The field of naturopathic medicine – a system of alternative medicine based on the theory that diseases can be successfully treated or prevented without the use of drugs, by control of diet, exercise, and massage – has been gaining traction in recent years, as unhealthy people look for new ways to turn their lives around.
The field added 24,000 potential new jobs this year in the United States alone, according to the country’s Bureau of Labour Statistics.
With roughly 30 million Americans tackling diabetes and another 84 million classified as pre-diabetic, people are looking to eat more healthily and live more naturally. This includes seeking naturopathic health care options. And the trend extends around the globe.
Benita Perch stumbled upon this alternative health care field during her own pursuit of wellness.
From the age of three, she dreamed of becoming a doctor. Fiddling with her toy stethoscope as she tended to the needs of her dolls and teddy bears, young Benita was determined to cure every sick person she met.