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Naturopathy under the Microscope

Natural Medicines, and Naturopaths aim to restore optimal health by natural means, free of side-effects, free of drugs and their side effects and free of harm of any kind.

A Naturopath is practicing active prevention, by "scientific evidence" based lifestyle strategies, nutritional guidance, supplements and herbal medication to prevent diseases.

*Note: Medical Practitioners need to wait for a disease to manifest, before they can treat it.

*Note: Most accusation against natural therapies are based on ignorance and misrepresentations.

  1. Don't compare Oranges and Apples, each profession has it's own unique aim and philosophy.

  2. Medical treatment is to "fight disease". The patient is passive.

  3. Naturopathic treatment is to "support health". The patient is actively involved.

  4. Naturopaths don't treat notifiable conditions, and they do not "treat cancer".

Naturopathic & Natural Therapy Evidence Database:

*Naturopathic therapeutic agents are all scientifically validated to have a curative or a supportive role in human or animal health, including; Vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, pro-biotic's, botanical and herbal remedies, specific foods and super foods.

NATUROPATHY - Holistic Medicine
Evidence for the effectiveness of Naturopathy - Naturopathic medicine for the prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: a randomised clinical trial
Herman PM, et al. (2014). “A naturopathic approach to the prevention of cardiovascular disease: cost-effectiveness analysis of a pragmatic multi-worksite randomized clinical trial“. J Occup Environ Med. 56 (2):171-6.
Cooley K, et al. (2009). “Naturopathic care for anxiety: a randomized controlled trial“. PLos One. 4 (8):e6628.
Szczurk, et al. (2009). “Naturopathic treatment of rotator cuff tendinitis among Canadian postal workers: a randomized controlled trial“. Arthritis Rheum. 61 (8): 1037-46.
Szczurko, et al. (2007). “Naturopathic care for chronic low back pain: a randomized trial“. PLos One. 2 (9):e919.
 
VITAMINS - Evidence:
Vitamin B status and response to replacement therapy (burning mouth syndrome)- Vitamin deficiency is common - 15 out of 16 people had a deficiency.
Vitamin D Deficiency - Evaluation, Treatment, and Prevention of : Endocrine Clinical Practice Guideline
Vitamin E and vitamin C treatment improves fibrosis in patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis - significant improvement in fibrosis score.
 
HERBAL & BOTANICAL - Evidence:
Herbal medicines for the treatment of osteoarthritis: a systematic review - Rheumatology - Limitations in the conventional medical management of osteoarthritis indicate a real need for safe and effective treatment of osteoarthritis patients.
Cinnamon Extract - Anti-diabetic effect - Cinnamon extract has a regulatory role in blood glucose level and lipids and it may also exert a blood glucose-suppressing effect by improving insulin sensitivity or slowing absorption of carbohydrates in the small intestine.
Curcumin, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, induces heme oxygenase-1 and protects endothelial cells against oxidative stress
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) flower extract suppresses both reactive oxygen species and nitric oxide and prevents lipid oxidation in vitro
Dandelion Root Extract - Selective induction of apoptosis through activation of caspase-8 in human leukemia cells (Jurkat) - Results: Aqueous DRE effectively induces apoptosis in human leukemia cell lines in a dose and time dependent manner.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)- It has a mild sedative effect at higher doses, which allows it to be an effective treatment for anxiety.
More Evidence: Melissa for moderate anxiety disorders - Hyperactivity, concentration difficulties - Herbal hopes for brain aging?
Withania Somnifera (Ashwagandha), a Rejuvenating Herbal Drug Which Enhances Survival During Stress (an Adaptogen)
Looking for New Herbal Treatments for Metabolic Syndrome - The major use of herbal medicines is for health promotion about diverse disease including T2DM and therapy for chronic, as opposed to life-threatening, conditions. It is the most important reason for which herbal medicines are widely perceived as natural and safe without side effects.  
 
HOMEOPATHY - Evidence:
Defence Verdict Reached in Class Action Over Homeopathic Medicine  - no false representations about Oscillococcinum
Homeopathy Worldwide - Homeopathy is one of the most-used forms of medicine, 300-500 million patients worldwide use it.
Scientific Research in Homeopathy Triple Blind Randomised Placebo-Controlled Trial, Systematic Reviews and Meta Analysis, Evidence-base, Body of Evidence. 
How does Homeopathy work - Law of Similars - like cures like - Provings - The Avogadro Limit - The Arndt-Schultz Law - What is Hormesis -
HRI - Homeopathic Research Institute: Check out the library of publications including scientific papers and reports
Arnica montana Stimulates Extracellular Matrix Gene Expression in a Macrophage Cell Line Differentiated to Wound-Healing Phenotype 
 
INGESTIABLES & PROBIOTICS - Food and Diet, studies and evidence
Probiotic therapy of intestinal inflammation and infections - Summary: offer promise for physiologic, nontoxic treatment of pouchitis, ulcerative colitis, and acute infectious diarrhoea .
 
SUPPORT ARTICLES:
Why are Natural Therapies under Attack? - Wouldn't it be much better, if Naturopaths would work together with Doctors.
The Optimal Australian Health Care System - A new paradigm in Health Policies.
Would anyone call it a "Conspiracy" ... or is it just coincidence, that medical research hasn't found a cure for Cancer, Arthritis or anything?
Prevention, a Medical Dilemma - Dilemmas usually cost a lot of money, it's the population's health that carries the cost. ... read more
Supporting Natural Therapies is to Support Health ...
Fever-range whole-body heat treatment, stimulates antigen-specific T-cell responses in humans.
Natural Medicine Support for CLL - Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia - Don’t Just “Watch & Wait” -
Complementary and alternative therapies - Complementary therapies may be used together with conventional medical treatments to support and enhance your quality of life and well-being. - They do not aim to cure the person’s cancer. Instead they are used to help control symptoms such as pain and fatigue.
Natural Therapies .. potential dangerous? Compared to what? - I don't think anyone would argue, that medical treatment is much more potentially dangerous than natural treatments.
Evidence based Medicine and Naturopathy - Southern Cross University - Evidence-based medicine (EBM) has been advocated as a new paradigm in orthodox medicine and as a method- ology for natural medicines, which are often accused of lacking an adequate scientific basis.
Hippocratic Oath, a Natural Version
War against natural medicine ( ABC The Drum)... Why is a group of prestigious doctors and scientists who have the backing of the most profitable industry in the world according to Fortune 500 – the pharmaceutical industry – targeting a few poorly-funded natural medicine courses? .. read more
Suggestion for the formation of a: Natural Medicine Advisory Board, for the unification, advancements and integration into the Australian Conventional Health System.
 
WHAT IS NATUROPATHY? - ( up-dated evidence based description is needed)
What is Naturopathy all about? - Demystifying Naturopathy
ANTA Naturopathy - A.N.P.A Naturopathy - ARONAH Register for Naturopaths & Herbalists - ATMS Naturopathy - Betterhealth.vic.gov.au -
University of Minnesota - Taking Charge of your Health & Wellbeing
Why would you visit a Naturopath? Qualified Naturopaths are well equipped with a supportive "philosophy", as well as "scientific evidence" to boost overall health.
Naturopathy and the Primary Care Practice - Naturopathy is a distinct type of primary care medicine that blends age-old healing traditions with scientific advances and current research.
Integration of CAM and Conventional Medicine -  A distinct trend toward the integration of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies with the practice of conventional medicine is occuring.
Menopause and complementary therapies -  When using natural therapies, it is advisable to seek the advice of a trained natural therapist.
 
STATISTICS .. proving popularity of Complementary Medicine
Alternative Medicine Taking Hold Among Americans: Report : $14.7 billion out-of-pocket on visits to complementary practitioners such as chiropractors, yoga instructors, acupuncturists or massage therapists -- nearly 30 percent of what people spent on traditional medical services. ...read all
Alternative Health Therapies in Australia: Market Research Report - A natural success: Growing public acceptance of industry services boosts revenue
COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES - chiropractors, naturopaths and acupuncturists - have been growing fast, according to census data.  
Prescription drugs Medicines killing hundreds - Valium, was the drug that caused or contributed to the highest number of overdose deaths last year.
Popping Pills: Prescription Drug Abuse in America  -
Prescription painkillers responsible for 70 per cent of accidental opioid deaths, NDARC report shows.
 
OPEN ACCESS RESEARCH JOURNALS
PubMed Central® (PMC) - Evidence Based Complement Alternat Med - Vols. 1 to 2016; 2004 to 2016
Cochrane Library - Trusted evidence. Informed decisions. Better health.
HINDAWI - Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
 
HOLISTIC HEALTH POLICIES
Holistic Health Policies - "How come Natural Therapies are not fully recognised by our government and medical establishments"? What terrible thread to society could we be, other than promoting health as outlined by the 'WHO - World Health Regulation"? read more
 

The Future of Medicine - From Maintenance to Prevention and Wellness:

How much longer will we need a General practitioner? Surely there are more efficient ways to check if you need medical attention, and for everything else, you will need prevention and wellness approaches. 

 
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