Conventional vs. Naturopathic or Functional Medicine Doctors


Most conventional doctors, namely medical doctors (MD) have a “conventional mindset.”

What does that mean?

It means that they treat the symptoms of the problem, not the cause of the problem. They put on a “Band-Aid” without fixing the main problem.

Now, let me be clear; if you are looking for MD bashing, this is the wrong website. I have worked closely with MD’s (mostly urologists) for over 12-years, and I see, first hand, the health problems they solve.

Also, if you are in a car accident, get to the emergency room and be treated by an MD.

But, you would likely agree, that for acute conditions; chronic pain, urinary problems, even many types of cancer’s, our conventional mindset falls short.

In the case of men’s health issue like erectile dysfunction (ED), a conventional doctor will probably prescribe Viagra or another similar drug to create a medically induced erection.

(Doesn’t sound very sexy, does it?)

Maybe the man can “get it up” in bed now, and that’s ok, but his problem isn’t solved. ED is not a Viagra deficiency, is it?

What a naturopathic doctor (ND) or functional medicine doctor (FMD) does is look for the cause of the symptoms. They are holistic practitioners who treat the “whole person” and inspect how all organ systems work together.

In my clinical world, I appreciate how the lower half of the body is connected to the upper half. 

In the case of erectile dysfunction, the ND and FMD will ask about various lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise that may be contributing to cardiovascular problems.

After all, the penis is the barometer of heart health.

The ND and FMD will also ask about anxiety, relationship stress, and nutritional deficiencies that may be causing erectile dysfunction.

Repeat after me: For ED find an ND or FMD. Say that ten times after a couple of drinks 🙂

(I had to do it.)

Once the cause of the problem is identified, the patient and their holistic health practitioner can work together to create a treatment plan, which will probably be heavy on lifestyle changes—not drugs. This way the cause of the problem can be eliminated, and the patient can live a better life.

What a concept!

What you should do when choosing the right doctor

Again, I have nothing against conventional doctors or PDE5 inhibitors (Viagra, Cialis, Levitra) but again, “conventional” doctors have a “conventional” mindset and may prescribe “Band-Aid” drugs, and may forget to ask you important questions like:

  • Are you moving enough?
  • How’s your sleep?
  • Are you eating optimally?
  • Do you and your partner have a good relationship?
  • What nutrients can build your sexual health?
  • Why do you even want an erection? (Insertion is typically not the main answer, I tell you)

An ND or FMD looks at the whole picture. I recommend you see one today for your health issue, whether it’s a bladder problem, problems urinating, ED, prostate issues, BPH, or something else.

Lastly, here are four legitimate organization that can help you find the right holistic doctor:

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) – LINK

Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) – LINK

American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) – LINK

Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) – LINK

Be well.



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