Tony Koufos Path to Natural HealthNaturopathy

The Path to Natural Health | Tony Koufos, ND, CR, CI

Naturopathy is a system of therapies and treatment which relies exclusively on natural remedies, such as sunlight, air, water, supplemented with diet and therapies such as massage and Reflexology.

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Because Naturopathy is above all an approach to healthcare, there are many treatment modalities which can be employed. However, they are always applied in a way which works with the body's own healing efforts and are used in accordance with the principles of treatment previously specified. Treatments may primarily be concerned with the biochemical, structural or mental/emotional depending upon the nature of the problem.

Interview with Joseph Pizzoma

Wholesome and Holistic - Joseph is cofounder and trustee of the nation's foremost naturopathic college, Bastyr University.

Diane Guernsey from Town & Country Magazine interviewed Joseph Pizzorno, N.D., president emeritus, cofounder and trustee of Bastyr University, the nation's foremost naturopathic college, in Seattle.

T&C: What is naturopathy, and how does it differ from conventional medicine?

J.P.: In general, conventional medicine is the diagnosis and treatment of disease. With naturopathic medicine, we try to treat the underlying reasons that a person is sick, relying on the body's self-healing mechanisms rather than on drugs or surgery.

T&C: What does a naturopath's training consist of?

J.P.: The standard premedical courses in college, then four years of graduate study at an accredited naturopathic school such as those listed on We take conventional medical and diagnostic courses but also learn about nutrition, digestion and liver function. We study drugs, herbs, vitamins, diet, lifestyle factors, exercise and psychological counseling. After passing the board examination, a naturopathic doctor, or N.D., can practice. Some get postgraduate training in acupuncture or homeopathy.

T&C: What kinds of patients is naturopathy suited to?

J.P.: We see all ages and conditions. But we're not necessarily the only care provider. I see the ideal setup as conventional doctors and N.D.'s working together. I know nutrition really well, but not all the conventional drugs. A conventional physician knows drugs well, but not necessarily herbs.

T&C: What should a patient expect in a first-time visit?

J.P.: The N.D. will spend about an hour and a half with you and will require a lot of involvement from you. If I see a middle-aged, overweight guy who smokes, I won't say, "Your'e going to become a vegetarian and give up smoking tomorrow." I'll say, "Here's how I see things now, anh here's where I see them going. It'll take six months to a year." I'll recommend a whole-foods diet; he can consult, a Web site I helped create. I'll encourage exercise, especially strength training. The patient will keep a health diary, and we'll check his progress monthly.

T&C: Is naturopathy covered by insurance?

J.P.: It varies; check with your insurance company.

T&C: How can someone find a reputable naturopath?

J.P.: Check Web sites like, ask friends for referrals, and interview the N.D. Make sure he or she has attended an accredited school and is licensed. Thirteen states license N.D.'s, who also practice legally in several other states.

T&C: What caveats do you offer regarding naturopathy?

J.P.: If you're using conventional drugs with natural therapies, you need to know their potential interactions. Just because something's natural doesn't mean it's automatically safe.

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