WHAT IS THIS FOR?

The Doctor of Natural Medicine Program contains the same basic medical sciences as a traditional medical degree program. However emphasis is placed on botanical medicine, in lieu of allopathic pharmacy, and physical therapeutics which is not taught in conventional medical schools.

Historically, natural medicine was called "naturopathic", which during the decades of the 20th century took on many confusing definitions:

naturopathy

A system of therapeutics in which neither surgical nor medicinal agents are used,
dependence being placed only on natural (nonmedicinal) forces.
Stedman's Medical Dictionary

A very early defintion is listed in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles:

CODE: 079.101-014Buy the DOT:Download/Diskettes/CD-ROM
TITLE(s): DOCTOR, NATUROPATHIC (medical ser.)

Diagnoses, treats, and cares for patients, using system of practice that bases treatment of physiological functions and abnormal conditions on natural laws governing human body: Utilizes physiological, psychological, and mechanical methods, such as air, water, light, heat, earth, phytotherapy, food and herb therapy, psychotherapy, electrotherapy, physiotherapy, minor and orificial surgery, mechanotherapy, naturopathic corrections and manipulation, and natural methods or modalities, together with natural medicines, natural processed foods, and herbs and nature's remedies. Excludes major surgery, therapeutic use of x ray and radium, and use of drugs, except those assimilable substances containing elements or compounds which are components of body tissues and are physiologically compatible to body processes for maintenance of life.
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Naturopathy was also defined by the U.S. Congress:

Naturopathy as a branch of medicine has been formalized by a 1929 act of congress (Chap. 352 @ 1326, 5.3936, Public No. 831 [also found as 45 St. 1339] dated February 27, 1929 and its clarifying amendments H.R. 12169 of May 5, 1930 & January 28, 1931 and corresponding House Report #2432 of January 30, 1930) which establishes through "congressional intent" that Nathuropathy as a branch of the healing arts is placed on the same basis as allopathic medicine, osteopathy and chiropractic and the term "Naturopathy" is self-definitive to the same extent as are the terms medicine, osteopathy, and chiropractic. 

Naturopathy is a licensed profession to this day by the Federal Government of the United States, District of Columbia.

Also that the time honored profession of  "Naturopathy" or what we call simply, natural medicine, as established in said Congressional Legislation, from codified lex scripta -- The Herbalist Charter 34 & 35 Henry VIII, C.8 (1542) in England, and which became a part of of the law of the thirteen Original States and continues in force as a part of the common law today. 

Natural medicine is not the invention of any human mind like the theories surrounding modern pharmacology. It does not place its origin at any given date but is the accumulation of knowledge pertaining to natural methods of living and healing throughout the centuries.  Natural medicine as a body of knowledge can be traced by to Hippocrates, or even earlier to Egypt. Natural medicine is more than a system of curing aches and pains; it is a complete revolutionizing of the practice of primary care medicine. Natural medicine is the philosophy of healing basing its treatment of all physiological functions and abnormal conditions of the body on the natural laws governing the body.  The success of Natural medicine is due to the fact that they do not rely on only one method of treatment but must include in their work all that is good in the different systems of natural healing.


WHO IS THIS FOR?

Today's revolution in electronic media has allowed unprecedented advances in the way education can be delivered. Home study has been used for nearly 200 years and is the method of choice for self-directed individuals wishing to upgrade technical skills and knowledge. The healing arts require all practitioners to be self-educated individuals, at all times, in today's age of rapid information advancement. Due to the long history of this School and its founder - Prof. Charles, we can provide you directed materials and information that will not only save you time, but also monies due to the sophistication and application of our online programs.


Our typical graduates enter the school with studies in other health disciplines.

Entry Requirements

PNM Program: Age 25 or older, high school diploma or better, with an avid interest in health care. Graduates having taken our PNM courses enter with training in chinese medicine, pharmacy, massage, nursing, emergency medicine, etc. Most students enter with advanced standing and finish the program within one year.

DNM Program: Entry requirements for Doctoral candidacy require that you are actively licensed in the healing arts with a minimum background in biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology. Students with relevant course work but are not presently licensed in the healing arts may be admitted to audit individual courses, or may enroll in our pre-medical module. PNM graduates are the ideal candidates.

Study Requirements


Each home study course is complete in itself provided the candidate has adequate health science background and science reading capabilities. Study time and frequency of study periods are entirely up to the individual student, but it is assumed one will study approximately 15 hours or more per week. The candidate can progress as one's life station permits. The student is expected to complete each term within four (4) months. Failing that, the student can apply for a 6 month extension.
However, a lapse of correspondence of more than one year results in deferment of candidacy status. Once enrolled, the student should have made a firm, self-directed commitment and target date of completion as well as the required minimum of 300 hours of Clinical Internship at the School's out-patient clinic on Nevis island.
The School expects each student to be computer literate with an active email address.


HEURISTIC ACADEMICS


Heuristic study stresses self-responsibility and encourages independence. The student sets their own pace of study.
Every course consists of two parts: The Home-study portion (correspondence) and the Immersion-residence seminars (internship) on the Campus of the School, in Nevis island, West Indies - Caribbean; or other chosen location. All of the Programs of the School are supported with Lesson Materials, Audio, Videos (mpg and quicktime files), and the personal touch of our instructors. Also, after the finalization of each one of the courses the student will be challenged with an online, final evaluation exam.

Prior to admission all of the candidates must have finished higher education in any of the health related disciplines:

Homeopathy (D.Hom), Chiropractic (D.C.), Osteopathy (D.O.), Dentistry (D.D.S.), Ophthalmology (OD.) Physical or physiotherapy (R.P.T.), Massage Therapy (M.T.) , Medical Doctor (M.D.), Nutritionist (N.C.), Nurse (L.P.N, R.N.) or any other health certification related to Public Health.

HOWEVER, the School does not reject those willful spirits that would like to take on a new career opportunity. That's why we have designed the premedical Term I, after which on successful completion, they are eligible for admission.
Since the type of education the School encourages is self-paced, many students have enrolled with us because their schedules do not permit time spent in a classroom. All of our programs are unique for they emphasize first-hand techniques, sensorial and intuitive development which is not generally taught in orthodox institutions. That is why our Programs are not for everybody. Only for those strongly motivated and with enough maturity to carry on until the end are the ones that graduate. Those with less experience may need the orthodox approach and proctored instruction in a classroom demanding environment.


HEURISISM


The word Heurism describes a particular attitude towards study. Heuristic study is a method in which the student is challenged to find out things for himself or herself, self-programmed yet assessed by the instructor. It is a program of advancement in which tests or examinations are seen only as guides to self-evaluation. A student should understand what he or she knows is axiomatic (evident without proof or argument), helping one to truly discover. Apart from actually living full time with the teacher or mentor, it is impossible for a teacher to completely assess the student's talents. Heuristic study stresses self-responsibility and encourages independence, for both qualities are vital to the student of medicine. By recognizing prior consideration of one's course of study, Heurism helps develop the calm, clear-mindedness attained by that as a disciple.

It is now being recognized by thinking educators that traditional educational venues encourage an authoritarian, monolithic experience which discourages most students from becoming self-directed learners. Under this format, information is memorized, regurgitated upon examination, and forgotten through the subsequent years of repeating doorways of academia. The culture and environment thus created is one of memorizers, mesmerized by words rather than genuine knowledge which comes only from experience and clinical application.

Heuristic study also eliminates the emotional or psychological dependence which so easily develops in those within a structured, rigid system of academic education. The motive of Heurism is similar in nature to that of meditation - it is intended to develop independent, self-experienced insight into one's real nature, one talents, and one's deficiencies. Heuristic studies are not opposed to the rigid educational systems. They actually take advantage of these institutions, for by re-orientating a student's attitude towards self-evaluation, they grant him or her freedom, along with responsibility, from the system itself and release the student from monotonous classroom demands and evaluations.
Heurism is not an excuse for slackness nor is it a means of evading achievements when followed properly. It is not for weak-willed students that can easily loose sight of intended goals of completion. Thus, heuristic study is primarily set on the student's motivation. Heurism is a very ancient as well as modern concept. Many ancient races based their knowledge on direct experience; the best modern scientists do also. A course designed to encourage students to follow the guidelines suggested by a mentor continually develops the participants' awareness of the object of study and the subject experiencing such awareness.

The School's courses are truly Heuristic. They are also unusual in that the information is not readily found in traditional institutions. The courses are designed to provide real information with the objective that can be immediately applied, for if they cannot be applied in life experience, they are of little value. Our courses aim to separate the apparent from the real, the overlooked as to why, and the leaders and vanguards from the false teachers and impostors.

Natural: "someone regarded as certain to succeed," reasonable, regular, relied on, spontaneous, everyday, familiar, general.