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Naturopathic Medicine as an Alternative

Naturopathic medicine is an alternative branch of medical practice founded on two philosophic principles:

"vis medicatrix naturae" (the healing power of nature)
and "Above all do no harm."

The natural therapies which comprise this alternative system of healing are designed to correct bodily disorders and restore health by stimulating the body's natural healing powers.

Naturopathic medicine as a system of healing dates back to the late nineteenth century, although many of its therapeutic methods are drawn from ancient as well as modern sources. In 1902, the first class of naturopathic physicians was graduated from a naturopathic medical college in New York City. The profession grew rapidly in numbers, and during the 1920's licensing laws were enacted in a number of states throughout the country.

In later decades, this rising interest in naturopathic medicine lost its momentum as the fight against infectious diseases was being waged through the use of antibiotics and other drugs.

Today, however, along with an increasing awareness of the potential drawbacks associated with the use of some drugs, individuals are seeking alternative ways to heal chronic and other diseases which remain resistant to conventional approaches -- illnesses such as arthritis, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, allergies, migraine headaches and colitis -- all of which have been successfully treated using natural methods.

As a result, the merits of naturopathic medicine have become apparent to more and more individuals, so that the number of naturopathic physicians has more than doubled in this state alone (to well over 200) in the last decade.

A minimum of seven years of training is required to become a naturopathic physician -- three years of standard pre-medical undergraduate education followed by a four-year program leading to the Doctor of Naturopathy (N.D.) degree.

The National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in Portland. founded in 1956, is currently the oldest and largest of the naturopathic medical colleges in the nation. NCNM graduates from thirty to fifty naturopathic physicians a year. Other schools in North America are located in Seattle, Washington and Ontario, Canada.

NATUROPATHIC MEDICAL PRACTICE

Naturopathic physicians are trained as general practitioners, and they use standard diagnostic procedures in assessing their patients' health needs. Naturopathic medicine involves the use of natural medical therapeutics which are designed to act in harmony with the body's inherent self-healing powers.

The goal of the naturopathic physician is to intervene in the disease process as early as possible, and to do the least harm to the patient by avoiding therapies which may have unwanted side-effects. Because of this underlying philosophy and approach, the naturopathic physician can frequently arrest and reverse the disease process before more debilitating and costly acute illness occurs.

Patients with conditions that must be treated in a hospital setting or that require treatment outside the legal scope of naturopathic practice are referred to other practitioners, such as medical and osteopathic doctors.

THE PUBLIC HAS A NEED FOR NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

ALTERNATIVES TO THE FOLLOWING GENERAL HEALTH CARE DELIVERY PROBLEMS MUST BE FOUND:

* Escalating medical costs twice the national average when compared with existing inflation rates.
* The orientation of drugs and surgery (allopathic medicine) toward technology only, not to the patient needs.
* Outrageous laboratory use and costs with considerable benefit going primarily to the clinical laboratory or hospital.
* Surgical procedures are used on a public acceptance cycle. Twenty to forty years ago it was tonsillectomies, appendectomies, then hysterectomies. Currently the surgical procedure of choice is the coronary by-pass.
* Over-prescribing chemically synthetic drugs which put unnecessary stress on the body and may have devastating side effects.

THE PUBLIC WANTS NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE FOR MANY REASONS

To illustrate a few:
* As an alternative to escalating medical and hospital related costs.
* As patient cate alternatives to include emphasis on the "wellness" of the entire patient.
* As an alternative to excess laboratory work and costs.
* As an alternative to "unnecessary surgery" to avoid a continuation of the health care crisis.
* To protect themselves from the unnecessary and potentially harmful poisonous medications (such as the mass public Valium experiments) being pushed on them as legitimate prescriptions, and thereby significantly reduce drug abuse.

NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE HAS AVAILABLE:

*An alternative to allopathic (drugs and surgery) medicine.
*Time-proven, world-wide, cost effective health care approaches/differing from allopathic medicine (drugs and surgery) and its uncontrollable escalating costs.
* Clinical procedures consider the entire patient in diagnosis and treatment.
* Time-honored, clinical diagnostic and treatment regimes, treating the entire patient which reduces the need for excessive long-term laboratory monitoring and unnecessary hospitalization.
* Surveys/reports on surgery reveal 65% or more of surgeries unnecessary, removal of normal tissue performed according to Teamster Union Health & Welfare Trust studies.
* Non-addictive, cost-effective, natural medicines available that have stood the test of time, have worldwide time-proven usage and acceptability, are proven safe, and will answer the public's outcries for immediate alternatives in patient-oriented, cost effective health care.



IF YOUR HEALTH CARE BENEFITS PLAN DOES NOT INCLUDE NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE, 
YOU DO NOT HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE!!!

 

 

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