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Vegan Naturopathic Doctors?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 01, 2013 at 4:46 AM

What is your opinion about vegan naturopathic doctors? I remember one day I was watching a Dr.Mercola video, and in it he mentioned that you will never find a vegan naturopathic doctor or something along those lines. It seems though that now, there must be alot of vegan naturopathic doctors or doctors-to-be. Do you think this concept is an oxymoron? How would you feel if you consulted with a vegan naturopathic doctor and you only found that out at the consultation? I am not sure if they would push their views on an omnivore or not. Don't the things they learn in naturopathic schools and their own vegan viewpoints conflict? Or is it just like a person studying conventional nutrition and then becoming a paleo or WAPF friendly nutrionist?

This is such a random question, but I've been thinking about it for a while now. Do you know or have you encountered a vegan naturopath?

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on September 06, 2013
at 10:55 PM

Whole foods is also a dietary ideology :P

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

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on September 06, 2013
at 10:55 PM

Who foods is also a dietary ideology :P

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on February 03, 2013
at 08:26 PM

I'll go so far as to believe in the naturopathic power of oysters. Otherwise I need metrics not vegan phrenolgists.

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on February 03, 2013
at 07:27 PM

Ewww. Sounds nasty. Stay away. I think Dr. Kellogg grants these degrees if you eat 10 boxes of his Frosted Mini Wheats.

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on February 01, 2013
at 11:31 PM

I don't remember a belief in Naturopathy being a requirement of joining this site. I joined because I like reading other people's diet and exercise experiences. Naturopathy may or may not include homeopathy, depending on the practitioner. Regardless, I have tons of experience, having lived a westcoast hippy lifestyle for 20+ years, and having plenty of friends swear by it. I consider it all bunk. I am not trying to dissuade you, you can do what you want.

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on February 01, 2013
at 06:05 PM

I'd be very surprised to find a *vegan* naturopath, but vegetarian? Sure. (With eggs, dairy, and possibly fish, although the fish would disqualify them as vegetarian IMHO.)

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on February 01, 2013
at 04:41 PM

@Roth I've also noticed a big difference between "holistic" or "naturopathic" doctors, and "naturopaths"; this often boils down to "holistic healing, backed by science" v. "hoodoo". When someone says "naturopathy" without further explanation, I assume it could be either variety.

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on February 01, 2013
at 08:42 AM

@Roth: It's country-dependent, I think. Naturopaths here in Germany are blocked from doing almost anything that's proven to work. So they offer homeopathy, Bach flower remedies, charmstones, shamanism etc. A large number of them is deeply convinced of every esoteric nonsense out there -- the more obscure, the better. (On the other hand, quite a number of MDs here believe that statins will save you from a heart attack. Go figure.)

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on February 01, 2013
at 06:39 AM

If you don't consider naturopathy "medically sound" I'm genuinely confused as to why you're on this website. Or were you thinking of homeopathy?

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on February 01, 2013
at 04:54 AM

But I'm sure you could find the rogue vegan or paleo naturopath.

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on February 01, 2013
at 04:51 AM

Naturopaths generally believe in whole foods, rather than some diet ideology like paleo or veganism.

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on February 01, 2013
at 05:47 AM

I would consult with neither a vegan nor a naturopath. I have no interest in veganism, and I don't consider naturopahic medicine sound. So the thought that would be going through my mind would be, "Damn acid flashbacks, look where I am. And I'm not even wearing pants."

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

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on February 01, 2013
at 06:39 AM

If you don't consider naturopathy "medically sound" I'm genuinely confused as to why you're on this website. Or were you thinking of homeopathy?

A402a961303d312055dc0b253f29deac

(320)

on February 01, 2013
at 08:42 AM

@Roth: It's country-dependent, I think. Naturopaths here in Germany are blocked from doing almost anything that's proven to work. So they offer homeopathy, Bach flower remedies, charmstones, shamanism etc. A large number of them is deeply convinced of every esoteric nonsense out there -- the more obscure, the better. (On the other hand, quite a number of MDs here believe that statins will save you from a heart attack. Go figure.)

Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

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on February 01, 2013
at 11:31 PM

I don't remember a belief in Naturopathy being a requirement of joining this site. I joined because I like reading other people's diet and exercise experiences. Naturopathy may or may not include homeopathy, depending on the practitioner. Regardless, I have tons of experience, having lived a westcoast hippy lifestyle for 20+ years, and having plenty of friends swear by it. I consider it all bunk. I am not trying to dissuade you, you can do what you want.

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on February 03, 2013
at 08:26 PM

I'll go so far as to believe in the naturopathic power of oysters. Otherwise I need metrics not vegan phrenolgists.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on February 01, 2013
at 04:41 PM

@Roth I've also noticed a big difference between "holistic" or "naturopathic" doctors, and "naturopaths"; this often boils down to "holistic healing, backed by science" v. "hoodoo". When someone says "naturopathy" without further explanation, I assume it could be either variety.

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on February 01, 2013
at 04:57 AM

i'll be your naturopath for free....don't go vegan

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on September 06, 2013
at 09:59 PM

I'm 100% whole foods vegan and all my health problems have been resolved. It is what works for me and my family's health.

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on February 03, 2013
at 07:09 AM

Take what you like and leave the rest. I use remedies/supplements from two sources that are vegetarian/vegan. I use the herbs, I do the healing techniques when I am sick. The rest of the time I am paleo. Do what works for you.

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