(Closed) Naturopathic doctor vs general practioner?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
10571 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Some of the stuff NDs practice is reasonable.  Some of it absolutely does not work and can be harmful.  If you’re really stuck, having an ND is better than no doctor, but educate yourself about alternative medicine regarding what is utter garbage (ie. homeopathy).  There are always walk in clinics if your ND isn’t helpful for a particular problem or it’s something beyond them.  I’m unsure if a ND is able to give a referral to a specialist if you need one, maybe look into that.


I’ve heard of nurses acting as a primary care provider in Canada.  I forget where it was based out of.  They work under doctors though, I would be more comfortable with that than an ND.

Post # 5
1576 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My chiropractor and my naturopath are my primary health care providers. I only go to a DO or MD if they refer me to one. All I can say is that I vastly prefer alternative health therapies and it’s been that way for the past 3 decades. I am way healthier than most folks my age. I take no OTC or big pharma drugs and have no major health issues.

By The Way, I am a tremendous fan of homeopathy. It is our primary treatment for all the cats at the sanctuary as well as for ourselves. It is the world’s number one form of health care. Unfortunately it does require someone truly knowledgeable to prescribe the correct remedy (-ies). Homeopathy has cured ringworm, URIs, UTIs, post-surgerical infections, eye conditions and other aliments in the cats (and there is no such thing as a placebo effect with them) and for me – a MRSA when 5 antibiotics did nothing. I routinely use a homeopathic dewormer for the kitties and it works beautifully.


Post # 6
10571 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@babybluz:  Good luck with the referral!  Hopefully you’ll have a doctor soon.

@KT808: The placebo effect does work in cats.  There’s a reason why double blind studies are used.

http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/ Is a pretty informative site (but unfortunately won’t help any Canadians get a family doctor).

Post # 7
7339 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I work for a natural supplement company, metagenics canada and I do take their products and have my regular doctor and a ND. I have no complaints and no problems either.

Post # 8
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I do and I’m going to school to become an licensed ND! Make SURE you’re ND is licensed, though. Some aren’t due to state regulations. 

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