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What is the difference between a Naturopathic Doctor and a Medical Doctor?
A Medical doctor typically attends a 4-year nationally accredited medical school followed by a residency program. A Naturopathic doctor attends a 4 year nationally accredited naturopathic medical school which includes 2-3 years of clinical experience. This training includes Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Neuroscience, Microbiology, Clinical Laboratory, Physical/Clinical Diagnosis, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Cardiology, Pharmacology, etc. It is in the last couple years of training that the fields begin to diversify. Naturopathic doctors are rigorously trained in alternative modalities such as: Homeopathy, Botanical Medicine, Naturopathic Manipulation, Hydrotherapy, Physical Medicine, Diet/Lifestyle Counselling, and Allergy elimination. Both a Medical doctor and a Naturopathic doctor are required to pass nationally recognized Basic Sciences Board Exams and Clinical Sciences Board Exams. Both are then required to pass a Jurisprudence and Legend Substances Exam in order to gain state licensure. Both a Medical doctor and a Naturopathic doctor are trained to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. The major difference is that Medical doctors are trained to treat symptoms while Naturopathic doctors are trained to investigate the underlying causes of illness.

A Naturopathic Physician is a primary care doctor who performs comprehensive interviews, exams, and laboratory tests including lifestyle factors, nutrition status, inborn errors in metabolism, certain organ function, physical examination, hormonal incongruencies, and overall systemic health.  He or she prescribes herbs, nutritional therapies, acupuncture, homeopathy, exercises, or other treatments to prevent and or treat these areas.  Naturopathic doctors can use one or several types of therapies at once to accelerate the healing process, rather that just use one treatment alone.

What is the difference between a Naturopathic Doctor and a homeopath?

Naturopathic doctors a minimum of seven years of post-graduate studies.  They have over four thousand hours in classroom and clinical training.  To become licensed in Saskatchewan they must pass rigorous North American licensing exams.  Naturopathic doctors use not only homeopathy in their practice, but use many additional treatments to help their patients.

Homeopaths are unlicensed and while some can have many years of training, others can have only a weekend course.

Homeopaths are practitioners that use only homeopathy to treat clients.  They are an unregulated profession and therefore there is a wide variance in education between practitioners.  Some may only have a weekend course, while others may have several years of education.

What is the difference between a Naturopathic Doctor and a herbalist?

Herbalists are practitioners that use only herbs to treat clients.  They are an unregulated profession and therefore there is a wide variance in education between practitioners.  Herbalists are also unlicensed. He or she may have many years of education, or may only have a weekend course.  As a patient, it is up to you to research each individual’s credentials.

How long do naturopathic physicians go to school?  Where do naturopaths go to school?

Naturopathic Medicine is a 4 year post secondary program following an undergraduate degree – thus most naturopathic doctors have seven or more years of university.  In Canada, the only accredited program is at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto, Ontario.  Other programs are offered in the USA.

What does Dr. Bailey do in the first visit?

Dr. Bailey takes a detailed look at your personal history, symptoms, family history as well as other factors which may be contributing to your illness.  He will then order any further testing that is required.  Dr. Bailey will then formulate a plan for you to get started on your road back to good health.  Follow ups are determined by Dr. Bailey depending on what you condition is and the rate of progress that you make.

What is Naturopathic medicine/what do naturopathic doctors do?

Naturopathic doctors treat and prevent disease using natural (ie drug free/surgery free) techniques.  They recognize what nutrients/treatments the body needs in order to manage and/or recover from illness.

Am I covered by insurance?

Most third party health coverage providers cover the services of a naturopathic doctor.  Packages offered by providers differ between employers.  Check with you own insurance provider to see if you have coverage.

Do you bill directly to insurance companies?

The insurance companies prefer that the patient pays the practitioner directly.  The insurance company will then reimburse the patient for consultation or treatment costs as per the patient’s insurance agreement.  Many families have partial coverage from two employers.

What is in the immune booster that Dr. Bailey offers?

The immune booster contains specific vitamins, mineral, amino acids, and herbs that are used to optimize a person’s immune system.  It is designed to help strengthen the body’s defence against microbes such as viruses and bacteria.

What can a Naturopathic doctor treat?

Naturopathic doctors can treat many of the conditions that any other physician would treat. See the abbreviated list on the home page under Therapies. Naturopathic doctors seem to specialize and be particularly effective in the treatment of chronic diseases. Chronic disease refers to any lasting disorder or illness that has failed to effectively respond to previous treatments by other physicians. This can include the physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual sphere.

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