Naturopath of the Year

Naturopath of the Year

The American Association of Naturopathic Doctors has a Physician of the Year.

What goes into the practice of an ND to warrant such a designation?

In choosing the recipients, they consider leadership that boosts or contributes to the profession and development of fellow physicians; ethical standards and how well they model the Oath of Naturopathic Medicine; and individual achievement in the field, such as patient care, teaching, record of service over the years or unique accomplishments.

Sounds good in principle. How about in practice? This year's recipient, Margaret Beeson, owns the Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic where she practices.

The website is an archetype ND practice, filled with almost all therapies that are the hallmark of the ND practice.

  • naturopathic oncology
  • supplements
  • detoxification and clesnsing
  • hydrotherapy
  • craniasacral therapy
  • homeopathy
  • chiropractic
  • acupuncture
  • proloptherapy
  • Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT) "a solution of your own platelets, or dextrose, procaine/lidocaine, and B12 is injected into the affected tendon, ligament, or joint."
  • IV therapy of "vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other healing substances are infused intravein for direct delivery to cells and tissues"
  • hCG Weight Loss
  • laser therapy

and more. The clinic that has the breadth, if not depth, of what modern naturopathy has to offer. And as discussed at length here, at SBM and Naturopathic Diaries that would not be considered a good thing.

They  have a spa that offers naturopathic, contrast, and colon hydrotherapy as well as fever and cold wraps.

I have noticed in my time on ND websites that each tries to offer unique services that separates them from the other ND's. In this case they have the

NeurOptimal® Training System. "monitors electrical activity of your brain while providing reminders to your brain for optimizing function. When the activity of your brain shows signs of turbulence, the neurofeedback software is interrupted. This will subconsciously alert your brain that is not operating efficiently."

The clinic has a dispensary for

items prescribed for YNC patients by YNC doctors. These items include vitamins, supplements, homeopathic remedies, and tinctures,

in medicine, but not naturopathy, an ethically suspect practice.

The clinic also offers naturopathic residencies that are integrated into the local cancer centers.

I can see why the award was given, the clinic is everything that a naturopath would want.  

And almost nothing a science-based practice would use and a striking difference compared to what constitutes a top MD.

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