No. Absolutely not. We believe NDs need to work integratively and in conjunction with MDs. Both add their value to healthcare and both have their limitations. For example, one of the limitations of conventional medicine is a lack of nutritional counseling, which we believe is a major component to improving a person’s health. There might be differences in their perspectives on how to treat, but if a someone comes to us that seems beyond our scope of practice, we will refer out.
As far as pharmaceuticals go, we think the country as a whole is over-prescribed. However, there are definitely certain circumstances where medications are necessary. Chronic diseases do not develop overnight, it usually is a gradual process that occurs over the course of many years, so you should expect that the healing process will take time (and not occur overnight).
Depending on where you are in disease process (pre-disease stage, early stage, or late stage) will determine how necessary medications are and if it is even possible to get off them eventually or not. If you are in the pre-disease or early stages of a disease process (for example: diabetes or hypertension), nutrition and lifestyle can make a big difference and can turn things around so you don’t become reliant on medication.
However, if you are in the late stages, the case is a more complicated and it might not be possible to get off all your medications. However, we can do a lot to optimize and maximize your health so perhaps you might be able to taper down your dose over time (if you’re willing to make the dietary and lifestyle changes), but again it depends on the type of disease and the case.