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WHat do you think of Functional Medicine and Naturopathy?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 21, 2012 at 3:58 PM

What are your views on function medicine and naturopathy? If someone were sick would you send them to a functional doctor? What type of doctor might cause more harm for a diabetic?

4886d3390cb1de913ecc198e72cc072c

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

If you've never been to a Functional doctor - then how do you know? Functional Medicine is NOT Quackery. It's been a life saving for me personally.

4886d3390cb1de913ecc198e72cc072c

on August 10, 2012
at 07:19 AM

My osteopathic doctor unraveled all my "real" medical issues - vs. regular doctor who didn't take the time to understand the "real" problem and never diagnosed the right condition - which lead to many years of being over medicated.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on August 10, 2012
at 02:38 AM

How has it been life saving?

F6c1df7d5699661bd1f0d6d0a6c17fc6

on August 09, 2012
at 11:36 PM

There doesn't seem to be any difference what so ever between NDs and other naturopaths, except some NDs have spend more money on getting their degrees in woo. http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/Naturopathy/naturopathy.html

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on August 09, 2012
at 11:14 PM

some people are unbelievable.

E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on July 25, 2012
at 07:37 AM

naturopathic doctor NDs (not naturopaths) have a very science-based education. the first 2 years are very similar to what MDs study!http://www.aanmc.org/education/comparing-nd-md-curricula.php

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on April 21, 2012
at 10:06 PM

Your first paragraph has a great point: I've had terrible naturopaths and terrible doctors. I've also had good doctors, and am keeping my eyes open for a good naturopath! It really depends on the practitioner.

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Bece741db5f5fed6bafa12e3548f973f

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on April 21, 2012
at 04:42 PM

Unmanaged diabetes would cause harm for a diabetic no matter who they went to. Some MDs are bad doctors and some naruropaths are quacks. I'd get a recommendation. Some of the MDs that I've been to in recent years were great, but then left for other places. A recent one, was not the greatest, even though an internist in a large clinic. I finally switched to a country doc in a tiny, small-town clinic and she's been tremendous. I think there is room for the naturopath and there is a reputable one nearby that I would go to. The problem is insurance and the cost. My MD sort of comes close because she does go the more natural approach when possible. Not everyone is that fortunate.

Our University hospital now has a naturopath option, so they are seeing the benefit of it. Diabetes is nothing to mess with. My daughter who is an RN student just had a case of a 30 something who had poorly managed diabetes and lots of damage that probably can't be reversed.

Some people throw up their arms and fire their doctor, go to the naturopath, and I've seen it where they don't get the medical help they need. On the other hand I was told by my neurologist to pick my weapon (medicine) as if he'd done all he could, and truthfully I don't think they did all they could. In the end I did the research and had to be my own advocate anyway. If I went to a naturopath I'd do it to complement and not replace what the MD was doing.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on April 21, 2012
at 10:06 PM

Your first paragraph has a great point: I've had terrible naturopaths and terrible doctors. I've also had good doctors, and am keeping my eyes open for a good naturopath! It really depends on the practitioner.

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C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on August 09, 2012
at 09:26 PM

I found 2 doctors, one is internal Medicine, and the other seems to handle IBS and thyroid stuff which sounds up my alley. Both are near places which have great bars too! This website has a lot of doctors more than suggested.

http://www.functionalmedicine.org/

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E2db1519690001648433e8109eb2c013

on April 21, 2012
at 10:14 PM

I know little or nothing of Functional Medicine, but Naturopathy is 100% bunk. This link should get you started on accurate information sources: http://www.naturowatch.org/

There is a link to a paper about the man who founded Functional Medicine: http://www.quackwatch.org/04ConsumerEducation/bland.html

I am diabetic and am off meds and keeping normal blood glucose levels through diet and exercise. There are good sources for information which are neither 'quacky' nor 1-size-fits-all pill pushers. Look around.

E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on July 25, 2012
at 07:37 AM

naturopathic doctor NDs (not naturopaths) have a very science-based education. the first 2 years are very similar to what MDs study!http://www.aanmc.org/education/comparing-nd-md-curricula.php

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on August 10, 2012
at 02:38 AM

How has it been life saving?

F6c1df7d5699661bd1f0d6d0a6c17fc6

on August 09, 2012
at 11:36 PM

There doesn't seem to be any difference what so ever between NDs and other naturopaths, except some NDs have spend more money on getting their degrees in woo. http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/Naturopathy/naturopathy.html

4886d3390cb1de913ecc198e72cc072c

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

If you've never been to a Functional doctor - then how do you know? Functional Medicine is NOT Quackery. It's been a life saving for me personally.

4886d3390cb1de913ecc198e72cc072c

on August 10, 2012
at 07:19 AM

My osteopathic doctor unraveled all my "real" medical issues - vs. regular doctor who didn't take the time to understand the "real" problem and never diagnosed the right condition - which lead to many years of being over medicated.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on August 09, 2012
at 11:14 PM

some people are unbelievable.

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