What is Naturopathy?
is a philosophy which encompasses a view of life, a model for living a
full life. The word naturopathy is a Latin-Greek hybrid which can be
defined as ‘being close to or benefiting from
nature.’” — Stewart Mitchell, Naturopathy:
Understanding the Healing Power of Nature
A traditional, classical naturopath specializes in wellness. That is to
say, teaching clients how applying natural lifestyle approaches can act
to facilitate the body’s own natural healing and health
building potential. The traditional naturopath does not
undertake to "diagnose" or "treat diseases," but rather recognizes that
the majority of sub-health conditions are cumulative lifestyle effects,
and that the underlying cause of what we call "disease" (or,
"dis-ease") is improper diet, unhealthy habits, and environmental
factors which cause biological imbalances leading to a weakening of the
bodies’ natural defenses and subsequent breakdown in health.
The practice of Traditional Naturopathy is not
considered the practice of medicine and is currently legal in all 50
The practice of Traditional Naturopathy is recognized as a common
occupation at the Federal level (U.S. Congress 1928, 1929, 1930 and 30
Federal Court rulings between 1958 and 1978) and as such it
is a profession protected under the 14th and 9th Amendments of the U.S.
Constitution. Several states have also made this stipulation either by
statute or in the Courts.
All disease (dis-ease) is a "lack of ease" or lack of homeostasis in
the body. What Allopathic (medical) doctors call diseases are
only symptoms of a greater underlying problem. Disease is nothing more
than a manifestation of our bodies trying to correct imbalances. These
Imbalances are due to faulty nutritional patterns, improper rest,
stress management and other lifestyle considerations which over time
can result in a weakening of the body. By the time disease appears on
the scene it is very late in the game!
Our body tells us early on when there is a problem and we can either
respond to these "messages" or try to suppress the symptoms the body
uses to tell us there is a problem. You can take
Tylenol, or other drugs, to suppress the symptoms and they will help
for a while but, unless the underlying problem is corrected, eventually
the symptoms will no longer be suppressed by these drugs and one will
need to take stronger and stronger drugs to quiet the body’s
Eventually, if the underlying problem has not been addressed, the body
will begin to break down structurally. It is at this time modern
medicine is finally capable of diagnosing something is really wrong and
offer interventions to fix the structure, but still medical doctors
fail to address the underlying problem.
Naturopathy concentrates on identifying destructive aspects of the
lifestyle in the early phases, when lifestyle changes can occur to
bring long-term benefit. Before symptoms manifest and long
before a diagnosis can be rendered, these destructive aspects of our
lifestyle can be identified and corrected. Once corrected, the body
automatically begins to correct itself. Diagnosing disease and illness
is totally unnecessary to correcting the underlying problems which
result in disease and illness.
A true healer does not waste his time concentrating on naming diseases
but rather on identifying those underlying factors, which if not
addressed, will eventually result in the manifestation of disease and
illness. These factors can be identified and corrected long before it
is even possible to make any diagnosis. Even after a diagnosis is made,
the same concepts of healing used by Traditional Naturopaths are
equally effective, because once balance is restored the body
automatically heals itself!