Torn between a Nursing or Nutrition degree because of my beliefs regarding medicine? - page 2

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I am a 21 year old female and I've been taking prerequisites for Nursing. At first, I was really passionate about it until I realized that I don't really believe in pushing pills and injecting needles in people. I am adamant... Read More


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    Quote from umbdude
    it's great to promote healthy nutrition and exercise, but if you're injured in an accident or genetically predisposed to mental illness or cancer, no amount of healthy eating/exercise would help.
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    not true, celiac disease, which, when left untreated, can result in certain cancers, is certainly a case here. schizophrenia there are possibilities in gluten intolerance and low vitamin D.
    there are persons whom do not methylate properly, they need specific vitamins supplements to have appropriate levels maintained. etc
    and exercise has been long recognized as valuble in mild to moderate depression.
    Last edit by morte on Jul 3, '12 : Reason: addition
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    Quote from morte
    not true, celiac disease, which, when left untreated, can result in certain cancers, is certainly a case here. schizophrenia there are possibilities in gluten intolerance and low vitamin D.
    there are persons whom do not methylate properly, they need specific vitamins supplements to have appropriate levels maintained. etc
    and exercise has been long recognized as valuble in mild to moderate depression.
    While all those things are true, they fall under the scope of professional health care. Nutritionists are not qualified to diagnose celiac's disease, genetic mutations, schizophrenia, or depression, nor are they qualified to treat those things. I have the mutation that keeps me from methylating folic acid. I was diagnosed by a blood test ordered by my physician and treated by prescription pills.

    I know you were just addressing the statement you quoted and were not diminishing the role of health care, but I just wanted to point out to OP that even in those cases, "unethical" doctors and nurses are the vehicle to point which direction nutritionists should take with patients.
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    nutritionists can do most anything they want....dietician is the protected title. and, yes, all I was pointing out was that the statement was WRONG! many celiacs are self dx, do you know that the average time from onset of OBVIOUS symptoms to dx is ELEVEN years? and the best "test" is the diet, used to be the only test. You do not need a doc for that.
    Quote from Stephalump
    While all those things are true, they fall under the scope of professional health care. Nutritionists are not qualified to diagnose celiac's disease, genetic mutations, schizophrenia, or depression, nor are they qualified to treat those things. I have the mutation that keeps me from methylating folic acid. I was diagnosed by a blood test ordered by my physician and treated by prescription pills.

    I know you were just addressing the statement you quoted and were not diminishing the role of health care, but I just wanted to point out to OP that even in those cases, "unethical" doctors and nurses are the vehicle to point which direction nutritionists should take with patients.
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    Quote from morte
    nutritionists can do most anything they want....dietician is the protected title. and, yes, all I was pointing out was that the statement was WRONG! many celiacs are self dx, do you know that the average time from onset of OBVIOUS symptoms to dx is ELEVEN years? and the best "test" is the diet, used to be the only test. You do not need a doc for that.
    So majority of the people with genetically predisposed illnesses can heal themselves with nutrition and diet alone? And that no medical/nursing intervention is needed?
    I was not trying to down talk the role of nutrition and diet. I was merely saying that in many complex cases they, alone, are not sufficient.
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    Your first sentence is a purposeful misconstruing of my correction of your blanket statement.
    and the third is very true. The second is what it appeared you were attempting to do. .
    Quote from umbdude
    So majority of the people with genetically predisposed illnesses can heal themselves with nutrition and diet alone? And that no medical/nursing intervention is needed?
    I was not trying to down talk the role of nutrition and diet. I was merely saying that in many complex cases they, alone, are not sufficient.
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    Quote from morte
    Your first sentence is a purposeful misconstruing of my correction of your blanket statement.
    and the third is very true. The second is what it appeared you were attempting to do. .
    It wasn't a blanket statement, but feel free to interpret it any way you want.
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    To the OP,
    It doesn't sound like you want to be a nurse so I don't see the point in getting a BSN just to go into a naturopathic physician program. If what you need is a bachelors degree, then get a degree in something that interests you and that you believe in. Sure, there are more opportunities with a nursing degree but that only makes sense if you want to be a nurse and want to work in the profession. Doesn't sound like you want that, even as a back up plan. So just get a degree in something else where you won't feel like you've compromised your beliefs or yourself.

    My stepsister is on the same path as you and she has a bachelors degree in psychology. She has been working with a non-profit helping troubled youth while she completes the other courses she needs and has also become a doula on the side. It's going to take her a while longer before she can apply to a naturopathic physician program but that is her calling. If it's yours, then go for it and don't worry about the time you have "wasted". Make a plan and follow it.
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    genetically predisposed to mental illness or cancer, no amount of healthy eating/exercise would help

    that is pretty blanket, to me!


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