Naturopathic Medicine Week 2014

Naturopathic Medicine Week 2014

The current Congressional Job Approval Rating is 13%.  This always makes me wonder: who are these people?  In case you need another reason to disapprove of Congress, here's a good one.  The Senate has once again passed, by unanimous consent, Senate Resolution 420

designating the week of October 6 through October 12, 2014, as "Naturopathic Medicine Week" to recognize the value of naturopathic medicine in providing safe, effective, and affordable health care. 

(To find the Senate and House Resolutions, you'll need to search here.  Type "naturopathic" into the word search box and specify the 113th Congress.  If I try to link for you, the search times out and won't make a usable link.)

Like last year, the resolution was sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mukulski (D-MD). One of the three co-sponsors was the soon-to-be-retired Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA). No surprises there. House Resolution 508 does the same thing, but it has been referred to the Subcommittee on Health.  

The resolution rolls out a number of scary statistics about cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes. The solution?  Naturopaths!

  • Whereas naturopathic medicine provides noninvasive, holistic treatments that support the inherent self-healing capacity of the human body and encourage self-responsibility in health care; 
  • Whereas naturopathic medicine focuses on patient-centered care, the prevention of chronic illnesses, and early intervention in the treatment of chronic illnesses;
  • Whereas aspects of naturopathic medicine have been shown to lower the risk of major illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes;
  • Whereas naturopathic physicians can help address the shortage of primary care providers in the United States; 

To which I would add

  • Whereas, the body's inherent healing ability is a tenet of vitalism, a long-discredited pre-scientific notion of bodily function;
  • Whereas, naturopaths actually focus on pseudoscientific remedies like homeopathy, "detoxification," and reiki, prescribe dietary supplements, herbs and glandulars (dessicated animal organs) for which there is insufficient evidence of safety or effectiveness, and diagnose patients with non-existent diseases like adrenal fatigue, chronic yeast infection and chronic Lyme disease;
  • Whereas, "aspects of natural medicine" that have been shown to lower the risk of illness are diet, exercise, and other standard medical interventions that are provided by physicians and allied health professionals and rebranded as "naturopathic;"
  • Whereas, what little evidence there is shows that naturopathic "primary care" is actually associated with worse care; ND education and training includes pseudomedicine like homeopathy and is woefully insufficient for primary care;
  • Now, therefor be it 
  • RESOLVED, that there most certainly should not be a Naturopathic Medicine Week because there is no evidence that  naturopaths reliably provide "safe, effective and affordable" healthcare.  

The resolution also 

encourages the people of the United States to learn about naturopathic medicine and the role that naturopathic physicians play in preventing chronic and debilitating illnesses and conditions.

I'll be happy to help.  When you finish here, go to and type "naturopathy" into the search box.  You'll learn plenty about naturopathic medicine, although probably not what Sen. Mukulski had in mind.

And while we are on silly legislative resolutions, I'll give a shout out to the Pennsylvania Senate, which passed a resolution commending

the Chiropractic Fellowship of Pennsylvania for its educational efforts, and recognizing the month of September 2014 as Vertebral Subluxation Awareness Month.

Just in the nick of time, too. The resolution, introduced in 2013, didn't pass until September 15, 2014.  I guess no one told the Senators that it is impossible to be aware of vertebral subluxations because they don't exist. 










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