Ten Reasons to Choose Traditional Naturopathy
1. Continuing to Feel Ill and Don’t Know the Reason Why?
We all want to be healthy and to feel well. Chronic and or persistent recurring symptoms such as: Headache, digestive upsets, low energy, insomnia, nervousness and pain makes us feel unwell. More frequently than not, these symptoms often go unexplained by medical doctors even after you are subjected to a host of medical tests. In most cases, you are sent home with no answers and a bottle or two of pills (with their side effects) as a solution. And you still feel ill! Why? This is often the time most people decide to seek a more natural approach to their problems. Traditional Naturopathy provides a whole new approach and method of treatment.
2. Traditional Naturopathy “Does no harm.”
Traditional Naturopathic doctors swear an oath that was first recited by Hippocrates “to first do no harm.” Even though the conventional medical doctors swear by the same oath, unfortunately, our medical community “harms” people in alarming proportions. Every year in the United States over 250,000 deaths occur because of errors by health care professional during medical procedures, hospital stays, adverse drug reactions from prescribed or administered drugs, and surgery mishaps. In the Journal of the American Medical Association, Volume 284, dated July 26, 2000, it states that medical errors, made by its conventional medical community, are the 3 leading cause of death in North America. Traditional Naturopathy, by contrast, does not perform invasive surgery, does not use prescription drugs or radiation. Procedures used are natural, gentle, and are more easily accepted by the body’s systems.
3. Traditional Naturopathy Treats the Cause not the symptoms.
Doctors of naturopathy look for and then treat the cause of the symptoms being experienced.
4. Traditional Naturopathy treats the Whole Person (Mind, Body, Spirit).
We believe that there is an interconnection with the physical, mental and emotional aspects of one’s being (a life force or vital energy). Naturopathic doctors recognize the ability of one to influence the other, either negatively or positively.
5. Traditional Naturopathic Doctors are well trained.
There is a myth that alternative treatments are bogus or unreliable snake oil sold by quacks with no formal training. This myth is simply not true. There is also a myth that you have to be licensed in order to be effective or legitimate. This myth is also simply not true. In order to receive the designation of N.D., the person has to complete a doctoral level program from an accredited school. This program is a grueling process that requires years of work, study, and research. The licensing issue is a political issue, not one of credibility or effectiveness. As mentioned earlier, Medical doctors, who are licensed, are mostly responsible for over 250,000 deaths each year in North America. Traditional Naturopaths are Board Certified and have earned the designation N.D.
6. Traditional Naturopathy is Evidence-Based.
Modalities used in Naturopathy have been criticized as not being backed by any research. The facts are there is an enormous amount of clinical trials and scientific research in the naturopathic field that have been conducted over the past one hundred years. More recent trials and research findings have been published in all of the highly respected medical journals in the US, Canada, and the world.
7. In-depth, Longer Consultations.
The first consultation with a Naturopathic doctor takes between 1 and 1 ½ hours or even longer. Clients are given as much time as needed in any follow-up sessions. Clients are encouraged to voice any concerns and ask all of their questions regarding their health care. Naturopaths are doctors who truly listen and really care about their client’s well being.
8. Stop the Guessing.
Health and wellness conscious Americans spend billions of dollars each year purchasing vitamins, herbal remedies, and over the counter drugs. These purchases are frequently based on advertising, hearsay and trail and error. This practice is expensive and dangerous as many of the supplements and herbal formulas can interact adversely with each other and with over the counter drugs and prescribed pharmaceuticals. Many medical doctors are not familiar with the contraindications of these supplements. Many people do not reported the use of herbal supplements or over the counter medications to their medical doctor or to the pharmacist. A Traditional Naturopathic doctor can keep you safe, save you money, and eliminate the guesswork.
9. You can Keep your Conventional Doctor.
We will work with your Conventional Doctor. In recent years many Medical Doctors have come to realize the importance of Naturopaths. Many Medical doctors are now showing a more open mindedness in working with Naturopathic doctors, especially when their patients insist.
10. Prevention – Lowering the risk of Diseases that Kill.
In naturopathy, prevention is the central principle. Today’s big killers; heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer risks can be reduced, even when there is said to be a predisposition to a disease. Life style counseling, adequate nutrition and stress reduction techniques, to name a few, are essential to prevention.
If you would like more information on how you can benefit from Naturopathy, please contact Dr. Chandler.
Reference: Internet research August 5, 2008, Article published in Naturopathic Medicine, Ten Reasons to Choose Naturopathic Medicine, (2001), by S. Sayers, T. Choi, and Bruce Lofting, N.D.
(Copyright 2008) Chandler Naturopathic Health Center
Gastonia, NC 28054