A Naturopathic Doctor has completed a postgraduate medical education specializing in primary healthcare. They are uniquely trained to provide a comprehensive and integrated approach to assist your body’s natural healing processes. Naturopathic doctors are skilled in diagnosis and treatment of disease using natural therapies.
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They tailor these approaches to the needs of each individual patient. Naturopathic medicine is effective in treating most health problems, whether acute or chronic. When required, Dr. Stengler works with other medical professionals for optimal integrated treatment.
Currently, 16 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States territories of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands have licensing laws for naturopathic doctors. In these states, naturopathic doctors are required to graduate from an accredited four-year residential naturopathic medical school and pass an extensive postdoctoral board examination (NPLEX) in order to receive a license.
Naturopathic physicians are the only licensed primary health care providers with extensive training in nutrition.
Training in nutrition and lifestyle modification, in both classroom and clinical settings, has been part of the core curriculum of naturopathic physicians since the profession was organized in the United States in 1902. The chart below gives the hours of study required in these areas for naturopathic physicians, registered dieticians and medical doctors.
Nutritional and lifestyle modification traning
Requirements for licensed primary health care providers
|Coursework Recommended by U.S. Surgeon General||Naturopathic Doctors||Registered Dietician||Medical Doctor|
|Biochemistry and Physiology||321||120||369|
|Basic Nutrition, Nutrition Assessment and Interpretation||48||108||Elective|
|Diet and Disease; Therapeutic Diets||84||7||0 (1)|
|Internship||1342 (3)||900 (4)||0 (5)|
|National / State Exams||Yes||Yes||NO (6)|
(1) Not taught in most schools
(2) MDs receive about 170 hours of psychiatric clerkship, not likely to include
(3) This figure represents hours spent in outpatient clinics, where supervised training always includes dietary and lifestyle assessment.
(4) May be performed in food management rather than clinical nutrition.
(5) Medical internship does not normally include training in diet and disease.
(6) Less than 4% of tests are in the nutritional area; mostly in biochemistry, physiology and pediatrics.
Source: American Association of Naturopathic Physicians