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PseudoscienceThe Conspiracy Against Science$
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Allison B. Kaufman and James C. Kaufman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037426

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037426.001.0001

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An Inside Look at Naturopathic Medicine: A Whistleblower’s Deconstruction of Its Core Principles

An Inside Look at Naturopathic Medicine: A Whistleblower’s Deconstruction of Its Core Principles

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(p.137) 6 An Inside Look at Naturopathic Medicine: A Whistleblower’s Deconstruction of Its Core Principles
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Pseudoscience
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Britt Marie Hermes

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037426.003.0006

Naturopathic medicine (a.k.a., naturopathy) is marketed as a unique form of primary care medicine that is allegedly patient-centered, safe, and effective. The heart of naturopathy is positioned within a philosophy that presumes “natural” and “traditional” methods are better than the science-driven practices of modern medicine. Naturopaths have become skilled at selling this “nature works best” gimmick through scientific deception, hyperbole, and pseudo-profundity. The result is the rise of a new medical profession lacking standards of care and a basis in reality, which teaches its practitioners to provide treatments that are inherently unethical or even illegal. How do I know? I was a licensed naturopath who sold this naturopathic quackery to patients. Herein lies stories from my time as one of these fake doctors.

Keywords:   naturopathy, alternative medicine, homeopathy, vaccines, cancer, quackery

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