As a naturopathic physician believes the path to healing isn’t one single road. The spectrum comprises for more than fasting nutrition, water and exercise; it includes natural healing practices such as prevention, treatment, and healing practices like homeopathy, acupuncture and herbal medicine.
NDs simply believe the body has the inherit ability to maintain and restore its own health.
All the doctors at WHWG are graduates of the National College of Natural medicine located in Portland, Oregon. NCNM is also a school of classic Chinese medicine and one of only five accredited naturopathic schools in the US.
Providers of Naturopathy
Osteopathy is one form of drug-free non-invasive manual medicine that focuses on the whole body’s health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework that includes the muscles, joints and the spine. Its aim is to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.
For those of you who are unaware, there are two equivalent medical degrees in the United States. Medical Doctors (MD) and Doctors of Osteopathy (DO).
If the idea of the relationship of structure and function sounds familiar to you, it’s because you have most likely heard it before from Chiropractors. Not too surprisingly both the Osteopathic and Chiropractic professions began about the same time. The difference is that Osteopathic physicians continued broader medical training as well as learning to use their hands to diagnose and treat the conditions they found.
Today both DOs and MDs work side by side in hospitals, operating rooms, clinics, and private practices. A move is underway to combine their residency (specialist) training to make the most out of our limited medical resources. Since all physicians are encouraged to select a specialty, most do, and many of them, including the DOs, become very focused on their specialty areas and don’t use the hands on skills they were taught in school. That’s okay. Most Dermatologists don’t treat back pain and most OMT specialists don’t prescribe chemotherapy. There are those of us that choose to specialize in the Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment or OMT and some Primary Care DOs mix it in with their daily patient schedules as time allows. As a profession, they all chose to become physicians and healers and we all have our strengths.
Providers of Osteopathy