The petition that riled naturopathic medicine

When I started the “Naturopaths are not Doctors” petition (below), it was on the heels of the annual naturopathic medicine lobbying event where naturopaths “storm” the U.S. Capitol to advocate for their alternative system of medicine. I thought my petition would be an easy way to voice opposition to their political agenda, which includes getting...

Fact-checking naturopathic talking points at DCFLI

Every year, naturopathic students and practitioners go to Washington D.C. to lobby for naturopathic medicine during an event called the DC Federal Legislative Initiative, DCFLI for short. The event is organized by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). I participated in DCFLI, five years ago today, weeks away from...

Naturopathic Medicine Week 2015

Today marks the beginning of Naturopathic Medicine Week 2015. Leaders of the naturopathic profession use this time as a means to promote naturopathic medicine as “safe, effective, and affordable.” As a former naturopathic doctor, I completely disagree. Is naturopathic medicine safe? Naturopathic medicine is not safe. Naturopathic “doctors” (ones who...

A New Skeptic’s Bibliography

I did not want to be a skeptic. I equated skepticism with two character traits I did not like: pessimism and cynicism. As a naturopathic student and then naturopathic doctor, I felt it was important to remain likeable so I didn’t challenge information in ways that could be perceived as...

Response to Matthew Baral’s Perspective on the Measles Outbreak

Response to Matthew Baral on writing about the measles vaccine: http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/2015/02/09/vaccines-measles-facts/23142469/ http://drmatthewbaral.com/archives/1699 Matthew Baral’s recent blog post and corresponding opinion piece in the Arizona Republic highlights a trendy and inappropriate naturopathic stance on vaccinations. He claims that because he has 15 years of experience practicing as a naturopath seeing numerous patients...