Allira wrote: I think the wisest thing for anyone searching on the internet is to check with a medical professional … as I’m sure you both agree.
I certainly wouldn’t. Too much experience with doctors in general to travel that path, but I understand that not everyone has had the same experience.
According to a research study conducted by the Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health, School of Medicine at the University of NC, on average, medical students in America are required to receive less than 24 hours of in-class nutrition instruction during the 12 years it normally takes to become a physician. I wouldn’t ask a doctor about my nutritional needs any more than I would the parking attendant at my office building.
I wish I could remember exactly how many times a member has talked about how they ended up teaching their naturopath about Candida instead of the other way around. In order to qualify as a naturopathic “doctor” of course you need the diploma; this takes an average of just 3 years to obtain, and believe it or not, a Diploma in Nutrition is an alternative course of study when training to become a naturopath.
We naturally assume that a naturopath would be more likely to help us with our nutritional needs, and perhaps it’s true in some cases, but after reading so many posts from those who have sought help from naturopaths only to get no further with their cure than they were when they first contacted the naturopath, I’m afraid I have my doubts in that area as well. If I sought the help of a naturopathic doctor, I would at least ask if he or she had received a Diploma in Nutrition.