Tuesday, May 27, 2008


These principles were formally codified in 1989 and form a framework by which naturopathic medicine operates:

1. First Do No Harm
2. Identify and treat the cause of disease
3. Teach the principles of healthy living
4. Heal the whole person through individualized treatment
5. Emphasize health promotion and disease prevention
6. Support the healing power of nature


Rob Cullen said...

Per your "support the healing power of nature", I'm wondering if you can elaborate.

For instance, the Textbook of Naturopathic Medicine specifically identifies this as "vital force" or "life force" -- therein, vitalism.

I'm wondering why you haven't shared naturopathy's vitalistic & science-ejected premise transparently?

I think that would allow therein for informed consent, ethically speaking.

Dr. Richard Mountain said...

Thanks for pointing that out. I've never seen the Textbook of Naturopathic Medicine, and maybe you are referring to the The Textbook of Natural Medicine, which is certainly debated. However, I have never read it before as it has not been a required textbook for any of my classes.

Click on "What To Expect" under Prospective Patients to read about some practitioners' perspective on areas that affect health.

Erika Krumbeck said...

Glad to find a fellow ND student blog!

I've been working on short essays on each of our 6 principles of naturopathic medicine. I'd love some feedback if you have time.



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Nurse Jon RN Holistic Nurse said...

I am a holistic nurse. While this is a designation that I can be certified in, it includes dozens of sub-modalities, some of which I personally do not want to be involved with. I wonder if there should be a naturopathic nursing designation as this more closely represents the nursing care I provide.

Technically, all nurses are supposed to be holistic. The reality is far from it.

Interestingly, I even practiced holistic (or rather naturopathic) nursing in the hospital over 10 years ago. As the unofficial blood transfusion avoidance case manager, we gave black strap molasses and peanut butter (now organic almond butter) to boost blood counts. Why? The do no harm requrirement. In the case of GI cancer, there is an 83% risk of metastatic cancer if blood is given. In massive blood loss, there is a 50 -50 chance of living once you hit 10 units. Yet none of my patients (over a thousand) died, even with Hgb's as low as 2.9 (85% blood loss). The lowest ER count I saw was 1.2 and he too survived.

Oh yea, then there is immunomodulation. Every unit you get further decreases your immunity for life.

I got five hospitals started using gum chewing to decrease post op illius risk....(a Chinese study found this).

And for those with leg cramps and a headache...a pinch of salt and a glass of water. That alone worked tens of thousands of times. Was not till years later that I found out it is called the oral version of a saline IV, aka, the Water Cures Protocol (identify and treat cause...in this case, fluid and electrolyte imbalance, less than bodies needs).

Yep, I think I am a Naturopathic Nurse.