The naturopath: Meg Thompson, My Wholefood Romance

As a teenager, I had a wonderful experience with a naturopath treating me for glandular fever. It was the only treatment that worked for me. The core concepts of naturopathy such as using food as medicine, allowing the body to heal itself, and treating the cause of the disease rather than the symptoms all strongly resonated with me.

To become a certified naturopath, you need to have a degree from one of the certified courses. I completed a Bachelor of Health Science Naturopathy from Endeavour College, which took four years. I know there are a lot of online courses around for naturopathy and nutrition, but it’s important to have face-to-face contact with lecturers. As part of your study, there is also a lot of time factored in for clinical experience, where you have the opportunity to see patients and discuss cases with mentors, which is fabulous.

The health industry itself is clearly booming, and there will always be a demand for naturopathic treatment of conditions. I think it’s important to remember that being a naturopath may not be consulting 9am to 5pm. You can see patients, or you might be interested in health promotion and education, public health, working as part of larger organisations, in community programs, consulting, research, writing, retail, or as a sales rep. There are so many avenues you can take.

My days are always different as I spend some time consulting with patients, some time writing for publications, personal projects and workshops, and some time cooking and developing recipes. The varied, flexible and ever-changing nature of my job keeps it exciting.

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