Naturopaths in Ontario, also known as NDs, or Naturopathic Doctors are considered primary or adjunctive healthcare providers (depending on individualized health conditions) who must be registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO), the regulatory body in the province. All applicants intending to practice naturopathy in Ontario must graduate from an accredited Naturopathic School (4 year naturopathic program) and need to pass the entry-to-practice examinations (please note that a minimum of 3 years of university undergrad degree is required for entering a naturopathic school). NDs have holistic approaches to healthcare. Naturopathic program has a focus on learning natural medicine, such as lifestyle medicine, herbal medicine, clinical nutrition, and traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis. Also, NDs have studied basic biomedical science, which makes them capable to communicate with other healthcare professionals, and identify root causes of your symptoms. NDs have also studied general pharmacology, which gives them the ability to identify medications main indications and the most common side effects. NDs are aware about the interactions and contraindications between prescribed medications and dietary supplements as well. NDs can also interpret the result of basic diagnostic blood and urine test and imaging, and create an individualized treatment plan based on their interpretations and the result of naturopathic assessment. Please note that NDs and MDs (Medical doctor) have some distinct differences between their education and healthcare approaches.
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