Is There Research on Naturopathic Medicine?
You bet there is. Here’s an overview of some interesting natural medicine research:
- Alcohol extract of sage enhances memory (Psychopharmacology 2008; 198(1): 127-139)
- Standardised willow bark extract continues to show benefit for painful osteoarthritis, with similar effectiveness and better tolerance than conventional therapy. (Phytomedicine 2008 15(11):907-913)
- Garlic standardised for allicin content and administered in a slow-release tablet had a cholesterol-lowering effect in mild hypercholesterolaemia. (J Atheroscler Thromb 15(6):334-338)
- Several case reports describe where repletion of vitamin D resolved back pain or significantly improved patients’ quality of life, even after failed back surgery. (Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, February 2009)
- Coenzyme Q10 supplementation reduces risk of pre-eclampsia during pregnancy, helps fibromyalgia patients, could improve recovery from cardiac surgery, and may even minimize tumors in breast cancer. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, January 2009, Clinical Biochemistry, December 2008, Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia, December 2008, & The British Journal of Nutrition, December 2008, respectively.
Please do not self-medicate based on this information, consult a naturopathic doctor to determine whether these are appropriate for you and also to source out the most effective products.
A Wee Bit Skeptical
I was approached a while back to endorse a seminar on Sclerology. What is that you ask? Well apparently it’s a sister diagnostic trick to Iridology. I’m not the biggest fan of Iridology after a brief exposure to it. That speaker claimed that everyone who is in perfect health has blue eyes, the rest of us are “toxic”. I find it hard to believe that everyone who genetically has dark hair, dark skin and brown eyes is just toxic and a good cleansing will render their eyes blue.
I didn’t know much about Sclerology so I thought I would investigate. Turns out the mentor of the seminar provider is someone who calls himself Dr. Leonard Mehlmauer, naturopathic doctor. I Googled Leonard and came up with the fact that he doesn’t have a 3 year university degree, nor did he attend a 4 year naturopathic doctor program at an accredited naturopathic college – both of which are requirements to call oneself a naturopathic doctor.
He has a 2 year Associate in Arts degree from a community college and a naturopathic medicine diploma from an unaccredited diploma mill school. So Dr. Leonard really has no credentials other than his own self-promotion and has no legitimate right to call himself Dr. Anything or to claim he’s a naturopathic doctor. My point to all this is that there are some very convincing people around are nothing more than self-promoting quacks. Sometimes you have to maintain a healthy dose of skepticism.
For real, licensed naturopathic doctors who have an undergraduate degree and have completed a four year program at an accredited naturopathic college, call us at 416-481-0222 or book online now.
A study done in 1977 of visits to a walk-in clinic found that most were related to: Sore throat, skin rash, abdominal pain, backache, earache, neck or arm pain or trauma, cold, urine burning, cough, general malaise, nausea, vomiting, eye problem, chest pain, skin lump, sinus congestion, hand problem, headache, weak, nervous, tired, foot pain, hemorrhoids, breast lump and hypertension. Of these a naturopathic doctor could readily help with the sore throat, skin rash, backache, earache, cold/cough, burning urine, malaise, nausea, vomiting, sinus congestion, headache, weak, nervous, tired and hemorrhoids. Chest pain, abdominal pain and hypertension should perhaps be seen by an MD first to rule out potentially life threatening conditions like a heart attack or appendicitis.
The advantages to seeing an ND for these would be:
- Natural treatment that addresses the root cause of the problem
- Saving time– we generally see people within 15 minutes of their appointment time
- More time spent with you (less in the waiting room) trying to understand all the underlying factors that may contribute to the problem
- Preventative care to prevent recurrence of the problem.
We are NOT a walk-in clinic however, so you do need to schedule an appointment to come in and see us. You can do so by calling 416.481.0222 or emailing Maria at Maria@ForcesofNature.ca