Naturopathy is a holistic health system which promotes the healing power of nature and the body’s inherent ability to heal itself as obstacles to health are removed.
Conventional medicine views the individual as a series of parts (organs, tissues, etc.), treating the part to change the individual’s health. On the other hand, Naturopathy approaches the individual from a holistic perspective, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” and recognizes that in addition to each patient’s unique biochemistry there is an important subtler realm of health as well – their energy, emotions, mind and spirit. This holistic approach to health is implemented using traditional therapies validated by years of scientific evidence.
Naturopathy has existed as a profession in the United States for over a century. It draws from thousands of years of natural medicine experience and has seen recent renewal and growth in the United States in the past two decades. Connecticut law gives licensed naturopathic doctors the ability to diagnose and treat disease using various natural therapies, including botanical medicine, nutrition, homeopathy, diet, exercise, lifestyle modification, counseling, etc.
Naturopathic doctors must complete a four year undergraduate education as well as a four year naturopathic medical education at one of seven federally accredited schools. Naturopathic medical education includes the medical sciences as well as years of clinical work. Naturopathic doctors are then required to pass a series of nationwide board examinations before licensure. In order to maintain the license, continuing education is required annually.
Dr. Nicholas L. Pintauro, ND
Dr. Nicholas L. Pintauro holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and minor Chemistry from Boston College. He received his Naturopathic Doctoral Degree (ND) Suma Cum Laude from The University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. He is a licensed Naturopathic Physician by the State Naturopathic Board of Connecticut.
During his four years in naturopathic medical school, Dr. Pintauro devoted much of his time to the study of whole food nutrition, homeopathy and botanical medicine from renowned experts in the field. He worked and studied at Herb Pharm, Oregon (www.herb-pharm.com), and continued as a student representative for Standard Process (www.standardprocess.com). Through his complementary studies, Dr. Pintauro is able to incorporate his knowledge of therapeutic products in order to administer them safely and effectively.
Dr. Pintauro’s introduction to naturopathic medicine was at the age of six when he suffered from chronic ear infections. While his pediatricians continued to increase the potency of antibiotics, nothing alleviated the symptoms. Desperate for a different solution, his parents turned to naturopathic medicine. It only took a few treatments of garlic and mullein oil to clear what became his last ear infection. From that moment forward, naturopathy became the primary treatment for his family’s healthcare.
Dr. Pintauro believes that healthcare is a continuum ranging from the most physical of treatments, such as surgery, to the subtler areas of healthcare, such as psychology. The realm between these encompasses everything from pharmacology, naturopathy, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, etc. Within this model, naturopathy is not alternative medicine, but rather complementary as it works in harmony with other therapies in order to meet the patient’s health needs.
A first time visit with Dr. Pintauro consists of an extensive medical history, physical examination and any necessary laboratory or image work. This will form the basis of the treatment protocol for this and any following appointments. Dr. Pintauro treats patients of all ages suffering from a wide range of disorders, acute or chronic.
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