Naturopath helps guide people on road of recovery


by Jim North
Southeast Campus Editor

Dr. Clarence Thomas was busy inventing and working with gadgets after obtaining a degree in electronics when his mother asked him a question.

“Are you satisfied with the work you are doing?”

He replied that he enjoyed it, but could not really say he was satisfied.

She then took her finger and pointed it at his nose. “I told you so. You need to make a difference in someone’s life.”

Thomas’ mother was a naturopath. He followed in her footsteps, obtaining his degree in naturopathy from the Clayton School of Naturopathy in 2004. He has been helping people with health issues ever since.

As he grew older, he realized how miserable it can be to have physical issues or ailments, and also what a blessing it is when they are resolved.

“The whole issue of health care became much more important than inventing a trinket.”

Thomas describes several modalities connected to natural health:

Auriculotherapy is electrically balancing the body through numerous acupuncture points in the outer ear.

Herbalism has to do with balancing energies in the body.

There are also therapies using forms and frequencies of magnetism to stimulate circulation.

Homeopathies work on an energy base or signature.

Essential oils can be applied to the surface of the skin.

Traditional herbs, vitamins and minerals are mostly ingested through the mouth.

Structural health is important, because without proper alignment, the nervous system does not work well.

“There are studies that show after an adjustment, the immune system is much more powerful,” says Thomas.

He divides natural health into two perspectives: the Western point-of-view, which states that all herbs are either
stimulants or irritants, which cause the body to do something.

The Oriental viewpoint states herbalism is about balancing the energy in the body.

In support of this theory, he says the universe is made of energy. Additionally, every human body has a different energy signature with a different requirement to balance its health equation.

Thomas says either philosophy of natural health is good.

“Ultimately, you want to look at root causes and not symptoms [of disease].

He points out that naturopaths are not medical doctors: they do not treat, prescribe or diagnose. However, they are concerned about providing the building blocks necessary to help the body heal itself.

“If you need a diagnosis, we suggest that you go to a doctor that can legally do that.”

Thomas says medical doctors and naturopaths can exist together, but the greater issue may be the difficulty people have taking responsibility for their own health.

“They pay someone to make a decision for them—and that’s not wise.”

He says it is best for people to make informed decisions when it comes to their own course of action.

“Ultimately, you are the one responsible. Doctors aren’t perfect.”

Thomas’ approach is to educate people. “You teach behavior—behaviors of wellness.”

He stresses that if he helps a person take responsibility for their health education, he did not make the change—the individual did.

One of Thomas’ success stories involves a 54-year-old male who had elevated bad cholesterol of 143.

A local medical doctor wanted the reading below 100, in order to keep him off the drug “Lipitor” for the remainder of his life.

Thomas recommended red yeast rice (a natural statin), CoQ10, high-potency garlic and chelated vitamins and minerals, along with a sensible diet.

In 120 days, the bad cholesterol reading dropped from 143 to 79.

“Take responsibility for your health like you would take responsibility for your car,” he says.

A person can drive his/her car and not care for it, other than filling it with gas. It may work fine, but technically are abusing the vehicle.

Mechanics stress that changing the oil every 3,000-5,000 miles makes a huge difference in the life of the engine.

If antifreeze is not changed, it loses properties that inhibit corrosion, decreasing its effectiveness in cold temperatures.

Additionally, tires have to be rotated on a regular basis to increase their life expectancy.

Thomas says human bodies are the same way.

“You can feed it all sorts of junk and it may work fine for a long time. Other people because their constitution may not be as strong, it won’t work well at all.”

He continues, “Eventually, your metabolism will change and what your body was tolerating for a while—eventually won’t continue to tolerate.”

He explains that disease is a symptom of imbalance in the body. He tries to help people balance their bodies, preventing or avoiding symptoms of imbalance later.

He uses an analogy: treating others with hostility generally meets with hostility in return.

Correlating the concept with health, “How much hostility can you put in the body and expect a positive outcome?”

The old saying goes, “You are what you eat.” Getting healthy building blocks available with good nutrition is necessary, he says. Minimizing bad food choices is equally important.

Thomas concludes that ingesting “junk-food” on a regular basis is unnatural and hostile to the human body.

He sums up, recognizing both the electrical and the vitamin-mineral sides of the body.

“Your entire body is a chemical, electrical system. To me it makes more sense to balance the equation of the body—but that’s not an answer for all things.”

For more information or questions pertaining to natural health, Thomas can be contacted by phone at (918) 836-8742 or e-mail at