What is the training for a Naturopathic Doctor?

Naturopathic Doctors attend four-year post-graduate federally recognized and accredited medical schools and are trained in exactly the same medical sciences as MDs; however, NDs also take an additional 25 or so classes in natural medicine, such as: clinical nutrition, homeopathy, exercise therapeutics, botanical (herbal) medicine, and many others. Naturopathic Doctors are the only primary care providers clinically trained in both natural and conventional approaches to medicine.

Are Naturopathic Doctors recognized by the State of California and the Federal Government?  

Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are licensed and regulated by the State of California. There are approximately 700 licensed NDs in California. A Traditional Naturopath, who do not attend medical schools, cannot call themselves doctors or NDs in California.

To check to see if a Naturopathic Doctor is licensed in the State of California: https://www.breeze.ca.gov/

As for the U.S. Govenment, a bit of integrative medicine history was made in January 2012 when the U.S. Indian Health Service (IHS) announced that licensed naturopathic doctors, acupuncturists and chiropractors would be included in 2012 in the IHS’ student loan repayment programs.

What is the process for becoming a patient?

A prospective patient can call the office, 916.446.2591, and schedule a FREE 15 minute confidential telephone conversation with Dr. Godby to ask about their health condition and how/if naturopathic medicine can be of help. However, if the patient is ready to schedule the appointment, without the 15 minute appt., he or she can call the office, and the staff will schedule the 60 or 90 minute new patient appointment and explain all details. The patient will download patient intake forms from the website or the staff can mail. The intake forms take about an hour to fill out, if done properly. To get best results from the medical appointments, it is critical that every question, and every signature be filled out with care, before the scheduled appointment begins.

How do naturopathic doctors, specifically Dr. Godby, diagnose and treat?

Dr. Godby uses a wide variety of tools to assess and diagnose the patient’s dis-ease, including, but not limited to: blood chemistry, urinalysis; urine: organic acids and neureotransmitters; saliva: hormones; stool: digestive issues and intestinal microbes; and hundred of other laboratory tests; vitals; symptoms; medical history; family history; lifestyle: nutrition, exercise, managing stress, relationships. Dr. Godby listens intently and intuitively, and seeks to build relationships of trust with every patient. Dr. Godby treats with: exercise, attitude adjustment, stress management, bioidentical hormones, nutritional supplements, hydrotherapy, a sense of humor, counseling, and any other treatment strategy that will help the patient move forward. Dr. Godby will refer to other practitioners when it is in the best interest of the patient.

Will I be able to prevent or overcome diabetes and abdominal weight gain?
The root cause of most, if not all type 2 diabetes, is the modern lifestyle. The good news is that because lifestyle is the primary cause of type 2 diabetes, and lifestyle can be changed, diabetes can be reversed with a healthy lifestyle.  The principles outlined in this book have helped Dr. Godby’s patients to prevent, treat, and even reverse diabetes, and this can include YOU. 

Could I have any problems if I follow the principles outlined in Dr. Godby’s program, if I am taking other medications and treatments from my medical doctor?
If you are a type 1 diabetic, insulin is required for your treatment. If you are a type 2 diabetic taking pharmaceutical drugs or insulin for diabetes, it is always wise to tell your doctor that you are following this program, because your medication/insulin will have to be lowered, or eliminated, because if you follow the principles outlined in this book, your blood sugar will begin to correct itself. It is essential that you are monitored by a physician for your diabetes; my suggestion is that you find a naturopathic doctor with diabetes training.

How long will it take before I start seeing the results on my blood sugar readings and I feel better?
When the principles outlined are followed correctly, results should be felt and seen, almost immediately. How fast you improve, depends on a variety of factors, but most of those factors are in your hands, so, to repeat, that is the Good News.

Will Dr. Godby’s system work with Metabolic Syndrome or Syndrome X?
Yes. Metabolic Syndrome is often the precursor to diabetes. Pre-diabetes, hypoglycemia, increased insulin secretion, Syndrome X, and type 2 diabetes can be seen as different facets of the same disease. The above-mentioned have the same underlying lifestyle, dietary, and genetic causes. What helps to prevent, reverse and treat diabetes will also reverse Metabolic Syndrome.

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