You as naturopath: traditional naturopath, naturopathic doctor, naturopath, doctor of natural health:
~ Naturopath Orofessional Organizations, and other naturopaths and field educators define our scope of practice, our levels of training, and our profession- not “medical naturopaths”. We naturopaths are not looking for people outside our profession to tell us who and what we are.
~ TRADITIONAL NATUROPATHY is the original form of classical naturopathy, and it is over 100 years old. Medical “naturopathy” as a hybrid began to form in the 1970’s.
~ Do-Cere is the root word for DOCTOR- it means “to teach”. Not limited to medical or allopathic practice.
~ Primary Care is defined by that which clients seek for a general first opinion and for overall general care. IT IS NOT LIMITED TO MEDICAL CARE.
~ “ND” is a widespread designation which thousands of practitioners have earned. You have no reason to give it up. Be proud of your work, your accomplishments, never doubt.
~ A Natural Physician is defined by standards of education and practice, and by the service they offer to their clients. Just as there are Chinese doctors, Ayurvedic doctors, - coming from different training and philosophies, so are there western natural physicians who CHOOSE TO DIFFER from the people who went the “medical school/biochemical model naturopath” route.
~ We traditional naturopaths study for OUR EXAMS, not the NPLEX. We attend and successfully complete our schools, take our tests, and practice our work- Traditional Naturopathy.
~ We study and practice what we do out of belief, conviction, knowledge, service, and passion.
~ Don’t let other people try to cut you to size through their language , such as “adequate training” , “did not go to such and such school”, Cannot sit for such and such test, “scope of practice”. Remember, if YOUR WORK did not have validity, successful outcomes, and popularity, there would be no interest in co-opting your profession with legislative bills.