Naturopathic Medicine

  • Its similarities and differences as compared to conventional medicine​

Educational Requirements​

ND

  • 4 years in pre-med or equivalent degree program​

  • Acceptance into medical school​

  • 4 years in medical education and training​

  • Successful completion of basic science boards (NPLEx-Basic)​

  • Graduation from medical school​

  • Successful completion of clinical science boards (NPLEx-Clinicals)​

MD/DO

  • 4 years in pre-med or equivalent degree program​

  • Acceptance into medical school​

  • 4 years in medical education and training​

  • Successful completion of basic science boards (USMLE I)​

  • Successful completion of clinical science boards (USMLE II)​

  • Graduation from medical school​

  • Post-graduate medical education (residency, internship)​

Basic Sciences

ND

  • Anatomy​

  • Physiology​

  • Neuroscience​

  • Histology​

  • Pathology​

  • Immunology/Infectious disease​

  • Macro/microbiology​

  • Pharmacology ​

  • Biochemistry

MD/DO

  • Anatomy​

  • Physiology​

  • Neuroscience​

  • Histology​

  • Pathology​

  • Immunology/Infectious disease​

  • Macro/microbiology​

  • Pharmacology ​

  • Biochemistry

Clinical Courses​

ND

  • Physical/clinical diagnoses​

  • Laboratory skills/diagnostic imaging​

  • Geriatrics​

  • Pediatrics​

  • Gynecology​

  • Urology and Men’s Health​

  • Emergency medicine​

  • Dermatology​

  • Otolaryngology​

  • Neurology​

  • Ophthalmology​

  • Psychology​

  • Medical research literature evaluation​

  • Epidemiology/Public Health​

MD/DO

  • Physical/clinical diagnoses​

  • Laboratory skills/diagnostic imaging​

  • Geriatrics​

  • Pediatrics​

  • Gynecology​

  • Urology and Men’s Health​

  • Emergency medicine​

  • Dermatology​

  • Otolaryngology​

  • Neurology​

  • Ophthalmology​

  • Psychology​

  • Medical research literature evaluation​

  • Epidemiology/Public Health​

Clinical Courses​

ND

  • Laboratory & clinical diagnosis ​

  • Minor surgery​

  • Counseling​

  • Physical medicine​

  • Clinical nutrition ​

  • Botanical medicine​

  • Homeopathy ​

  • Nutritional science​

  • Overview of Traditional Chinese medicine​

  • Overview of Ayurvedic medicine​

  • Environmental medicine​

  • Clinical ecology​

MD/DO

  • Laboratory & clinical diagnosis​

  • Major/minor surgery​

  • Counseling​

  • Physical medicine (DO)​

  • Clinical nutrition​

The Therapeutic Order​

  • Re-establish the basis for health​

  • Stimulate the healing power of nature​

  • Notify weakened systems​

  • Correct structural integrity​

  • Prescribe specific natural substances for pathology​

  • Prescribe pharmacological substances for pathology​

  • Prescribe surgery, suppressive measures, radiation, and chemotherapy​

The Therapeutic Order​

  • Naturopathic medicine (NDs)​​

  • ​​​​​

  • Some overlap​

  • Conventional medicine (MDs/DOs)​

  • Re-establish the basis for health​​

  • Stimulate the healing power of nature​​

  • Tonify weakened systems​​

  • Correct structural integrity​​

  • Prescribe specific natural substances for pathology​​

  • Prescribe pharmacological substances for pathology​​

  • Prescribe surgery, suppressive measures, radiation, and chemotherapy​

Recognized as Equals​

Equivalent​

medical education​

and training​

Medical Doctor​

(MD)​

Doctor of Osteopathy​

(DO)​

Naturopathic Doctor​

(ND)​

How to Eat Real Food ​
and​
Drink Clean Water!​

READ LABELS!

  • Avoid hydrogenated oils, trans fats, chemical sugar substitutes (Splenda, Nutrasweet, Equal), nitrites/nitrates, artificial ingredients, high fructose corn syrup, sodium benzoate, and anything else you can’t pronounce.​

  • Avoid sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, parabens, petrolatum, mineral oil, and aluminum topically.​

D I E T

  • Adopt a whole foods diet, organic when possible, locally grown in season.​

  • Consume grass-pastured ​

beef ONLY (if you eat beef).​

  • Aim for 5 different ​

vegetables and 2 fruits daily​

 (mixed colors).

Easier Places to Shop

  • PCC, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s​

  • Natural/organic food sections of Safeway, QFC, Costco, etc.​

  • Farmers’ Markets​

  • Organic, local CSAs​

Be Prepared!

  • Recognize potential for food allergies/intolerances​

  • - “One man’s meat is another man’s poison!”​

  • Rotate foods you can consume healthily.​

AVOID MICROWAVE USE!

WATER

  • Drink filtered water​

- 1/3 to 1/2 your    body weight in fluid ounces DAILY

Messages in water?!​

  • Japanese scientist’s experiments​

  • Earth’s water composition​

  • Body’s water composition​

  • Intra- and inter-cellular communication​

  • Cells contain/retain memory​

How to store/carry water​

  • Glass is best​

  • Stainless steel (18/8)​

  • Hard polycarbonate​

  • Squishy soft plastic is worst​

EXERCISE DAILY!

  • Move your body everyday, rain or shine, inside or out.​

  • For weight loss, exercise at 65% maximum heart rate for at least 40 minutes, 6 days a week.​

  • -”Start low, go slow.

zzz…sleep…zzz​

The body can only heal in parasympathetic nervous system dominance.​

''Everything is connected to everything else-what impacts one area of your life will, to some degree, impact other parts of your life''

REFLECTION

  • List top 3 priorities in life.​

Does your lifestyle reflect those, in that order?​

If not, what steps need to be taken to truly walk your talk?​

QUESTIONS?

COMMENT?

CONCERNS?

COMPLAINTS?

In health,​

Christie Fleetwood, ND, RPh​

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER

The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a licensed healthcare professional. We encourage you to make your own healthcare decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified healthcare professional.