I had a great experience connecting with my profession and my alma mater recently. For medical school, I was a member of the very first class of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.
I was so moved when the president of my school asked me to be the keynote speaker at their 20th graduation and said I would be awarded an honorary doctorate degree in humane letters.
There were many times where I glossed over the fact that I am a Naturopathic Physician and just focused on the fact that I’m a physician simply because many are not familiar with it or may have incorrect assumptions.
Now that it’s been 20 years in the profession, I’m more proud of it than ever. Mind you there are many great medical doctors who now offer natural medicine under the guises of terms like integrative, functional, complementary, or holistic. Some are my closest friends and the best healers today.
Nonetheless, there is something unique about Naturopathic Physicians. We felt a calling towards the healing power of nature before entering medical school. It was not something we pursued after seeing the shortcomings of conventional medicine, but rather an integral part of our training from day one.
Our profession started in the late 1800’s. It’s early focus was on healing through wholesome and simple food, movement, fresh air, sunlight, herbal medicines, and achieving a healing mindset. We are now a global movement that has been refining these concepts ever since with the aid of modern science.
Those of you who are not working with a Naturopathic Physician, you may be missing out. You can find one near you by visiting: http://www.naturopathic.org/AF_MemberDirectory.asp?version=2.
Go in with high expectations and tell them Dr. C said hi!