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History Lessons

More than 86 percent of our healthcare dollars are spent on managing chronic conditions, rather than addressing and resolving their root causes. Natural medicine, which is designed to identify and resolve underlying causes and restore good health, has been growing in popularity in the last few decades, but still makes up a tiny fraction of health professionals in the U.S. There are about 6,000 naturopathic doctors (NDs) in 23 states and territories that license them, but close to 900,000 MDs throughout the country.

There’s growing recognition of the value of natural healing, with NDs on staff in at least 28 medical centers of excellence, including university hospitals and specialty treatment centers. But insurance coverage for practitioners who aren’t conventional medical doctors is still limited, at best.

How MDs Gained Dominance

Today’s healthcare landscape began to take shape at

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