In 2014, the United States Senate passed a resolution designating Naturopathic Medicine Week, urging Americans to learn more about this branch of healthcare. The following facts outline the clear need for the expansion of Alternative Medicine:
70 percent of people in the United States experience symptoms of stress, and stress can contribute to the development of major illnesses, such as obesity, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, depression, and diabetes. These chronic health conditions are among the most common, costly, and preventable health conditions. In the United States, more than 75 percent of health care costs are due to preventable chronic illnesses, including high blood pressure (affecting 88,000,000 people), and diabetes (affecting 26,000,000 people).
Naturopathic medicine provides noninvasive, holistic treatments that support the inherent self-healing capacity of the human body and that encourage self-responsibility in health care.
Naturopathic medicine focuses on patient-centered care, the prevention of chronic illnesses, and early intervention in the treatment of chronic illnesses, and therefore has the potential to dramatically cut health care costs in the United States.
The Affordable Care Act includes language requiring that insurance companies "shall not discriminate" against any health provider with a state-recognized license. That includes licensed naturopathic physicians.
To be continued...