Simple: Naturopathic Physicians are the only doctors who are board-certified specialists in Natural Medicine by the Connecticut State Dept. of Health. This makes them best qualified to make Natural or Complementary Medicine recommendations in conjunction with or alternative to your conventional doctor’s therapies.
Furthermore, taking nutritional, botanical or medical advice from persons not appropriately trained can be unsafe. This is one reason why many medical doctors, and understandably so, are fearful about their patients using Natural Medicine. Laypersons giving advice aren’t aware of interactions between vitamins, herbs and drugs, don’t know which therapies are scientifically documented, and don’t know how to diagnose medical conditions. As a result, recommendations from laypersons can be harmful or potentially fatal. Without making a proper diagnosis, having a comprehensive understanding of pharmacology, botanical medicine, nutritional biochemistry and interactions between natural and conventional therapies, one cannot safely make recommendations about natural medicine. Again, Naturopathic Doctors are the only physicians trained in Conventional AND Natural Medicine, and board-certified as experts in Natural Medicine. They are best equipped to suggest when natural therapies are appropriate and safe for you.
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