Brazos Minshew – Traditional Naturopath and an Associate Member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Brazos Minshew is a Traditional Naturopath and an Associate Member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.  The AANP defines the practice of Naturopathic Medicine on their website ( “Naturopathic medicine is a distinct practice of medicine that emphasizes the self-healing process to treat each person as an individual.”

Further, the AANP states, “Naturopathic doctors restore and establish optimal health by supporting the person’s inherent self-healing process. Naturopathic doctors work to identify underlying causes of illness, and develop personalized treatment plans to address them. Their Therapeutic Order™, identifies the natural order in which all therapies should be applied to provide the greatest benefit with the least potential for damage.” Adding to their definition, optimal health is facilitated as we:

  1.     “Remove Obstacles to Health. Health, the ‘natural state’ of one’s body, is disturbed by obstacles that lead to disease. The first step in returning to health is to remove the entities that disturb health.” I further define these imbalances as: Deficiency in healthy essentials, such as nutrients, restorative sleep and healthy emotional connection; Toxicity from inside and outside our own body; Trauma from injury and a sedentary lifestyle, as well as emotional trauma; Stress from our physical environment, our expectations and conflicts, pain and loss from events we experience or anticipate experiencing. “Naturopathic doctors construct a healthy regimen based on an individual’s ‘obstacles to health’ to change and improve the terrain in which the disease developed. This allows additional therapeutics to have the most beneficial effects possible.”
  1.     “Stimulate the Self-Healing Mechanisms. NDs use therapies to stimulate and strengthen the body’s innate self-healing and curative abilities. These therapies include modalities such as clinical nutrition, botanical medicines, constitutional hydrotherapy, homeopathy, and acupuncture.”
  1.     “Strengthen Weakened Systems. Systems that need repair are addressed at this level of healing. Naturopathic doctors have an arsenal of therapeutics available to enhance specific tissues, organs or systems including: lifestyle interventions, dietary modifications, botanical medicine, orthomolecular therapy (use of substances that occur naturally in the body such as vitamins, amino acids, minerals), and homeopathy.”
  1.     “Correct Structural Integrity. Physical modalities such as spinal manipulation, massage therapy, and craniosacral therapy are used to improve and maintain skeletal and musculature integrity.”
  1.     “Use Natural Substances to Restore and Regenerate. Naturopathic medicine’s primary objective is to restore health, not to treat pathology. However, when a specific pathology must be addressed, NDs employ safe, effective, natural substances that do not add toxicity or additionally burden the already distressed body.”
  1.     “Use Pharmacologic Substances to Halt Progressive Pathology. NDs are trained in pharmacology and how to use pharmaceutical drugs when necessary. If their state license permits, they can prescribe these agents themselves or if not, refer to a conventional medical colleague.”
  1.     “Use High Force, Invasive Modalities: Surgery, Radiation, Chemotherapy. When life, limb, or function must be preserved, NDs refer patients to MDs who are expertly trained in these arenas. At the same time, NDs use complementary or supportive therapies to decrease side effects and increase the effectiveness of these invasive procedures.”

“While many naturopathic doctors are trained in primary care, like conventional medical doctors (MDs), some choose to specialize or focus their practices. Specialty associations currently exist for Endocrinology, Environmental Medicine, Gastroenterology, Parenteral Therapies, Pediatrics, Primary Care Physicians, Psychiatry, and Oncology.

“Naturopathic medical education curricula include certain areas of study not covered in conventional medical school. At the same time, aspiring naturopathic doctors receive training in the same biomedical and diagnostic sciences as MDs and osteopathic doctors (DOs). The result is a comprehensive, rigorous, and well-rounded scientific medical education that is both comparable and complementary to that of MDs and DOs.”


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