How do ND's view drugs

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Patients may be concerned about how their Naturopathic doctor and the medical doctors view one another's therapeutic practices. This is particularly the case when it comes to pharmaceutical drug therapies. The natural perception is that Naturopathic doctors oppose drugs. But do all Naturopathic doctors think the same on these matters? 

Below are some answers to common questions you may have about how your Naturopathic doctor relates to the medications prescribed by your medical doctor.

 

Are Naturopathic doctors against medications / drugs? 

This will depend on the Naturopathic doctor one encounters and perhaps the particular drug(s) one refers to.  Some may be completely against any drugs, others are for them. Most Naturopathic doctors believe that naturopathic medicine complements pharmaceutical therapies. It would be erroneous to categorize all Naturopathic doctors in one camp or the other. 

 

Will my Naturopathic doctor tell me to stop taking my meds? 

They technically shouldn't. Your medications are the purview of your prescribing medical doctor, nurse practitioner, dentist, etc, not your Naturopathic doctor. If they tell you to stop taking the meds, do not listen to him/her, but instead, consult with the doctor who prescribed them.

 

Can I ask my Naturopathic doctor what they think about the treatment plan given to me by my family physician? 

Sure. Asking questions and getting opinions from various sources empowers the patient in making decisions and forming their own opinions about their health. Knowledge is power and getting information from various different people is crucial. But it needs to be emphasized that any changes to your treatment plan(s) need to be undertaken with the doctor who gave it in the first place. Don't change the treatment plan given to you by your medical doctor without consulting with your medical doctor.  It's as simple as that. 

As a patient, get in the habit of questioning and challenging every health care provider you have, including naturopathic doctors and medical doctors. It is your body, not theirs, and the more you question and challenge, the more you will be able to take your health into your own hands. 

 

 

Conclusion

As in all things, ask your Naturopathic doctor about their position on matters that are of concern to you. It is your right to know. 

 

 

 

George Cho