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    I'm a registered nurse and I am soo frustrated with Western medicine. Because of the focus on curing symptoms rather than causes of disease. Because a medication will fix anything (sore? reflux? high cholesterol? depressed? take a pill!). Because of a majority patients take no responsibility for their own health. I could go on.

    I am thinking about studying naturopathy. I like it's philosophy that the body can self-heal when supported with the correct nutrition/conditions. Kind of like the primal blueprint philosophy. I would love to be able to promote a paleo lifestyle for health!

    Looking at the course guide I would be studying subjects like iridology and homoeopathy. Not knowing much about these I've done some research and found that studies have not found them to be very accurate in diagnosis/effective in treatment. Even searching MDA I found a very discrediting article for homoeopathy! Homeopathy: Can We Please, As a Society, Let This One Go? | Mark's Daily Apple

    Now, my Western medical training has taught me to work using evidence based practice and I really want to believe 100% in what I do!

    I would love to hear from some naturopaths or students or anyone who has an opinion. Do you learn about the scientific basis of these therapies? do you pick and chose which elements of this broad teaching you want to practice?

    I am not being closed minded about these particular therapies and if you have any interesting articles to share I'd love to learn more!

    Just want to make a really informed decision about this career change

    Bern

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    Look at functional medicine and read this site www.chriskresser.com
    Primal since March 2011

    Female/29 years old/5' 1"/130ish lbs

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      Thanks Activia. I've been looking into functional medicine and integrative and I can see online courses offering education in both. They are expensive and there isn't a lot of information about what the teachings are based on. Who regulates the content of the courses to make sure it's accurate and evidence based? At least the naturopathy course I'm looking at is a university course (a speciality in a Bachelor of Health Sciences). I'm guessing that means it's at least partially reputable..
      I'm playing devil's advocate I know, are there any functional medicine practitioners on the board?

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        I hope you find your answers. I just graduated with a master's in Chinese medicine and herbology (acupuncture) so i can only speak to that. We had alot of naturopath students in our class though and it seemed like alot switched over because they couldn't do as much with it as they wanted. I'm in CA so acupuncture is regulated by the state and requires an integrative school. Honestly half my classes were in western medicine and many of our intern sites were at hospitals and such.

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        • #5
          Sounds like a great set up you have there in CA sugarcrystal!
          I live in Australia and it seems there is no regulation of complementary/alternative medicine practitioners yet. Not that I am letting this put me off. The course I'm looking at studying seems reputable. I think it does leave the profession open for scrutiny.. anyone can hang a naturopath sign on their door and start seeing patients. It's not great for the image when many people already categorise the profession as quackery!

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            Chris Kresser started by learning about Chinese medicine, if that is helpful. I think integrated medicine is a relatively new concept. He does practice. There is a facebook group as well...
            Primal since March 2011

            Female/29 years old/5' 1"/130ish lbs

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            • #7
              Hi, just got started into alternative medicine specifically naturopathy. I just created a blog too Best Naturopaths in Sunshine Coast

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                Here's a blog post from a naturopath who regrets her training. I know you are looking for encouragement, but the cost of this kind of training is pretty steep, so you should go into it with your eyes open. There are lots of people who regret the training.
                https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org...nside-and-out/

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                • #9
                  ^ There are many people who are dissatisfied with their choice of profession.....don't really think that tells you much. For those who are already practitioners in the health field Functional Medicine offers post graduate course work that can bridge the gap from knowledge gained in an allopathic setting to a more holistic and lifestyle based practice model that may incorporate specific testing, diet and supplements. Many practitioners of western medicine are fed up with it, and have embraced functional medicine instead. I can't say exactly how much FM has in common with what NDs do since I have not been to ND school nor to one in a clinal capacity. In my little town in Indiana, however, there is a nurse practitioner, chiropractor, medical doctor, and an osteopath.....all whom have incorporated functional medicine for the betterment of patient outcomes. The MD had to leave his group practice to do so, but seems quite happy with his choice.
                  Last edited by Neckhammer; 11-10-2015, 08:36 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Good advice, Neckhammer! Before you make an expensive, long term life change, avoid looking at any possible downside. I'll have to keep that in mind the next time a Nigerian prince asks me for help getting millions of dollars out of the country.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JBean View Post
                      Good advice, Neckhammer!
                      Thanks! Mine usually is
                      Last edited by Neckhammer; 11-12-2015, 01:44 PM.

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                      • #12
                        I have taken an extreme interest myself in naturopathic medicine due to the fact that the only person that has shown repeated success with my concerns is my naturopath. The problem with many doctors today is they are still stuck in the way of the old thinking. They still learn from the outdated textbooks that were building on the foundation of knowledge that was incorrect in the first place. Some doctors have learned the error of the information and have adapted accordingly.

                        For example, my old doctor was what you'd call an old school doctor. I basically knew what he was going to say before I even went in there because I already knew what he'd recommend for treatment. My new doctor also happens to be an acupuncturist as well and prides himself more on eastern and naturopathic medicine. His concerns rarely involve a prescription to fix something, but either to direct me to someone who can help me "naturally".

                        As far as what I tend to believe the most, its history and the plethora of studies taken place. What I've found, there was a ton of things outright ignored by health professionals while they embraced hypothesis's and concepts that had proved to be right all along. Why they did this, I do not know. If ever I encounter a health professional trying to give advice based on the traditional textbooks, I simple go find another health professional.

                        IMO, any doctor and new up and coming doctor out there should be versed in all forms of medicine based on the actual research and results found in history.

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