By Emily Dickerson, ND
Recently I have been enjoying the book Disease Delusion by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, PhD. Dr. Bland is a widely known and respected researcher and lecturer, and the founder of the Institute for functional medicine. He has both taught and been on the Board of Trustees at my alma mater, Bastyr University. He is a huge advocate for the integration of natural and conventional medicine, and sees it as the future of healthcare. This book outlines this perspective and is a good reminder of why we do what we do as naturopathic doctors. Naturopathic medicine, similarly known as “functional medicine” in the conventional medical world, addresses the root cause of disease, rather than treating the symptoms. This approach to medicine helps patients to avoid polypharmacy, which often results when medications are prescribed to treat side effects of other medications.
The difference between naturopathic and conventional medicine has been evident to me during my first year of conventional medical school. Both naturopathic and conventional medicine have the patient’s best interest in mind, both have the same scientific background, but the approach to healthcare is innately different. If you are interested in learning more about the unique approach to healthcare of naturopathic doctors and functional medicine providers, and to learn more about the possibilities for improved health through this type of medicine, I recommend that you read or listen to this excellent book. You can also schedule an appointment to discuss your treatment options. I have this book both in both audio and hardcover forms. Available as a free 1st download in audiobook format on audible.com!
Dr. Dickerson is available monthly in office at Boise Natural Health and via telemedicine appointments. Appointments available also call Boise Natural Health at (208)338-0405 to schedule.