Ragin' are you skeptical or credible? Do you believe in: Dowsing. ESP. Precognition. Remote Viewing. Communicating with the Dead and/or "Channeling". Violations of Newton's Laws of Motion (Perpetual Motion Devices). Homeopathy. Chiropractic Healing (beyond back/joint problems). Faith Healing. Psychic Surgery. Astrology. Therapeutic Touch (aka "TT"). Qi Gong. Psychokinesis (aka "PK"). The Existence of Ghosts. Precognition & Prophecy. Levitation. Physiognomy. Psychometry. Pyramid Power. Reflexology. Applied Kinesiology (aka "AK"). Clairvoyance. The Existence of Auras. Graphology. Numerology. Palmistry. Phrenology? (Sorry about the format, I copied this from http://www.randi.org/research/faq.html#2.2)Why
or why not?
I find Naturopathy to be more mainstream than most alternative medicines, but even so, it is a very scientifically limited field. From my perspective, limited to dietary advice, since there are few, if any, studies of Naturopathy (outside of common dietary advice offered), which are rigorous and conclusively prove it works.
Note the same problem exists in the paranormal “sciences” listed above. If you can't prove the treatment works, well, then it doesn't work. Yes, the Naturopath may have some insights into diet. But if that is all you want go to a specialist in diet, a dietitian, or an M.D. specializing in diet and nutrition.
I remember being at a medical soirée a few years back, where an N.D., my wife and I discussed a recent tragic case of a family of Laotian immigrants who picked mushrooms from their backyard, ate them and ended up destroying their livers, some needed liver transplants. The N.D. was adamant that if that family had come to his practice he would have prescribed them an herbal remedy, which was guaranteed to protect their livers (sorry, I don't remember the herb). It was his opinion that they would not need follow up treatment. They would have been good to go once they ingested the herbal "stew". He had come very prepared with citations and articles about the protection this herb afforded the liver. Later, I spent substantial time researching his articles and found them to be worthless. In essence, there was no science underlying these putatively scientific Naturopathic articles. This is common in alternative medicine.
Unfortunately, there is no such magical herbal potion to protect the liver. Instead it is very likely that the family if it had presented to this N.D. would have had serious complications since they would have been delayed in getting on the liver donor list, and they may have suffered serious toxicity problems due to delayed medical treatment.
Does anyone remember Laetrile? This was another herbal remedy believed to cure cancer. I like all such remedies it worked but not as anticipated. The cancer was eradicated once the host body died. In medicine we usually like the cancer to die but the host to live that is the gold standard. Naturopathy vis-à-vis Laetrile turned that on its head.
Right now, JREF has a one million dollar challenge, which would cover many alternative medical therapies. In essence, all it requires is the practitioner establish via the scientific method that the therapy works. It is not surprising that no practitioners of these alternative medical therapies have been able to acquire the one million dollars. Here is the web site: http://www.randi.org/research/index.html
Man has a long history of believing in the paranormal, the occult, superstition, and all manner of the unknowable. Don't be surprised, however, that I don't want to participate in this silliness. Skeptics may wish to stop in at Randi’s web site: http://www.randi.org/
Here is a site specifically addressing Naturopathy: http://www.naturowatch.org/