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In response to the question of whether this change in law will make ND's less "Natural" or unique, I would like to make a comparison. Currently, I feel that ND's have essentially been asked to practice primary care medicine with one hand tied behind our backs. When the best approach may require a medication that is not on our formulary, we have to either send to patient to a MD, or find the 2nd best alternative. While I do prescribe medications when warranted, I do this approximately 20 times a year. My forte is using the plethora of naturopathic therapies which work incredibly well to prompt innate healing mechanisms in the patient. This will not change when my prescriptive rights expand.
In response to the question of training, the ND program allows and encourages students to do a portion of our clinical training with MDs and DOs, therefore we do receive a wide range of clinical experience, not necessarily only with NDs.
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