Dr. Rick L. Lee, N.D.
Original Healing Ltd
A Word from the Director:
“Natures way of healing pathological conditions - Nature-o-pathy"
Naturopathy is the original healing art and all other natural healing disciplines, i.e. chiropractic, massage therapy, homeopathic, etc.. are an out growth. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 80 percent of people rely on herbal medicines (Louise Tenney, The Encyclopedia of Nature Remedies). Today, science has provided the answers as to why herbs, which contain chemicals (natural) can heal and even cure disease. With so many people still using, relying on herbal medicines, why is Naturopathic services not a billable health care discipline in the Cayman Islands, according to the Health Insurance law (2013 Revised)? While I agree that nothing in nature should be patent, i.e. herbs, vitamins and minerals; the services that I provide that are billable to a ICD 10 code ( International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD), a medical classification list by the World Health Organization (WHO), i.e. office visit, consultations, exams, etc, should be legally billable. This is a issue each of you should address with your local Representative.
Have you noticed that doctors, especially the younger one are going back to school, in this case Naturopathic school to become both a medical doctor and naturopathic doctor, with the designation of N.M.D. Have you also notice new branches of allopathic medicine like integrative medicine, functional medicine, etc... If you would look closely at the definition of these disciplines, you will discover that they state the same definition and philosophy of Naturopathic medicine. For example Functional Medicine states: "Clinicians Define Functional Medicine and its Impact on Patient Outcomes. Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual." At the end of the day, they still prescribe prescription drugs. This is the definition, philosophy and approach of Naturopathic medicine from its inception. A Naturopathic doctor can be trained to the same qualifications as a General Practitioner medical doctor. With the major exceptions of most medical doctors take pharmacology and not nutrition in medical school, while nutrition is the foundation of health and health restoration. While a Naturopathic doctor has to achieve a minimum of a Master Degree in nutrition to graduate.
It is because Naturopathic medicine works and the fact that people are tired of being sick and the negative side effects of prescription drugs that medical doctors are becoming Naturopathic Medical Doctors, without saying that they are. If you are a general practitioner medical doctor, I understand the concern. I am here, Naturopathy is here and it is up to you the public to voice your concern for a level playing field or you may one day soon lose this most precious gift of the healing arts.