Naturopathy’s top critic profiled – The Skeptics

Worth the read. There is far too much ‘magical thinking’ given over to naturopathy with far too little oversight or insight. Here’s a story you don’t see every day. And yes, Bastyr is threatening a lawsuit to this woman, in order to shut her up. Not a good move. Makes them look just like the Big Pharma that they hate so much. One thing that strikes me as I read the article, is that much of the appeal of naturopathy could be alleviated if insurance companies dropped the requirements that medical professionals only deal with one issue at a time to get billed. Patients and doctors alike hate this.

Quartz Media has published the remarkable story of Britt Hermes, a former practitioner who abandoned naturopathy when she concluded that what she had been taught was not valid. The article states: “For the past few years, after realizing she had been swindled in her education, Hermes has waged a war on naturopathy. On blogs and in online publications, she has opened a window into a profession that resists external scrutiny of its training and practices.” [Rathi A. The journey of a “doctor” who joined the cult of alternative medicine and then broke out of it Quartz, Sept 30, 2017] Last year, Hermes’s blog, “Naturopathic Diaries,” won the Ockham award for the best blog of the year given by The Skeptics magazine.

“Their training…amounts to a small fraction of that of medical doctors who practice primary care,” Atwood wrote. “An examination of their literature, moreover, reveals that it is replete with pseudoscientific, ineffective, unethical, and potentially dangerous practices.”

Quartz article on Naturopaths

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