Great Health is a Choice!
Driftless Naturopathic Medicine
About Paul Ratté, ND
Paul is a naturopathic doctor and an assistant professor of clinical nutrition at Northwestern Health Sciences University. He graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in 1997.
With one foot in the clinic and one foot in the research, Paul offers his patients and students a balance between the art and science of medicine. With humility and curiosity, he takes a detective approach in the clinic with often complex patients.
He takes a functional medicine approach that addresses the cause rather than the symptoms of disease. Paul works with patients to overcome obstacles and redirect their stories toward health. His specialties include carbohydrate tolerance, digestive function, and enterohepatic recirculation (a fancy word for liver detoxification).
His professional interests include clinically-relevant biochemistry, anthroposophical medicine, critical thinking, and the challenges of nutritional epidemiology.
Free Introductory Phone Visit
This free 15 minute phone visit will give you an opportunity to learn about naturopathic medicine and determine if it is a good fit for you. Dr. Ratte will explain his approach and answer any questions. This is highly recommended for all new patients.
The initial visit is 2 hours for adults or 90 minutes for children under 13. All initial visits are in-office either in Viroqua, WI or Woodbury, MN. During this visit, a thorough intake of your medical history is followed by a presentation of an individualized treatment plan that includes dietary advice, laboratory test recommendations, nutritional supplement prescription, and lifestyle counseling.
Follow-up appointments are scheduled to check on the progress of treatment and discuss lab work ordered from the initial visit. All follow-up appointments for Woodbury patients are done by phone. Viroqua patients can choose in-office or phone. The fee is based upon the time spent.
How can naturopathic medicine help?
Digestive dysfunction is often the first sign of disease. Known as the second brain, it actively transforms food into usable energy while our microbiome manages our immune system. Learn to identify digestive burdens and engage digestive function.
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
The liver is perhaps the most underappreciated organ in the body as it is always silently working to maintain balance. The standard American diet (SAD) wreaks havoc on liver function. Learn to identify toxins and nourish liver function.
Heavy metal toxicity
The source of energy is what you eat. Fatigue is often the result of poor macronutrient balancing. Demonizing carbohydrates or fats is too simplistic. The real culprits in the standard American diet (SAD) are the ubiquitous (and often hidden) ultra-processed foods. Learn to develop a long-term energy plan that involves rationing, balance, and taste.
Stress is the ultimate scapegoat. Yet, stress is how we respond and engage in life. Adrenal fatigue is a popular term that does not fully address the cause which resides in the heart. Learn to develop physiological resilience and create metabolic reserve.
Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) dysfunction
Blood sugar regulation
Heart rate variability
"With my endocrinologist's okay and Dr. Ratte's program, I've completely reversed my Type 2 Diabetes in 6 weeks! I was on 2 oral meds and insulin, and now I take nothing at all for the diabetes! My mind is sharper, my sleep is better, my knees are not so painful....this is a true learning experience about what my BODY needs, not what my psyche craves. I'm LOVING the results!!!"