Let’s support naturopathy

Why are we not supporting our colleagues in naturo­pathy? They have clearly done good work. Over my 22 years in medical practice I have witnessed an almost complete disappearance of formerly serious and prevalent problems such as chronic hypoglycaemia, chronic candidiasis, chronic Epstein-Barr infection, sero-negative Lyme disease, and toxicity related to dental amalgam.

I can remember when so many patients were afflicted by these problems that were outside of the diagnostic and therapeutic scope of conventional medicine. It must have been the efforts of the naturopaths and other alternative practitioners that account for the now reduced incidence and prevalence of these diseases.

We’re fortunate to have witnessed this improvement since it also now permits our complementary medicine colleagues to refocus their diagnostic techniques (including whole-blood analysis, iridology, and hair mineral analysis) on important emergent new afflictions identified by Dr O. Winfrey. And where, as a society, would we be without colonic irrigation?

Let’s recognize these valuable contributions for what they are!

—Marshall Dahl, MD

Marshall Dahl, MD, PhD, FRCPC. Let’s support naturopathy. BCMJ, Vol. 51, No. 4, May, 2009, Page(s) 150 - Letters.

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