The growing need for Naturopathic Doctors is becoming increasingly apparent to the general public, and here’s why:
This means the main Chronic Illnesses leading to death in North America: Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, are PREVENTABLE.
Here’s where both Naturopathic Doctors and Nutritionists shine. While modern medicine works on moderating symptoms of a disease through medicine, naturopaths and nutritionists help the client make lasting lifestyle changes to battle - and in cases reverse - chronic disease .
What is a Naturopathic Doctor, and What Do They Do?
According to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine “Naturopathic doctors address the fundamental causes of disease, heal the whole person through individualized treatment, and teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine.”
Both naturopathic and conventional doctors attend full-time four-year accredited medical schools. They are evidence-based practitioners, heavily founded science based practices.
Naturopathic doctors can be seen along side or in place of your family doctor. They can order tests, give yearly physical examinations and advise on treatment plans for preventative conditions.
Naturopaths will likely give you a protocol that is often a mix of herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, lifestyle changes and some dietary guidelines.
What is a Nutritionist, and What Do They Do?
Nutritionists are trained in evidence-based science, anatomy, physiology and biology. They understand the pathology of disease and have functional nutritional protocols to address these ailments.
The main focus of a Nutritionist is to address chronic disease mainly through dietary changes, with some herbal and nutritional supplementation for support. Nutritionists have an extensive knowledge of the digestive system and are true believers of Hippocrates when he said “all disease begins in the gut”.
So, if 85 percent of chronic disease is caused by diet and lifestyle factors, then nutritionists play a very big role in reducing the burden of chronic disease and the future of healthcare.
HOW CAN A NUTRITIONIST HELP YOU?
The best way to see lasting change in a particular condition or disease is through behavioural changes and frequent support.
Often clients have very detailed questions, needing support on sticking with a protocol or even modifications / alternatives if a particular aspect to the program isn’t working.
Naturopaths are often busy with other patients to provide this intensive level of care, but it's the perfect role for a nutritionist with the proper training. In many cases, dietary , lifestyle and behavioural changes may be all you need to resolve your symptoms.
- Recipes: Nutritionists can provide specific details, recipes and meal plans in adjunct to a Naturopaths dietary guidelines.
- Support: Provide practical support, problem solving and answering detailed questions during the course of a Naturopath's program. For example: how do I battle cravings now that I’m off sugar?
- ·Accountability: Weekly 30 minute follow ups or online sessions provide extra client care to keep clients accountable and on track with their goals.
In conclusion, there is a difference between Naturopaths and Nutritionists with a unique approach for each practitioner. But the great thing is Nutritionists work wonderfully as complimentary therapy to a Naturopath’s program with a specialization on food and nutrition. So if you’re determined to make a change in your health, whatever your goal is, contact a Nutritionist to give you the tools and motivation on your health journey.