Naturopathic doctors (ND) go to medical school for four to five years like conventional medical doctors, take similar board exams, and are held to the same diagnostic standards. What differentiates naturopathic doctors from other doctors is their principles. They search for the root cause rather than only treat the symptoms and treat the whole person rather than only specific, isolated areas. Naturopathic doctors are very knowledgeable in utilizing herbs and supplements, which tend to have less side effects than pharmaceutical prescriptions drugs; however, NDs can still prescribe pharmaceutical prescriptions as needed!
NDs are not only doctors; they are teachers. They provide information and guidance to you so you can decide what’s best for you. You can expect longer visits than you may be used to because of the depth of treatment.
Karen Appel is a primary care provider and regularly treats hormonal issues like polycystic ovarian disease, menopause, heavy menstrual cycles, PMS, low testosterone, low sex drive, acne, low energy, low moods. She also helps people with nutrition, as a high body weight can influence many conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and arthritis. Additionally, she gives injections (B12, B complex, magnesium, iron, etc.) and performs blood draws for lab testing including food allergy testing.