FAQ’s

Do you cure arthritis/cancer/name of any disease?
I treat people diagnosed with all sorts of conditions by investigating the underlying root causes. I address imbalances in your body by prescribing an individualized natural treatment protocol. The name of the disease is only a “label” put on a collection of symptoms.
How is naturopathic medicine different from conventional (allopathic) medicine?
The primary differences between naturopathic and conventional medicine is the philosophical approach to health and the therapies used. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) treat patients as individuals by addressing the lifestyle, mental emotional and environmental aspects of health. This allows your ND to find and treat the cause of the disease using natural, non-invasive therapies. In contrast, conventional doctors generally address and treat the symptoms of disease, rather than the source of the illness, and use pharmaceutical therapies or surgery. Medical doctors receive little training in nutrition and lifestyle counselling and are proficient at treating acute and emergent conditions; however, due to time restrictions and current doctor shortages MDs are unable to spend as much time with you as your ND. The ND visits range between 30 minutes to 1 hour which contrasts the average MD visit which is between 7-18 minutes.

Do I really need nutritional supplements to recover fully?
Nutritional supplements enhance the body’s innate ability to heal.
Using a personalized approach provides great value to your recovery process. I work in partnership with you to figure out the ideal combination of supplements. In some cases, supplementation makes the difference between living well and living optimally.

How long from the start of the program until I get the desired results with Naturopathic Medicine?
There are many factors that influence the length of time needed to reach optimal health including age, type, severity and how long you’ve had that condition.
How are naturopathic and conventional physicians alike in training?
Naturopathic and allopathic (conventional) physicians are required to study the biomedical sciences at a four-year accredited graduate medical school. Included in this rigorous curriculum are biomedical sciences such as anatomy, physiology, neurology, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, cardiology, minor surgery, and others. Both are required to complete a University undergraduate degree before completing further training at either a naturopathic college or medical school. Both kinds of physicians can diagnose a disease, predict its course, and prescribe treatment. The difference is in the methods of treatment prescribed. Naturopathic and conventional medicines are complementary and can co-exist.
What treatments do NDs use?
Through evaluation of the whole person, NDs treat each patient individually using naturopathic treatments that may include nutritional recommendations and supplementation, homeopathy, botanical medicine, physical manipulation, traditional Chinese medicine including acupuncture, and other modalities. NDs use these treatments to support and cleanse the body returning it to a state of health and balance.

Is Naturopathic medicine scientific?
Yes. The effectiveness of naturopathic medicine is backed up by solid, scientific controlled studies. Naturopathic medicine has evolved and been refined over centuries and continues to grow and incorporate scientific advances. It is important to keep in mind that there can be a difference between clinical effectiveness and scientifically proven effectiveness. It is interesting to note that less than 20% of procedures used in allopathic medicine have never been clinically verified. This does not mean that they are not good but simply that they have not yet been studied. In fact, the effectiveness of many naturopathic treatments reflects many decades of positive clinical results. Modern scientific studies are now validating the use of a variety of dietary supplements used by NDs, including fibre and probiotics for proper gastrointestinal health and essential fatty acids for the skin and menstrual irregularities. The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine along with the many other accredited naturopathic institutions continue to perform state of the art studies that are published in peer-reviewed scientific journals to further research in naturopathic medicine

Is Naturopathic medicine cost-effective?
Yes. Because NDs utilize a preventive approach that reduces the incidence of high-cost chronic conditions, naturopathic medicine reduces long-term health care costs.

Is Naturopathic medicine safe?
Yes. Safety records are monitored by state review boards. NDs most often use gentle therapies with low risk for side effects. A core principle of naturopathic medicine is to “first do no harm.”

How do NDs interact with other health professionals?
NDs have an understanding of their limitations, and refer patients to other healthcare providers such as MDs, MD specialists, Doctor of Osteopathy, Psychotherapists, and Chiropractors when it is necessary. Most naturopathic practices have extensive cross-referrals with other practitioners.
How are naturopathic and conventional physicians alike in training?
Naturopathic and allopathic (conventional) physicians are required to study the biomedical sciences at a four-year accredited graduate medical school. Included in this rigorous curriculum are biomedical sciences such as anatomy, physiology, neurology, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, cardiology, minor surgery, and others. Both are required to complete a University undergraduate degree before completing further training at either a naturopathic college or medical school. Both kinds of physicians can diagnose a disease, predict its course, and prescribe treatment. The difference is in the methods of treatment prescribed. Naturopathic and conventional medicines are complementary and can co-exist.
Why are NDs trained in so many different types of treatments?
Naturopathic therapies are taught and used together because they are all based on the same principles, — assist the body’s healing response — and are often more effective when combined and work synergistically to benefit the patient. There is no other health profession that offers patients this coordinated natural approach.
How is Naturopathic medicine different from other “holistic” centres?
Holistic centres often consist of a variety of therapists working together. Some of these therapists may be recognized and licensed (for example, massage therapists are regulated and acupuncturists are soon to be regulated). Other types of therapy (reiki, herbalists, energy healers, medical intuitives, aura balancers, psychics, reflexology, iridologists etc.) are not regulated in Ontario; therefore the quality of care and level of education and training of these individuals can vary greatly. When looking for a professional in natural therapies, it is important to know whether your practitioner is licensed and regulated under either the Drugless Practitioners Act (DPA) or the Regulated Health Practitioners Act (RHPA). This guarantees that these professionals have been well educated and extensively trained in their field, and are recognized by the government and the healthcare community.

How does Naturopathic medicine fit into today’s healthcare system?
Healthcare is at the heart of every Canadian and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. The reality is that with all the resources that are devoted to our healthcare system, there is an alarming number of people who find themselves chronically “unwell.” Yet, despite being sick, tired, or in pain these people are usually given drugs to mask their symptoms or told to live with their condition because nothing is wrong. Recognizing that we must claim responsibility for our own health, more and more people are choosing NDs as their primary care providers.
How are Naturopathic physicians educated?
After completing a standard premedical undergraduate program at an accredited university, students enter into a four-year naturopathic medical program. The first two years of naturopathic medical school consist of education in the basic biomedical sciences similar to that of conventional medical school. The second two years emphasize clinical education in natural therapeutics. Upon successful completion of the four-year program, graduates receive the degree of Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.

Are Naturopathic medical programs accredited?
Yes. The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) is the only accrediting body for naturopathic medical schools recognized by the US Department of Education. The CNME has accredited the naturopathic medical programs in the US as well as the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Upon successful completion of any of these programs, a naturopathic physician is eligible to take the naturopathic physician licensing examinations (N.P.L.E.X) to obtain licensure.
How do I know that Naturopathic medicine works?
Many of the treatments that we use have been researched and validated by conventional scientific methods. There are literally thousands of medical studies that support the efficacy of vitamins, herbs, and natural treatment methods. Some natural medicine methods, like acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, are proven by the results they have achieved over hundreds of years. Many patients that receive naturopathic care have increased vitality, reduction in symptoms and prescription medications.

What should I expect on the first visit?
The first visit to a ND may take an hour or longer because it includes a comprehensive medical history, physical examination, possible laboratory tests, and discussions about nutrition, lifestyle, emotions, exercise, stress and other significant health factors. Your particular concerns will be discussed. At the end of the visit, your ND will discuss treatment options, and develop an individualized course of therapy that is focused on addressing your health concerns.

Do I continue with drugs prescribed by my medical doctor?
Yes. Continue to consult with your MD who prescribed your medications. However, in many cases, your medications may have to be reduced as a result of natural treatment interventions; this is usually a gradual process that needs supervision from your ND and MD. As you become healthier, your need for prescription drugs may diminish. During your course of treatment it is always advised you to check with your MD about adjusting the dosage or type of medication.

Do I continue to see my medical doctor and other health practitioners?
Yes. You can continue to see your other healthcare providers, as needed. It is also important to coordinate your care with other healthcare practitioners by communicating with them as appropriate. It is best to work as a team with other practitioners in order to give you the best possible healthcare. For example, if surgery is necessary, NDs can provide guidelines for pre- and post-surgical supplementation to prepare you better for a positive surgical outcome and a speedy recovery.
Is Naturopathic medicine covered by OHIP health insurance?

Although naturopathic services are not covered by OHIP, many private health insurance plans will provide coverage. Since NDs use alternatives to costly techniques and drug therapies, more insurance companies are beginning to investigate expanding coverage of this cost-effective healing method. Check your benefits package or contact your health insurer for details.

Do I have to become a vegetarian to be healthy?
A vegetarian diet isn’t usually a requirement for optimal health. It is more important to follow a balanced nutritional plan individualized adjusted for your own body and your condition. Generally speaking, vegetarian diets are recommended temporarily when drastic detoxification is needed to boost the body’s innate healing ability, like for example in cancer cases.

What is the difference between Naturopathy & Homeopathy?
Many people think that homeopathy and naturopathy are one and the same thing. Naturopathy is a ‘broad spectrum’ descriptor in which practitioners are more likely to prescribe multiple treatment approaches like supplements, herbs and dietary adjustments. Conversely, homeopathy is a single system of medicine in which practitioners focus totally on the application of homeopathic medicines. Dr.Anca originally trained as a naturopath at the CCNM, then went on to specialise in homeopathy and other therapies as well.

Can I make any progress if my condition is genetic or runs in my family?
Genetic tendencies play an important role in the development of a condition, but lifestyle choices can be even more important because they can trigger the expression of a condition earlier versus later in life.
For example: if diabetes runs in your family, you might be diagnosed at 45 yrs. Old or at 95 yrs. old depending on your lifestyle.
Many conditions are familiar not because of genetics, but because families tend to think and do alike.


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