Doctor as Teacher
A key area of work for naturopathic practitioners is educating. One of the six naturopathic principles is “doctor as teacher”. This means that practitioners aim to help their clients to fundamentally understand how their choices impact the health of themselves and their family (by family I mean the animals too!).
The goal is for naturopathy clients and students alike to gain a good understanding of how good health is both cultivated and damaged. To do this, individuals must think critically, open their minds and question accepted beliefs. This is unlike education received in grade school or university, where memorization and acceptance of information that is presented is expected.
To get the most benefit from a naturopathic consultation the client should be:
a) willing to take responsibility for the health of their animal
b) willing to re-evaluate their current beliefs
A naturopathic consultation is not best suited to the client that wants to be told what steps to take without having any desire to understand why those steps are necessary. However, a consultation at any time can sow the seed which begins the client’s journey along a more natural path.
We are all unique. Some people are very open to accepting new ideas where others must personally experience things that make them begin question the status quo. Whether you are formally or informally educating on natural animal care, assessing the client’s current level of acceptance to the information being presented to them will help to guide you how to best help them.
“If we are not prepared to think for ourselves, and to make the effort to learn how to do this well, we will always be in danger of becoming slaves to the ideas and values of others due to our own ignorance.” ~ William Hughes