Hello All! My name is Vitamin Ray, or Ray for short. This blog is only the very beginning of my long-term goal and conquest to help further educate more people about the extraordinary benefits of living a more natural and holistic lifestyle.
And what makes me the expert at this? Well, I’m not quite a true expert yet. However, I do practice what I preach and I am currently in naturopathic medical school. For those who don’t already know, naturopathic medical school is the third field of medicine that is legalized, board certified, accredited, and taught in North America. I’ll begin with the basics so you all can clearly know the differences.
Conventional medical school, which is also the most popular, is call Allopathic medicine. Students who attend these schools obtain a Medical Doctorate (or M.D.) and utilize pharmaceutical/drug therapy (i.e. pills and chemical-bases treatments) to aid in the treatment of diseases and ailments.
The next field, second most popular, is Osteopathic Medicine (aka Osteopathy). Osteopathic medical schools, also called D.O. schools, are the same as allopathic medical schools except the students learn an additional modality called Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (or OMM- a form of musculo-skeletal manipulation similar to chiropractics). When students graduate from this form of medical school they receive a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine and a D.O. title. Additionally, many D.O.s also tend to be more open-minded to alternative/complementary medicine and also recognize that the body can heal itself naturally.
The third field of medicine in North America, a close derivative of the oldest type of medicine, is called Naturopathic medicine or naturopathy. Naturopathy is the practice of using a natural, holistic approach to medicine. This form of medicine does not believe in using pharmaceuticals, drugs, or other chemical based therapies to aid the body in healing. In fact, naturopaths believe and understand that the human body can self-heal and the purpose of doctors is to help teach a patient to activate their own innate healing ability through the use of herbs, botanicals, vitamins, nutrition, exercise, massage/musculo-skeletal manipulation, and hydrotherapy to name a few.
As a student and patient of naturopathy, I want to share my experiences and wisdom with others in the world in hopes of teaching you all another alternative you can use for your health. Anyone can benefit from naturopathic medicine and it is often times much cheaper than allopathic and osteopathic medicine because you can use what nature has already laid before you as your medicine for self healing and sustenance.
Welcome to my naturopathic blog, and I encourage everyone to read my posts with an open mind and heart. And because education is strongly based in the exchange of information, please feel free to leave comments, questions, and anything else on your mind to contribute to the grand effort of expanding naturopathy. Thanks and Namaste 🙂