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The Science Of Naturopathy
Naturopathy is a scientific system of Natural Healing which diagnoses, treats and cares for patients with any dis-ease, pain, injury or deformity using systems of practice that base treatment of physiological functions and abnormal conditions on natural laws governing the human body. This includes any physical, chemical or mental condition. A Naturopath utilizes spiritual, psychological, physiological and mechanical methods such as air, water, light, heat, earth, phototherapy, food and herb therapy, psychotherapy, minor and orificial surgery, mechanotherapy, naturopathic corrections and manipulations, preventive and natural methods or modalities, natural medicines, homeopathy, natural processed foods, herbs, and nature's remedies. This excludes major surgery, therapeutic use of x-ray and radium, use of injections, serums and all drugs. The exception is those assimilable substances which contain life and health elements or compounds which are components of body tissues and are physiologically compatible with the body processes for maintenance of life.

The Philosophy & Practice Of Naturopathy
The scope of practice and methods employed vary among Naturopathic Physicians. Naturopathic Medicine incorporates all healing methods which are compatible with its philosophy, that the human body possesses enormous power to heal itself through mechanisms of homeostasis - restoring balance in the structure and function (body, mind, spirit) and adapting to environmental changes. This vital force, the "vis medicatrix naturae", is the foundation of Naturopathic philosophy and practice. The practice of Naturopathy does not depend upon a single method of treatment to reach all dis-eases, but combines in one eclectic well-ordered system of therapeutics, the best of all forms of natural healing. It therefore treats each case (of pathology, dis-ease or illness) by the best method or combination of methods suited to each individual's needs. Thus, a Naturopathic practice is characterized by an individuality and freedom to explore old and new methods of evaluation, prevention and treatment.

The distinctive feature of a Naturopathic practice is to facilitate healing and teach natural living principles. The Naturopathic Physician emphasizes the patient's responsibility toward his or her own health and well-being. Naturopathy has its own proven, well-founded theories which explain the true cause of dis-ease. Its philosophy of health is wholly in conformity with Nature's Laws of Life. Naturopathy is also an art, not only because its healing is applicable to all forms of dis-ease, but because the highest degree of skill is required to administer its many forms of treatment.

The Naturopathic Doctorate Program
There are eleven states in the United States which have legislated licensure for Naturopathic Physicians. The majority of the other states and most countries have no laws governing its practice and it is generally acceptable to practice within naturopathic guidelines. Specific questions about the legal status and/or licensure requirements for practice in a particular state or country should be directed to the appropriate government agencies or associations.

Program of Study - Phase I
Phase I of the Naturopathic program will be independent study, practical training, research, case studies and clinical training.

Program of Study - Phase II
Phase II of the Naturopathic program includes specialized learning in clinical settings near to the studentís residence if possible and desired, or in conjunction with our national and international network of affiliate clinics and training facilities.

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