Can we get sensible?
There is nothing, absolutely nothing to recommend naturopathy.
A long time ago when I was an open minded idiot I delivered the wife of a Naturopath because she was unable to deliver with a midwife, and ended up with a prolonged and complicated labor. As a family practitioner, imagine my sense of chagrin when I had to ask for an Ob Gyn to help me by performing a C section on this infected pregnancy. He was a fine guy and had a good sense of humor.
The baby did fine but the mom had a somewhat stormy course post C Section.
My excuse is I did it as a favor for a graduate student at the Medical School because it was his sister, who was stupid enough to marry a Naturopathic “practitioner.”
I won’t alarm you with the details, but Naturopaths have no tolerance for evidence based medicine and they attract the usual air heads as patients. They incorporate almost anything that is bizarre and anti progress into their practice, and reject reasonable approaches whenever they can. Their attitude is scary if you consider sometimes they might actually practice worse first aid than a decent boy scout. They should never be reponsible for a person who is sick and needs help.
I learned that Naturopathy is a no holds barred effort to pursue primitive medical practices akin to medicine man/witch doctor/ or shaman practices. They use almost any therapeutic approach you can imagine, provided it isn’t evidence based allopathic medicine.
Here is an extract from a Wiki type source:
Naturopathy, or naturopathic medicine, is a pseudo-scientific form of alternative medicine based on a belief in vitalism, which posits that a special energy called vital energy or vital force guides bodily processes such as metabolism, reproduction, growth, and adaptation. Naturopathy favors a holistic approach with non-invasive treatment and generally avoids the use of surgery and drugs. Among naturopaths, complete rejection of biomedicine and modern science is common.
The term “naturopathy” is derived from Greek and Latin, and literally translates as “nature disease”. Modern naturopathy grew out of the Natural Cure movement of Europe. The term was coined in 1895 by John Scheel and popularized by Benedict Lust, the “father of U.S. naturopathy”. Beginning in the 1970s, there was a revival of interest in the United States and Canada in conjunction with the holistic health movement. Today, naturopathy is primarily practiced in the United States and Canada. The scope of practice varies widely between jurisdictions, and naturopaths in unregulated jurisdictions may use the Naturopathic Doctor designation or other titles regardless of level of education.
Naturopathic practitioners in the US can be divided into three categories: traditional naturopaths; naturopathic physicians; and other health care providers that provide naturopathic services. Naturopathic physicians employ the principles of naturopathy within the context of conventional medical practices. Naturopathy comprises many different treatment modalities such as nutritional and herbal medicine, lifestyle advice, counseling, flower essence, homeopathy and remedial massage.
Much of the ideology and methodological underpinnings of naturopathy are in conflict with the paradigm of evidence-based medicine (EBM). Many naturopaths have opposed vaccination based in part on the early views that shaped the profession. According to the American Cancer Society, “scientific evidence does not support claims that naturopathic medicine can cure cancer or any other disease, since virtually no studies on naturopathy as a whole have been published”.
Nothing, nothing can describe the stupid non science of Naturopathy but it is now recognized by some states, and they have multi year schools of naturopathy. They would be covered by Obamacare if the Grassley approach goes forward and any provider like a Chiropracter or a Naturopath qualifies because they are licensed, so they can bill for services.
Why not, amulets, herbs, smokes, burns, incantations, salves, rubs sound ok to me. Whatever. I am trying to be open minded.