Naturopathy: A Critical Appraisal

Kimball C. Atwood IV, MD

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This is the first article in a mainstream medical journal that critically summarizes the field of "naturopathic medicine." If physicians continue to consider naturopaths and other "alternative" practitioners as inconsequential -- or, if the only articles on CAM that most physicians read are uncritical -- pseudoscience will continue to make inroads into patient care and health policy. The information presented herein illustrates why official sanctioning of naturopaths as health care providers, including their appointments to the MCAC, should be considered unwise.


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