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After 3 years of schooling during which I took 57 courses (and I don’t even want to try to count the number of tests and assignments I completed!), I will finally begin seeing patients in my school’s clinic on May 13th! I have a few thoughts:
This was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I guess I knew it would be hard in terms of having to work hard, but I had no idea how physically, mentally, and emotionally draining these years would be (at times). Until you spend all day in class and then the rest of your time either eating, sleeping, working, or studying (at least that is what it feels like), you have no idea as to the true capacity and ability of your brain nor do you know your physical and emotional limits. I hope I now know and can back off from that cliff edge a bit.
Naturopathic doctors (at least those educated at an accredited school over 4 years) are very knowledgeable. I knew that I would learn a lot but I still greatly underestimated how much information could be shoved into my brain in just a few years. I think if the general public knew just what naturopathic education meant, it would be impossible to claim that naturopathic doctors are “hippies” and that naturopathic medicine is unfounded.
Embracing a holistic view of the world is the most important task facing humanity. I don’t think this is an understatement. Everything you do really does affect everyone else (and you too). Emotions, actions, purchases, chemicals (everywhere!), food, drugs, etc. This is overwhelming, but if everyone became just a little bit more aware of this reality, I don’t think it would be difficult to make major changes in the world. The good news is, if you as an individual want to embrace this view, you can make a difference without having to wait for everyone else to catch on.
Another piece of news is that I have created my own website using my current/future business name (Wavelength Wellness). There you will find some info about me, a blog (which will mostly parallel this one), information on how to book with me at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, and miscellaneous other info.
I’m recruiting for new patients as of now, so if you or anyone you know lives in the Toronto area and looking for a naturopathic doctor, please consider me!
There is no doubt in my mind you will make a fine ND.
To your patients health!
I'm soo happy and excited for you!!!. I know you've worked hard (probably why i haven't seen you on the board much), but it will be well worth it!.
You give me inspiration as i work toward my BS in Natural Health, though i've only done one year soo far!.
Mickey (also a long time BTD'er)
your address to my ladies living in Ontario......
greetings from Switzerland
and hugs from Isa
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