Post # 1
I’m in Canada, and moved out of the city i lived in about 4 years ago. I’m kicking myself for giving up my family doctor, because I can’t find one out here. I’m even enrolled in a program with the government to help find one! It’s really that bad where i live.
I recently spoke to a friend who is seeing a naturopathic doctor, that provides most of the same services, yearly checkups, bloodwork etc, and many specialize in women specifically and fertility.
Just wondering if anyone sees a nathuropathic doctor (ND) as their primary care practioner, rather then an MD?
Post # 3
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 # 4
I’ll keep looking i guess. I called a friends family doctor to see if she was taking new patients, and she said “only upon referral from an existing patient”. Seriously? Perhaps i’ll get my friend to “refer” me as a last resort, just seems kind of silly.
Post # 5
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
@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
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
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.