Naturopathic medicine … real doctors?
One of the first questions I often get asked in my practice is, “Are you a real doctor?” The answer to this question is a resounding “YES”.
During my family practice residency in Phoenix, Arizona I was fortunate enough to work with a gastroenterologist with 20 years of experience. I spent 6 months in his private practice, as well as in his surgery suite where he performed colonoscopies and upper endoscopies.
Even though the treatments we used in our practices were drastically different he was amazed at how similarly we approached our patients’ health.
I will never forget the day he allowed me to integrate naturopathic recommendations for his patients with the prescriptions he was using in the office. He experienced first hand the power of blending naturopathic and conventional medicine together.
Did you know that naturopathic doctor’s (ND) have gone to school for 8 years to attain their naturopathic medical degree? All graduates then have to pass rigorous professional board exams to be licensed throughout North America. If you are going to involve natural medicine in your life wouldn’t you want a qualified expert in the medical field to guide you down the right path?
As an ND I am educated in all of the same sciences as a medical doctor (MD) and use these medical sciences as a foundation for diagnosis and treatment. This means that I understand your specific medical condition and can determine the underlying cause of your symptoms. In addition to the standard medical curriculum, I received additional training in areas such as clinical nutrition, Intravenous therapy (IV), botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, and physical medicine. This training is what allows me to generate a safe and appropriate natural treatment protocol for each individual patient in my practice.
One of the most important principles of naturopathic medicine is to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than to eliminate or merely suppress symptoms. Suppressing symptoms is most often a short-term fix, whereas treating the underlying cause has long lasting positive effects on an individual’s health.
Armed with the right knowledge about the expertise and education behind a naturopathic doctor, join the many people whom are integrating an ND into their health team. Check out our website now and see how we use science and targeted treatments to make you Feel Better Faster.
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