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I have been thinking about what I want to do for a career and am interested in becoming a natropathic doctor.  I have researched a little bit and I agree with most of the things they teach.  When I was reading about becoming a natropath on yahoo answers there were some very ignorant people saying that natropathic doctors are quacks.  This really frustrates me because natropaths have to complete undergrad and go through an intensive medical school like md's.  If anyone has any advice about what I need to do to become a natropath I would appreciate it.  

Also, if anyone does something similar I am very interested.  I'm still in high school and I'm going to job shadow a natropath in my area pretty soon, but I would like to know some other possible careers.  

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I'm definitely going to be doing more research.  I'm actually going to be job shadowing a natropathic doctor where I live pretty soon!  I'm excited to see what how he treats his patients. 

It is my opinion that naturopaths are similar to allopathic doctors because they treat symptoms instead of removing the causes with optimal health.  They may not use prescription drugs but it's been my experience that they prescribe a lot of expensive and unnecessary supplements that you wouldn't need if eating and living healthy.  

Hmm.  I understand what you're saying.  I really want to help people get healthy for a career, but I feel like  my options are pretty limited when it comes to diet modifications.  I don't want to be a nutritionist because they have to learn about the government food pyramid and stuff i don't agree with. 

It's great that you want to help people.  Folks may be more prone to come to  you when you have a mainstream degree, but one in which you can formulate your own health plans for patients and where you're not tied to the government dietary crap. 

Isn't Doug Graham a ND? Not all treat symptoms if any do, the main goal is prevention and natural healing. This was taken off the American Association of Naturopathic Medicine's website

"The following principles are the foundation of naturopathic medical practice: 

  • The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.
  • Identify and Treat the Causes (ToIle Causam): The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms. 
  • First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere):Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:
    • Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat; 
    • Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and
    • Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process. 
  • Doctor as Teacher (Docere): Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship. 
  • Treat the Whole Person: Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development. 
  • Prevention: Naturopathic physicians emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness."

Don't be discouraged by what other people think.  Look at the lack of success by the "real" doctors.  I am studying at the University of Natural Health, probably considered more "quackish" but in line with 30BAD philosophy, 80/10/10 is part of thee course material.  I am less concerned about the "validity" of the credentials than the knowledge.  I am a successful software developer and I have no formal training.  I expect success in the health field also.

I checked out their website and I really like the degrees that they offer.  Do you have to attend undergrad school before you attend this school?  Do they any prerequisite classes that I would have to take before I start the program?  I'm pretty sure they do require undergrad 1st.  I would love to be able to move straight into learning what I want to learn instead of wasting 4 years in undergrad learning things I don't really care about and spending a ton of money. 

What are you studying at the University?

Katie, I've taken the same course at this University and found it very informative and solid.  But no mainstream institution is going to recognize a degree from here.  But the learning here is unlimited and based on Natural Hygeine, which is part of what 30Bad is all about.  Basically removing the cause of disease instead of masking the symptoms.  With a degree here you would need to have your own consulting business I would guess.

You don't need undergrad degree.  No prerequisites.   It's correspondence courses so a bit behind the times technology-wise but it worked great for me,  i could take my time with it.

I'll have to look into taking one of these courses!  I think I still want to become a natropathic doctor, but this would really enhance my knowledge!

I am currently a freshman undergrad and I am also interested in becoming an ND. From what I have heard naturopathic medicine is very similar to 801010 philosophy and 801010 is an accepted lifestyle by many or most of the schools. I would not go to a school that does not require a bachelors. I had the same train of thoughts about a year ago that I did not want to waste time getting a bachelors if I did not have to but in the end it is worth it because you will be more credible if you go to a school that requires it. As others have said, you dont have to become a doctor to help others find health. While this is true, I still believe that you will be able those who need a doctors opinion to believe it. For example, my grandparents who still dont believe in the healing powers of our bodies probably would have been more likely to accept it if they had heard it from a doctor. There is just a certain level of trust that some people will only give to those who have a degree

I have family that think the same way.  My dad wants me to become a m.d, but there's no way I could study for hours on things I don't agree with.  I think I'm going to attend undergrad but, I'm going to apply for a ton of scholarships so I don't rack up a ton of debt before I attend a natropathic medical school.  

What ND school are you looking at attending?  I was thinking I would like to go to either SCNM, Bastyr, or the one in San Diego. 

I will mostly like attend SCNM and if not their I would probably go to one outside the US. I completely agree with not studying to be MD, it would be almost completely a waste since you wouldnt practice any of what they teach. 

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