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What is the difference between MD and ND?


Naturopathic physicians (NDs) attend four-year graduate schools that are nationally accredited by the Council for Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME).  The CNME is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, which classifies the ND degree as a Doctorate-Professional degree, on par with MD and DO.


The first two years of professional education is similar to that of an MD or DO, and includes instruction in basic sciences (anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, and more).  The final two years of instruction are dedicated to clinical sciences – the naturopathic treatment of patients and training in primary care.  Naturopathic physicians sit for two sets of exams, the NPLEX basic science exam and the NPLEX clinical science exams.


Naturopathic doctors are licensed by each individual state – to be eligible for licensure a physician must be a graduate of a four-year naturopathic medical college, complete 4,100 hours of clinical training, and pass both the basic science and clinical science portions of the NPLEX exam.


Naturopathic doctors are specialists in the natural treatment of conditions, and have extensive training in botanical medicine, nutrition, physical medicine, homeopathy, counseling as well as conventional methods like pharmaceuticals.



What is naturopathy?


Naturopathic medicine is health care using alternative therapies and natural remedies to stimulate the body’s own healing abilities.


The five guiding principles of naturopathic medicine are:

First, do no harm

Address the underlying cause of disease

Work with the healing power of nature

Heal the whole person through individualized treatment

Teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine

Naturopathic medicine is a comprehensive, prevention-based, and natural approach to improving health and treating illness. The goal is to treat the whole person and address underlying causes of illness, rather than to simply treat or suppress symptoms.


Careful questioning about all aspects of an individual’s life allows naturopathic doctors to uncover the root cause of health issues. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning and unfavorable lifestyle habits. By creating specific treatment plans, naturopathic doctors help to remove obstacles to healing, guiding you on a path to optimal health.




What is a naturopathic doctor?


Naturopathic doctors are provincially regulated (licensed), primary care practitioners, with a minimum of seven years of post secondary education. Four years are spent studying the basic medical sciences as well as naturopathic treatments and philosophy, at an accredited naturopathic college. Over the course of their studies, students take on increasing responsibilities in the teaching health clinic of the naturopathic college, under the supervision of licensed naturopathic doctors.


Two sets of licensing exams must successfully be completed before a naturopathic doctor is eligible to practice in Ontario. Continuing education courses are ongoing for licensed naturopathic doctors, allowing for life-long learning and expansion of knowledge and skills.


Doctor means “teacher”. Naturopathic doctors are here to educate you and guide you along the path to wellness.


Naturopathic doctors work in cooperation with all other health care providers to ensure the best treatment for you.


Naturopathic doctors are specialists in the natural treatment of conditions, and have extensive training in botanical medicine, nutrition, physical medicine, homeopathy, counseling as well as conventional methods like pharmaceuticals.




What's the difference between naturopathy and homeopathy?


The difference is twofold:  First of all homeopaths only use homeopathy as a treatment tool, whereas Naturopathic doctors use homeopathy as one of several treatment tools.


The second major difference is that homeopaths are not regulated and licensed in the United States.  Therefore anyone can call themselves a homeopath regardless of training, whereas only those individuals following the steps outlined through the education and licensure can call themselves Naturopathic Doctors and use homeopathy as treatment for patients.













What can I expect when I visit a naturopathic doctor?


The first visit includes a complete medical history and discussion of your health concerns. A standard physical examination will also be performed. For your convenience, the Adult Intake or Pediatric Intake forms may be downloaded here, to bring with you to the first visit.


On the second visit, your assessment and treatment program will be reviewed. Treatment may include any combination of therapies such as dietary recommendations, lifestyle changes, acupuncture treatment, homeopathic remedies or nutritional supplements.


Follow up visits will be booked, as necessary, to review your progress, make appropriate changes to your program, and promote ongoing wellness.




Does health insurance cover naturopathic care?


Most benefit packages cover naturopathic treatments. We encourage you to contact your employer or individual insurance agent to determine if you are covered.




Why should I visit a naturopathic doctor?


First time patients of naturopathic care often want help staying well, or they want to find an effective treatment for a specific health concern. Increasingly, people are turning to naturopathic medicine because they appreciate one of the underlying tenets – vis medicatrix naturae, or the healing power of nature. Naturopathic doctors work with this healing force using alternative therapies  such as clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and acupuncture treatment to improve your health.


Individuals and families experiencing chronic or acute conditions can benefit from naturopathic medicine. The following are some examples of conditions that respond to naturopathic alternative therapies:


•  Digestive disorders such as constipation, diarrhea and bloating, IBS and Crohn’s disease.


•  Skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and dermatitis.


•  Gynecological conditions including premenstrual syndrome, menstrual discomfort, and menopausal



•  Sleep disturbances, insomnia, anxiety, depression, headaches and migraines.


•  Musculoskeletal problems such as back pain, sciatica, and arthritis.


•  Immune system disturbances, for example allergies, hay fever, frequent colds, candida.


•  Paediatric conditions including allergies, chronic ear infections, asthma, ADD, and learning problems.


•  Many health problems for people of all ages can be addressed using naturopathic medicine.


•  It is effective for both treatment and prevention of “dis-ease”.


•  If you have further questions about how naturopathic medicine can help you, contact us today. We’ll be

   happy to answer them.




What are your fees?


Dr. Jessica Bramstedt is a licensed Naturopathic Physician allowing her to be considered under your Out-of -Network insurance plan. Please call the office with any specific pricing or billing questions.





Do you sell herbs and supplements?


For convenience, Naturally Nurturing Wellness Center stocks a basic line of professional-grade herbs and supplements. These are a few of brands we carry: Standard Process, Integrative Therapeutics, Thorne, Restorative Formulas, Mountain Peak, NeuroScience, and many more.


What conditions do you treat?


Dr. Bramstedt works with individuals and their family members to address stress-related issues such as anxiety, depression and insomnia, digestive symptoms including gas, bloating, IBS, constipation, and inflammatory bowel disease, immune imbalances such as allergies, hay fever, frequent colds/flu, and yeast dysbiosis (candida), pediatric concerns such as eczema, allergies, food sensitivities, and behavioral issues, women’s health issues and more. Contact us to discuss how naturopathy can help your particular health concerns.


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