Chronic Illness: Treatment and Prevention

Cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes account for nearly 2 of every 3 deaths in the US.1  Most of our national healthcare expenses are focused on disease treatment instead of prevention, accounting for less than 3% of total healthcare costs.1

Doctor Checking the Blood Pressure of a PatientJohn Seffrin, PhD, the CEO of the American Cancer Society states:

In spite of hundreds of medical studies, media reports and advice from health officials, Americans still have not got the message that they can prevent most cases of chronic disease.”1

Our naturopathic physicians at the Vermont Naturopathic Clinic (VTNC) are trained to help you deal with the symptoms of many kinds of chronic illnesses, as well as preventing certain illnesses from developing.

Many of our patients come to us for integrative approaches for many risk factors including, but not limited to:

  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugar
  • Overweight/obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Family history of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or other condition

Many chronic illnesses in addition to cardiovascular disease and diabetes respond well to natural treatment approaches. Chronic conditions commonly treated include, but are not limited to:

Glaucometer for Measuring Blood Sugar

  • Autoimmune conditions
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Psoriasis
    • Lupus
  • Blood disorders
    • Anemia
    • Hemochromatosis
  • Digestive disorders
    • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
    • Constipation
    • Diarrhea
    • Bloating and gas
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
    • Chronic pain
    • Osteoporosis and osteopenia
    • Osteoarthritis
  • Thyroid conditions
    • Hypothyroidism and/or Hashimoto’s disease
    • Hyperthyroidism and/or Graves’ disease
  • Mental health conditions
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
  • Respiratory disorders
    • Asthma
    • Seasonal allergies
    • Chronic sinus infections
  • Sleep disorders
    • Insomnia
    • Sleep apnea
  • Genitourinary disorders:
    • Pain with urination
    • Recurrent urinary tract infections
    • Prostate disorders
    • Low sex drive
    • Incontinence
  • General:
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Headaches and migraines
    • Environmental sensitivities
    • Food intolerances

To receive your customized integrative treatment approach with one of our naturopathic physicians, call (802) 448-3388 to schedule.



  1. Eyre H et al. “Preventing Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, and Diabetes: A Common Agenda for the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Heart Association.” Circulation. 2004;109:3244-3255.