How is Naturopathic Medicine different from Conventional Medicine?
Firstly, it’s our approach. We aren’t treating just your condition, because your condition exists in you. The issue you are dealing with didn’t just pop up over night, even though it may seem like it. It has taken time for the dysfunction to become obvious enough to create the symptoms you are experiencing. Therefore, it is going to take time to treat the underlying dysfunction to restore you to wellness. By treating the root symptoms then just fall like dominoes.
Secondly, there is very rarely a single supplement or remedy to address your condition(s). We must support all the systems of the body that are involved, and this may require a multi pronged approach. I know money doesn’t grow on trees and I do my best to make sure you are getting the most bang for your buck.
Bottomline, we need to treat the cause with a multi pronged approach and it’s going to take time. Being well and feeling great and preventing future illness is worth the bit of effort it takes. You are worth it.
How do I know if my ND is licensed and registered?
In order to be licensed and registered an ND must have completed the following:
- three years of pre-medical sciences at a University with a cumulative grade point average 3.00 on a four point scale. Prerequisite courses: biology, biochemistry, chemistry, organic chemistry, introductory psychology and humanities.
- a 4-year-full time program in an accredited school of Naturopathic Medicine that includes more than 4,500 hours of classroom training and 1,500 hours of supervised clinical experience.
- Pass NPLEX board exams that are written after the 2nd year and 4th year of study. NPLEX is the standard examination used by all licensing jurisdictions for Naturopathic doctors in North America.
- Meet the Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits as required by the provincial regulatory boards on an ongoing basis.
- Be in good standing and registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO). Check their website to make sure your ND is registered and in good standing: CONO http://www.collegeofnaturopaths.on.ca/.
What should I expect on my first visit?
The visit begins by first answering any questions and concerns you may have about naturopathic medicine. We will then discuss the reason for your visit (for example: low energy) and the factors which may be affecting your health such as diet, mood, digestion, medications, supplements, previous medical history, menses (if applicable) and sleep. The physical exam will be targeted toward your health concerns (for example: taking blood pressure if your concerns surround cardiovascular disease). Lastly, we will discuss goals of treatment and the first steps to start the process towards achieving them.
Is Naturopathic Medicine covered by OHIP?
Unfortunately, Naturopathic Medicine is not covered by OHIP. However, most extended healthcare plans cover visits to Naturopathic Doctors to a yearly maximum for each family member. Common insurance plans include Great West Life, Sun Life, Manulife, Cowan insurance, Desjardins and Standard Life. Check your benefits package or contact your insurance company for more information.
Do I need to choose either Naturopathic Medicine or Conventional Medicine?
Absolutely not. Ideally, all patients would have a collaborative healthcare team where their practitioners can work together to best serve the patient. Naturopathic doctors can enhance the care given by other specialists and work with the current medications you are on to support your healing.