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Before you start asking us…

Should children visit a Naturopathic Doctor?

Our future is in the hands of our children and our children’s children. Teaching them about healthy living at a young age isn’t just a privilege, but also a duty on our part as they are our sustainability. Too many children are getting sick these days due to excessive environmental toxins, obesity, asthma, autism, ADD/ADHD, food sensitivities and allergies, poor eating habits, lack of health education, lack of sleep etc. The early developmental years are crucial as they set the stage for a long healthy life. It maximizes their potential for abundance in proper growth, strong immune systems, clear minds and bodies allowing them to reach their full potential!

Is it possible to see a Medical Doctor at the same time as a Naturopath?

Yes, it is perfectly possible. It is part of our vision to have patients actively working at the same time with medical doctors. It is an excellent opportunity for patients to be able to have an integrated network of doctors addressing their health challenges, questions and concerns.

Is there coverage for Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine is covered under extended medical health plans. It’s recommended you talk to your employer to discuss the details of your package. After paying for your visit here, send the receipts to your insurance company affiliated to your company for reimbursement. In some cases I can submit electronic claims on behalf of patients immediately after the healthcare service has been provided and get paid by the insurance company directly (like the dentists do), therefore speeding up the process and sparing the patients the nuisance of dealing with paperwork.

What about my Medical Doctor?

Medical doctors are an important component of an individual’s health care program. I have a true respect for the conventional medicine, their perpetual technical advancements and the strive to improve. Just walk in any hospital or read any book on History of Medicine and you will understand what I mean.There is a time and a place for people to take drugs. Medical doctors are an important part of the healthcare puzzle but not the only piece. The reality is that no one area of medicine has all the answers. Healthcare needs to be an integrated process of a number of different professionals to ensure you are receiving the best care possible. The MD’s approach is targeted on disease diagnosis, emergency medicine, and medicating the symptoms. Although this is valuable and provides initial relief, it doesn’t address why the symptoms appeared in the first place. Naturopathic doctors look further than symptoms palliation. Although treating the symptoms is important, the cause of the problem must be identified and addressed to return the body to optimal functioning.

Why would you choose a Naturopathic Doctor?

People are sick and tired of being ‘sick and tired’. They are becoming increasingly aware that although drugs and surgery are valuable tools, they are not always the answer. Many individuals do not feel well and yet after seeing their medical doctors, are told that the physical exams and blood tests indicate they are in perfect health. A naturopathic doctor sees an individual’s symptoms as the body’s way of expressing imbalances. The overall goal is to remove the cause of the illness, and thus not only alleviate the symptoms, but address why those symptoms arose initially. In supporting the body to heal, rather than over-riding the body’s natural mechanisms, often the body will return to a healthy state if given the opportunity.

What kinds of Health Problems can be treated?

What is the difference between Naturopathy and Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is an energetic healing method that stimulates the body’s vital force to improve health – it is only one aspect of naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic medicine is a coordinated healthcare approach that uses recognized methods of diagnosis and several treatment methods – including homeopathy – to treat the causes of disease and support the body’s innate healing ability. Because of their qualifications, treatments by licensed NDs are covered by many health insurance plans. Homeopathy is not.

Can my personal health information be used and disclosed without any notice to me or without my informed consent at the time of treatment

Yes.

The Amended HIPAA Privacy Rule states only that you must receive a Privacy Notice telling you how your personal health information will be used and disclosed. Section 164.520(c) (2) (i) (A).
Privacy Notices are often mistaken for consent forms, but they are simply notices telling you what will happen to your medical records.

What type of training does a Naturopathic Doctor receive?

Naturopathic physicians must complete an intensive four year graduate program from one of the five accredited Naturopathic medical schools in North America. During the first two years students undertake coursework similar to an allopathic (MD) student, focusing on modern basic and diagnostic sciences such as anatomy, biochemistry, and pathology, with the addition of courses in Naturopathic philosophy and hydrotherapy. The third and fourth year are spent focusing on individual modalities like herbal medicine, nutrition and homeopathy in addition to more specialized coursework such as gastroenterology, cardiology, and gynecology. These last two years are also when naturopathic medical students receive their clinical training in the schools’ outpatient teaching clinics. By graduation, naturopathic students will have completed a total of over 4,500 hours of classroom and clinical work.

Here are the exact requirements, with all the details, established by our licensing body: 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. Successfully complete 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 (Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exam) 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.

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a unique and comprehensive approach to improving health and treating illness. Using natural substances and treatments the doctor supports and stimulates the body’s ability to heal itself.The primary goal of our Naturopathic treatment is to address the cause of illness, rather than simply treat or suppress symptoms. The patient is seen as a whole person and I take the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions into account when diagnosing and developing a treatment plan.

What does an Naturopathic Doctor do?

After 4 years of specialized Post graduate education, and upon completion of government approved licensing exams, Naturopathic Physicians take on the role of primary health care practitioners. As Naturopathic Doctors we work together with our patients to find the most appropriate treatment plan. When you visit a Naturopathic Doctor you have the opportunity to learn about your body and why it’s creating the symptoms you’re experiencing. You learn that there are many options for you and alternatives to treatments that may have not worked in the past. We have a wide range of tools, labs, supplements and services that very efficiently and specifically target a wide range of conditions.

What is the difference between a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and a Doctor of Natural Medicine?

A Doctor of Natural Medicine (DNM) is not regulated and licensed in Ontario.
Anyone, regardless of training and education, can call themselves a Doctor of Natural Medicine in this province. There is no independent regulatory body that ensures that these individuals have appropriate training, or that standards of practice are being maintained. If a patient/client has any concerns their only recourse is a court of law. Most insurance companies only cover practitioners that are licensed.
The regulatory board for Naturopathic Doctors in Ontario is the College of Naturopaths of Ontario. This board is a government-appointed board that is independent of any of the naturopathic associations and its job is to protect the rights of the public and to ensure a standard of patient care.