About Farnsworth Clinic
Farnsworth Clinic is a family-run naturopathic office. It is one of the oldest medical clinics in Kamloops and the oldest naturopathic medical clinic in British Columbia.
We offer patient-centered and science-based integrative care, guided by the six tenets of naturopathic medicine.
Our team endeavors to provide the least invasive and least toxic therapies to support the body’s inherent ability to heal. We collect information thorough patient histories, examinations and laboratory analysis in order to identify disorders and focus on removing obstacles to recovery. Therapeutic treatments offered at the Farnsworth Clinic include, but are not limited to, lifestyle counseling, nutritional therapies, physical medicine, botanical medicine and prescriptive medicine. Our goal is to provide individualized and patient-focused care. In order to do this, we tailor our therapies to meet individual needs, apply care by focusing on the person, rather than the disease and empower patients with knowledge in order to give them the tools to take control of their own health. This approach allows us to safely and effectively treat and prevent disease while restoring health.
Dr. Gerald Farnsworth established the Farnsworth Clinic in 1950, making it one of the first naturopathic medical practices north of Vancouver. His brother, Dr. Earl Farnsworth, joined the practice in 1956 and the two served their patients for the next three decades. In 1980, Dr. Earl semi-retired in Chase, B.C., though he continued his practice until 1996, providing naturopathic medical care for a total of 40 years. He has two sons in the healthcare field: Dr. Kelly Farnsworth practices naturopathic medicine in Vancouver and Dr. Kent Farnsworth practices acupuncture in Kamloops. Dr. Gerald maintained his private practice in Kamloops until 1994, when his son, Dr. Todd Farnsworth joined him. Father and son worked side by side until 1998, when Dr. Gerald transitioned to become a locum practitioner – filling in as needed – until his retirement from active practice in 2005.
The Farnsworth family and their team of naturopathic health professionals have provided 65 years of faithful service to southern, central and northern British Columbia and beyond, including patients from the U.S., Alberta, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. In his current position as consultant, Dr. Gerald offers his expertise to both the Farnsworth Clinic and the naturopathic medical profession as a whole. As the primary physician at the practice, Dr. Todd continues to provide the high-quality naturopathic care long associated with Farnsworth Clinic. Farnsworth Clinic welcomes the opportunity to offer care to you and your family.
About Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic medicine is the science and art of restoring normal physiology to the human body. This is accomplished by removing obstacles to healing and by assisting the body’s innate intent to heal.
Naturopathic medicine has been a licensed profession in the province of British Columbia since 1936. As a regulated profession, licensure of naturopathic physicians demands rigorous training and competencies, ensuring your naturopathic doctor provides excellence in preventative medical care. In recent years, steady advancements have been made. Naturopathic doctors now have prescribing rights and an expanded scope of care that more accurately reflects the training and education offered by naturopathic medical schools. At present there are over 500 licensed naturopathic physicians in the province, offering leading-edge health care to the residents of British Columbia.
Naturopathic medicine is for everyone. It is a primary health care discipline that integrates science and art to offer safe, effective, time-honored health care. It is applicable to acute and chronic diseases and shines in its role in preventative medicine. It is for both young and old. It is never too early, nor too late, to take responsibility for your health.
Naturopathic medicine restores health through the application of six basic tenets. 1. First, Do No Harm Select the least invasive, least toxic treatments necessary for each patient. 2. The Healing Power of Nature Recognize the body’s inherent ability to heal. 3. Identify and Treat the Causes Identify, address and remove underlying causes of disease. 4. Doctor as Teacher Educate and empower patients to take responsibility for their own health. 5. Treat the Whole Person Treat the patient, not the disease. 6. Prevention Promote overall health by focusing on wellness and disease prevention. The adherence to these six principles provides the framework for diagnostic assessment and naturopathic therapeutics. It is time to empower yourself and take control of your health care.