The Naturopathic Principles:
First Do No Harm (Primum Non-Nocere): Naturopathic medicine aims to use treatments that are safe, effective, with minimal side effects, to avoid suppressing symptoms whenever possible and to respect each person’s individual healing process with the least force necessary to effectively treat health challenges.
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Your body has an inherent ability to operate properly, and heal, once obstacles to cure are removed. Naturopathic medicine aims to guide the mind, body, and spirit back into balance by tapping into its higher knowing.
Identify and Treat the Cause (Tolle Causam): pathology cannot exist when the body is functioning optimally. Naturopathic doctors treat the underlying cause of disease, rather than managing symptoms. This is individual to each person.
Treat the Whole Person: there are a lot of factors that make up an individual; mind, body, emotions, genetics, environment, lifestyle, spirituality. Disease can develop from an imbalance on any of these levels. True healing occurs when all factors are taken into account.
Doctor as Teacher (Docere): Teaching how to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle is the foundation to long-term wellness. All treatments and protocols are thoroughly explained and discussed with all patients to ensure that they not only understand the treatment goals, but also learn how to apply healthy living principles to all areas of their lives.
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: This includes the health of our provider, Earth, and our natural resources. Caring for our health is part of a symbiotic relationship with everything around us. “As within, so without”, meaning, who we are, is reflected in our environment. Prevention is achieved through treating ourselves with care through proper nutrition, exercise, positivity in thoughts and actions, and respect for our resources on a daily basis.
The Naturopathic Training:
In Canada, the naturopathic medical profession includes accredited educational institutions, professional licensing, and national standards of practice that include the following:
- 3-4 years of undergraduate study
- 4 years post-graduate studies at the accredited Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, which consists of more than 4,500 hours of classroom training and 1,500 hours of supervised clinical experience.
- Passing NPLEX board exams that are written after the 2nd year and 4th year of study. NPLEX is the standard examination used by all licensing jurisdictions in North America. The OSCE’s is a newly implemented exam set to ensure competency before entering the supervised clinic. The BDDT-N is the regulating body in Ontario that controls the final set of exams that regulate competency in acupuncture, manipulation, physical examination, and jurisprudence.
- Meeting the Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits as required by the provincial regulatory boards on an ongoing basis.