Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Naturopathic, a strange sounding word combining the phrases nature and pathic meaning the study of medical conditions. A good attempt to describe a complex system of healing principles and practices that has revolutionized health care around the country.
The first Naturopathic Doctor (he coined the phrase) began his practice in New York over 100 years ago treating a variety of patients with water or hydrotherapy as it is called which he had learned in Germany. The profession continued to grow with licensure and schools in many states until the 1930s when penicillin and steroids changed medicine into the drug oriented medical system which still haunts us today.
Modern Naturopathic Doctors owe much to the early pioneers who continued to help people learn tools to prevent disease and the benefits of gentle natural methods such as Nutrition, Herbal Therapies, Homeopathy, Hydrotherapy, and many others. Over 100 years later our current doctors are still pioneers in medicine with new treatments given in new ways such as collaborating in the hospital setting and working with insurance companies to change their billing methods to respect the in-depth preventative approach of Naturopathic Medicine (which reduces health care costs for everyone).
It has been inspiring to witness the development of my profession over the past eight years. With more practicing doctors and schools, more patients willing to take responsibility for their health, more money for research into natural therapies, the future of medicine as a whole has the promise to become more diverse yet integrated, more advanced yet simple, more responsive yet affordable, and more human than ever before.
"The Heart of Healing" column, on The LOHASIAN, will educate readers about Naturopathic Medicine and introduce them to powerful natural methods of healing. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you on the subject, and receiving your comments and questions in the months to come.
Wishing you, and your family, much happiness and good health in the New Year.
Christopher Fischer is a Naturpathic Physician and is the President of Natural Health Specialist in East Northport New York. He received his Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University.
Christopher regularly collaborates with traditional healthcare providers to assure for continuity of care. He has also has worked extensively in various therapeutic capacities in traditional medical settings including; the Swedish Hospital in Ballard WA, Saint John's Hospital in Smithtown New York and South Oaks Hospital in Amityville New York.
He frequently lectures on Naturopathic Medicine and natural healing, and has been a contributing expert for American Spa Magazine, Creations Magazine, The Northport Observer as well as the Natural Health Show on METRO TV (NY). He is the proud father of two boys and resides in East Northport New York.