Naturopathic Doctors

 

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Naturopathic Doctors

Our licensed Naturopathic Doctors (also called naturopaths, naturopathic physicians or ND’s), use the most non-toxic, least invasive, natural medicine to facilitate healing. We believe in:

Assisting your body to heal the way it was meant to.

Identifying and treating the root cause of your health problem, rather than just mask your symptoms. This usually provides a more permanent cure, rather than temporary alleviation of symptoms.

Considering all of the mental, emotional or physical factors that may be affecting your health.

Treating you as a whole, unique individual, not just a collection of symptoms or as a disease.

Teaching you about the cause of your illness to empower you to take control over your own health.

 

Are Naturopathic Doctors Real Doctors?

In Ontario, the title Doctor (Dr.) is protected through government legislation. Only very specific professions are allowed to call themselves doctors. Because of our qualifications, Naturopathic doctors in Ontario have been granted the privilege of referring to themselves as doctors. Dentists, medical doctors, chiropractors are also allowed to use the Dr. title in Ontario. ND’s are real doctors in the sense that:  we can perform a physical exam, order laboratory tests, take a thorough medical history, analyze your symptoms and convey to you a diagnosis.  We can treat or help treat any medical condition.  We are licensed to practice medicine and required to maintain high standards of practice and complete regular continuing education to maintain our registration under the RHPA.

Are naturopathic doctors dangerous?

Naturopathic doctors are a regulated health profession in Ontario, under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) the same regulation that applies to doctors and nurses. Extensive regulations exist in Ontario that ensure that we are held to the same standards or conduct, professionalism, ethics and patient safety as all other health professionals. Natural treatments are safe, effective and unlikely to cause anything other than very mild and/or temporary side effects.

What is the training like for a naturopathic doctor?

In order to become a naturopathic doctor, candidates must possess an undergraduate university degree that includes particular courses including biology, chemistry and psychology. Once the university degree has been completed, one applies to an accredited naturopathic college (of which there are currently only 2 in Canada, CCNM and Boucher). To attain a naturopathic doctor designation in Ontario, one must complete a four year program in naturopathic medicine at one of these schools, pass all courses and exams, once a graduate of the 4 year program, they must then complete licensing or registration exams to ensure that they are fit to practice in Ontario. Annual continuing education and professional development are required to be completed and is monitored by our regulatory body, the College of Naturopaths in Ontario (CONO).

How much does it cost to see a naturopathic doctor and how many visits will I need?

These questions are answered here on our FAQ page.

How to Find a Good Naturopathic Doctor

We would like to think that if you are at our website, you already have!  Naturopathic doctors have different styles of practice and because there are a number of natural treatment options and approaches, finding a good naturopathic doctor that fits your personal preferences and interests sometimes requires doing your research. Asking family or friends for a recommendation is a good start. Online reviews for naturopathic doctors are one approach to finding a good naturopathic doctor, but sometimes not. Sometimes online reviews are fake, intended to falsely bolster the ND’s business and reputation. Sometimes they are a vindictive attempt by a competitor to tarnish the ND’s reputation. Online forums related to your particular health concerns are sometimes a reasonable way to find a good naturopath too. Bear in mind that people, including naturopathic doctors, are only human and your health issue is challenging, that’s why you would see a naturopathic doctor. Without exception anyone who feels they haven’t received the best possible care, should voice that concern directly to the person in question, not post it online to permanently damage someone’s reputation and livelihood. Be kind online.

What is the Experience Like When Seeing a Naturopathic Doctor?

That depends on the naturopathic doctor, but here is what the patient experience is like with Dr. Frank at Forces of Nature. On scheduling your first visit we will reach out to you to confirm your appointment date and time, and provide you with access to forms to fill in prior to your first visit. When you arrive in our warm and friendly waiting room, you’ll be greeted and confirmed that your forms have been filled in.  If you haven’t had a chance to do so, we will provide you with paper forms to fill in. Dr. Frank will greet you in the waiting area and escort you to her treatment room. There you can privately and confidentially discuss your current health concerns, your past medical history, any medications and current supplements in detail. Next, there is a brief, non-invasive screening physical exam that includes listening to your heart and lungs, checking your blood pressure and heart rate. You will remain clothed throughout this physical and there is no internal exam or PAP test. After that, Dr. Frank will print some handouts for you that provide education about what is going on in your body and together you’ll formulate a treatment plan that is doable, practical and makes sense. Your questions and input are welcomed.

Why do people see naturopathic doctors?

The most common reason people see our naturopathic doctors is that they want a more comprehensive assessment of their problem and a more natural treatment approach that addresses the root cause of their problem, rather than just suppressing the symptoms. Our patients are often frustrated that they are not getting better.  They feel that their concerns are not being taken seriously enough, that they know there is a problem with their health but their testing has come out normally, that they don’t want to take medications or their medications aren’t working or that they want a more holistic, natural approach.

Would a naturopathic doctor help me lose weight?

Because naturopathic doctors are experts in diet and nutrition, they can help people lose weight. In addition, optimizing the function of your organ systems your vitamin and mineral status and your body overall can help facilitate weight loss.

What is Naturopathic Medicine (also called Naturopathy)?

Naturopathic Medicine is a holistic system of natural health treatment that includes Acupuncture, Clinical Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Hydrotherapy, Lifestyle Counseling, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. At our naturopathic clinic for your convenience we also provide an on site supplement store and we offer a full range of lab testing, both conventional blood tests and preventive medicine testing not offered by your family doctor.