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Apr 17, 2018 at 02:35 o\clock

The Difference Between a Naturopath and a Naturopathic Doctor


Portrait of traditional Chinese physician
 
Do you know the difference between a naturopath and a naturopathic doctor? If you have an interest in complementary or alternative approaches (CAM) to health or medical treatment, and you live in the right location, you may have access to both. Knowing what these titles and their underlying credentials mean will help you make smart decisions about whether these providers can help you – or not.


A Naturopathic Physician or Doctor (NMD or ND)
 
A Naturopathic Doctor or Physician has earned an ND or NMD degree from a naturopathic medical school. He or she studies all the basic medical coursework an MD would study, plus the more “natural” sciences including nutrition, botanical medicine (herbals), and mental health studies like psychology or counseling.

ND = Naturopathic Doctor and NMD = Naturopathic Medical Doctor. Both these names and abbreviations mean the same thing. An individual who has earned this title usually chooses the one he or she prefers based on where they received their medical education.
 
NDs may take regular MD board certification exams to become licensed as general practice (primary care) doctors. Their practices are usually integrative, meaning they offer mainstream Western medical advice as well as CAM.

Naturopathic doctors are not licensed in every state or province in the United States and Canada.

As of 2015, there are 17 states plus DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands where a patient can find a licensed ND. Find a list of states here. In Canada, citizens may find an ND in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

If you are looking for a doctor who will treat you by selecting from either or both the allopathic/Western world or with a more natural, CAM approach, then a naturopathic doctor may be the right choice for you. 
 
 
A Naturopathic Practitioner or Naturopath
 
There are a handful of careers that are called “naturopathic” that are not physicians or doctors. Smart patients understand the differences between these naturopaths and real, medical, naturopathic doctors.

These non-physician naturopathic careers have titles like Holistic Health Practitioner or Naturopathic Practitioner. They study in non-medical schools and universities that may have “nature” or “naturopathy” in their titles. While those schools may have excellent curricula (this is not a judgment on whether that’s true or not), their coursework does not lead to a medical degree that is accepted or licensed as a doctor.

Since naturopaths are not medical doctors their services may not be covered by your health insurance. However, not all states recognize naturopathic doctors with licensing, therefore, not all NDs are covered by insurance either.
 
 
The Differences between NDs and Naturopaths
 
Therefore, the differences between the services you can receive from the two boil down to the type of education and licensing each receives. If you want to be sure your new integrative doctor has a medical education and license on which to base his or her advice to you, then look only for a naturopathic doctor.


If you’re interested only in the natural side of treatment advice, to the exclusion of medical knowledge, then a naturopath’s skills may suffice.
 
This article " The Difference Between a Naturopath and a Naturopathic Doctor" was originally seen in verywellhealth by Trisha Torrey

Apr 13, 2018 at 03:04 o\clock

3 Foolproof Health Tips For Better, Longer Life Expectancy

We all want to live a longer, healthier life. While tips such as drinking more water, getting at least 8 hours of sleep, eating more fruits and vegetables, and doing daily exercise still hold true, there are other things you can do to improve your health.

Here are 3 foolproof tips you can add to your daily health regimen to live a longer, healthier life:

 

1. Control your sugar intake.

Obesity is one of the leading causes of illness nowadays, most notably, type 2 diabetes. Too much sugar consumption can damage your liver, causes weight gain, increased blood sugar, high blood pressure, and puts you at higher risk of developing heart and kidney disease, just to mention a few.

Sugar consumption needs to be managed both for adults and children alike. In an article written by health editor Sarah Boseley for The Guardian, parents were encouraged to limit their children to two sugary snacks per day.

"Children's snacking habits are setting them up for obesity and poor health, Public Health England has warned, calling on parents to take a tougher line on sweets and cakes and fizzy drinks between meals.

Children in England are eating on average at least three unhealthy high-calorie sugary snacks and drinks every day, says PHE, and about a third of children eat four or more. It is urging parents to draw the line at two and make sure they are not more than 100 calories each."

A new campaign called "Change4Life" suggests looking for 100 calorie snacks, two a day max. More info can be found here.

 

Read more in the article "Limit children to two sugary snacks a day, parents told"

 

2. Avoid opioid painkillers.

Recent news from NBC cited drug overdose as one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

"Life expectancy falls when people start dying at younger ages, and that's what is happening in the U.S. with the epidemic of opioid overdoses.

"The escalating growth of opioid deaths is downright frightening - and it's getting worse," said John Auerbach, president and CEO of Trust for America's Health.

"Every community has been impacted by this crisis and it's getting lots of headlines, yet we're not making the investments or taking the actions needed at anywhere near the level needed to turn the tide."

The NCHS found that 63,600 people died of drug overdoses in 2016, and "the majority of these overdose deaths were unintentional," the NCHS team, led by Dr. Holly Hedegaard, wrote."

 

More here: NBC News

 

If you are suffering from any form of pain, avoid taking opioids such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, oxycontin, and fentanyl. Talk to your doctor about finding other means of pain management. Some of the most common alternative treatments you can look into are acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation, relaxation therapy and hypnosis just to mention.

The use of IV vitamin therapy for pain management is also gaining popularity. At Dr. Amauri's wellness center, you can get a vitamin drip which helps prevent and reduce all types of headaches. If you need more information on this kind of therapy, you can call (416) 922-4114 and book a complimentary 15-minute consultation via phone or in-person.

 

3. Go natural.

There are many ways of fighting disease other than the conventional methods. Here are some things you can try:

• Frankincense oil - has an anti-inflammatory property and is found to be effective in fighting colon, ovarian, and breast cancer.

• Turmeric - helps fight cancer such as brain cancer, leukemia.

• Raw juicing - superior nutrition, can be absorbed fast, can help expel tumor.

• Grapefruit - improves liver function and aids in detoxification.

• Reishi mushroom - great for enhancing immune function.

• "Earthing" - for example walking barefoot on beach sands, grass, dirt or rock. Can help with chronic pain, fatigue, and other ailments.

If your ultimate goal in life is to spend more time with your family and loved ones, these three things can help you achieve it. Not only will you live longer, but most importantly, happier and healthier.

Recommended reading: 7 Essential Ways That Can Help You Live A Life Without Cancer

This article " 3 Foolproof Health Tips For Better, Longer Life Expectancy was originally seen in Dr. Amauri Caversan Wellness Centre Blog.

Apr 12, 2018 at 08:15 o\clock

Naturopathy and Naturopathic Medicine

Articles of Interest
By Michael Byrne, LMHC, ND (Naturopathic Physician)


Naturopathy is more than a system of healing; it is a philosophy and a way of life. Fundamentally, naturopathy honors the healing power of nature. One of the fathers of our western medical tradition was Hippocrates, a physician of 2500 years ago. A basic law of his medical practice was: "Let food be your medicine, and your medicine be food."

Originally, all physicians here in America were naturopathic doctors. Naturopathic doctors broke away from the orthodox medical field (allopathic) when the majority began ignoring proper nutrition and lifestyle and became enchanted with chemical and surgical means of treatment. These complex chemical and surgical treatments often had harmful and sometimes fatal side effects.

The naturopathic physician continues to use nutrition and lifestyle counseling to support the body's own natural ability to heal itself. Naturopaths will often also employ botanical medicine, vitamins, minerals, and physical medicine in supporting a person to achieve health and wellness. Naturopathic doctors do not simply treat symptoms, but explore the root causes for disease. Naturopaths are also very interested in the prevention of disease, and so educate people on health maintenance and wellness. On the cutting edge of medicine today is the recognition of the mind-body-spirit connection. Emotional, physical and spiritual issues are intimately tied within each of us. Treatments of emotional, mental and physical disorders have been separated here in the western world, with increased specialization leading to increased fragmentation of healthcare delivery. Since naturopathic doctors are interested in identifying root causes of illness, we recognize that many different variables that can lead to disease. As a practicing naturopath, I have been witness to numerous examples of physical maladies relating to emotional, mental and spiritual issues. One example is a man's knee pain, back pain, food allergies, and depression all resolving as he began pursuing his love for music in a focused way.

I also have many examples of nutrition effecting behavior and mood. Most notably are the frequent connections between digestive and nutritional issues, and ADHD and other behavioral problems. Our moods, thoughts, physical activity, nutrition, community and so on, all interplay with each other, uniquely creating the varied challenges and opportunities we experience in life.

I have found that working with people on multiple levels through counseling, nutrition and lifestyle analysis to be very successful and deeply satisfying. Patients often tell me of the joy they experience in learning new health habits and exploring the interrelatedness of thoughts, emotions, and physical health.

Many naturopathic physicians also see their role as a doctor to extend into the community. Since we aim to address the whole person, body, mind and spirit, we are also often drawn into social realms to address the issues present for our patients. Naturopathic medicine asserts that one cannot be healthy in an unhealthy environment and is committed to the creation of a world in which humanity may thrive.

Principles of Naturopathic Medicine (1)

Naturopathic Medicine is distinguished not by particular methods or medicines, but by a unifying philosophy. This philosophy is articulated by the following guiding principles, created by naturopathic physicians through the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).

The Healing Power of Nature

The healing power of nature is the inherent self-organizing and healing process of living systems which establishes, maintains and restores health. Naturopathic medicine recognizes this healing process to be ordered and intelligent. It is the naturopathic physician's role to support, facilitate and augment this process by identifying and removing obstacles to health and recovery, and by supporting the creation of a healthy internal and external environment.

Identify and Treat the Causes

Illness does not occur without cause. Causes may originate in many areas. Underlying causes of illness and disease must be identified and removed before complete recovery can occur. Symptoms can be expressions of the body's attempt to defend itself, to adapt and recover, to heal itself, or may be results of the causes of disease. The naturopathic physician seeks to treat the causes of disease, rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.

First Do No Harm

  • Naturopathic physicians follow three precepts to avoid harming the patient:
  • Naturopathic physicians utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful effects, and apply the least possible force or intervention necessary to diagnose illness and restore health.
  • Whenever possible the suppression of symptoms is avoided as suppression generally interferes with the healing process.
  • Naturopathic physicians respect and work with the the healing power of nature in diagnosis, treatment and counseling, for if this self-healing process is not respected the patient may be harmed.

Doctor as Teacher

The original meaning of the word "doctor" is teacher. A principle objective of naturopathic medicine is to educate the patient and emphasize self-responsibility for health. Naturopathic physicians also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.

Treat the Whole Person

Naturopathic medicine recognizes the harmonious functioning of all aspects of the individual as being essential to health. The multi-factorial nature of health and disease requires a personalized and comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment.

Naturopathic physicians treat the whole person taking all of these factors into account.

Prevention

Naturopathic medical colleges emphasize the study of health as well as disease. The prevention of disease and the attainment of optimal health in patients are primary objectives of naturopathic medicine. In practice, these objectives are accomplished through education and the promotion of healthy ways of living.

Naturopathic physicians assess risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and make appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness. Naturopathic medicine asserts that one cannot be healthy in an unhealthy environment and is committed to the creation of a world in which humanity may thrive.

1. "Principles of Naturopathic Medicine" section (above) quotes from Snider, P., & Zeff, J.L. (1989). Definition of Naturopathic Medicine, American Association of Naturopathic Medicine Position Paper. Select Committee on the Definition of Naturopathic Medicine. AANP House of Delegates, Rippling River, Oregon.

Michael Byrne, ND (Doctor of Naturopathy), has a naturopathic practice in Seattle, Washington Washington and is also a registered counselor.

Also see article: Childhood ADHD--Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder--From the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner.

This article "Naturopathy and Naturopathic Medicine" was originally seen in Counseling Washington