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What naturopathic physicians are NOT

Naturopathic physicians are NOT: 1. Doctors who prescribe herbs instead of drugs.  Naturopathic medicine is not about using a natural substance in place of a medication.  True naturopathic medicine is based on a philosophy that the human body is capable of healing itself, given the proper environment.  In order to facilitate...

Tolle Causem

One of the 6 prinicples of naturopathic medicine is Tolle Causem, or Treat the Cause. The ultimate goal of a naturopathic physician is to identify and treat the cause of the patient's disease or symptoms. Conventional physicians will often claim to do the same thing. I recently saw an advertisement for...

Prevention versus screening

What is prevention? The standard of care for preventive medicine specialists in conventional medicine is determined by the USPSTF (The US preventive services task force), which is an independent panel of experts in primary care (like internists, pediatricians, gynecologists, etc). The USPSTF determines when screening exams are necessary, which medications...

Is naturopathic medicine science-based?

I had a great question about naturopathic medicine and science: You say that your medicine is evidence-based. Would you define "evidence" in the same way that the traditional medical model would (peer-reviewed journals, RCTs, meta-analyses, etc.)? Are all of your treatments supported by research? Thanks Anonymous! I'll do my best to answer...