviews| last modified: March 2, 2011 4:22 am

Interview With Doctor Trevor Cates

Today, we are glad to have the opportunity to interview Doctor Trevor Cates regarding Naturopathy.
Doctor Trevor Cates is the co-founder of Santa Barbara Center for Natural Medicine and was twice appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to California’s Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Council.
  1. First of all, thank you Dr Trevor Cates for your time in providing this interview. Can we have a brief background of you? Where are you from, how old are you, your qualifications and how many years of experience do you have in the medical field?

    I grew up on organic farm in Virginia in the 70’s.  I am a licensed naturopathic physician in Utah and California and received my medical degree from the National College of Natural Medicine in 2000.  I was the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in California, but after 10 years of practicing in California, I now live and practice in Park City, Utah.  I see patients from around the world as the Naturopathic Physician and Nutrition and Wellness Coordinator at the Golden Door Spa at the Waldorf Astoria Park City.  For more information, people can visit my website at and follow me on facebook (Dr. Trevor Cates) and twitter (@drtcates).

  2. Picture 2 300x250 Interview With Doctor Trevor CatesYou are an experienced naturopathic physician in California. What makes you so interested in naturopathy that you decided to specialize in it?

    As a child, I grew up with healthy food and discovered the many benefits of homeopathy, nutrition and other natural therapies.  When I decided to go to medical school, I was most interested in natural medicine because it is minimally invasive yet has great efficacy when used properly.  With the benefits of so many herbal remedies being discovered or rediscovered today, I realized the importance of proper guidance in selection and dosage.  I enjoy spending time with my patients to find out what the underlying cause of their health concern is and guiding them on a road to optimal health.   I realize that symptoms are an indication that the body is out of balance, and I aim my treatments at supporting the body’s innate ability to heal rather than simply suppressing symptoms.

  3. Tell us more about what is naturopathic medicine?

    Naturopathic medicine combines the wisdom of nature with modern science.  It focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment.  Naturopathic physicians use natural therapies to help facilitate the body’s innate ability to restore and maintain optimal health.  The naturopathic physician (ND) aims to identify and remove underlying causes of disease and barriers to good health.

    Besides taking the time to carefully and fully assess a patient’s problem, NDs understand the language of conventional medicine. They can diagnose health conditions like MDs, yet they bring to the patient a whole new arsenal of treatments and insights.

    Naturopathic doctors (NDs) teach their patients to use diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and cutting edge natural therapies to enhance their bodies’ ability to fight disease.  NDs view the patient as an interrelated system (a whole person).  Naturopathic physicians’ comprehensive treatment plans blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to not only treat disease, but to also restore health.Naturopathic physicians keep themselves up-to-date on the latest scientific research and incorporate this evidence into their treatments.  When necessary, naturopathic doctors will refer to other health care practitioners.

    For more information, visit the American Association of Naturopathic Medicine’s website –

  4. So, what type of health problems can be treated with naturopathic medicine?

    Because the focus is patient-centered and holistic, I am able to treat patients with a variety of health concerns.  From acute to chronic, naturopathic medicine can help a variety of health problems, and naturopathic physicians know to refer to specialists when necessary.
    People see me for anything they see a regular doctor for – from colds and flu to allergies, hormone imbalances, and chronic fatigue.  Here are some of the conditions

    I often treat:Women’s health: PMS, infertility, pregnancy support, menopause transition, thyroid disorders, weight gain or loss, healthy aging and overall health optimizationChildren’s health: allergies (food and environmental), asthma, eczema, ear infections, ADD/HD, autistic spectrum disorders, behavioral and developmental problems, sleep disorders, acute and chronic infectionsGeneral: digestive/gastrointestinal problems, fatigue, insomnia, allergies, colds and flu, headaches, poor memory and cognition, nutritional deficiencies, and environmental toxicity exposures/concerns

  5. Is naturopathic medicine safe and scientific proven?
    Yes, naturopathic physicians who graduate from accredited 4-year naturopathic medical schools are trained to use natural medicines safely and understand drug, herb and nutrient interactions. Numerous studies have been done, and there is a growing amount of research supporting the efficacy of natural therapies.
  6. Do you practice acupuncture and oriental medicine? What exactly is acupuncture? How can it actually benefit health?

    No. I do not.  If you would like these questions answered, I can pass them along to my husband who is a licensed acupuncturist and ND.

  7. Can hypertension be controlled using natural medicine? I am diagnosed with hypertension. What natural remedies do you recommend that can help in my condition?

    Lifestyle factors play a large role in hypertension.  Smoking, being overweight, and excessive alcohol consumption (more than 3 drinks per day) contribute to hypertension.  Regular moderate exercise, losing weight (if you are overweight), and stress management can all help reduce blood pressure.  In addition, dietary changes can help such as: increasing fiber intake from whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables, decreasing sugar intake, consuming more potassium through fruits and vegetables, and reducing salt and caffeine.  Also, certain supplements such as CoQ10 and Fish Oil (omega-3 fatty acids) can have a significant impact on lowering blood pressure.  These are all things that naturopathic physicians can help patients with a customized wellness program that addresses their unique lifestyle factors and health needs.  For example, when patients visit me, I recommend healthy lifestyle changes and a customized diet and supplement regime.

  8. Can naturopathic medicine taken along with conventional medicine? Will it causes negative effects?

    Natural medicines sometimes interact with conventional medicines, and that is why it is a good idea to see a naturopathic physician since they are trained in drug, herb and nutrient interactions.  NDs also continue to stay up to date in the latest research in this area.

  9. When do you suggest visiting a naturopathic physician?

    When you decide you want to be healthy!  Most people wait to go to the doctor until they are sick, and while naturopathic physicians successfully treat people with a range of acute and chronic illnesses, it is even better if you go before you get sick.  Naturopathic medicine helps you optimize health and wellness so you can live your life to the fullest and age gracefully.

  10. Last but not least, give a health advice for our readers.

    Make a plan today to take your health to the next level.  Are you eating 8 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables each day?  If not, start by adding in salad with loaded with vegetables into your diet each day.  Eating fresh fruit and vegetables increases your intake of fiber and essential nutrients that protect your health.  Choose organic, local produce as much as possible to reduce your pesticide exposure, support local farmers and enhance nutrient intake through the foods you eat.

We hope you enjoy this interview with Doctor Trevor and thank you Doctor Trevor once again for this marvellous interview.

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