Search Results for "naturopathy"

  1. Bye Bye Bravewell
    Exactly one year ago tomorrow, The Bravewell Collaborative shut down, an event so momentous that few seem to have noticed. It’s been a while since we at SBM devoted much attention to Bravewell, although, at one time, its doings were a regular feature of SBM posts. For those of you not familia…
  2. The Harm of Integrative Medicine: A Patient’s Perspective
    The Integrative Medicine Wheel: False hope and lies Being an avid reader of SBM and a cancer patient, I have come to deeply appreciate the writing and respect the various contributors for their expertise and attention to detail on a topic as important as cancer treatment. I have unfortunately foun…
  3. Health and Wellness Coaching: cautious optimism and some concerns
    The National Consortium for Credentialing of Health & Wellness Coaches (NCCHWC) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) signed an agreement last month for the launch of a national certification for individual health and wellness coaches in the U.S. According to a joint press release,…
  4. Fooling Myself
    Nothing says opportunistic like selling water for pain control. The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool. –Richard Feynman I like to think of myself as a rational person, but I’ve been fooled by my own experience again and agai…
  5. CAM use and chemotherapy: A negative correlation
    It turns out that the use of certain forms of CAM makes it less likely that breast cancer patients will receive the chemotherapy they need. So-called “alternative” medicine is made up of a hodge-podge of health care practices and treatments based on beliefs that are unscientific, pre-s…
  6. Change.org Petition: “Naturopaths are not physicians: stop legitimizing pseudoscience”
    Britt Hermes, a graduate of the naturopathic college at the alternative medicine-focused Bastyr University, renounced her practice as a naturopathic doctor when she could no longer tolerate the pseudoscience and patient harm that characterizes naturopathy. On this blog and her own, Naturopathic Dia…
  7. Nobody licenses quacks in my state! HB 4531 and the licensing of naturopaths in Michigan
    Just as no giant marshmallow man steps on a church in Peter Venkman’s Manhattan, nobody licenses quacks in my state…I hope. Over the years, I’ve taken care of women with locally advanced breast cancer so advanced that it’s eroded through the skin, forming huge, nasty ulcers filled …
  8. “Integrative” medicine versus “alternative” medicine
    I’ve written a lot about the language issue with respect to alternative medicine. As I like to put it (at least in shortened form), first there was quackery. Quacks did not like that name at all, and thus was born alternative medicine. And the quacks did think it good—for a while. There was …
  9. Legislative Alchemy: Michigan House Bill 4531 gives naturopaths a broad scope of practice
    Legislative Alchemy Michigan House Bill 4531, if passed, would give naturopaths one of the broadest scopes of practice in the U.S., essentially equaling that of a family practice MD or DO. The bill made it through all the necessary House committees and is now before the House for an initial vote d…
  10. Is there a naturopathic standard of care?
    Public outcry over the death of Ezekiel Stephan, the 19-month-old Alberta toddler who died of bacterial meningitis in 2012, continues to grow following last’s weeks court decision, which found both of his parents guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life. David and Collet Stephan f…
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