redlipsmiles asked: I always get asked this question and was wondering how you'd answer it :) Why study naturopathic medicine when you can study allopathic medicine?
I do get this question all the time, especially since I initially did apply to allopathic schools and withdrew my application. Here’s what I tell ‘em:
- Philosophically, I disagree with the allopathic model of care. We’re not cars, you can’t just change parts and add engine cleaners to keep a person well. People-mechanics is a huge failing in the conventional system. Patients are a whole package, their social lives, their spiritual lives, their physical lives, and you can’t separate those out. The naturopathic philosophy is a much more effective practice of health and relating to people.
- I value spending time with patients. 5 minutes isn’t enough. 20 minutes isn’t enough. The allopathic model has little to no room for interpersonal connection in a real way.
- Pharmaceutical therapy is broken. If I see one more 7 month old on zantac because of common food allergies, I swear… But conventional medicine really has nothing else to work with. They don’t learn functional medicine (unless they do a postgrad certificate in it). The drugs are great past a certain point or for certain people, but if the only thing you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail. I value having more options at my fingertips
- Naturopathic medicine is more affordable for patients, especially if you teach patients how to recognize and grow medicine themselves. Our focus on preventative care saves millions of dollars
- I had no desire to be a specialist. Family practice forever! Two years of nothing but rotating in primary care is going to give me a great understanding of primary care.
- My midwifery certificate requires me to have 100 births before I’m a primary provider for midwifery care. 100. Do you realize how many more that is than conventional medicine? I’m going to be more experienced than a 2nd year family practice resident before I even get started.
- I believe in this medicine. I’m using naturopathic protocols to reign in my heart dysrhythmias. I use it to treat my baby’s colds. The range of things you can do with this medicine is incredible.
- Plus, did I mention that I still learn pharmaceuticals and have a full prescriptive formulary in the states that I want to practice in?
- So really…with all that, why would I even want to study allopathic medicine? Naturopathic medicine can do so much more.
descant says these things so well.