Licensed Naturopathic Doctor vs. Naturopath | What’s the difference?

Naturopathic medicine is a unique and distinct system of healthcare that emphasizes prevention and natural therapeutics. Although many healthcare providers.


Naturopathic medicine is a unique and
distinct system of healthcare that emphasizes prevention and natural
therapeutics. Although many healthcare providers practice this system there are
limitations on what they can do based on their education, training, and the laws of
the land. In this video I am going to show you the key differences between a
licensed naturopathic doctor and an unlicensed naturopathic practitioner.
Enjoy! Hello everybody, Dr. Bryan Dzvonick
here. If this is your first time watching my channel and you enjoy improving your
health and feeling great, make sure that you hit the subscribe button and click
the bell so that you stay notified of future videos. The main difference
between a licensed naturopathic doctor and an unlicensed naturopathic
practitioner is their training and education and what the law permits them
to do. As of the making of this video, 22 states, Washington DC, and US
territories such as Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands have
licensing and registration laws for naturopathic doctors. This means that in
those states and territories in order to practice medicine as a naturopathic
doctor, several criteria must be met. They must graduate from an accredited,
four-year residential naturopathic medical school and pass the National
postdoctoral board exam known as the NPLEX. After that, if an individual chooses
to practice in one of the 22 states or US territories they must apply for
licensure in that state or territory. Then they must adhere to the laws of the
governing body and engage in a specific number of hours of continuing education
each year to maintain their license. On the other hand, an unlicensed
naturopathic practitioner is usually someone who did not attend a four-year
accredited naturopathic medical school and did not pass the NPLEX
exam. These folks often have other medical training and attend
non-accredited natural health schools or they are educated from various seminars
and workshops. Although licensed naturopathic doctors
and unlicensed naturopathic practitioners often share the same
philosophies on patient care the diagnostic tests and the types of
therapies that they’re allowed to do vary. Since licensed naturopathic doctors
have standardized medical training they are able to offer a wider range of
diagnostic tests and therapies to their patients. As a patient you want a medical
provider who shares the same philosophies as you but more importantly
you want a medical provider who has all of the tools at their disposal to be
able to give you a diagnosis and treatment as quickly as possible
because if they don’t this could be harmful for your health. I’ll give you an
example: let’s say that you have a health condition and you go to see a
naturopathic practitioner who is unlicensed. They may provide some
guidance and give you some testing but if they are unable to order specific
tests or unable to order specific therapies you may not get the help that
you need and you may end up suffering the consequences. Whereas if you go to
see a licensed naturopathic doctor they have more tools and more diagnostic
tests that they can offer you which will give you better and safer outcomes. For
your safety and the safety of your family you should seek out a medical
provider who is trained properly and regulated by the state or the federal
government. There are several criteria to keep in
mind when you’re searching for a licensed naturopathic doctor. If you live
in one of the states or territories that licenses naturopathic doctors and I’ll
put a list down below in the description and I’ll keep it updated because as time
goes on, more and more states and territories are becoming licensed. But
anyways, if you live in one of those states then what you want to do is you
want to first make sure that the doctor you want to see has their license and
that it is in good standing. Most states have Consumer Affairs
websites that you could go on and check out to see if the practitioner is
licensed and that their license is in good standing. For example in the state
of California which is my state we have a website called Breeze where you could
go on and you can type in the practitioner’s name and then you can see
if their license is legitimate and if it is in good standing and if that’s the
case then that’s probably a good provider for you and you’re good to go.
If you live in one of the states or territories that do not provide
licensure for naturopathic doctors it can get a little bit confusing so what
you want to do in that situation is you want to find a naturopathic doctor who
did attend a four-year and graduated from a four-year accredited naturopathic
medical school and that they did in fact pass the NPLEX exam. So in order to know
this for sure you’d have to ask them. You could look at their
school certificate if they’ll show it to you which they should and then you would
just have to take their word for it that they did pass the NPLEX exam. In some
cases the naturopathic doctor practicing in an unlicensed state may have
previously practiced in a licensed state so they can also show you proof that
they have been licensed in another state as well. When it comes to your health
safety is paramount. Laws are enacted and enforced to protect your safety so
medical professionals should have your safety in mind while they are trying to
help you to feel better. In my opinion, working with a licensed naturopathic
doctor is safer for you than working with an
unlicensed naturopathic practitioner so it’s up to you to be an informed
consumer. I hope this information helped you because this could be very confusing
for people who don’t know the difference between a licensed naturopathic doctor
and an unlicensed naturopathic practitioner. If you have any questions
I’m happy to answer, just leave them down in the comments below.
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