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Naturopathy and Naturopathic medicine. What are they, how are they different from one another, what are the laws, how do I believe that they should be regulated, and why can't we all just get along.
Although some of this was covered in the interview I did for the CHEK Institute’s CHEK report (Click here to view the report) it deserves some additional discussion of its own, hence this more thorough and complete article.
It is close to impossible to find any area of health or medicine (or most any other profession for that matter) in which all of the actual professionals agree on most topics or issues in their areas of expertise. This is especially true in medicine. I have numerous patients who have been astonished when three or four different "expert" rheumatologists , or oncologists or cardiologists have completely disagreed on their recommended treatment protocol! And physicians call themselves scientific. Hah. I have also had four patients in a 12 month period, who all lived in San Diego county, that were referred by their physicians, to "the best cardiologist in the state", and yet no two were even referred to the same cardiologist!!!! Nonetheless, naturopathy is so divided and the public is so misinformed (what else is new) that the problem has become even worse than it is in many other occupations. My goal, with this article, is to greatly reduce this confusion. I fully understand (and accept) that due to the rather fierce and divided opinions on both side of these issues, that my article may possibly lead to even more arguments and get some "naturopaths" upset. Be that as it may, I write this from my heart, with my own objectivity, ethics and accuracy and as many facts as there are available to me..
Homeopathy may possibly be the single most misused and misunderstood word in the entire field of holistic health. It is commonly (but incorrectly) used to mean holistic, alternative health, nutritionally related, the use of herbs, or to apply to vitamin and mineral supplements. Very often it is used to refer to those who treat illnesses with the use of diet changes and nutritional supplements. None of these uses of the word homeopathy or homeopath is even remotely correct, accurate, or appropriate. Homeopathy is a separate and distinct medical science and is not a part of the fields of allopathic medicine, nutrition, naturopathy, herbalism, aroma therapy or any other modality excepts its own. It is certainly possible for practitioners in these other fields to have studied homeopathy and even for some of them to have become practicing homeopaths but there is no other connection.
David Getoff, CCN, CTN, CNC, FAAIM is a traditional Naturopath, board certified clinical nutritionist and educator. He teaches classes and seminars and has a busy private practice in Deerhorn Valley in the foothills of south eastern San Diego county California.
An older version of this
article was printed in the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation Journal
in 2000. It has been lengthened and revised for The Original Internist
Copyright 12/2004 and then again for inclusion on my own web page Copyright
Muscle testing is a simple procedure but it is often misunderstood, and even more often it is done incorrectly. Numerous professionals are using muscle testing to gather specific information about the subject being tested, and in many cases even to apply a treatment to the subject. Many professionals have created special names and sets of initials to designate their particular protocol or methodology. A few of these include CRA, TFA, JMT, and NAET. I will not go into any of these special techniques nor will I give opinions as to which ones I feel are more or less valid or effective. This article discusses what I believe to be the most scientific and objective form of muscle testing and it is this basic form which I use in my office every day. This is also the only form that I teach to both the public in short classes and to health practitioners in comprehensive 2 day seminars. Both are also available in video instruction format. The basic 3 hour course is sold through the non-profit Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation www.ppnf.org Health professionals may email me directly about the 12 hour professional course which is also approved for contact hours by the California Board of Registered Nursing. The cost is different and an exam is included for contact hours. Provider # 13946
A much more expensive ($300-400) comprehensive instructional video designed for health practitioners only, is available directly from my office. If you are a health professional and wish information on this video set, go to my web site
www.naturopath4you.com and look under the health professional tab for more information.
The following articles were not written by me. When I read an exceptionally important and well written article, I contact the author, publisher, or foundation with the reprint rights to try to secure their permission to put the article on my web site. These are all here with permission.