Today we’d like to introduce you to Devin Miles.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started having digestive issues at age 21. It began as constipation and bloating, then gas, then foul gas, then more bloating, more constipation, belching, major heartburn, tingling sensations in my head, food cravings, and mood instability. I went to two Gastroenterologists that did not help much. The second one gave me the diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). My mom came to visit me and she discovered a natural health food store close to where I lived at the time, so I went in and spoke with the owner about my condition. He was the first person to give me hope. That was the beginning of me treating myself naturally, seeing results, and realizing I had an interest in this field. I looked into a nutrition degree, but the nutritionist my gastroenterologist referred me to did not help me much.
So in my mind, I was thinking the whole time during my search, “there is more to this.” Eventually, I discovered Naturopathic Medicine, which I found to be a very comprehensive approach to medicine and this resonated with me. I decided to pursue Naturopathic Medicine and I attended Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1 of 8 accredited Naturopathic medical schools in North America. It is a 4-year onsite curriculum where we learn to blend conventional and holistic medicine together. We take two sets of board exams and afterwards obtain the license to practice medicine as a Naturopathic Physician.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Naturopathic school certainly was no walk in the park. It is full on medical school. You have to be ready for that. Naturopathic medicine is a new concept to the Houston market, so it has been a rewarding challenge for me to educate and influence people to pursue it for their health.
Please tell us about It’s Time Natural Health.
I am the owner of It’s Time Natural Health, which has been in existence since 2016. My mission is to prevent and reverse chronic illness, and help individuals achieve a higher state of health. My focuses are Prevention, Gastrointestinal disorders and Kidney Disease. I use herbal medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, environmental changes, and nutrition to help clients achieve the results they are looking for, and I offer telehealth consultations.
It is a state by state decision as to whether or not to accept the license of a Naturopathic Physician to practice their full scope of medicine. This includes:
Low Level Laser therapy
Physical medicine (Chiropractic adjustments)
Minor surgery (ex. removal of skin tags)
Platelet Rich Plasma
The first six bullets of this list are foundational to Naturopathic Medicine, which has been in existence since the early 1900s. As you can see, as medicine has evolved, so have Naturopathic Physicians.
In pre-licensed states, such as Texas, Naturopathic Physicians operate as expert health consultants and focus on the non-invasive portions of our therapeutic toolkit:
Through just this basic toolkit, I have helped clients improve their digestion, mood, and energy, normalize blood pressure, bring blood sugar back to normal from pre-diabetes range, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, eliminate kidney stone formation, stabilize kidney function, and lose weight. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) in pre-licensed states are also achieving success in conditions like ADHD, Autism, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Insomnia, Lyme disease, Autoimmune disorders, Colds, and the Flu.
States do not get licensed unless Naturopathic Physicians are present in these states and working towards this implementation. What I am proud of is that I ventured out into what I saw as an emerging market and introduced people to a better solution than what they were currently aware of. Most of the NDs in Texas are in Austin, which is a city that is more aware of our medicine. Houston, and most of the South, is not this way. I obtained my undergrad degree from Florida A&M University. So in addition to educating the city of Houston about Naturopathic medicine, I educated my fellow alumni across the entire nation and overseas about it through social media. In addition to exposing the idea of Naturopathic Medicine, I encourage people to contribute to our licensure efforts through the website for the Texas Association of Naturopathic Doctors (www.txand.org).
But what I am especially proud of is when someone gets better under my care. I genuinely like to see people heal.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
The education I received in Naturopathic school trains you into a mindset on how to view the body and how to help facilitate its healing. This is often much more important than the diagnosis. I have helped people that had conditions I had not worked on before and they got better after years of struggling with the condition because of how I approach healing. This is what sets us apart.
- Website: www.drdevinmiles.com
- Phone: 281-231-2811
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo of me in yellow shirt: photographed by Jason Osborne (https://www.jayovision.com)