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J Diet Suppl. 2011 Dec;8(4):369-77. doi: 10.3109/19390211.2011.623148.

Naturopathic physicians: holistic primary care and integrative medicine specialists.

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National College of Natural Medicine, Helfgott Research Institute, Portland, Oregon, OR 97201, USA. litchy818@yahoo.com

Abstract

The use of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is increasing in the United States; there is a need for physician level practitioners who possess extensive training in both CAM and conventional medicine. Naturopathic physicians possess training that allows integration of modern scientific knowledge and the age-old wisdom of natural healing techniques. Naturopathic philosophy provides a framework to implement CAM in concert with conventional therapies. The naturopathic physician's expertise in both conventional medicine and CAM allows a practice style that provides excellent care through employing conventional and CAM modalities while utilizing modern research and evidence-based medicine.

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22432775
DOI:
10.3109/19390211.2011.623148
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