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difference between a licensed naturopathic doctor and a naturopath
By The Institute for Natural Medicine

Licensed naturopathic doctors (NDs) are regulated at the state level to practice naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic medical students attend accredited, four-year, in-residence, naturopathic medical schools where they study biomedical sciences such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, and pharmacology. Their medical education incorporates the latest advances in science and natural approaches to illness prevention and management. Students complete a minimum of 4,100 hours of class and clinical training,...

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Naturopathic Doctor
By The Institute for Natural Medicine

1. When patients are looking for a doctor who will treat the body as a whole, not just the illness.

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained to treat the whole person. This requires taking the time to listen and understand the genetic, environmental, and behavioral/lifestyle factors that can affect the patient’s health. At the initial appointment, they’ll spend up to an hour or more talking with their ND.

2. When patients want personalized treatment.

NDs understand there is no one-size-fits-all treatment that works for everybody. After...

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What is Naturopathic Medicine
By The Institute for Natural Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct practice of medicine that emphasizes prevention and the self-healing process to treat each person holistically and improve outcomes while lowering health care costs.

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are educated and trained in accredited naturopathic medical colleges. They diagnose, prevent and treat acute and chronic illness, restore and establish optimal health by supporting the person's inherent self-healing process. Rather than just suppressing symptoms, NDs work to identify underlying causes of illness, and develop personalized treatment plans to...

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Stethoscope
By Bob Bernhardt, LLM, PhD

Naturopathic doctors may at times receive this question from their patients. It is nice to know that there is an evidence-based response that says “Yes!”

Rising health care costs have been a fact for some time. Evidence is now emerging that adding or enhancing adjunctive care services can serve to reduce overall costs. Much of the evidence relates to treating chronic conditions that can be major cost drivers within health care. This article highlights the findings from four randomized clinical trials conducted in partnership with a major Canadian corporation and a major union, and...

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Stethoscope, Blood Pressure Cuff
By JoAnn Yanez, ND, MPH, CAE

A steadily growing percentage of the population is choosing to focus on prevention, wellness and natural approaches to managing illness by seeking out practitioners of complementary and integrative medicine. As such, many are seeking the advice of naturopathic doctors to guide this process in a safe and effective way.

Despite the popularity of natural medicine, there is a lot of confusion around what naturopathic medicine is and how naturopathic doctors practice. Below we will address some common myths and misunderstandings about naturopathic medicine.

Myth #1: I can get an...

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School Boys
By Lisa Murray, RDN, LD
September 06, 2017

Whether as parents or the children themselves, a majority of your patient population is either gearing up for (or are already) heading back to school. As beach days get traded for evenings hitting the books, this busy time can be met with excitement, but more likely, a lot of anxiety including high hopes for kids to stay healthy, happy and focused on learning.

To help ease some of this anxiety and support overall health and well-being, our Medical Education team has put together a list of foundational supplements that, in addition to a great multivitamin, should be in every child’s...

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Laptop, Stethoscope
By Paul Anderson, NMD

Here are some examples of headlines generated by a recent paper about alternative medicine. The headlines are quite imposing, and in some cases plainly misleading:

  • “Cancer patients who turn to Alternative Medicine are 2.5 times more likely to die”
  • “Alternative Medicine alone as a cancer treatment linked to lower survival.
  • “You are more than twice as likely to die from your cancer if you choose alternative medicine. If you have breast or colorectal cancer, you’re more than five times as likely to die.”
  • “Cancer is way more likely to kill you if you...
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Woman Window
By Tori Hudson, ND
August 17, 2017

The purpose of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial published in the journal Nutrition was to determine the effect of magnesium supplementation on individuals suffering from depression who also had magnesium deficiency.1 Patients were included if they had a depression score of >11 in the Beck Depression Inventory-II, and had a serum magnesium level of <1.8 mg/dL in men and <1.9 mg/dL in women. Individuals were then randomized and given either two 250 mg magnesium oxide tablets per day or placebo for two months.

The Beck Depression...

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pill bottle
By Natural Medicine Journal
July 26, 2017

In light of the recent broad media attention, as well as the July 2017 FDA meeting to discuss the frequency and patterns of opioid misuse and abuse, there is a call to action to evaluate and implement non-opioid pain management strategies. In this interview pain management expert and Stanford researcher Dr. Beth Darnall describes the problem, explains the recent influx of “abuse deterrent” pain relieving pharmaceuticals and describes some non-pharmaceutical solutions.

For more information about the recent FDA meeting,...

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Cannabis
By Nancy Gahles, DC, CCH, RSHom(NA), OIM

New York State finally got on board with offering another alternative to the chronic pain dilemma. Chronic pain is now a qualifying condition for the New York State medical cannabis program. New York’s program1 began in 2016 and has been grossly underutilized largely due to the glaring omission of one of the most prevalent conditions, chronic pain.

When the program was first announced, optimism loomed large as initial estimates for the number of people who would benefit from the program were somewhere between 200,000 and 400,000. To date only 15,000 patients and 911...

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