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#1) Traditional Naturopathy: “Naturopathy is a philosophy which encompasses a view of life, a model for living a full life. The word naturopathy is a Latin-Greek hybrid which can be defined as ‘being close to or benefiting from nature.’” – Stewart Mitchell, Naturopathy: Understanding the Healing Power of Nature
A traditional naturopath specializes in wellness. They teach patients/clients how applying natural lifestyle approaches can act to facilitate the body’s own natural healing and health building potential. The traditional naturopath does not medically undertake to “diagnose” or “treat diseases,” nor by traditional definition DO NOT use surgery, drugs, or other harsh, or invasive methodology in their consulting. But, rather recognizes that the majority of chronic sub-health conditions are cumulative lifestyle effects, and that the underlying cause of what we call “disease” (or, “dis-ease”) is a combination of improper eating, unhealthy habits, and environmental factors which cause biological imbalances leading to a weakening of the bodies’ natural defenses (immune system) and subsequent breakdown in health. The main goal is to restore homeostasis within the body by finding root causes and addressing them; so the body can facilitate it’s own natural healing to regain balance/homeostasis. Traditional Naturopaths guide and teach their patient/client in natural health approaches such as fasting and detoxification, dietary wellness, the use of herbs & homeopathy, aromatherapy, exercise, rest, sunshine, and many other natural health modalities.
There are limited colleges /universities qualified, accredited, reputable, and legitimate to issue Traditional Naturopathic degrees, however, there are several that “claim” they are qualified. My advice is to look at the schools history, credentials, accrediting bodies and board certifications and then call the schools and all of the places they “state they are through/affiliated with.” There are only a small percentage that are true schools and issue real degrees and credentials. However, with the education, credentials and degrees you still have to receive board certification…there are only a handful legally able to offer really board certification /accreditation.
A few examples of what True Traditional Naturopathic Doctors do:
This is what Traditional Naturopathic medicine is.
Modern Naturopathic Medicine Doctors/Physicians are very similar to MD’s & D.O.’s but without the traditional medical license -however they do obtain a NPLEX; which is true verification of a REAL Naturopathic Doctor /Physician. Modern Naturopathic Medicine is only accredited if they are graduates from schools listed at http://www.aanmc.org
These examples are why the AANMC states the above: A Modern Naturopathic Medicine Physician/Doctor:
Modern Naturopathic Doctors and physicians seek the status of primary care physicians through licensure, and they mix naturopathic and allopathic medicine, without sufficient medical training, hospital experience, or trauma education.
Modern Naturopathic Doctors, physicians advocate diagnostic care, while traditional naturopaths/natural medicine (DNM/RNP), Doctors of Natural Medicine/Registered Naturotherapy Practitioners) emphasize healthy lifestyle choices and wellness care.
However, Traditional Naturopaths believe Naturopathic Medicine is not true Naturopathy. It is argued by many, that the goals and philosophies of Naturopathic Medical Schools violate the basic core of Naturopathic Philosophy by engaging in conventional medical practices without acquiring a medical license. Many states do not accept Naturopathic Doctors/Physicians unless they obtain a license, which is determined by the requirements of the states laws.