Health & Wellness | Prevention

Think Outside the Prescription Bottle

Exploring alternative, non-medical treatment options.


Homeopathic medicine, a philosophy that the body can heal itself, has earned a worthy place in the health sphere for years now. When a prescription isn’t what you’re digging, these preventative approaches can put you back in top-notch condition.

Bioidentical Hormone Pellet Therapy
For: Hormone imbalances caused by menopause and accompanying conditions, including weight gain and decreased energy.

How: Bioidentical hormones derived from natural sources, like wild yams and soy, are encapsulated in tic-tac sized pellet cylinders. Pellets are inserted under the skin, where they deliver a consistent, healthy level of hormones for 3-4 months.

What to expect: The procedure includes a small incision in the upper buttocks under local anesthesia. Most patients are able to resume full activity the next day and see improvements within three weeks.

You should know: Women with active cancer, liver disease or blood clotting problems should not receive Bioidentical Hormone Pellet Therapy.

Where: Rhode Island Center for Natural Hormones and Wellness, 36 South County Commons Way, South Kingstown.

Chiropractic Adjustments
For: Neck pain, back pain, headaches and other musculoskeletal injuries.

How: “Chiropractic adjustments relieve compression placed on nerves due to the subluxation complex,” states Doctor Robert Grace of Brodeur Family Chiropractic in Warwick. High velocity spinal manipulations remove nerve interferences in the upper cervical spine, alleviating headaches and allowing the spinal segment to fully function.

What to expect: The results of chiropractic adjustments are instantaneous. Although all symptoms may not disappear immediately, the body’s ability to heal itself starts the moment central nervous system interferences are eliminated.
You should know: Chiropractic care is most effective as a preventative approach so don’t wait until a misalignment causes pain before seeking chiropractic care.

Where: Brodeur Family Chiropractic, 1750 Warwick Avenue, Warwick. 401-465-9520, For a list of all chiropractors in Rhode Island, visit

IV Vitamin Infusions
For: Fatigue, headaches, Lyme disease, detoxification, cancer prevention, heavy metal buildup, weight loss and more. 

How: An individualized “cocktail” delivers high doses of therapeutic vitamins and amino acids directly to the body’s cells. This approach trumps conventional oral supplements that are inhibited by the gastrointestinal tract’s natural ability to limit nutrient absorption.

What to expect: Treatments range anywhere between 15 to 60 minutes. Aside from the initial needle insertion, infusions are painless.

You should know: Vitamin drips are extremely useful for replenishing nutrients in chemotherapy patients, however they are not cancer treatments. “The energy-boosting properties of this treatment are real, however, and individuals can experience their effects during treatment and up to one week following,” says Doctor Stephen Petteruti.

Where: The Petteruti Center, 250 Centerville Road, Building E, Warwick.

Local Honey
For: Drug-resistant bacterial infections, wounds and burns.

How: The antimicrobial properties of honey promote the growth of healthy new tissue, while its acid composition supports the body’s defense against infection. Honey’s unique blend of trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins and amino acids also helps break down the biofilms caused by antibiotics that protect drug-resistant bacteria.

What to expect: When applied topically, honey’s high viscosity offers a protective barrier that rapidly clears deep surgical wounds and infections.

You should know: Always choose raw, unfiltered and 100% pure honey, as most supermarkets carry highly processed, refined versions that lack these health benefits.

Where: Annie B’s Farm, 15 Alaska Street, Cumberland.