Naturopathic Physician ND
|Dr Brown addressing the NorthWest
Naturopathic Physicians Conference, 2008
Although the name “naturopathic” is of relatively recent origin, the philosophical basis and many of the methods of naturopathic medicine are ancient. The modern naturopathic doctor is a true heir to the Hippocratic tradition in medicine, based on “Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food,” and “do no harm.”
In the late 1900’s a committee of practitioners met and determined that this new practice incorporate all natural methods of healing, including such elements as botanical medicines, homeopathy, nutritional therapy, medical electricity, psychology and manipulative therapies. The first school of Naturopathy was founded in 1902 in New York City.
The healing power of nature is the foundation of naturopathic philosophy and practice. Naturopathic therapies are applied as a means of assisting and augmenting this inherent healing power of nature.
The art of naturopathic medicine is the application of this philosophy and science to the individual. The naturopathic physician develops an ability to gain insight into the causes and effects of personal health problems and uses both knowledge and skill to assist patients in finding solutions. Only in the role of teacher – the literal meaning of “doctor” - can an N.D. practice truly preventative medicine.
In helping people to understand how their life choices affect their health, naturopathic doctors provide health education. The ultimate role of the N.D. is to provide each patient with the tools to achieve the highest possible level of health and the encouragement to use these tools. The naturopathic physician emphasizes the patient's responsibility towards his or her own health and well-being.
The N.D. is trained as a primary-care practitioner, able to provide a wide range of individual, family and community health services. The practice of naturopathic medicine presents a primary contact and holistic approach to individualized health care for people of all ages.
Dr. Hal Brown
Naturopath, Vancouver BC
Qualifications: In order to practice as a naturopathic physician, a doctor must graduate from an accredited naturopathic school. They must then pass The Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX), a two-part professional licensing exam administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE). As well a doctor in B.C., must pass the provincial qualifying examinations administered by the College of Naturopathic Physicians.
Understanding the Differences Between
Conventional, Alternative, Complementary, Integrative and Natural Medicine
Anna MacIntosh, PhD, ND
Dean of Research, National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, Oregon USA
Canadian Use of Alternative Medicine
The Majority of Canadians Use Complementary Medicine. A 2007 survey confirms 1990s data
on CAM wasn't a phase. Read the recent Fraser Institute report on CAM and Canadians.
New York Times Article on Naturopathic Medicine
"When Trust in Doctors Erodes, Other Treatments Fill the Void"