Are There Different Types of Naturopathic Doctors (Which One is Best for You?) : The Renegade Health Show Episode #780

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I didn’t know there were different types of naturopathic doctors until I met Dr. Theresa Dale…

In this episode, Dr. Dale explains the different types of naturopathy and how you can decide which one is best for you when you’re looking for a natural health practitioner!

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Your question of the day: Did you know there was a difference between traditional and non-traditional naturopathy?

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Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Thomas says:

    I was not aware of that.

    I do know that there are many practitioners of alternative medicine running around with degrees granted by non-accredited online schools that have been closed down because they had no right to “sell” such degrees. A degree is only as good as the accreditation of the granting institute.

    You do have to be careful and examine the worthiness of one’s degree.

    Sort of “buyer beware” . . . 🙂

  2. Shar says:

    This video came at the most perfect time.
    I didn’t know there was a difference until I told my current NMD to view a website by another doc who is a Classic ND. My guy wrote me an email slamming the position of the ND. He said they are not real physicians as he is and they cannot run labs, write scripts, etc.
    Meanwhile, my guy is administering Botox to women at his office. I’m not real comfy with that.
    He was obviously threatened and seem to have no respect for this man’s work, advice, experience, etc.
    I’m so glad you posted this video..thanks!

  3. lisa says:

    I’m more confused now. In some states naturopathy is licensed and they go to school for only 4 years, and in other states it’s not licensed? What does that even mean?

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  5. Jung says:

    If you go to the bottom of the article, you’ll see a list of states that license naturopathic doctors.

    In these states, a person must have graduated from one of the 4-year accredited ND programs (there are 7 schools in North America) in order to practice as a naturopathic doctor. They must have a bachelor’s degree before attending ND school, where their education is somewhat similar to a traditional med school, with anatomy, biology, organic chemistry, etc. But instead of focusing on pharmaceuticals, they learn mostly how to use herbs, nutrition, homoepathy, etc.

    In some states, NDs are allowed to prescribe a limited number of pharmaceutical drugs, such as antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. Each state has their own rules regarding this.

    However, most states do not have ND licensing and therefore “anyone” can legally call themselves an ND. (Just as how there are no laws regulating witches or psychics, so anyone can say that they are a witch or psychic.)

    If you live in a state that does not license NDs, you must be very careful choosing who you work with. There are many “fake NDs” who take a few online courses and think they are qualified to start treating patients. There are many horror stories of “fake NDs” causing serious harm to patients.

    For example, Theresa Dale’s school is not one of the accredited ND schools. It’s a very short program and only costs $10,000 total, whereas a full ND program costs around $150,000 (similar to a typical med school program.)

  6. Sharon says:

    When I saw the question before listening I was thinking of TCM doctors, homeopathic doctors, Oriental medicine docs, etc. So no, I didn’t know there were different types of naturopathic doctors in the US. I’m pretty sure here in Canada to be a naturopath you have to do the 7 year course, unless it varies by province. It seems a lot stricter than in the US.

    I’m more concerned about whether a person gets results than if they have an “accredited” diploma. Please give us more from Dr. Dale! She’s brilliant. I’d love for her to be my practitioner (after listening to her in the Inner Circle which you really should promote more Kevin!)

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