The Scope of Naturopathy


I highly recommend you read this article about a naturopath who is now turning on other naturopaths.  It seems the scope of treatment is what bothered her so and to be honest, it bothered me as well.

Britt Hermes studied naturopathy at Bastyr University and practiced for three years in Washington and Arizona and then “discovered that the profession functions as a system of indoctrination based on discredited ideas about health and medicine, full of anti-science rhetoric with many ineffective and dangerous practices.”  Ouch.

Personally, I am open to alternative therapies.  I don’t think allopathic medicine has all the answers and we tend to push way too many drugs, which seems to be influenced by the pharmaceutical industry.  I get that.  But I also believe patients should know who there “doctors” are and what their training was.  What people don’t realize is that in a number of states, NDs can prescribe pharmaceuticals, do minor surgery, and essentially act as primary care physicians.  Yes, primary care physicians.

Trust me and hit this link to read this article.  It will, and should, scare you.  And we let it happen.



Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]

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  1. Steve O' says:

    This belongs here, after Steve’s article which provoked the starbursts of vanity from the Physician Assistant readers. There is a great system to suppress the control of intermediates in the “Health Care Industry.” The “best” things in American business involve driving up to the menu and speaking into the Clown’s mouth. There are “choices.” You can have one.
    One of the best ways to invalidate the doctors, is to have all sorts of doctors. Some states are experimenting with PharmD’s providing direct patient care – they wear white coats, refer to themselves as “doctors,” (why, aren’t they?) and expound themselves as diabetes specialists. (If you know about the drugs, you don’t need to examine the diabetic.) There are Doctors of Naprapathy, Doctors of Chiropractic (who can be primary care providers), NP’s with a doctorate in nursing (they call themselves Doctors, of course) and Doctors of Oriental Medicine. They will warn you about mercury in your fillings, preservatives in your vaccines, fluoride in your water.
    Healthcare is in the midst of a “Quality Harvest,” by which they mean, squeeze much of the actual quality out of healthcare delivery and use phony healthcare measures to drive the herd into the pens. It is paying off in bundles of money looted from the suckers who know they are getting shilled, but don’t know who’s running the grift.
    Everyone who wrangles an “opportunity” to give healthcare is looking up at the one person making more then them, and not the fifty people down the ladder who want a piece of the “opportunity” you’re withholding from them. If you don’t think PA’s are filthy rich, ask someone managing a Wendy’s at double-minimum-wage. They finished biology in college – where’s there shot at the Big Time? And the puppetmasters laugh, hysterically.

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