If naturopaths are focused on prescribing products to their patients, they may not be focused on understanding their patient, and viewing their disease or condition through a naturopathic paradigm. In this instance there is little to distinguish a naturopath from a medical practitioner. The only difference will be in the prescription - drugs versus herbal and nutritional supplements.
A naturopath that remains true to naturopathic philosophy will not sell you a product to treat each symptom that you present with. Naturopathy has so much more to offer. A good naturopath will investigate how the condition or illness you present with is being experienced in your body. The basis of naturopathic philosophy is that the body is self healing. Therefore, what processes have occurred or not occurred to allow this condition to take hold in your body? How do you operate energetically, metabolically, and emotionally? It is the job of the naturopath to determine how healing has failed for their patient, and what processes are not functioning well to allow the disease process to take hold.
This is the strength of naturopathy. We are able to do this through having a longer consultation time with people, and asking many questions, and also through using Iridology. Sometimes a thorough case history may provide all the information, and sometimes Iridology can be used to understand a person and what is happening in their body more deeply.
Knowledge of scientific research and evidence based treatments is necessary, but allowing naturopathic philosophy to determine a patient's treatment protocol is essential to provide good naturopathic care.