Expert Profile - Clayton Bostock
Dr. Clayton Bostock, ND
Dr. Clayton Bostock’s Bio:
Dr. Bostock was drawn into Naturopathic Medicine because of its emphasis on empowering patients in their own healing process and its focus on utilizing nature’s principles in health.
From the time of his first day in practice, it has been his passion to assist patients in creating an approach that is suited to their goals and needs, that is safe and effective. With all of his patients, Dr. Bostock takes the time to listen to their concerns, educate them, connect dots where needed, and empower them with different options and treatments to reach their health goals, in the shortest amount of time possible. Dr. Bostock has taken advanced training in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, and the treatment of traumatic brain injury.
For each patient, an individualized plan is created using natural treatments, combined with modern science to restore and optimize your health. The treatment plan often includes nutrition and dietary recommendations, routine or specialty lab testing, and use of supplements integrated with movement and exercise or even use of bioidentical hormone treatment or pharmaceuticals, where necessary. Treatment is often done alongside other health care professionals to help create a treatment that compliments the strategies you already have in place.
Working in this way, life-changing results can happen. Happy & stable moods, newfound energy, waking rested, …relief of lingering pain, embarrassing digestion, or skin issues. This translates to a much more healthy, vibrant life–the kind Dr. Bostock believes we’re all meant to live.
What life events or challenges that you’ve experienced (could be minor, could be major) – whether you’ve experienced them directly or via someone close to you, have had any type of impact on your desire to work with patients with mental health challenges?
When I was fresh out of high school, with no direction or no idea what I wanted to do with my life, I became depressed (and anxious). I had had previous concussions which in hindsight could have been a large contributing factor for this. I spent several years using conventional treatments with little to no improvement. Then I was introduced to Naturopathic and alternative medicine which gave me hope and eventually resolved my depression and anxiety. This experience inspired me to become a naturopathic physician and treat patients with a similar functional, holistic and whole-body approach that I was treated with.
How did those events impact you emotionally/morally? How, if at all did those events impact the way you view how our current system teaches us to treat patients with mental health challenges?
For me, those events were lonely, hopeless, and extremely frustrating considering the efforts I was putting in and the patience I had trying different treatments, hoping the next conventional treatment would be “the one”. It made me realize that there are so many different factors to consider when looking at mental health issues. It made me realize that these conditions are often multi-factorial and can involve nutrition, hormones, relationships, head injuries, past trauma, environmental influences, sleep, and several lifestyle factors. Most of which can be leveraged to successfully treat conditions such as anxiety and depression.
When and why did you decide to actually focus on working with patients dealing with mental health issues, specifically, and how was your decision shaped by the experiences above?
I decided this around the age of 22. I didn’t want any person to have to struggle the way I did or experience the hopelessness I had. Based on my own experiences, I knew I would be able to help people and offer an alternative, effective options that weren’t just treatments, but in many cases solutions to the struggles, they were experiencing.
What methods or practices do you utilize to help individuals get/feel better?
I use several tools. I always start patients with a very detailed history and examination of their case. This involves a very thorough intake combined with functional labs that look at nutrition, biochemistry, methylation, toxin exposure, digestive function, neurotransmitters, and hormones. This is layered with critical components like ensuring quality sleep, proper circadian rhythm, and exercise/movement. The treatment protocol we come up with is different for each patient because we all have our own unique story, biochemistry, background, symptom picture, and genetics. Having said that, there are some similar principles I employ for each patient but the goal is to address lifestyle, nutrition, mindset, biochemical and environmental components of someone’s case.