This Week is National Naturopathic Medicine Week
U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution designating this week, Oct. 7 – Oct. 13, 2013 Naturopathic Medicine Week.
The resolution recognizes the value of naturopathic medicine in
providing safe, effective, and affordable health care and
encourages Americans to learn about the role of naturopathic physicians in preventing chronic and debilitating conditions.
According to Jud Richland, the American Association of Naturopathic Physician’s CEO:
Passage of this resolution is an historic achievement for naturopathic medicine. The Congress has now officially recognized the important role naturopathic medicine plays in effectively addressing the nation’s health care needs as well as in addressing the increasingly severe shortage of primary care physicians.
Whereas, in the United States, 75 percent of all health care spending is for the treatment of preventable chronic illnesses,
including high blood pressure, which affects 68,000,000 people in the United States, and diabetes, which affects 26,000,000 people in the United States;
such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and depression;
Whereas 70 percent of people in the United States experience physical or nonphysical symptoms of stress, which can contribute to chronic health conditions, such as high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes;
Whereas naturopathic medicine provides noninvasive, holistic treatments that support the inherent self-healing capacity of the human body and encourage self-responsibility in health care;
Whereas naturopathic medicine reduces health care costs because of its focus on patient-centered care, the prevention of chronic illnesses, and early intervention in the treatment of chronic illnesses;
Whereas naturopathic physicians attend 4-year, graduate level programs with rigorous admission requirements at institutions that are recognized by the Department of Education;
Whereas naturopathic physicians are especially skilled in treating chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, asthma, autoimmune disorders, and gastrointestinal disorders, because of their focus on whole-body medicine rather than symptom management;
Whereas naturopathic physicians are trained to refer patients to conventional physicians and specialists when necessary;
Whereas patients of naturopathic physicians report higher patient satisfaction and health improvement than patients of conventional medicine;
Whereas the profession of naturopathic medicine is dedicated to providing health care to underserved populations;
Whereas the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148; 124 Stat. 119) requires that insurers include and reimburse licensed health care providers, including naturopathic physicians, in health insurance plans:
Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate–
(1) designates the week of October 7 through October 13,
2013, as “Naturopathic Medicine Week”;
(2) recognizes the value of naturopathic medicine in
providing safe, effective, and affordable health care; and
(3) encourages the people of the United States to learn
about naturopathic medicine and the role that naturopathic
physicians play in preventing chronic and debilitating
illnesses and conditions.
Naturopathic Medicine: The Future of Medicine
Naturopathic practitioners are doctor level expert providers of natural medicine and increasingly are receiving deserved recognition as such. Naturopathic doctors also work in international medicine, public health, in medical research and as writers and teachers in the field.
10 Reasons Why Naturopathic Medicine Lowers Health Care Costs
1. Offers more treatment options. Naturopathic physicians provide consumers with a broader range of safe, cost effective care.
2. Offers less expensive treatment. Naturopathic treatments are inherently less expensive than those in conventional medicine and many naturopathic treatments incur no cost whatsoever.
3. Reduces need for expensive surgical procedures. Naturopathic physicians often suggest non-surgical options to patients, while referring for surgery when it is indicated.
4. Decreases prescription drug costs. Naturopathic physicians typically prescribe less expensive botanical or nutritional supplements to effectively care for medical problems.
5. Decreases in costs associated with drug prescriptions About two percent of drug prescriptions result in hospital admission. Adverse drug reactions may add as much as $5 billion annually to health care costs and are considered the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S. 100,000 people died in 2003 of adverse reactions from correctly prescribed pharmaceuticals.
6. Reduces the incidence of iatrogenic (doctor-induced) illnesses. As many as one-third of patients admitted to hospitals contract another illness while there, resulting in longer stays. Fatal pharmaceutical adverse reactions combined with iatrogenic fatalities are the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.
7. Lowers malpractice rates, resulting in reduced patient costs. Malpractice insurance rates are much lower for naturopathic physicians than they are for conventional doctors. Patients of naturopathic physicians do not have to absorb high malpractice costs.
8. Addresses the cause of illness thus eliminating expensive ongoing care. By addressing and treating the cause of disease, the need for repeated, expensive and often ineffective symptomatic treatment is eliminated. Naturopathic physicians use state-of-the-art diagnostic testing, thorough history and complete physical examination to diagnose underlying causes of disease.
9. Offers true disease prevention. Naturopathic physicians emphasize health-building practices, reducing the high future cost of preventable degenerative diseases.
10. Reduces insurance costs. Naturopathic medical billing is far lower per patient than conventional medical billing.
Dr. Cheryl Kasdorf, Naturopathic Medical Doctor
I have been licensed to practice Naturopathic Medicine since 1998. I have had the inclination to do things with the naturopathic philosophy all my life, even if I did not know how to explain it.
The first doctor I went to after I moved to Arizona in 1977 was a Naturopathic Physician. I have consulted other doctors from time to time, but always had a Naturopathic perspective.
I am excited to see the studies that show Naturopathic Medicine will save money and give higher quality of health care. I experience that every day in my practice.
No matter what the condition, there is always something that a Naturopathic perspective can provide in improving your quality of life – relieving pain, giving energy, improving digestion, elimination and sleep.
Please call me at 928-649-9234 to find out how I can help you.
For More Information:
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) www.naturopathic.org
Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association (AzNMA) www.aznma.org
Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC) www.aanmc.org
Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) www.cnme.org
Naturopathic Physicians Research Institute (NPRI) www.nprinstitute.org
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