According to the World Health Organization, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”
The correct bibliographic citation for the definition is:
Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, and 19-22 June, 1946; signed on 22 July 1946 by the representatives of 61 States (Official Records of the World Health Organization, no. 2, p. 100) and entered into force on 7 April 1948.
The Definition has not been amended since 1948.
According to the World Health organization the majority of chronic sub-health conditions are related to unhealthy lifestyle and nutrition.
The underlying cause of what we call “disease” (or, “dis-ease”) is a combination of improper eating, unhealthy habits, and environmental factors which cause biological imbalances leading to a weakening of the bodies’ natural defenses (immune system) and subsequent breakdown in health. The main focus of natural medicine practitioners help to find root causes of individual client health challenges and provide guidance to the client for change, to enable the body to harness its own healing abilities.
Traditional Natural Medicine Practitioners — combines multiple modalities with the goal of enhancing optimal health. Modalities include, but are not limited to techniques such as, herbal preparations, homeopathy (combination homeopathic preparations), energy medicine, ethno-medicine (medicine of various cultures), psycho-social-spiritual counseling, functional medicine, lifestyle management, addictions management, manual techniques, nutritional medicine, environmental medicine, and traditional non-toxic and non-patented allopathic preparations.
In practice traditional natural medicine practitioner may perform non-invasive assessment techniques such as pulse, tongue assessment, physical examinations as well as modern techniques such as non-invasive laboratory interpretation, nutritional and dietary assessments, metabolic analysis, and non-invasive allergy testing, traditional urine, saliva analysis, lives cell and dry blood cell analysis, hair mineral (lab interpretation) and other non-invasive assessment techniques.
Modern Naturopathic Medicine Doctors/Physicians are very similar to MD’s & D.O.’s but without the traditional medical license -however they do obtain a NPLEX; which is true verification of a REAL Naturopathic Doctor /Physician. Modern Naturopathic Medicine is only accredited if they are graduates from schools listed at http://www.aanmc.org
These examples are why the AANMC states the above: A Modern Naturopathic Medicine Physician/Doctor:
- Performs surgery
- Prescribes drugs
- Treats symptoms
- Uses invasive procedures
- Diagnoses and treats illness based upon conventional medical theories
- Aspires to become primary care physician — with shorter training than Medical Doctors, and are Not acknowledged by AMA
- Uses many allopathic diagnostic procedures including X-rays and electrocardiograms with only outpatient clinical training, which has less training than conventional medical programs
- Practices obstetrics including episiotomies without the extensive training required by medical doctors practicing obstetrics
- Practices Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Rheumatology without receiving post-graduate work as interns and residents.
- Is a system developed from traditional/true naturopathy but augmented, thereby interjecting portions of conventional medical techniques, as a result losing the original form of traditional naturopathy practice
- Competes with conventional medical doctor’s care
Modern Naturopathic Doctors and physicians seek the status of primary care physicians through licensure, and they mix naturopathic and allopathic medicine, without sufficient medical training, hospital experience, or trauma education.
Modern Naturopathic Doctors, physicians advocate diagnostic care, while traditional naturopaths/natural medicine (DNM/RNP), Doctors of Natural Medicine/Registered Naturotherapy Practitioners) emphasize "teaching" healthy lifestyle choices and disease prevention.