WHAT IS A NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR?
Naturopathic physicians combine the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Steeped in traditional healing methods, principles and practices, naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. By using protocols that minimize the risk of harm, naturopathic physicians help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health. It is the naturopathic physician’s role to identify and remove barriers to good health by helping to create a healing internal and external environment.
NDs treat all medical conditions and can provide both individual and family health care. Among the most common ailments they treat are allergies, chronic pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, obesity, respiratory conditions, heart disease, fertility problems, menopause, adrenal fatigue, cancer, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
WHAT KIND OF EDUCATION DOES A NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR RECEIVE?
A licensed naturopathic physician (ND) attends a four-year, graduate-level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an MD, but also studies holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic physician also studies clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, and counseling. A naturopathic physician takes rigorous professional board exams so that he or she may be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care general practice physician.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN A FIRST VISIT AND SUBSEQUENT VISITS?
Naturopathic Visit with Dr. Jason Barker: In a new patient visit, we will discuss your medical history, lifestyle/diet, familial genetics, medical labs, and medications/supplements. We will discuss your health as well as your goals and challenges. A physical exam will be performed. Further lab testing may be recommended to gather more information and a treatment plan will be designed to optimize your individual health.
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