Burning question: what is the DIFFERENCE between an N.D or N.M.D and a M.D?
So I have had many people ask me “what is the difference between a N.D or N.M.D and a M.D.” Well let me me tell you…
To get our teeth straight into this burning question, the simplest answer is that N.D is an abbreviation used to describe a Naturopathic Doctor or N.M.D Naturopathic Medical Doctor and M.D is a abbreviation used to describe a Medical Doctor (orthodox medicine).
Both N.D, N.M.D and M.D physicians practice the fundamentals of medicine and pharmacology as well as an in-depth study of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathologies (biomedicine and human science). Both undergo hundreds of clinical hours and rigorous licensed board examinations, case studies and many other assessment procedures. However, N.D or N.M.Ds can be considered holistically broader and generally hold appointments under private clinic settings as well as in hospitals, clinics and health centres.
That said, the only real major difference is the perception of how patients and their diseases or illnesses are considered while making his or her treatment much more effective by combining modern science and the power of nature. For example, in Naturopathic Medicine, according to the Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (ANP) and the Naturopathic Nutrition Association (nna) it is best practice for a N.D or a N.M.D to; a) consider the person or patient as a whole; and b) treat the cause, not just the symptom – basically, not be ready with a prescription pad at the first sight but more so by using tradition healing methods and practicing different principles as an alternative form of initial treatment.
On the contrary, orthodox medicine will primarily focus on the primary symptom and not the body as a whole. Having said that, patient appointments are also therefore, much shorter in duration to that of, lets say an initial consultation and follow up with a N.M.D.
An appointment with a general physician (GP) can be up to 5 minutes, 10 minutes if your pushing it, with a possible need for referring the patient to an alternative specialist or another appointment with weeks of waiting time. Where as, an initial consultation with an N.D or N.D.M is between 1 hour and 1 hour 45 minutes may be more if required without the need to refer the patient on.
The secondary difference is the testing procedures. Along with the usual homeostasis examinations which include blood tests etc and general test such as urine acid tests, x-rays and so forth; naturopathic medicine looks at alternative forms of analysis such as hair mineral analysis test (HMAT) and iridology to look into more obvious and overlooked matters with better precision and outcomes that could pin-point either the main issue and/or any other underlying issues, diseases, deficiencies, disorders and illness that are problematic to the patients wellbeing – which mind you, may even filter out the need for further tests – again focusing on the body and the individual as a whole and not just the symptom.
Some if not all naturopathic medical doctors and practitioners may also look at nutritional therapy by means of healing the body through food. Other therapies such as botanical medicine, herbs, acupuncture, homeopathy and many more may also be considered. The whole purpose of naturopathic medicine is to find a holistic way to heal the body in order to prevent major illnesses and diseases. As a naturopathic student working toward my Diploma in Naturopathic Medicine, Nutrition and Iridology I can verge for the benefits this can bring to the overall patient health.
I have high level of respect for M.Ds and orthodox medicine, this approach is great at times when it comes to saving lives but as they do say ‘prevention is better than cure’ and I am certainly a strong believer in that.
Tradition medicine channels do not have the resources to capture an in-depth analysis on the patient and some matters are completely overlooked such as thyroid issues as an example. Whereby, with all due respect the NHS is failing to offer any diagnostic testing for, let alone treatment.
The lack of resources in this field means that many patients especially women in this field will develop further issues and diseases as a result, such as osteoporosis and/or osteomalacia. Another example is how a simple magnesium therapy can help those suffering from cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure, which may even prevent the need for insertions of pacemakers. Matters like this unfortunately are just not openly discussed or offered via our national health channels.
There is certain gaps in traditional medicine that just can not be covered due to the lack of resources and pressures within our traditional health care and therefore, naturopathic medicine is now in more demand than ever before.
I would highly recommend visiting a N.D or N.D.M for an overall health check to see how they may be able to help you with your overall health issues and general well-being.
P.S. As part of my studies and training I will also be practicing clinical hours and will be seeking patients or clients interested. This will take place over in the new year and I will be announcing client appointments very soon on my website as well as social media so please stay tuned for those of you who may be interested, with special discounted prices available for initial appointments and follow ups, exclusively for my followers who would be interested.
I am hoping this blog will bring about more of an insight on this question and opens another portal to health care and alternative medicine. For any of you beautiful people that would like more information regarding this or the course and/or the academy that I am studying at then please leave a comment below or for those with a more personal and /or individual matter why not drop me an email via our ‘contact us’ page and I will for sure respond to your question as soon as I possibly can.
*** Keep an eye for our next blog where I will discuss what ‘colloidal silver’ is and how this may be a perfect natural alternative to antibiotics.
Association of Naturopathic Practitioners, 2018 (ANP); https://theanp.co.uk/What-is-Naturopathy
Naturopathic Nutrition Association, 2018 (nna); https://www.nna-uk.com/about/what-is-naturopathic-nutrition
College of Naturopathic Medicine and Nutrition, 2018 (CNM); https://www.naturopathy-uk.com/