10/10/2014

Naturopathy and Infertility

Why naturopathy as a treatment for infertility is at best a waste of your time and your money.

Naturopathy is an oddity among alternative medicine, because it’s a hodgepodge of other practices linked by an underlying belief in vitalism: the pre-scientific notion that living things have a “life force”. Vitalism disappeared from medicine when Wöhler synthesized urea in 1828, yet the belief in vitalism is a central tenet of naturopathic philosophy. Naturopaths liken themselves to be primary care providers akin to family physicians (general practitioners) but their practices are quite different: rather than make decisions based on scientific evidence, naturopaths pick and choose based on what they feel is congruent with their vitalistic philosophy, sometimes despite good scientific evidence that shows they are wrong.

https://sciencebasedpharmacy.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/naturopathy-paternalism-and-infertility-treatments/#more-5410


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