A steadily growing percentage of the population is choosing to focus on prevention, wellness, and natural approaches to managing illness by seeking out practitioners of complementary and integrative medicine.
Despite the popularity of natural medicine, there is a lot of confusion around what naturopathic medicine is and how naturopathic doctors practice. Below we will address some common myths and misunderstandings about naturopathic medicine.
Myth #1: I can get an ND degree online.
Myth #2: Not scientific/evidenced based.
Myth #3: Naturopathic doctors are anti-drug/anti-pharmaceuticals.
Myth #4: Naturopaths and naturopathic doctors are the same.
Myth #5: You need to choose between naturopathic medicine and conventional medicine.
Myth #6: Naturopathic medicine is only for wealthy patients.
Additionally, we are proud to state that every AANMC member school offers free or reduced cost care through networks of community outreach clinics. NDs and ND students provide naturopathic care to vulnerable populations who often need it most.
Myth #7: Naturopathic medicine is only for hippies.
Myth #8: Naturopathic doctors are the same as homeopaths.
Myth #9: Naturopathic doctors are not trained as primary care doctors.
Myth #10: If it’s natural, it must be safe.
With these myths addressed, hopefully you have a better understanding of the role naturopathic doctors play in helping patients stay well longer and live happy and fulfilling lives.
[i] Seely D, Szczurko O, Cooley K, et al. Naturopathic medicine for the prevention of cardiovascular disease: a randomized clinical trial. CMAJ. 2013 Jun 11;185(9):E409-1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23630244/
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