I graduated! And other updates

The last few months have been exciting. I have several updates. In April, I graduated from Kiel University with a master of science degree. My thesis characterized Parabacteroides, a genus of commensal bacteria in the mammalian gut microbiome, in relation to host genetic variation. On May 1st, I began a...

My first QED, and Naturopathic Diaries wins an Ockham Award

I attended my first QED this past weekend in Manchester, England. Question, Explore, Discover is an annual science and skepticism conference, and this year’s QED was the largest in its six-year history. I had a great time and highly recommend that readers attend next year. I gave a talk on...

An ex-naturopath is a successful naturopath

Below is my response, solicited by Edzard Ernst, to naturopaths accusing me of libel, being a pharma shill, and failing at naturopathic medicine. He kindly published it on his blog. (Important note: his books were highly influential on my departure from naturopathy and comprehension of the dark depths of alternative medicine.) I find it...

My Break-up with Naturopathic

I am no longer a licensed naturopathic doctor. My Arizona license expired on New Year’s Eve of 2014. My Washington license expired this past week, on my 31st birthday. Both states gave me unreasonably broad scopes of practice. I was allowed to diagnose and treat disease, order labs and imaging,...

A psoriasis story

I used to like to tell the story of why I entered naturopathic medicine. It was my war story: how I battled allopathic medicine with natural medicine and won! The tale begins when I was diagnosed with psoriasis as a teenager. Notable characters include the evil dermatologist who pushed steroids...