|Lindsey S. Pearson, ND Robert D. Maki II, ND
Naturopathic Medicine Consultants
Complementary & Alternative Medicine Practitioners
|WHAT IS NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE?
Naturopathic medicine is a system of health care that is rooted in theory and philosophy. It concentrates on the individual and finding the cause of disease.
Six principles, a therapeutic order, an education in the basic and clinical sciences, and a belief in the vis medicatrix naturae (the healing power of nature), guide naturopathic medicine.
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|The SIX PRINCIPLES OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE are:
· The Healing Power of Nature
· Identify & Treat the Cause
· First Do No Harm
· Doctor as Teacher
· Treat the Whole Person
The THERAPEUTIC ORDER starts at least invasive therapies and progressing to more invasive therapies when appropriate:
1. Determinants of Health (Re-establishing the Basis of Health)
2. Stimulate the Healing Power of Nature
3. Correct Structural Integrity
4. Tonify Systems
5. Natural Based Symptomatic Treatment
6. Synthetic Symptomatic Treatment
7. High Force Interventions such as Surgery and Chemotherapy
Graduates of a 4-year medical program in naturopathic medicine are trained in the basic and clinical sciences. This prepares them for licensure as naturopathic physicians in 11 states and registration in Kansas and the District of Columbia.
The naturopathic physician is trained to serve as a primary care provider with health insurance companies, as well as a specialist in natural health care.
The naturopathic physician is a leader in preventive health and health restoration. The naturopathic physician also works with patients who have chronic diseases, while striving to improve quality of life.
Modalities and therapies of the naturopathic physician include:
· Preventive Health
· Diet & Nutrition
· Dietary and nutrient supplementation
· Physical Medicine & Hydrotherapy
· Botanical Medicine (Herbs)
· Patient Education
|NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE IN MINNESOTA
Currently, the State of Minnesota currently does not have licensure or registration for naturopathic physicians. Graduates of a 4-year program are able to practice naturopathic medicine in Minnesota, as naturopaths, under the Complementary and Alternative Health Care Practices Statute 146A.
Under this statue, the naturopath is allowed to provide complementary and alternative health care as an unlicensed practitioner. Naturopaths are able to practice hydrotherapy, diet and nutrition, detoxification practices and therapies, supplements and nutrients, botanical medicine (herbs), homeopathy, craniosacral therapy, acupressure, and other non-invasive therapies in which he or she has received training.
A 1997 study of complementary and alternative medicine in Minnesota stated that, licensure is reserved for those systems of health care where an unlicensed practice of an occupation poses a serious risk to the life. Naturopathic medicine, founded in natural therapies and guided by the therapeutic order, is a system of health care that has a low risk of harm.
HOW DOES NATUROPATHS BEING UNLICENSED AFFECT ME AS A PATIENT?
As with any unlicensed occupation, there are limited means forthe consumer to know the education level of the practitioner. Therefore, the future of naturopathic medicine depends on gaining recognition, providing mutual respect, and not excluding other systems of complementary and alternative health care.
Ask where the naturopath was trained. Currently, there are five 4-year graduate naturopathic medical schools. They are Bastyr University in Seattle, WA; National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR; Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ; Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario; and University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine in Bridgeport, CT.
There are naturopathic schools which are not 4-year graduate level institutions, but they offer training programs. As in choosing any health care practitioner, ask questions, gain knowledge and make an informed decision.
We, as naturopaths, respect other healing systems. Is it not our mission to exclude other systems of care. It is, however, our mission to educate patients in becoming active in their own health care.
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|WHAT DOES OUR PRACTICE HAVE TO OFFER?
It is our mission to provide exceptional naturopathic health care rooted in the tradition, theory, and philosophy of naturopathic medicine; and to make health care available to all at an affordable price.
It is our vision to become leaders in naturopathic medicine by individualizing health care and creating a system in which individuals can optimize their health, well-being, and quality of life.
Within naturopathic medicine, each practitioner has his or her own style of practice. Some naturopaths focus on particular diseases and/or have advanced training in special modalities and therapeutics.
In our practice we have different areas of interest. However, we are guided by the philosophy of the healing power of nature and the naturopathic medicine principles. We strive to create a naturopathic healing experience for the individual.
|WHAT IS THE NATUROPATHIC HEALING EXPERIENCE?
The NATUROPATHIC HEALING EXPERIENCE is an individualized experience created to assist the individual in achieving optimal health and the greatest quality of life through a transformational experience.
It is not like any other health care experience. It is designed out of the desire to give people the opportunity to experience all areas of naturopathic medicine and to assist them in creating their individual healing experience and journey.
An office or home visit may include learning about whole foods and how to cook and incorporate them in the daily diet. It may also include a trip to the grocery store to learn how to shop for whole foods. Another visit may include constitutional hydrotherapy to increase the vital force or an intake of a Bach flower remedy. The experience may also consist of learning how to make an herbal tea infusion, use food as medicine, use breathing techniques to lower blood pressure, make non-toxic essential oil dryer sheets, or how to choose supportive shoes.
As a part of the Naturoapthic Healing Experience, there will also be opportunities for discussion groups, group adventures, and lectures on various topics. An essential part of the Naturopathic Healing Experience is educating and teaching the individual to become an active and interested participant in his or her health care.
|HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The average hourly cost of a naturoapthic office visit can range from $80 to $150. This is a great cost, and maybe a deterrent for someone to seek out naturopathic care. That being said, it is our mission to provide exceptional and affordable naturopathic health care to all.
As of August 2003, we are operating on a cash, hourly rate. Please contact us for the hourly rates. We are willing to give senior discounts and sliding scale payment for those on a fixed income or who have a unique situation. We want to make it affordable to all.
OUR FUTURE GOAL
Our goal for a future system is uniquely designed to provide individuals and families a sliding scale monthly fee. For each individual or family to enroll in the monthly family plan, the monthly fee is based on 5% of your monthly gross income. For example, a family with a monthly income of $3,750 will only have to pay $187.50 a month. This provides a total of three visits per month, which can be shared between family members as necesary. As you can see, the monthly fee is just slightly more than the cost of a typical one hour visit. The monthly fee does not depend on the number of family members and respects non-traditional families.
The family plan offers affordable naturopathic care along with the opportunity for individuals to be a part of the Naturopathic Healing Experience.
An example fee schedule:
GROSS MONTHLY INCOME MONTHLY FEE (5%)
HOW CAN WE AFFORD TO OFFER EXCEPTIONAL HEALTH CARE AT SUCH AN AFFORDABLE PRICE?
A part of the Naturopathic Healing Experience is to transform how you interact and utilitze your health care practitioner. We want you to utilize us as your health care resource. As practitioners, our skills and experience grow only with time and patient contact. In our Naturoapthic Healing Experience model, we are able to provide you a transforming experience and you are able to provide us with experience opportunities.
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