I was honored to receive an invitation to New York City's Top Doctors event at the Hippodrome last night. Leading physicians from different disciplines across the city gathered to meet, talk, and connect.
I was the only naturopathic doctor there and, surprisingly, most physicians I met were very curious about what I do. Some had simply never heard of naturopathic medicine before. Others wanted to refer patients with questions regarding supplements they know nothing about. Some were interested because their family members or friends were taking vitamins or botanical medicines or homeopathic remedies. And many doctors remarked that several of their patients are asking for alternative options.
I was inspired that so many practitioners with such different perspectives and philosophies took the time to get to know each other and find common ground.
Rarely recognized, this is a critical component of health care reform. Different fields of medicine shouldn't be competing against one another. We should be working together. From surgeons and internists to dermatologists and naturopathic doctors, health care providers all have certain strengths and weaknesses. Only when we work as a team will patients get the care that is best for them.