FAQ

Who is Aaron?

 

That’s a hard question to answer questions, but I added I think you’ll find some answers in the about me section of this webpage.

Anything you want me to add? Contact me and I will think about it. 😉

 

 

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What is AaronsWorld.com?

 

This site is a place for me to post my experiences about the world around me. I would like to add things when I have time and that I find interesting.

 

 

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Why?

 

Simply because I wanted to and sort of needed to have a place to put my experiences and photos in a published sort of way.

 

 

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Where?

 

I live in Washington state which is located in the Unites States of America. A map may be a useful tool if you still have any questions. For this I refer you to mapquest.

 

 

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When?

 

AaronsWorld was started in late 2006 but some may argue that it’s beginings go all the way back to my birth. LOL 😉

 

 

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How?

 

This site was built usiing a knowledge of html and javascript, as well as using a free program known as site studio to help me get an idea of what sort of content I wanted to add to my site as things progressed.

 

 

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What is Falconry?

 

Falconry is the Art and sport of training hawks and falcons to pursue and catch quarry.

 

 

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What is a Naturopathic Doctor?

 

Naturopathic physicians combine the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Steeped in traditional healing methods, principles and practices, naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. By using protocols that minimize the risk of harm, naturopathic physicians help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health. It is the naturopathic physician’s role to identify and remove barriers to good health by helping to create a healing internal and external environment.

Naturopathic physicians work in private practices, hospitals, clinics and community health centers. NDs practice throughout the United States and Canada. Qualified naturopathic physicians undergo rigorous training before they become licensed healthcare practitioners. Visit our Professional Education page to learn about naturopathic education.

NDs treat all medical conditions and can provide both individual and family healthcare. Among the most common ailments they treat are allergies, chronic pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, obesity, respiratory conditions, heart disease, fertility problems, menopause, adrenal fatigue, cancer, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. NDs can perform minor surgeries, such as removing cysts or stitching up superficial wounds. However, they do not practice major surgery. NDs are trained to utilize prescription drugs, although the emphasis of naturopathic medicine is the use of natural healing agents.

Your First Visit

A naturopathic physician will take time with you. During your first appointment, your doctor will take your health history, find out about your diet, stress levels, use of tobacco and alcohol, and discuss why you’re there. He or she may perform an examination and order diagnostic tests. Naturopathic physicians keep themselves up-to-date on the latest scientific research and incorporate this evidence into their treatments. The naturopathic physician will work with you to set up a customized health management strategy. If necessary, your doctor will refer you to other health care practitioners.

A first visit with a patient may last one to two hours and follow-up visits range from 30 to 60 minutes, although this varies depending on the ND. Naturopathic physicians need sufficient time to ask questions and understand the patient’s health goals. NDs also need time to gather information, do an appropriate examination and teach his or her patients about managing their condition and improving their health. An ND may also use diagnostic tests to fully understand their patient’s health status. Besides taking the time to carefully and fully assess a patient’s root problem, NDs speak and understand the language of conventional medicine. They can diagnose the way MDs do—yet, they bring to the patient a whole new arsenal of treatments and insights. Instead of waiting for a disease to emerge, NDs work to head it off before it happens.

 

 

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Current Naturopathic Medicine?

 

The past 30 years has seen an extraordinary increase in consumer demand for safe, effective and cost-effective natural healthcare. Naturopathic medicine has emerged as the health care profession best suited to meet this demand. Although it almost disappeared in the mid-twentieth century because of the popularity of drugs and surgery, naturopathic medicine now offers safe, effective natural therapies as a vital part of the health care systems of North America the twenty-first century.

Naturopathic physicians are trained in the art and science of natural healthcare at accredited medical colleges. Integrative partnerships between conventional medical doctors and licensed NDs are becoming more available. This cooperation makes more effective therapies available to consumers. It increases patient satisfaction in their relationships with their care providers. More people are recovering their health by adding naturopathic medicine to their health care options.

 

 

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What is Naturopathic Medicine?

 

Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) teach their patients to use diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and cutting edge natural therapies to enhance their bodies’ ability to ward off and combat disease. NDs view the patient as a complex, interrelated system (a whole person), not as a clogged artery or a tumor. Naturopathic physicians craft comprehensive treatment plans that blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to not only treat disease, but to also restore health.

Naturopathic physicians base their practice on six timeless principles founded on medical tradition and scientific evidence.

  • Let nature heal. Our bodies have such a powerful, innate instinct for self-healing. By finding and removing the barriers to this self-healing—such as poor diet or unhealthy habits—naturopathic physicians can nurture this process.
  • Identify and treat causes. Naturopathic physicians understand that symptoms will only return unless the root illness is addressed. Rather than cover up symptoms, they seek to find and treat the cause of these symptoms.
  • First, do no harm. Naturopathic physicians follow three precepts to ensure their patients’ safety:
    • Use low-risk procedures and healing compounds—such as dietary supplements, herbal extracts and homeopathy—with few or no side effects.
    • When possible, do not suppress symptoms, which are the body’s efforts to self-heal. For example, the body may cook up a fever in reaction to a bacterial infection. Fever creates an inhospitable environment for the harmful bacteria, thereby destroying it. Of course, the naturopathic physician would not allow the fever to get dangerously high.
    • Customize each diagnosis and treatment plan to fit each patient. We all heal in different ways and the naturopathic physician respects our differences.
  • Educate patients. Naturopathic medicine believes that doctors must be educators, as well as physicians. That’s why naturopathic physicians teach their patients how to eat, exercise, relax and nurture themselves physically and emotionally. They also encourage self-responsibility and work closely with each patient.
  • Treat the whole person. We each have a unique physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, sexual and spiritual makeup. The naturopathic physician knows that all these factors affect our health. That’s why he or she includes them in a carefully tailored treatment strategy.
  • Prevent illness. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” has never been truer. Proactive medicine saves money, pain, misery and lives. That’s why naturopathic physicians evaluate risk factors, heredity and vulnerability to disease. By getting treatment for greater wellness, we’re less likely to need treatment for future illness.

 

 

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Professional Education?

 

A licensed naturopathic physician (N.D.) attends a four-year graduate-level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an M.D., but also studies holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic physician is required to complete four years of training in clinical nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, and counseling (to encourage people to make lifestyle changes in support of their personal health). A naturopathic physician takes rigorous professional board exams so that he or she may be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care general practice physician. Please see the AANMC’s Professional Competency Profile for more information.

 

Additional information on naturopathic schools can be found on the American Association of Naturopathic Medical Colleges web site.

 

Organizations

 

American Association of Naturopathic Medical Colleges

The Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC) was established in Febrary 2001, to propel and foster the naturpathic medical profession by actively supporting the academic efforts of accredited and recognized schools of naturopathic medicine.

 

AANMC Member Schools:

 

 

BASTYR University

14500 Juanita Dr. NE, Kenmore, Washington 98028-4966

Phone: (425) 823-1300, Fax: (425) 823-6222

 

National College of Natural Medicine

049 SW Porter St., Portland, OR 97201

Phone: (503) 552-1555

 

National University of Health Sciences

200 East Roosevelt Road

Lombard, IL 60148

Phone: (630) 629-2000, Fax: (630) 889-6499

* Granted candidacy status from the CNME in March 2008

 

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine 

2140 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe, Arizona 85282

Phone: (480) 858-9100, Fax (480) 858.9116

 

University of Bridgeport – College of Naturopathic Medicine 

Health Science Center, 60 Lafayette Street, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604

Phone: (800) EXCEL UB ext. 4108

 

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

1255 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M2K 1E2

Phone: (416) 498-1255, Toll Free: 1-866-241-2266

 

Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine

Boucher Centre, 300-435 Columbia Street, New Westminster, British Columbia, V3L 5N8

Phone: 604-777-9981, Fax: 604-777-9982

 

The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education

P.O. Box 178

Great Barrington, MA 01230

Phone: 413-528-8877

Fax: 413-528-8880

President: Marcia Prenguber, ND

Executive Director: Daniel Seitz, JD, MAT

Email: staff@cnme.org 

 

The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education’s mission is quality assurance: serving the public by accrediting naturopathic medical education programs that voluntarily seek recognition that they meet or exceed CNME’s standards. Students and graduates of programs accredited or preaccredited (candidacy) by CNME are eligible to apply for the naturopathic licensing examinations administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE), and are generally eligible for state and provincial licensure in the U.S. and Canada.

 

Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination Board

P.O. Box 69657

Portland, OR 97201

Phone: (503) 250-9141

Phone: (416) 498-4255×227

President: Paul Sanders, PhD, ND

Executive Director: Christa Louise, MS, PhD

Email: christa@nabne.org 

 

The NPLEX (Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations) is the examination graduates of one of the approved naturopathic medical colleges must pass to be eligible for licensure in any of the 16 states or 5 provinces that license/register naturopathic physicians. The North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners is responsible for qualifying applicants to take the NPLEX, administering the NPLEX to examinees, and preparing and sending exam results and transcripts to licensing/regulatory authorities.

 

North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners

8948 SW Barbur Boulevard #157

Portland, OR 97219-4047

Phone: (503) 778-7990

President: James Spring, DC, ND.

Executive Director: Christa Louise, MS, PhD

Email: info@nabne.org 

 

The purpose of NABNE is to determine the qualifications of applicants to take the NPLEX, to administer the NPLEX to examinees, and to prepare and send exam results and transcripts to licensing/regulatory authorities. The institutions that regulate naturopathic medicine grant authority to NABNE to be the examining body for the naturopathic profession through their agreement to use the results of the NPLEX Examinations in their determination of the candidate’s eligibility for licensure (United States) or registration (Canada).

 

 

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