Why Naturopathic Medicine?

I can not emphasize enough the importance of finding a Naturopathic Dr. to oversee your individualized optimal health and healing program. EVERYONE needs this kind of healthcare — from children to those who are going through chemo! Our western medical model is set up for “disease management,” but it is not focused on optimizing long-term health and well-being. I am so grateful to have qualified healthcare experts/advisers who have years of experience in nutrition, supplements, herbs, hormone balancing, stress reduction, etc. overseeing my health & wellness program. I have been intensely studying this field for the last two years and it simply MAKES SENSE!!

My cousin Amy and her husband Paul  have a Naturopathic Health Care Clinic in Connecticut. Here is an excerpt from their website (http://www.nhcmed.com/home.html):

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of family medicine that skillfully combines ancient therapeutic traditions with modern science to restore health. Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) use a variety of therapies to restore and maintain the health of their patients including clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, physical medicine, and lifestyle recommendations. We work to support the body’s innate ability to heal with natural therapeutics by following the guiding principles of naturopathic medicine:

Principles of Naturopathic Medicine:

Our work is guided by our strong adherence to our elegant and enduring philosophy which includes:

Supporting the healing power of nature; we believe in the body’s innate ability to heal.

  • Identify and treat the causes. We work to go beyond treating the symptoms of an illness to find the cause of illness whenever possible.
  • Like all physicians, we aim for the classic tenet: First, do no harm. We use low risk and natural methods to treat patients using approaches that have few to no side effects.
  • Educate patients. We believe that knowledge is power, so we work to educate our patients about healthy eating habits, other healthy lifestyle changes as well as on how to decrease and manage stress. Whenever we can, we try to involve our patients and the parents of our patients in the prevention and treatment at home or in the approaches they can learn to use themselves.
  • We believe that our health is determined by physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social and spiritual elements and so aim to treat the whole person.
  • We strongly believe in the axiom “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” so we work with our patients to create specific healthy lifestyle plans that take into account personal risk factors, heredity and vulnerability to future disease.

Education of Naturopathic Doctors:

As licensed naturopathic doctors (ND) we attend four-year, post-graduate, in-residence accredited naturopathic medical schools. The institutions in the United States are recognized by the Federal Department of Education. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic doctor is required to complete four years of training in clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, naturopathic philosophy, psychology, and counseling. Upon graduating, NDs must sit for and pass a national level board examination called NPLEX for licensure. NPLEX follows the same standards as the National Board of Medical Examiners, the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. For further information on Naturopathic Medical Schools in North America please see the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Schools.

– Drs. Amy Rothenberg, ND, DHANP & Paul Herscu, ND, DHANP, MPH

Other resources:

Dr. Kristine Reese; Lotus Rain Clinic, San Diego: http://lotusrainclinic.com/

Herbal Medicine, Healing & Cancer: A Comprehensive Program for Prevention and Treatment by Donald Yance, Jr., C.N, M.H, A.H.G

The Mederi Foundation:  http://mederifoundation.org/

About Donna Pinto

I am originally from New Jersey and moved to Los Angeles with my family at age 12. After graduating from San Diego State University with a BA in Journalism, I had a short-stint in magazine advertising sales before landing my "dream job" with Club Med. For two years I worked at resorts in Mexico, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic and Colorado. My husband Glenn & I met in Ixtapa, Mexico and we embarked on a two year honeymoon around the world. This was also a research project for a book we wrote called "When The Travel Bug Bites: Creative Ways to Earn, Save and Stay Abroad." I am also the author of a quote book for new graduates -- "Cheatnotes on Life: Lessons From The Classroom of Life." In 1997, we settled in San Diego and I was blessed to work part-time from home for non-profit organizations while raising our two boys. In 2010, a DCIS diagnosis changed my life. DCIS 411 is the culmination of my on-going journey and discoveries.
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