In past centuries, acute infectious diseases like pneumonia, cholera, smallpox, measles, and diphtheria, were the leading causes of death globally. Public health efforts in sanitation and immunizations, even more than the discovery of antibiotics, profoundly changed Americans' health and increased life expectancy.
Today, nearly 80% of health care costs, morbidity and mortality result from chronic degenerative diseases that can be prevented, and in many cases, treated with Therapeutic Life Changes (TLC). TLC, the core of empowered patient care, focuses on clinical nutrition, exercise and stress management. Naturopathic physicians engage patients to improve health and reduce risk of disease through individualized diet and, when appropriate, nutritional supplementation. Naturopathic principles, particularly Tolle Causum (Identify the Cause), Tolle Totem (Treat the Whole Patient), Docere (Doctor as Teacher) and Prevenire (Practice Prevention) guide the instruction of and practice in clinical nutrition.
You’ll study pathology and clinical diagnosis, then dive deeper to understand the underlying causes of disease. You’ll be trained to understand each patient as an individual and employ individualized dietary approaches to fit your patients’ needs.