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The Meaning of Doctor

6 Traits To Look For In Your Primary Care

Dr_Alisha_MoadabThe word doctor originates from the Latin word, docere, which means “to teach”. Did you know that your doctor, should not only be teaching you about your body and how to achieve health as well as how to prevent? Ultimately, your health, is in your hands, but your doctor, also should play detective with you, to help get to the source of your problem.

Naturopathic Doctors who are trained to primary care physicians, live by 6 principles that will be discussed shortly. First, know that “ Training for Naturopathic Doctors consists of attending a four-year, graduate-level accredited Naturopathic Medical School. A Bachelors degree which includes standard pre-medical courses is required for admission. Naturopathic education starts with the same Basic Medical Sciences required of all doctors: Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Embryology, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology among others.The second phase of training consists of the Diagnostic Sciences: Cinical Diagnosis, Physical Diagnosis, Laboratory Diagnosis and Radiological Imaging. The Academic study concludes with an understanding of treatments according to Naturopathic Principles, using modalities such as Clinical Nutrition, Botanical Medicines, Homeopathy, Physical Medicine, Hydrotherapy, Mind-Body Medicine, as well as pharmaceutical training paralleling MD’s.

During the last two years of Naturopathic School, students also undergo hands-on clinical training, treating patients under the supervision of other licensed doctors. The final step for students prior to becoming eligible for licensure is to pass the full set of national board exams, the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exam (NPLEX). This is a set of 13 individual exams: 5 in the basic medical sciences, and 8 covering the clinical diagnostic sciences and Naturopathic Treatment.” [1]

The 6 traits or as they are most referred to within the profession, tenets [2] , include:

Primum no nocere: First, do no harm . This means that the most gentle and natural remedies will always be chosen first and that the suppression of symptoms will be avoided, since this can lead to the illness being pushed deeper into the body.

Vis medicatrix naturae: The healing power of nature . The body has an amazing inherent ability to maintain and restore health. Naturopathic doctors believe that their role is simply to facilitate the body’s own healing, using natural remedies and treatments.

In perturbato animo sicut in corpore sanitas esse non potest: Treat the whole person. This principle is based on the fact that every person is a unique individual. All aspects of a person must be taken into consideration and addressed in order for healing to occur.

Tolle causam: Identify and treat the cause . Rather than treating symptoms, which are signs from the body that illness is occurring, Naturopathic Medicine strives to find and treat the true underlying cause of disease.

Docere: Doctor as teacher. Your medical care should be a joint venture between your doctor and yourself. Naturopathic Doctors educate patients about their health and what they need to do to heal.

Principiis obsta sero medicina curatur: Prevention. The true goal of Naturopathic medicine is to help patients remove any causes of disease and maintain a healthy, happy body in order to prevent illness.

Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

[1] http://integrativehealingsolutions.com/index.php?p=1_5_The-Clinic
[2] http://manakaiomalama.com/medical/naturopathic.asp

In Good Health & Beauty,
Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.
Soleil Medical Spa
Dr. Alisha N.D.

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