Guide to Naturopathic Medicine

As a naturopathic patient, you should know that naturopaths have extremely poor medical education and clinical training. Very little medical science is taught in naturopathic schools, and students get minimal patient contacts. Compared to Physicians (MD or DO) and mid-level practitioners (physician assistants and nurse practitioners), naturopaths receive less training in pharmacology, less clinical training, and many thousands of hours in their naturopathic schools speaking, learning, and practicing fake medicine.

Naturopaths receive extensive training in treating diseases and conditions that are not accepted by the medical community. Naturopaths also over diagnose and over treat conditions to which a regular Physician would approach very differently.

Naturopaths use numerous pseudoscientific methods, many of which have no medical value and others which are very dangerous. As a naturopath, I saw many dubious diagnoses and treatments and witnessed patients needlessly suffer physically, emotionally, and financially.

If you are a patient of any naturopathic practitioner, please refer to the following information sheets (under development) on the testing, conditions, and treatments you might encounter. Some of these are links to other sites which have summarized the issues nicely, while others are based on my education at Bastyr University to earn my ND degree and experience in private practice.

Diagnostics and Lab Tests

  • Genetic testing
  • Food allergies
  • Heavy metals
  • Neurotransmitters
  • Salivary cortisol
  • Comprehensive stool analysis
  • Applied kinesiology / NAET
  • Hair mineral analysis
  • Basal body temperature
  • Thyroid / hormones
  • Vitamins
  • Oxidative stress analysis
  • Chemical exposures (phthalates / parabens)
  • Porphyrins urine analysis
  • Kryptopyrrole testing
  • Intestinal permeability
  • RBC element analysis
  • Parasites
  • Live Blood Analysis
  • Anything else that seems odd to test, especially from an off-beat lab

Diseases/Conditions

  • Chronic mononucleosis
  • Chronic Lyme disease
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Multiple chemical sensitivity
  • Candiasis (yeast or candida overgrowth)
  • Leaky gut
  • Food intolerance or allergies based on IgG testing
  • Genetic conditions (including MTHFR deficiency)
  • Heavy metal toxicity
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Thyroid conditions (including Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome)
  • Anything else that sounds like a made-up explanation for your symptoms

Treatments

  • Cancer treatments
  • Homeopathy
  • Acupuncture
  • Biopuncture
  • IV Therapy / Meyer’s Cocktail / Vitamin C / Glutathione / Magnesium
  • Supplements
  • Herbal preparations
  • Ultraviolet blood irradiation
  • Detoxification
  • hCG diet
  • Bio-identical hormones
  • Chelation
  • Ozone therapy (inhaled, intravenous, or rectal)
  • Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) injections
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Colon hydrotherapy / enemas
  • Cold laser / Low-level laser
  • Cranio-sacral manipulations
  • Chiropractic manipulations
  • Hydrotherapy / salt baths / wet socks
  • Anything else you are hesitant to do to your body

Cancer and Oncology

Please put yourself in the care of a medical doctor (MD) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) who is also board certified by at least one medical specialty board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialities, American Osteopathic Association, or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Canada). (For patients in North America.)

Please be highly suspicious of any naturopath claiming to be a cancer expert or specialist. There are some naturopaths who use the abbreviation FABNO after their names to indicate they are a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology. This naturopathic board is not a recognized specialty board by the American Board of Medical Specialities or any legitimate medical organization. A naturopath who is a FABNO is not trained in medical oncology and can cause serious harm.

For more information about the FABNO designation, naturopathic training in oncology, and common complementary and alternative cancer therapies, please read Naturopathic Cancer Care – Is it safe, and does it work?

The CAM-Cancer and American Cancer Society websites also contain high-quality information about using CAM for cancer.

More Information

Naturopathic Diaries houses a collection of stories by patients, naturopaths, and medical providers. Browse the collection here.

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