When you think of naturopathic medicine, what comes to mind? Long-haired hippies dancing under the moonlight? A crooked backed witch bent over a cauldron? A white coated snake oil salesman?
Nothing at all?
From my experience, the most common reaction I get when I tell someone new that I'm a naturopathic doctor is "what?" or, the ever lovely, "huh?"
Let's face it. Most people have an idea of what functional medicine is. Most know about integrative medicine. Most people even have an idea (however vague) of what holistic medicine is, but no one has a clue about naturopathic medicine.
If you don't have an idea of what naturopathic medicine is, I won't go over the amazingness of it in this post since I've already done it here, but I will give you 6 ways naturopathic medicine will change the way you approach life for good.
1: Naturopathic Medicine Helps You Realize Your Responsibility
Everyone likes to feel powerful but not everyone wants to shoulder the responsibility needed to feel empowered.
Naturopathic medicine changes that mindset.
When you see a naturopathic doctor, you're going to rapidly realize that there is no quick fix to long lasting health.
Naturopathic medicine is active medicine. Your naturopathic doctor will require you to make changes that will directly impact your health.
You soon realize that no one, not your doctor, or your boss, or your insurance company, or even your mother (unless you're a minor), but you is in charge of your health.
You begin to understand that your naturopathic doctor is a partner who works with you to get you feeling your best, not the one responsible for your well being.
Realizing that you have the responsibility to get yourself healthy makes you feel empowered.
2: When You See That it's up to You, You Become Empowered
When you realize that you have power over your health, you begin to extend that mindset to other areas of your life.
You don't make enough money? You ask for a raise.
You miss your family?
You tell your boss that you're cutting back on the hours spent at work.
You don't like the way a new relationship is going? You cut it off with no regrets.
You begin to stand up for yourself and make your mark on the world. Your confidence soars as you see yourself as a valuable member of society.
All this thanks to naturopathic medicine!
3: With Empowerment, You Gain Back Your Confidence
Nothing gives your confidence a beating quite like being unhealthy.
You hate the way you look in the mirror.
You feel so bad that you've forgotten how it feels to feel good. Or worse: you feel so bad that you've forgotten how bad you feel!
Naturopathic medicine changes that.
You start feeling good, and with every pound dropped, every inch lost, you start gaining back your confidence.
You no longer glance away when you past mirrors or excuse yourself from family photos.
No more missing out when it comes to playing with the kids at the park and no more Sunday afternoon's spent glued to the couch because your knees hurt too much to move.
You finally look the way you feel and you feel alive and you can't wait to experience the world!
4: Your Confidence Leads You to New Experiences
I know someone who has spent his whole life watching television.
This person has very little life experiences in the real world but thinks that since he's seen it on tv, then he has experienced it in "real life".
With naturopathic medicine, this way of thinking disappears forever.
Once your confidence reaches new heights you'll find yourself jumping headfirst into all of the things you wanted to experience but was too tired to try.
What to try that new restaurant downtown? Come Saturday night, you're there! As an added bonus, you even remembered to make reservations weeks ahead of time.
You want to hike on the trail that was always a little too rough for you before? You're the first one at the top of the mountain.
You find that there's so much more to life than just watching someone else's on a television screen.
You start living life on your own terms!
5: Your New Experiences Start Shaping Your View of Yourself
You were always the shy fat kid in the corner of the lunch room in high school.
Or maybe you were the jock who had peaked in high school and let himself go. Maybe you were the nerd, or the goth, the cheerleader, or the class president.
It doesn't matter.
What matters is that you're perception of yourself has been shaped by your health, or lack of it.
With naturopathic medicine, you begin to see who you really are.
Your new experiences help you realize that maybe you do like sky diving or maybe you don't like wine as much as you thought you did.
You no longer see yourself as what you once were or weren't but you start to see yourself as you truly are, faults and all.
Once you see who you truly are, you can strive to become who you want to be.
6: You Begin Working Towards a Higher Goal
When you have the clarity of mind to see yourself for who you really are, chances are you're going to want to change a few things.
Naturopathic medicine helps you do that!
At this point, you've done the work to get healthy mentally, physically, and spiritually so now you strive to be your best self possible.
You've established healthy eating habits, stress reduction techniques, sleeping hours, and an exercise routine but now you take it further.
As you strive to be your best, you realize that life isn't just about you and your happiness but about how much you can give to others.
You start to reach out to others in your community and make a difference.
You find your purpose in changing the world for the better.
And all of this just because you chose to see a naturopathic doctor.
Of course, you may not believe me after reading this post and that’s ok.
But if you’re ready to make a change and see just how different your life can be, go ahead and contact your local naturopathic doctor.
You won’t regret it!
Have you considered seeing a ND before? What convinced you to either see one or not? Let me know in the comments!