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About Naturopathic Medicine and Alternative Health

July 29, 2008
What is naturopathic medicine?

What is naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine is not just the use of natural therapies; it is the art and science of individualized health care, going beyond superficial symptoms, and getting to the root cause of the illness or disease.The principles of Naturopathic Medicine form the foundation upon which a holistic system of healing is built.

The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
Respect for nature includes honoring our fellow human beings and our natural healing processes. Naturopathic treatments work in harmony with our body’s immune systems to increase our strength and vitality.

First Do Not Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
The approaches used in treatment are safe, non-invasive, and minimize the risks of side effects.

Find the Cause (Tolle Causam)
Naturopathic physicians honor symptoms as the body’s way of communicating deeper problems. They generally do not treat the symptoms, as this would be analogous to fixing the warning light of one’s car. When the cause of an illness is addressed, the symptoms leave as well.

Treat the Whole Person (Tolle Totem)
A patient is unique in his life experiences as well as his genetics, therefore, disease manifests differently for each individual. Each has his unique complex of physical, emotional, and mental interactions. These interactions out of balance determine one’s susceptibility to disease and ability to relinquish it. In order to balance these interactions, the individual should have his appropriate medicine.

Preventative Medicine (Prevenir)
If we take responsibility for our life situations, lifestyles, habits, and patterns, we can begin to recognize imbalances and then work to change them for the better. We can prevent minor illnesses from developing into more serious or chronic degenerative diseases.

Physician as Teacher (Docere)
Naturopathic physicians educate their patients about their bodies and how to live healthy lifestyles. Disease not only encourages our innate healing abilities, but also allows us to open up and accept the help and love of others. When this interaction takes place, healing occurs. Then we can share the experience and compassion and catalyze the healing process in others.

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About Allied Health

June 19, 2008

What is Allied Health?

The two words “Allied Health” stand for the largest group of health care providers in the United States. Collectively, allied health professionals are over 3 million people strong and comprise more than 60 percent of the entire health care workforce. For our state of Texas, there are over 270,000 allied health professionals. In Texas for 2000-01, there were 12,841 allied health students enrolled and 6,913 graduates from 363 different programs representing 42 different professions.

American Eastern Institute
reports that Allied health professionals are those individuals involved in the identification, evaluation, treatment and prevention of diseases, injuries and conditions, while educating the public on prevention, wellness and self-management for healthy lifestyles. According to the American Medical Association, there are 52 verifiable disciplines in allied health.