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Clark asks Health Minister to Investigate Restricting Naturopaths to Evidence-Based Practice

Posted on May 02, 2016 by Meagan Parisian

EDMONTON, AB - May 2, 2016 - The practice of Naturopathy should be restricted only to procedures that pass rigorous scientific testing, and should be further restricted when dealing with children, says Alberta Party leader Greg Clark.

“Like many Albertans I followed the tragic case of Ezekiel Stephan and this caused me to look further into the regulations surrounding Naturopathy in Alberta,” said Clark. “I was troubled to learn how broad the scope of practice is. 

“When the Provincial government legitimizes practices that have a questionable basis in science, Albertans are put at risk. Where clear evidence based on rigorous scientific evaluation is lacking, as is the case with many Naturopathic interventions, at best it is benign, at worst it directs people outside science-based medicine to potentially tragic consequences.” 

Clark has written to the Minister of Health requesting she investigate making the following changes: 

1)      Remove Naturopaths’ ability to use the title “Doctor” or the abbreviation “Dr.”, or the use of the term “Naturopathic Medicine”

2)      Severely restrict or remove entirely Naturopaths ability to work with pediatric patients

3)      Restrict the kinds of claims about the efficacy of Naturopathic treatments and Naturopaths’ ability to administer such treatments (i.e. only procedures that have effects proven through rigorous scientific examination should be allowed)

4)      Eliminate Naturopaths’ ability to prescribe or administer any form of alternative vaccination or vaccination substitute, or to counsel patients to avoid vaccination

5)      Review the role of the College of Naturopaths in self-regulating the practice of Naturopathy and consider alternatives to ensure compliance with the revised regulations 

“It is our duty as legislators to protect Albertans from harm,” said Clark. “If there is evidence a Naturopathic procedure is beneficial, or at the very least not harmful, it should be allowed. But those not proven effective by rigorous scientific examination should be restricted.”

You can read Greg's letter to Minister Hoffman here.

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  • commented 2016-05-03 08:49:04 -0600
    Although western medicine and Naturopathy work very well together, and together cover it all, traditional medicine is more a masculine view of the body as comparable to a visible, tangible machine, whereas most alternative therapies deal with the more invisible yet powerful feminine energies of life and employ what is now being recognized by some traditional medical establishments as credible – intuitive medicine (see Caroline Myss’s work) and energy medicine (see Donna Eden’s work). And let’ not forget the respectability of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda.

    “Caroline Myss is one of the world’s leading voices in the fields of human consciousness, spirituality and mysticism, health, energy medicine, and THE SCIENCE OF MEDICAL INTUITION. She author of Anatomy of the Spirit, Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can, Sacred Contracts, Invisible Acts of Power, and Entering the Castle. Her latest book is Defy Gravity: Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason.”
    “For nearly four decades, Donna Eden has been teaching people how to work with the body’s energy systems to reclaim their health and natural vitality. Donna is among the world’s most sought, most joyous, and most authoritative spokespersons for Energy Medicine. Her abilities as a healer are legendary. She has taught more than 100,000 people worldwide, both laypeople and professionals, how to understand the body as an energy system. Now you can study with her through her videos, DVDs, books, and other home study resources. Able from childhood to clairvoyantly see the body’s subtle energies, she not only works with those energies to further health, happiness, and vitality, she has made a career of teaching people who do not see energies how to work with them— joyfully and effectively.”
  • commented 2016-05-03 01:56:00 -0600
    I hadn’t realized that taking a holistic approach – considering mental, physical, environmental and spiritual aspects – to one’s well-being and combining nature with modern science was a bad thing. Or that focusing on nutrition and disease prevention was so unscientific as to make it unacceptable. Likewise with attempting to diagnose the cause rather than merely the symptoms of disease, and healing rather than drugging. Obviously, there are times when traditional medicine is unavoidable, but naturopaths work well WITH traditional doctors in such cases. In the past, when I could afford it, I visited a very competent naturopath in Red Deer. I can tell you that I have never received such a thorough examination from a conventional doctor, and I have never experienced such successful results from a treatment, although traditional doctors don’t actually do much in the way of treatment – they are more likely to try to fill you with prescription drugs and not care about the side effects or the interaction of all the drugs they like to prescribe.

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