Question: Is CNDA making any attempts to assure that N.D.'s are included in Senator Sheila Kuehl's new SB 840 - the health insurance bill?
     
Answer: Please see the legislative news area for an update on this bill and others.
   
Question: What are the three accredited four-year naturopathic medical programs in the United States, and do the students train as residents within the same hospitals that have 'orthodox' (M.D.) doctors?
     
Answer: The accredited schools (4 in the US) and the Candaian schools are listed on our website as well as www.naturopathic.ca.gov
   
Question: What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
     
Answer: A Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.) has completed a postgraduate medical education specializing in primary care natural medicine. Naturopathic doctors are distinct from acupuncturists, chiropractors, osteopaths, and medical doctors. They are uniquely trained to provide a comprehensive and integrated approach to assist your body's innate healing processes. Naturopathic doctors are skilled in diagnosis and treatment of disease utilizing natural therapeutics including clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, and hydrotherapy. They tailor these approaches to the needs of each individual patient. Naturopathic medicine is effective in treating most health problems, whether acute or chronic. Naturopathic doctors cooperate with all other branches within the medical field, referring patients to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate. Education As with all physicians today, Naturopathic doctors are trained at accredited, four to five-year, post-graduate, medical institutions. The training consists of a comprehensive study of the conventional medical sciences, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, microbiology, immunology, clinical and physical diagnosis, laboratory diagnosis, cardiology, gastroenterology, gynecology, etc, as well as detailed study of a wide variety of natural therapies. In their last two years of their intensive clinical training, they learn how to integrate the principles of naturopathic medicine into clinical practice.