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Dr Bill Nager, West Hartford CT, Bloomfield CT, Naturopathic, Chiropractor, Acupuncture
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Dr. William D. Nager
11 Mountain Ave.
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Bloomfield, CT 06002

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Frequently Asked Questions
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Is naturopathic medicine new?
No. Naturopathic medicine in the U.S. has grown out of medical traditions from throughout the world, both ancient and modern. The majority of states have licensed naturopathic medicine at different times since its formation as a distinct American medical profession in 1902. Naturopathic medicine continues to grow and evolve, incorporating advances in diverse medical disciplines throughout the world.

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How is naturopathic medicine different from conventional medicine?
The main difference is in philosophical approach. Naturopathic physicians treat patients by restoring overall health rather than suppressing a few key symptoms. Naturopathic physicians are more concerned with finding the underlying cause of a condition and applying treatments that work in alliance with the natural healing mechanisms of the body rather than against them. Naturopathic treatments result less frequently in adverse side effects, or in the chronic conditions that inevitably arise when the cause of disease is left untreated.

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In what ways are naturopathic and conventional physicians alike?
The academic training in medical sciences of naturopathic and conventional physicians is similar. Both study modern physical, clinical and laboratory diagnosis. Both can diagnose a disease and predict its course. Naturopathic physicians can prescribe conventional medications when indicated. Both naturopathic and conventional physicians refer patients to other health care practitioners when appropriate.

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What treatments does a naturopathic physician employ?
Naturopathic physicians use therapies such as clinical nutrition, dietary and lifestyle modification, counseling, medical herbalism, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, exercise therapy, oriental medicine, natural childbirth, minor surgery, and drug therapy. They apply these according to the naturopathic principles mentioned in the second question.

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How are these treatments applied?
Naturopathic physicians consider the whole patient when treating illness. They work with the patient to determine the true cause of the illness, and apply their therapies in a way to restore overall health. They use therapies which themselves have little potential to cause harm. They may at times use palliative treatments or suppress symptoms, but only in the overall context of overall health restoration. Conventional doctors could conceivably adopt some naturopathic remedies, but MD's are not trained to apply them in a naturopathic way.

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Are naturopathic physicians opposed to drugs and surgery?
No. Naturopathic physicians are not opposed to invasive or suppressive measures when these methods are necessary. They make referrals for such treatment when appropriate. Naturopathic medicine has both safer and less expensive alternatives to many kinds of non-emergency surgery.

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What is the education of a naturopathic physician?
Naturopathic physicians (NDs) receive undergraduate training in standard premedical courses, followed by four years of graduate level medical studies. The first two years - like those of an orthodox MD - are in basic medical sciences. The second two years emphasize clinical training in naturopathic therapeutics, as described in the fourth question. Naturopathic physicians are clinically trained in a primary care outpatient setting, rather than in a hospital. Their training leads to an ND or NMD degree - Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.

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Are naturopathic medical programs accredited?
Yes. The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) is the accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Students attending programs accredited or recognized as candidates for accreditation by the CNME are eligible for federal education loans.

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Where are naturopathic physicians licensed?
Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington all license naturopathic physicians. However, doctors of naturopathic medicine practice in all states, sometimes under other medical licenses and sometimes with a scope of practice substantially less than their training. There are 24 state naturopathic medical associations in the U.S.

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) supports legislation to license ND's in all states in order to distinguish properly trained physicians from lesser trained individuals who may present a danger to the public.

AANP membership is limited to individuals who are eligible for licensing in states which issue licenses.

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Is naturopathic medicine covered by insurance?
Yes, but not always. More than 90 insurance carriers cover naturopathic medicine in the U.S. and Canada. State legislatures in Connecticut and Alaska have mandated insurance reimbursement for medically necessary and appropriate naturopathic medical services. Though in Arizona licensed naturopathic physicians enjoy one of the broadest scopes of practice, this state has some of the poorest insurance coverage for naturopathic services.

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Is naturopathic medicine cost effective?
Yes. Because naturopathic physicians have alternatives to some expensive high-tech procedures, and because their preventive approach reduces the incidence of high cost chronic conditions, naturopathic practice reduces both immediate and long term health care costs.

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Is naturopathic medicine safe? Yes. The safety records in states with review boards is excellent. Naturopathic physicians can purchase malpractice insurance at extremely low rates. As indicated by such rates, the chance of being injured through malpractice is low.

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Is naturopathic medicine scientific?
Yes. Naturopathic medicine has its own unique body of knowledge, evolved and refined for centuries. It also incorporates scientific advances from medical disciplines throughout the world.

Many of the individual therapies of naturopathic medical practice have been scientifically validated, especially in the areas of clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, immunology and hydrotherapy. The trend is that those naturopathic methods which are tested are validated. More detailed information is available from the AANP.

The research departments of naturopathic medical colleges also conduct ongoing research, exploring experimental models appropriate to the eclectic and individualized approach of naturopathic practice. They have also produced state of the art double blind and placebo controlled studies, published in peer reviewed scientific journals.

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Has conventional medicine adopted methods from the naturopathic body of knowledge?
Yes. especially in areas of nutrition, diet, exercise therapy, and mind-body correlations. The dangers of unhealthy fats, oils and refined sugars; the benefits of fiber, whole foods, and some medicinal plants; the value of exercise; and the influence of mental and emotional attitudes on health are all part of the naturopathic body of knowledge. Some of this knowledge has been incorporated into conventional medicine in the last few years.

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How do ND's interact with other health professionals?
ND's refer to other health care providers such as MD's, MD specialists, DO's, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, physical therapists, and massage therapists as appropriate. Most naturopathic practices have extensive cross referrals to and from other practitioners.

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Adapted from information provided by The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Dr. Nager maintains a full-time practice in Bloomfield, Connecticut with a full load of patients seeking alternative medicine for a wide variety of complaints – a general family practice. He also works with numerous patients for pain management, successfully treating them primarily with acupuncture, chiropractor, spinal manipulation, exercise, nutritional and herbal supplements. Dr. Nager serves patients in the central Connecticut communities of Windsor CT, West Hartford CT, South Windsor CT, Hartford CT, Simsbury CT, Granby CT, Avon CT, Farmington CT, Manchester CT, and surrounding towns.