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What is naturopathic medicine?

Naturopathic medicine provides medical care for all ages from the perspective of creating health rather than suppressing illness, unless of course in an acute or life-threatening situation. Naturopathic medicine explores how the body is functioning, either creating ease or lack-of-ease (disease). Poor health occurs due to cellular degeneration. Cellular degeneration occurs due to excesses and […]

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What is the difference between naturopathic and allopathic medicines?

The primary goal of allopathic medical practices is to diagnose and treat a disease through suppression or removal.  In this instance, the patient is a result of the healthcare being offered. The primary goal of naturopathic medicine is to diagnose and treat a disease process through supporting and strengthening the body’s natural resources.  In doing […]

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How can naturopathic and allopathic medical practices best work together to create the greatest outcome for patients?

Allopathic doctors interact in emergent situations daily and are the best at making acute, immediate decisions in life-threatening situations.  Their training is focused on addressing the result of poor cellular function and their service must be respected for this. Naturopathic doctors have the strongest impact on chronic disease, as they have a deep understanding of […]

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What training is required to become a naturopathic physician and how does it compare to the educational requirements of allopathic physicians?

Four years of medical school preceded by four years of pre-medical requirements are what prepare naturopathic physicians for their basic science and clinical board exams. Both medical degrees require a certain number of hours of study in basic sciences, as well as clinical diagnosis.  Allopathic medical schools offer 1,524 hours of basic sciences and 3,393 […]

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Why did you choose naturopathic medicine as your career path?

After practicing as a nurse for ten years, I developed a great desire to understand more of the disease process, or manifestation of imbalance, rather than the actual disease itself.  People have always been more interesting to me than their disease.  In fact, five people coming to see me for diabetes may have five different […]

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What is homeopathy and how does it differ from naturopathic medicine?

Homeopathy is a therapy that involves using the energetic aspect of minerals, plants and body fluids rather than their actual elements. Naturopathic medicine includes homeopathy as one of its therapies, but is not limited to it. Homeopathy can be applied in both acute and chronic situations.

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How do you explain the rate at which chronic disease is increasing in America and how does naturopathic medicine address its treatment and prevention?

Chronic disease is out of control in our country. Seventy eight percent of all healthcare dollars spent in the U.S. goes to chronic disease management. This is concerning to allopathic medicine. As affirmed in an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2004 (JAMA, Vol. 292 No. 9, September 1, 2004), allopathic […]

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If people could change one thing in their lives to improve their health, what do you suggest and why?

Recognize if your thoughts of self are based in self-love. If they are, anything is possible. If they are not, any change you try to make to improve your health will only be temporary.

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How large of an impact does stress play on our health?

I believe that stress is one of the leading causes of poor health in our country. Statistically, it has been documented that 70-90 percent of all doctor visits are caused by stress. There is so much education available to teach people how to enhance their overall health, yet if people are experiencing stress, there is […]

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What role does nutritional supplementation play in creating optimal health?

Nutritional supplementation, in my mind, is the best health insurance a person can buy. We live in a world where the food we eat is much less nutritious than what our ancestors ate. This is due to over cultivation, the advent of foods preservatives, the foods animals eat and hormones injected to produce more milk […]

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