Taking Charge of Your Health

Do you spend a lot of time researching “quack” science out there? And I think it’s important to differentiate proven treatments versus unproven treatments. You say that in modern medicine, there really isn’t a place for naturopathy. Is that because of the science versus non-science-based practice of it? Yeah, absolutely. So, you know, as you just saw, at the end of four years in medical school, you’re not prepared to practice medicine. That only prepares you to go into your internship, residency, maybe a fellowship. At the end of four years of naturopathic school, you go into practice. And not only that, the standards in those four years of training are completely different. Naturopaths spend a lot of their time learning about things like homeopathy, which is 100% pure pseudoscience. They just aren’t learning the science at the level that they need. And that does not leave them prepared to know, for example, that curcumin, based upon systematic reviews of clinical trials, doesn’t work for anything. It has not been shown to work for anything. But if you look at the basic science gullibly, and you don’t know how to interpret it, you may think it’s good for everything. So, naturopaths will prescribe things like curcumin for things that it is not effective for ’cause they don’t understand how to translate that science into practice. How do you feel about, I was looking at how much these standards vary from state-to-state. Could you comment on that, in terms of the way, state-to-state, naturopathic practitioners are licensed? Yeah, so it’s all, it is all state-by-state. There are a number of states which do license naturopaths. And then, once they do, they completely regulate themselves. So, if they don’t have a culture of science and evidence, it doesn’t matter that they have a license, that there are– they take exams, or that they have a board that– ’cause they’re just reviewing themselves. And then there is also different scopes of practice. So, in some states, naturopaths, once they become licensed, they tend to be quite relentless at trying to expand their scope of practice to prescribe drugs, increasingly controlled substances, to be primary care doctors. And they’re just not prepared to do any of these things. Is there a standard regulation, in terms of the pharmacology training required to prescribe medications? Yes, there is. There is, you have to take certain pharmacology classes and you have to pass your NPLEX Clinical Pharmacology Board. So, there is. And is that a national board? Yes, that’s a national board. It’s a national board licensure exam. So, one of the things that I was concerned about as I was preparing for this is, first and foremost, I, actually, have a lot of respect for you, Peggy, in terms of your stance on this. And the importance of education. And I know many medical doctors out there that I wouldn’t trust to go get care with, just being honest, but having said that, I did some research last night to look into the standards of even getting into certain schools that are naturopathic medical schools and I had some major concerns. You know, one is saying, well, you need at least a 2.5 GPA, you need to at least get 60% on average in your science classes. I always get a little bit concerned when the standard drops so dramatically. If there is a place, side by side with medical doctors and naturopathic doctors, I think there needs to be, not only higher standards across the board, because it’s just, quite frankly, not that hard to get into one of these medical schools that is a naturopathic school of medicine. And it is not that hard to get licensed. I’m curious if, within your own community, there is a push to increase these standards. There definitely is, and we do have to maintain CME, we have to do all of that sort of stuff as well. So, it’s not just, “Oh, here’s your license, bye. “Go have fun. “Fingers crossed it works out,” you know. There is, actually, working continually from all the organizations that I know of, and, granted, that’s not every single naturopathic organization out there, to get more, in terms of more education, more licensure, more standards.

14 thoughts on “Are ‘Natural’ Treatments Safe?

  1. CURCUMIN NOT EFFECTIVE FOR ANYTHING??? Doc have you heard about Meta Analysis studies on pubmed? They tell a different story. Can't believe this is "Doctors" show.

  2. These past few years I have noticed that doctors and nurses have become lazy and irresponsible. You truly feel that they're there for the paycheck not because they care about patients anymore.
    People since the beginning have used nature's remedies and have worked. Problem is that we have so many lab made illnesses nowadays….

  3. ……and is Steve aware with all that white hair of his, is suffering from low Catalase levels not counter acting all the hydrogen peroxide he is naturally producing causing the snow white hair. Probably suffering from low copper levels too?

  4. I hate these drs who know it all. My daughter kept yelling doctors there was something wrong. Guess what. She was right. She was diagnosed with MS. Guess who diagnosed her. She did. Now she’s got more problems. Again doctors tell her they can’t find anything. Guess what. Her problems are again diagnosed by her as issues stemming from her MS. I HATE MOST DOCTORS.

  5. I translate it in a way that , what it works for you, maybe doesn't work for me!!, there is some illness natural medication can't deal!!, and some other work out ok😉

  6. Modern medicine is a negation of health. It isn’t organized to serve human health, but only itself, as an institution. It makes more people sick than it heals.

  7. There’s obviously something going on when all of these allopathic quacks post a video on their medicine, and then 100s of people comment on how bad their experience has been with it.

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