Dr. Jason Schnieder
Medicine Hat's Only Naturopathic Doctor
Compliments of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND)
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The Naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body and unfavourable lifestyle habits. Naturopathic medicine emphasizes disease as a process rather than as an entity.
Treating both acute and chronic conditions, Naturopathic treatments are chosen based on the individual patient – their physiological, structural, psychological, social, spiritual, environment and lifestyle factors. In addition to diet and lifestyle changes, natural therapies including botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, Naturopathic manipulation and traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, may also be used during treatments.
In Canada, the Naturopathic medical profession’s infrastructure includes accredited educational institutions, professional licensing, national standards of practice, participation in many federal health committee initiatives, and a commitment to state-of-the-art scientific research.
Naturopathic medicine treats all forms of health concerns -- from pediatric to geriatric, from irritating systems to chronic illness and from the physical to the psychological. It is the approach, philosophy and training of naturopathic doctors that sets it apart from other forms of health care.
Today, more people than ever before are seeking and benefiting from Naturopathic medical care and the number of Naturopathic Doctors is growing at record rates to accommodate this increased demand. Currently there are Naturopathic Doctors practicing in every province and territory in Canada. The more than 1,875 Naturopathic Doctors across the country continue to be an emerging answer to Canada's health care concerns.
Naturopathic Doctors are experiencing greater recognition as health care practitioners and as experts in the field of natural and preventive medicine. They provide leadership in natural medical research and enjoy increasing political influence. Positions for Naturopathic Doctors are opening up in hospitals, multi-disciplinary clinics and specialized health centres across Canada.
In this new century, the Naturopathic profession finds itself well positioned in health care. With more and more research supporting the therapies used by Naturopathic Doctors, the public demand for greater choice and increased access to more natural approaches to health care, Naturopathic medicine is poised to make the transition from "alternative" medicine to "mainstream" medicine.