- If you are searching for someone that is passionate, and maybe even a little obsessed, with finding the root cause of your health condition, you are in the right place.
- Or, maybe you’re searching for answers to health questions and you are looking for someone who knows how to communicate effectively to you and your loved ones.
- You want to talk with someone that is really going to listen, that will teach you how to ignite your body’s innate ability to heal so you can be the person you truly are.
- You are searching for a feeling of health that includes freedom, ease, and contentment and you want a guide.
I am a licensed Naturopathic Physician and the owner of Blue Stone Natural Health. I see a wide variety of patient from infants to the elderly. I seek to empower my patients to activate their body’s natural ability to heal through nutrition, herbs, hydrotherapy, and homeopathy.
Before becoming a doctor I was an elementary school teacher because I was drawn to teaching children about the world around them. Now, as a doctor, I combine my teaching skills and my medical training to guide patients through the journey of health. One of the 6 principles of naturopathic medicine is Docere, which is Latin for to teach. Educating my patients is at the center of my practice.
I spent my earliest years in the Bronx. When I was 10, my family moved to Woodstock, where I fell in love with nature and all it has to offer. After attending Amherst College I worked for Americorps where I learned the value of service to others and decided that I wanted to become a teacher. I attended graduate school at the Bank Street School of Education in New York City where I taught fourth grade for three years, before I decided to fulfill a boyhood dream of returning to the land and becoming a farmer. I moved to Granby, MA and for six months lived and worked on a Red Fire Farm. While doing what I loved, working with my hands, tending plants, and eating fresh and nutritious food, I felt happier and healthier than I had ever felt in my life. One day, while walking through the fields at the end of a long but happy day, I thought, what if I could help others feel this way? After researching many different modalities, I decided to pursue a career in Naturopathic Medicine. On this path I have found a way to help people integrating the best that nature has to offer with the best of Western medicine.
One of the most difficult obstacles I face with clients is their idea that I can heal them. So many people in today’s world have lost their connection to their own inner physician. Growing up they always saw that it was medication that helped with their pain, or a band-aid that made the cut better, or even the notion that the germ causing their cold somehow just left their body; when in fact it was their body’s own ability to heal, its internal drive to return to balance and a sense of ease and contentment, that brought them back to wholeness.
That scenario that I just described is mostly the experience we grew up with in regards to acute conditions such as colds, bumps and bruises, cuts, headaches, and so on. But as we get older, somewhere along the line we lose connection to our body. The reward centers in our brain override the innate drive to balance and health and we start to develop chronic diseases and conditions that we feel we have no control over. Just like a car you hope to keep around for a long time you have to do regular maintenance on your body. Just like you spend time each season cleaning out the gutters, washing the windows, fixing the porch steps for the next season, your body requires the same attention. It is the house of our soul. If we aren’t caring for it then our own inner soul, divinity, sense of self, also begins to deteriorate.
My work with patients is to get them back in touch with that sense of inner knowing. Some call it intuition, others call it the inner physician or doctor. It tells you what you need to do to take care of your body, soul, and mind so that you can be healthy enough to take care of your outer life as well, such as your job and family, and stresses in your life. This turning inward to master the outward is a very challenging journey. There are so many obstacles for people. Can you think of an obstacle to your health right now? I can think of a dozen for my own life.
My life’s work is to help people return to health by exploring what health is to them; and what is in their way of a sense of wholeness, ease, and contentment. I chose naturopathic medicine because it provides many different tools to help people overcome their obstacles. The naturopathic therapeutic order taught me to start with the most gentle, natural and least invasive tools to begin rebuilding health. At the end of that order are drugs and then surgery. While they have their proper place for many serious and life-threatening conditions, many people use them too quickly. They are like taking a bull dowser to a forest in order to cut a path from point A to point B. In clearing everything away you lose a sense of agency that is absolutely essential for developing a sense of harmony and health within. You also potentially clear away the helpful aspects of your true self through this powerful clearing. With naturopathic tools such as nutrition, herbs, and homeopathy we carefully explore the best way through the entangled maze of your health and find the most healing path back to the freedom, ease and contentment with which we were all born.
Eli Morales, ND