I offer a win-win deal: I will take a thorough history and get to know you enough to have an idea how the parts of your life are affecting you. Then I educate you about your options, including alternative and conventional therapies. In the end, using real information you choose what you want to do. Conventional medicine is the best answer for some situations and conditions. Naturopathic medicine helps as long as you are willing to do more than pop pills and sit on the couch. If I can't help you, I will help you find someone who can. I consider it my job to provide you with current, personalized, unbiased information, not to keep you a slave to some treatment that only I can offer.
My personal slant is scientific. I realize that many people consider Naturopathy to be quite "alternative". Considering what has happened with pharmaceutical medicine, an alternative is much needed. Naturopathic Medicine (as I use it) is a combination of traditional healing (forgotten in the age of pharmaceuticals) and the application of new knowledge about how our choices affect body function and healing. Conventional medicine is not keeping up with the changing times. A simple change in your diet or lifestyle could do you more good than a drug that you take for the rest of your life (and save you a gazillion dollars). Making informed, gradual improvements to your diet and lifestyle will save you money, increase your quality of life, and help you stay away from the doctor, the pharmacy, and the hospital.
If you are one of those skeptics who has avoided alternative medicine because you don't think naturopaths have any real training, come see me for a free 15 minute introduction. I would like to tell you how a science-minded skeptic like myself can embrace Naturopathy. I can show you some of the great research that supports nonpharmaceutical and nonsurgical approaches to health. There's plenty of it.
There are plenty of reasons to seek alternatives when facing the gauntlet of what insurance will buy for your health. It's not cheating to get a second, or third opinion about any persistent health problem. Before you take the toxin, or submit to the knife, it is wise to be sure that is what you need to do.