Imagine working with a doctor that utilizes modern scientific medicine and uses tools to rebuild and renew the body, which are not toxic. And what if symptom management were not the goal? So what is the goal?
Naturopathic doctors are trained as general care practitioners from one of four accredited schools in the United States. In states that regulate naturopathic medicine, naturopathic doctors serve as primary care practitioners. They are the leading experts in natural medicine and have mastery in knowledge of the physiology and inter-connectedness of the human body.
Each patient is treated as a unique individual, thus receiving personalized care. This means that two people can have the same disease but for very different reasons, and so need different approaches. For example, the treatment plan for one patient with Crohn’s Disease will not be the same treatment plan for another patient with Crohn’s Disease.
If the goal was simply to rid the body of symptoms, a ‘one sized fits all’ medicine could work. However, when the symptoms are continually swept under the carpet it allows them to slowly gain more strength. Since the body is very wise and resilient, it will do whatever it needs to do to stay alive. But overtime, when the proper physiology is continually challenged, the cellular function actually changes to accommodate the new environment. This is called adaptive physiology. This is when more serious conditions show up, like autoimmune diseases and cancer. Ultimately the goal is to recognize that a symptom is a signal from the body that things are out of balance, and to restore the balance, preventing disease and bringing back health.