What is Naturopathic Medicine?

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What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. NDs seek to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease, rather than simply palliate symptoms. 

Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body, and unfavourable lifestyle habits. Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes disease as a process rather than as an entity in of itself. 

Treating both acute and chronic conditions, naturopathic treatments are chosen based on the individual patient – their physiological, structural, psychological, social, spiritual, environment and lifestyle factors.

In addition to diet and lifestyle changes, natural therapies including botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, naturopathic manipulation and traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, may also be used during treatments.

In Canada, the naturopathic medical profession’s infrastructure includes accredited educational institutions, professional licensing, national standards of practice, participation in many federal health committee initiatives, and a commitment to state-of-the-art scientific research.

 

What is a Naturopathic Doctor (ND)?

Naturopathic Physicians, or NDs, are intensively trained as primary care physicians and can perform physical exams, Pap smears, diagnostic laboratory tests and imaging studies familiar to all types of family physicians and general practitioners. Naturopathic physicians are also trained in when and how to refer to specialists and for urgent care. They have been licensed in British Columbia for nearly 70 years.

 

What are the similarities and differences between a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and a conventional Medical Doctor (MD)?

 

An ND is trained in both the many methods of treatment commonly referred to as "alternative medicine", as well as in conventional western medical diagnosis and treatment. 

When you see an ND, your treatment will likely include one or all of the following: Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Botanical Medicine, Nutritional & Lifestyle Counselling, Naturopathic Manipulation or Bodywork (such as the Bowen Technique), and Energetic Therapies which enable the body and mind to be rebalanced (such as the Neuroemotional Technique (NET), the Neuromodulatory Technique (NMT), and Homeopathy). 

However, NDs are also trained to be able to perform, when appropriate, the same diagnosis and treatment offered by a conventional doctor, including Differential Diagnosis, Radiology,  Complete Physical Examination, and even Pharmaceuticals (drug therapies). NDs also receive specific targeted training in particular conventional specialty fields, such as Cardiology, Obstetrics, Gynecology, or Pediatrics. 

You and the ND work together to determine the best possible treatments available - the best of the alternative and conventional medical worlds. 

In fact, NDs have recently been granted pharamaceutical prescribing rights in BC. Although I personally seek to treat every patient through purely natural, non-suppressive methods, and have rarely met one for whom pharmaceuticals were, in my humble opinion, the ideal treatment option, I prefer not to be dogmatic about any treatment philosophy such that I can remain open to the individual needs of each patient.   

 

What is the difference between a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and a Certified Classical Homeopath (CCH)? 

Naturopathic Doctors receive generalized, balanced training in all disciplines of alternative medicine. They are required to take the same premedical (typically 4-year) degree as conventional doctors, then an 4-years at an accredited Naturopathic Medical School. They are primary care physicians using a variety of therapies and modalities according to each patient's need. Homeopaths receive specialized training in this particular alternative treatment method. The CCH is typically attained at the end of 4-years of training as well, without any undergraduate training required, as Homeopathy is currently considered an unlicensed profession in BC.

However, an ND may also attain a CCH as a post-graduate Homeopathic designation in order to offer the best of both worlds, and to be able to provide expert Homeopathic care on top of whatever other appropriately selected naturopathic and conventional treatment options are deemed necessary.   

In BC, as well as many other provinces and US states, Naturopathic Medicine is regulated in the same manner as MDs, nurses, chiropractors and other health professionals. At present, Homeopathy is not a licenced or regulated health profession in BC. In one sense, only NDs are licenced to practice homeopathy. 

A homeopath would typically only prescribe a homeopathic medicine. An ND may use botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, physical medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, energetic therapies, or any combination to treat a patient.

 

What is Homeopathy? 

Homeopathy is one of the Naturopathic medical therapies which NDs have under their scope of treatment.

It has at it's core a deep respect for the body's ability to heal, as well as for the unique, holistic individuality of every patient.

It can also, in the hands of a trained, dedicated professional, be incredibly powerful - even life-altering -  yet being completely free of toxic or allergic side effects. 

From thousands of possible homeopathic remedies which a Naturopathic Doctor (particularly one with additional homeopathic training [CCH]) may stock, he must select the one most appropriate for you as an entire individual.

Because the treatment is so specific to everything about you, rather than simply being based on your diagnosis, the risk of side effects is eliminated, and the improvements in both your condition and your overall state of health are often both very pronounced, as well as permanent! 

Homeopathy is a truly comprehensive form of medicine, and can be used for any condition.

Please refer to my testimonials for the wide range of conditions that have been very successfully treated, or even cured completely, under my treatment - a treatment style which, while encompassing all Naturopathic modalities in it's scope, has Homeopathy - the most curative therapy I have encountered to date - at it's core.

Also, please note that the information above refers to classical homeopathy, in which a single remedy that is best matched on all levels with you as an individual is selected by a trained professional with a specialized focus in homeopathy. Combination homeopathics, which are often sold in health food stores and intended to be used  for specific conditions in a "cookbook" fashion, typically produce relatively slow, superficial, and temporary results relative to deeply curative classical homeopathic treatment. 

Naturopathic Medicine & Homeopathy Testimonials

I feel blessed to work with such a gifted doctor, whose treatments have been effective in supporting my optimal health.

In my opinion, Dr. Somody's integrity, character and professionalism are beyond reproach and I recommend him wholeheartedly to others.

I first saw Dr. Somody several years ago for physical medical health issues, including frozen shoulder, hip bursa inflammation, stiffness, and pain, TMJ, back pain, and warts.

All of those complaints were cured largely or entirely thanks to Dr. Somody's treatment.

Everything else that has come up since that time - cough, pneumonia, allergies, sinusitis, not to mention emotional concerns - Dr. Somody has treated and healed, naturally and successfully.

Through the treatments, he identified and cured the causes behind each of these issues, allowing them to be healed deeply with his bowen therapy, homeopathic remedies, neuroemotional technique, and other techniques.

I hold Dr. Somody in the highest regard, and had to put in my opinion about his genius and compassion for the human condition.

Anyone who is half conscious could realize in seconds what a remarkable doctor he is.

 

Judith Leroux, North Vancouver (Edgemont Village), BC

 

More Testimonials

I haven't had any nerve pain, numbness or hand coldness since the Bowen therapy.

My skin and liver don't burn from the toxicity any longer, and I don't get the burning, red, itchy bumps on my face now either.

I've lost 48 pounds since the treatment started, and the signs of toxicity, like ringing in my ears, are now getting better too.

Kelly B, White Rock, BC

The frozen shoulder is completely cured, and I don't have any more pain in my shoulder, hip, leg or other joints.
I no longer have a cough, and my anxiety is much better, thanks to Andy's naturopathic and homeopathic treatments

Judy R., North Vancouver (Braemar), B.C.

Multiple car accidents caused me to have less mobility and huge pain and stiffness in my neck, face and jaw.

I'd get super dizzy every couple of days, and have to go throw up.

My lymph nodes were always swollen too, and I got throat infections much more often.

I felt so tightly wound at work and in my marriage too.

The homeopathy, bowen therapy and neuroemotional releases all made my neck relax, and the pain started to go away too.

I've been pain-free for months, and have finally been able to drive without fear again.

Amanda R, Maple Ridge / Pitt Meadows, BC

The homeopathic remedy Dr. Andy gave me really helped my focus and motivation, and my acne, dandruff and dermatitis have really improved under the naturopathic treatment.
My blood pressure is also a lot better since taking the homeopathic remedy.

Chris Y., Vancouver (Kerrisdale), BC

I have had chronic neck pain for over twenty years which improved significantly as a result of Dr. Somody's treatment.

Similarly, my daughter has had lower back pain for many years, which had dramatic improvement as a result of Dr. Somody's treatment.

She had low back soreness often, especially at night or when she was resting.

That disappeared very quickly as a result of the first Bowen therapy session.

This shift seemed to stick, too - she hasn't needed any more treatment in almost a year, and now barely even mentions her back.

Her stomach pain - it seemed that she had a low-level of parasites that were really good at hiding from her immune system.

Something about the treatment - the mind-body connection, perhaps, or the homeopathics, Bowen [therapy] sessions, dietary counselling, or something else - all I know is that she doesn't even mention her stomach now, and hasn't since the first session.

It's more difficult to judge the effect of the treatment on her anaphylactic allergies, as we've been trying to avoid her biggest anaphylactic triggers.

However, whatever the reason, she hasn't any anaphylatic attacks in the year since she began Dr. Somody's treatment.

Her dyslexia's also dramatically improved to where it could be considered cured, or at least so small that it barely interferes with her life.

Dr. Somody has been both professional and respectful in his care of both my daughter and myself.

I have great regard for Dr. Somody, and for the health results he has achieved in attending to both myself and my daughter.

Catherine Matthews, West Vancouver, BC

Before your homeopathic remedy, neuroemotional releases, and Bowen technique, my heart, eyes, legs and emotions were all twitchy and anxious.

Now I'm calmer and healthier physically and emotionally.

Not to mention that I understand the real reason that I was getting all of these twitchy nervous symptoms in the first place.

Some things that I barely even mentioned in our first session, like the pain in my big toe and the numbness and pain on the bottom of my foot, have improved since your naturopathic treatment.

Adam S., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I had excruciating joint pain in my hips, knees, back, and other joints which not only affected me during the day, but interrupted my sleep at night.
Since Dr. Andy’s treatment, these pains and the insomnia have gone away completely.

K.H., Port Coquitlam, BC

Thanks Andy!

I'm more energized and alive than I was even before the beginning of the Addisons.

Aside from the minor, pretty-much negligible flare-up now and again, my eyes, hands and joints aren't inflammed and swollen anymore either.

I don't know how, since I didn't even tell you about it , but I can't remember when I last noticed the warts on the bottom of my feet.

They've become that much less painful and inflammed.

Carlos D., Las Vegas, Nevada

According to my most recent lab tests, my MD said my diabetes is so well controlled it's like I don't even have diabetes anymore! I definitely feel much better, and am able to eat all my favorite foods again without my blood sugar spiking like it did before your naturopathic and homeopathic treatment. Even my daughter is doing much better, gaining weight and hitting her development milestones, since I've finally been able to breastfeed her without pain. Thank you for everything!

V. Chu, Richmond, B.C.

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