I think you might be the first doctor of naturopathic medicine that we've had on the show. I could be wrong. But okay first I guess for listeners like what and I'm just curious what is a doctor of naturopathic medicine like what distinguishes that credential from medical doctor? For example, well, yeah, we're
primary care physicians that have been been trained in the use of non drug therapies. We're also able to prescribe prescription drugs if needed. But we would rather utilize nutrition dietary supplements lifestyle modification psychology and other non drug therapies, preferentially, and I myself and and licensed in the state of Washington and Arizona and there are nature pads in Most states in the in the country and if people want more information they can go to Nature of Pathak dot-org. That's
so cool. Yeah, I love the the preferential, you know choice to use natural means of treating symptoms without placing a stigma on pharmaceutical drugs. I think it's always a great first line of defense to to look into your diet and lifestyle. It's just like it's something that just is very, you know makes a lot of intuitive sense to me. Absolutely and if you think about
it, the best medicine is the medicine Addresses the underlying cause and you know, we don't become depressed because we're deficient deficient and Prozac. We don't get a headache because we need Aspirin and we don't have arthritis because we're deficient in ibuprofen. So what nature Pathak positions try to do is determine the underlying factors that are contributing to a symptom and then address those symptoms through utilizing these safe and effective natural therapies.
It sounds a lot like functional medicine. Osen is that is the exact number of functional
medicine is kind of an offshoot. It was a term coined by by Jeffrey Bland and Jeffrey was on the board of directors with me at it Bastyr for many years and bestir is where I went to school and then became a faculty member and now a serve on the Board of Regents so
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