I’m often asked about the role of an Integrated Medicine Doctor and a Naturopath, and where a Health Coach is beneficial. There is much confusion over who should do what.
The media are all about conflict and there seems to be a great divide between professions. “Naturopaths should be safe and not mess with serious disease, doctors should do more nutrition, health coaches shouldn’t claim to cure disease”. I would like to see a change in the attitude and practice of for our patients sake.
So when Julie Parker editor of Inspired Coach magazine offered me the chance to write for health coach’s on this topic I was thrilled.
Each profession has a very different role you can read more about this in the full article here
I had a doctor friend message me recently about her experience with a naturopath, she was peeved. Her patient had presented and handed her a piece of paper with blood tests written on it, her naturopath had asked her to go to her doctor and have these tests ordered, without any letter or contact details. I shared with my friend that the practitioner may not feel they can safely communicate without negative criticism. She was surprised. I encouraged her to write to the Naturopath and start to open the channel of communication.
This seems easy and simple to me. Maybe working in both fields gives you insight into the understanding of each way of practice and more compassion for the challenges of each.
If two degree qualified registered health professionals are challenged, I understand why Health Coach’s are having trouble. I’ve listed a few simple templates for ways coaches can approach their local practitioners in a positive way.
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