I Have a Different Philosophy - Educate to Empower
Welcome to a Refreshingly Different Approach to Health Care
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct holistic approach to health based on the understanding that health and dis-ease are products of the total of an individual's genetic, environmental, physical, social, mental, emotional and spiritual makeup and experience. Naturopathic medicine is as much a philosophy of life as it is a science. Naturopaths respect the importance of the harmonious operation of all aspects of each of us as being essential to health and treat the whole you by considering all of these factors. The emphasis is on building health by creating a healthier environment, inside and out, in which to live rather than only on fighting disease.
Naturopathic doctors are uniquely trained as general practitioners who specialize in natural medicine. We use the least invasive, most physiologically supportive methods possible. We are educated in the conventional medical sciences, diagnostic techniques and methods, but prefer to treat disease and restore health using therapies from the sciences of clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, exercise therapy, counseling and hydrotherapy. Naturopathic doctors perform physical examinations, nutritional and dietary assessments, gynecological exams and order laboratory and other diagnostic tests. We cooperate with all other branches of the medical sciences, referring patients to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate.
Naturopaths believe that nature heals by the response of the life force (vis medicatrix naturae) if we can identify and remove the obstacles to health or recovery. Proper nutrition through foods, herbal preparations and supplements is an essential part of the recovery or prevention process. Nutrition is, after all, biochemistry and the one way in which we can most positively affect our own outcome and, therefore, experience our life. Proper lifestyle such as relaxation, exercise, quality sleep, interests and pursuits outside work life is an important and often neglected part of anyone’s life.
Naturopathic doctors are teachers, coaches. We listen, rare in health care these days. We create a therapeutic doctor-patient relationship which takes time which most MDs don’t have. We are catalysts for healthful change, motivating you to do what is necessary, encouraging you to take control of your health.
What is the education of Naturopathic Doctors?
Naturopathic Doctors eligible for licensing (in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Utah, Vermont and Washington) have graduated from one of three federally accredited four-year postgraduate schools of Naturopathic medicine. They are the only such graduates of Naturopathic medicine that qualify to sit for and pass a rigorous state administered examination. Programs at these schools provide a strong background in the sciences, western diagnosis, counseling, nutrition, botanical medicine and homeopathy. Dr. Beaty is a graduate of Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington (outside Seattle).
Are Naturopathic Doctors licensed?
We are licensed to practice as primary care physicians in 16 States and the District of Columbia. At this time, after more than 20 years of persistence, we are closer to licensure in Massachusetts than ever but not there yet.
Meanwhile, I maintain a license in Washington State where I graduated (and where I lived for 15 yrs) in order to be eligible for reciprocity in Massachusetts once licensure is achieved. I am a member of her State and National Associations. Information on licensing can be found at Massachusetts Society of Naturopathic Doctors and American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Is Naturopathic Medicine Scientific and Safe?
Scientific research into nutrition and traditional medicine has been ongoing, and is increasing now that interest and awareness in complementary medicine has created more national funding opportunities through the National Institutes of Health.
Naturopathic doctors swear an oath on graduation to “First Do No Harm.” We can help you feel better without causing harm or uncomfortable side effects. Naturopathic doctors have extensive training in the safe use of herbal remedies and supplements. We know how to avoid interactions between natural medicines and pharmaceuticals. We always recommend that the public seek assistance from a qualified practitioner whenever using herbal or vitamin supplementation to ensure health and safety.