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Paul Faust, N.D.

Naturopathic Medicine

 

Science-based Natural Medicine for Acute and Chronic Conditions

 

 

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Letter of Introduction

Thank you for your interest in Naturopathic Medicine.  I am very excited to be in Baltimore and am looking forward to working closely with you to improve your health.

If you have never been to see a naturopath before, it is important to understand how a naturopathic practice is both different and similar to conventional medical practices.  Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are general family practitioners trained as experts in science-based natural medicine.  NDs concentrate on “whole person” wellness and emphasize prevention and self care.  We seek to treat the underlying causes of health problems and not just the symptoms.  For example, a person may have a variety of symptoms which could be treated individually, or which may be related to a common cause that needs to be addressed.  This holistic approach leads not only to the treatment of current health concerns, but also to the prevention of future health issues, leading to a better quality of life along the way.

NDs are educated and trained extensively in physical examinations, laboratory testing, nutritional and dietary assessments, metabolic analysis, allergy testing, X-ray examinations and other diagnostic tests.  NDs are also the only practitioners specifically trained in the use of a wide variety of natural therapies.  We combine and adapt these treatments to the needs of the individual patient based on a philosophy that acknowledges the patient as an active participant in the healing process.

Education of naturopathic doctors is comprehensive.  NDs study the same basic and clinical sciences, as do other medical students, along with the full spectrum of natural medicines and therapies.  This education includes premedical undergraduate coursework, completion of a four year, graduate-level program at an accredited naturopathic medical college, and two years of a supervised clinical internship.  

In my practice, I combine herbal medicine, nutritional counseling, homeopathy, physical medicine and other tools to help you manage your overall health.  Every treatment plan is individualized to address your specific goals.  I utilize a variety of diagnostic techniques, beginning with a comprehensive patient history and interview.  I also incorporate general physical and symptom-specific examinations.  I may recommend lab tests from your PCP such as blood, urine, allergy, stool tests, and imaging (X-ray, MRI) to provide further insights.

I am a strong believer in complementary medicine -- the combined use of natural therapies with medications and other tools of western medicine.  I make appropriate referrals to conventional medical doctors when it is indicated, and work to help my clients minimize or avoid medications where possible.

Finally, I believe that naturopathic medicine is a common sense medicine.  It is about finding the right balance in a world seemingly out of balance.  It is my goal to help you find a healthful balance in your life.

 Yours in Health,

 Paul Faust, N.D.


 

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