Health & Fitness

Naturopath vs doctor

Health & Fitness

Posted by: Darren31985665

18th Apr 2022 07:25pm

Who would you visit for minor health issues and advice about health a naturopath or doctor and why, given doctors don’t study nutrition in depth

Comments 5

AdelaideM
  • 18th May 2022 11:20am

I would go to a doctor as a first call, and then research alternative options to treat the symptoms.
People seem to think that if a doctor says to do something you absolutely have to. You don't.
A doctor can tell you if it's something that could be more serious, and therefore recommend tests, whereas a naturopath won't be able to do that. It could be something as simple as being a bit itchy "down there", so a naturopath recommends to avoid yeast products. Meanwhile you have an STI and end up infertile when literally a simple test could have shown you what was wrong.
Plus, if you've got a minor health issue, it could be something completely unrelated to food, so nutrition may not be relevant anyway - and if it is, they should refer you to one.
Alternatively, my GP has also studied acupuncture, so if she thinks it's genuinely something mild that can be fixed, she'd just refer me to an alternative health practitioner anyway.

Prad
  • 13th May 2022 07:41pm

The goal of naturopathic medicine is to treat the whole person -- that means mind, body, and spirit. It also aims to heal the root causes of an illness -- not just stop the symptoms. A naturopathic doctor may spend 1 to 2 hours examining you.

While doctors look for quick fix and want to treat for the symptoms. So it depends on what is you health issues and how may affect it in upcoming days. Nevertheless no issues is minor in your health.

We have to decide ourselves in right time. Someone has truly said, "PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE".

Prad
  • 13th May 2022 07:41pm

The goal of naturopathic medicine is to treat the whole person -- that means mind, body, and spirit. It also aims to heal the root causes of an illness -- not just stop the symptoms. A naturopathic doctor may spend 1 to 2 hours examining you.

While doctors look for quick fix and want to treat for the symptoms. So it depends on what is you health issues and how may affect it in upcoming days. Nevertheless no issues is minor in your health.

We have to decide ourselves in right time. Someone has truly said, "PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE".

jtmorri
  • 30th Apr 2022 06:15pm

I wouldn't use either. Your everyday mainstream medicine GP is useless, disinterested and always looks for a quick fix rather than addressing the core of the problem and investigating.

If the minor health issue is nutrition related I wouldn't go to a naturopath as they are likely to be extreme with their approach, bias toward vegetarianism and possible dangerous supplementation with unregulated medications that could prove dangerous, toxic or interact with medication already taken.

If the approach you need is related to gut, digestion and hormones a gastroenterologist with a naturopathic approach would be useful, otherwise a dietician would be appropriate.

Avocado Green
  • 22nd Apr 2022 10:14pm

I would choose a dietitian. I like that they have a science background and still intervene in the most natural and wholesome way possible - through diet. From my experience, doctors tend to have a very broad knowledge but less depth in all areas. Naturopaths tend to study herbs in depth, and alternatives to medicine, but they don't actually often know diet and nutrition in depth! Nutritionists do nutrition basics. Dietitians are nutritionists with extra qualifications to intervene and change diet in medical cases. So that often have good medical understanding but then natural solutions for fixing the real underlying problems.

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