The Agora Method

Agora's unique program provides the best possible option for treatment, offering an all-natural effective protocol with a 70% success rate achieved by collaborative clinics in the U.S. which administer the amino acid therapy along with counselling. Agora has added Naturopathic assessment, Infrared Sauna, The Agora For Life Program, and Massage Therapy to ensure, and perhaps increase, this success rate.

Naturopathic Physical Work-up

Naturopathic Physical Work-up

Our licensed Naturopathic physicians conduct an examination for each client to create a personalised health program involving assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Other health issues compromised by the use of drugs or alcohol are also addressed. The work-up also includes diet and clinical nutrition. A supply of supplementation and herbs is a key element of the Agora Protocol.

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. Naturopathic medicine is the art and science of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention using natural therapies including botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, naturopathic manipulation, traditional Chinese medicine / acupuncture, and lifestyle counselling.

A Naturopathic Doctor is a primary care practitioner that seeks to restore and maintain optimum health in their patients by emphasising nature's inherent self-healing process. A Naturopathic Doctor views the individual as an integral whole including the physiological, structural, psychological, social, spiritual, environment and lifestyle factors affecting health. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body and unfavourable lifestyle habits. Naturopathic Medicine emphasises disease as a process rather than disease as an entity. The primary goal is to treat the underlying cause of the disease. This approach has proven successful in treating both chronic and acute conditions. Treatments are chosen based on the individual patient, not based on the generality of symptoms.

Naturopathic doctors can also compliment and enhance health care services provided by other health care professionals. They cooperate with other branches of medical science referring patients to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate. Naturopathic Doctors provide patients with a truly integrative form of health care.

In Canada, the naturopathic medical profession's infrastructure includes accredited educational institutions, professional licensing, national standards of practice, participation in many federal health committee initiatives, and a commitment to state-of-the-art scientific research.

Naturopathic Medicine is a four year program at an accredited College of Naturopathy, and before admission, an applicant must have completed a three year undergraduate degree, most commonly, a BSc.

Infrared Sauna

Infrared Sauna

Saunas and steam baths have been used for centuries by many world cultures to induce detoxification. Drug and alcohol by-products or metabolites are stored in the fatty tissue of the body and brain, and scientific research has shown that saunas greatly assist in the elimination of these accumulated toxins. This gentle process of detoxification allows the metabolites to leave the body and does not compromise the liver or kidney, even if their function is impaired.

Sweat bathing acts as a general toxic eliminator. The heat produces an artificial "fever" and urges every organ of the body into action. While outwardly relaxed, your inner organs are as active as though you were jogging or manually mowing the lawn. At the same time, you are being cleansed from inside out by the skin, your body's largest organ and its excretion - sweat. The utilisation of heat stress for removal of poisons from the body dates back to ancient times. Through a variety of non-invasive detoxification modalities such as sauna therapy, nutritional detoxification, and other supportive physical therapy procedures, toxic residues can be significantly reduced from the body. This is the only method of detoxification evidenced in current nutritional, medical, and bio-chemical literature capable of significantly reducing or eliminating stored toxic residue with scientifically proven safety, according to Dr. David W. Schnara, Science Advisor to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Note: 20 minutes in the infrared sauna equals 24 hours work by the kidneys to detoxify them.

Neuroreceptor Repair and Regeneration

Neuroreceptor Repair and Regeneration

This unique program combines the use of brain nutrients including vitamins, minerals and amino acids to effectively compete with dopamine and other receptor sites previously fed by the drug of choice. The NRR process offers a 10-day outpatient program with a success rate averaging 70% recovery for most drug and alcohol habits. The main advantage of this technology is gentle detoxification, which eliminates the craving, repatterns the brain to improve cognitive processes, soothes erratic behavior and improves short-term memory.

Drugs, whether prescription drugs (pain pills, antidepressants, stimulants, or benzodiazepines such as Ativan, Valium, Xanax, or Klonopin), alcohol, tobacco, or street drugs (methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, ecstasy, LSD, PCP and others) all have something in common: they overstimulate certain neurotransmitter receptors (nerves) in the brain. This is how they bring about their effects, but it is also how they cause lasting damage that leads to deeper addiction and the inability to handle the stresses of normal life.

NRR consists of an intravenous solution of amino acids (the building blocks that make up all the proteins in our bodies) which actually rebuild the damaged areas of the brain. These basic amino acids are specially formulated to be able to penetrate and positively influence the brain. The brain can then function again much more normally, cravings disappear, stress levels become much more normal, and clarity of mind is restored.

When taking combinations of amino acids into the body, some will work against others. This is the way the body is designed so that it can ultimately get what it needs from the environment. Also, crossing the "blood-brain barrier" is a difficult process for most substances. Hence, the NRR formulas had to be designed so that only the proper amino acids which would not counteract each other were used, and so that they were very effective in actually penetrating the brain. NRR restores the body physically from the damage done by drugs or alcohol. The other major factor that will determine whether you succeed is your maturity level and strong personal desire to be done with drugs forever.

Energy Psychology

Agora For Life Program

The Agora For Life Program addresses unconscious, repressed painful memories that contribute to the need to "medicate" with drugs and alcohol to avoid re-experiencing the trauma. IRT is based on quantum mechanics that sees everything as energy and the new biological understanding that every thought and emotion has a chemical signature in the brain. This means that consciousness (mind) can and does shift DNA (body). IRT puts this knowledge to work to shift the underlying genetic conditions at the cellular level of the individual's unconscious informational system.

The Agora For Life Program is a family of mind/body techniques that are clinically observed to consistently help with a wide range of psychological conditions. These interventions address the human vibrational matrix, which consists of three major interacting systems:

  • Energy pathways (meridians and related acupoints)
  • Energy centers (chakras)
  • Human biofield (systems of energy that envelop the body)

These techniques are also helpful in promoting high-level mind-body health and peak performance in the physical, mental and creative arenas of life.

Dr. Bruce Lipton states:

"A renaissance in cellular biology has recently revealed the molecular mechanisms by which thoughts and perceptions directly influence gene activity and cell behavior. Self-sabotaging and limiting beliefs induce stress and adversely impact health and behavior. [The Agora For Life Program], through its ability to rapidly identify and reprogram limiting misperceptions, represents the most powerful and effective process to enhance physical and emotional wellbeing."

Bruce H. Lipton, PhD
Cellular biologist and best selling author of The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is deeply relaxing and greatly assists in the detoxification process by eliminating stored toxins in the body. Massage therapy also releases any physical pain or discomfort, and any withheld emotional stress, which is often locked in the muscles and tissues of the body. Massage is truly restorative.

Research in massage therapy has been ongoing for more than 120 years.

Here are some reported benefits of massage:

At the University of Miami School of Medicine's Touch Research Institute, researchers have found that massage is helpful in decreasing blood pressure in people with hypertension, alleviating pain in migraine sufferers and improving alertness and performance in office workers.

Medical school students at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School who were massaged before an exam showed a significant decrease in anxiety and respiratory rates, as well as a significant increase in white blood cells and natural killer cell activity, suggesting a benefit to the immune system.

Women who had experienced the recent death of a child were less depressed after receiving therapeutic massage, according to preliminary results of a study at the University of South Carolina.

An increasing number of research studies show massage reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxes muscles, improves range of motion, and increases endorphins (enhancing medical treatment). Although therapeutic massage does not increase muscle strength, it can stimulate weak, inactive muscles and, thus, partially compensate for the lack of exercise and inactivity resulting from illness or injury. It also can hasten and lead to a more complete recovery from exercise or injury.

Research has verified that:
  • Office workers massaged regularly were more alert, performed better and were less stressed than those who weren't massaged.
  • Massage therapy decreased the effects of anxiety, tension, depression, pain, and itching in burn patients.
  • Abdominal surgery patients recovered more quickly after massage.
  • Premature infants who were massaged gained more weight and fared better than those who weren't.
  • Autistic children showed less erratic behavior after massage therapy.
Physical Benefits of Therapeutic Massage
  • Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation
  • Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
  • Alleviates discomfort during pregnancy
  • Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments
  • Reduces pain and swelling
  • reduces formation of excessive scar tissue
  • Reduces muscle spasms
  • Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
  • Enhances athletic performance
  • Treats injuries caused during sport or work
  • Promotes deeper and easier breathing
  • Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain
  • Enhances the health and nourishment of skin
  • Improves posture
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Treats musculoskeletal problems
  • Rehabilitation post operative
  • Rehabilitation after injury

(Source: AMTA)

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