Patient feedback provides great insight to the benefits of having a naturopathic doctor on your healthcare team. Read on for patient testimonials of how they have benefited here.
States that license naturopathic doctors provide them with an appropriate scope of practice. Unfortunately, when a state (like Indiana) does not provide licensure, there is no legal distinction between a licensed naturopathic doctor and an unlicensed naturopath. We believe that this can be confusing for the public and other healthcare providers. Visit our page on licensing for more information, and read on here.
Guest post by Molly K. Harmon, 3rd year naturopathic medical student at National University of Health Sciences.
Hi, my name is Molly and I am a 3rd year naturopathic medical student at the National University of Health Sciences. When I tell people that I am in naturopathic medical school they usually respond with one of the following responses “wow that’s awesome!” or “so what is that like hippy medical school? Or black magic?”. I love to explain what naturopathic medicine is, what naturopathic doctors do and elaborate on the lives that have been changed through naturopathic medicine. The next thing I know, they are rolling up their shirt to show me the rash they can’t get rid of and calling me “doc”. Continue reading here.
Yes, legally there is a difference. The term physician is legally regulated – without a license to practice medicine, one cannot call themselves a physician. In the state of Oregon, I am able to call myself a physician because I have a license to practice medicine there. In Indiana, naturopathic medicine is not yet licensed (the INANP is working on it!), so I call myself a naturopathic doctor (ND). Because of this lack of legal regulation, anyone can call themselves a naturopath.
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