Current Trends in Naturopathy
The History Behind Current Trends
Traditional naturopathy changed forever in 1978 when naturopath doctors Les Griffith, Bill Mitchell and Joe Pizzorno started Bastyr University in Bellevue, Washington just outside Seattle. They formed this school for the purpose of graduating "medical naturopaths" that could become licensed in the State of Washington as primary physicians.
At the same time these politically savvy naturopaths started the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) and ran it for several years behind the scenes until about 1998. Understandably, Bastyr University was the first college of naturopathic medicine accredited by CNME.
During the 1980s, and to add credibility to their program, Bastyr University, under the leadership of Dr. Joe Pizzorno, sought and was awarded accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Bastyr University was the first college of naturopathic medicine to be accredited by one of the regional accreditation bodies recognized by the U S Department of Education.
Also in 1978 these three naturopaths started the American Naturopathic Medical Association that did not become public until 1981 -- the year the association was "officially" formed. Membership was "controlled" by Bastyr University graduates. A few other naturopaths were invited to join.
Bastyr University still has a stranglehold on ANMA as well as CNME. Bastyr University sets the standards for accreditation, certification and controls the association membership activities. Bastyr is also at the front in the war to license medical naturopaths.
Bastyr is not your friend unless you are a medical naturopath.
What Most People Do Not Know About Bastyr University
Bastyr University has always welcomed traditional naturopaths to attend their school and join "their" association. A few traditional naturopaths are allowed to become actively involved as association officers and serve on committees -- emphasis is on "a few."
Medical Naturopaths are taught that traditional naturopathy is not scientifically validated and is in the process of being replaced by medical naturopathy which is scientifically validated. If you tell anybody this often enough and with conviction, they will begin to believe it is true. Those who don't become believers are funneled into other degree programs like Oriental Medicine, Natural Health and Midwifery.
Even though CNME is no longer approved by the US Department of Education, Bastyr University -- and other schools operating with the blessing of Bastyr University -- continue to support CNME and use it as a weapon against traditional naturopath colleges.
Caution: We have only been able to identify one accredited certification board in naturopathy.
Now that you see the big picture it should come as no surprise that medical naturopaths are on a mission to exterminate traditional naturopaths. These are the methods they are currently using:
1. Report traditional naturopaths to their state medical license board for practicing medicine without a license. All they need to substantiate this accusation is your advertisement to "treat" a medical condition. This can be published in any matter through any media.
They can also use one of your former clients -- or prospective clients -- to claim you diagnosed, prescribed (proposed) a remedy, cured or attempted to cure a medical concern, condition, disease or disorder. Any of these are sufficient to convict you. That's why they encourage your former clients to testify against you anytime that client can be convinced to say you do any of these things. (Some lies are just as good as the truth...)
Lobbying for legislation to license medical naturopaths in your state. If you follow these attempts you will see that they often fail year after year and then finally pass. They gain momentum by lobbying medical license boards to support them. Once that happens, it's only a matter of time before the proposed legislation to license naturopaths passes.
2. They gain major support when the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) funds their efforts. The CAC waits until about one third of the politicians support the cause. Then they come in with their clout and "buy" enough votes to get the job done. Do not underestimate the political power of unlimited money from the pharmaceutical industry.
Medical naturopaths form a community of like-minded people because they all believe what you do is not scientifically valid. This community undermines traditional naturopaths both overtly and subversively. The members support each other and cast doubt on all traditional naturopaths.
Think about it. If a few people give you the names of (medical) naturopaths they believe know what they're doing, and discredit other (traditional) naturopaths, you will usually chose a medical naturopath.
It may be illegal but it works. Medical naturopaths are "team" players. Traditional naturopaths generally are not. That's why if there are two or more medical naturopaths in your area the odds are they have the largest practices.
The larger the number of medical naturopaths, the larger their practices.They would have you believe their practices are larger because they're better naturopaths. If you really study that statement and talk to these medical naturopaths you'll learn that they really are not as knowledgable as you are. They know more about medicine than you and they're more politically savvy than you.
But when it comes to traditional holistic and natural naturopathy, medical naturopaths know less than the average health store clerk.
3. The major reason professional liability insurance for naturopaths is increasing more rapidly than for other professions is because of: 1) botched surgery, 2) an incorrect diagnosis, and 3) a poorly selected prescription at the hands of medical naturopaths.
This upward spiraling cost of professional insurance will probably continue to increase exponentially as more and more medical naturopaths enter the profession.
Medical naturopaths are being given access to more and more hospitals. They are being given more and more prescription drug authority. Eventually, like osteopaths, they will probably become "medical doctors."
Meanwhile, more and more traditional naturopaths -- who actually offer more assistance to clients without the harmful side effects -- are moving their offices into their homes.
This trend can be reversed! We know because a few traditional naturopath coaches are reversing it!
4. There is a very strong trend toward coaching rather than diagnosing. The reason is that clients are potentially the best diagstician for themselves, their family and pets. Research indicates that even medical doctors average less that 40% accuracy in their diagnosis and prescription skills.
The average person can obtain a minimum of 80% accuracy in diagnosting and treating themselves, their family and pets using applied kinesiology, called Coach Tools, under the supervision and mentorship of a qualified coach.
The Fastest Growing Modern Trend
Traditional naturopath coaches are starting to form private associations based on federal laws that allow them to practice in any state outside the jurisdiction of licensing boards. Medical doctors that don't want to prescribe drugs as their first and primary intervention, have been forming private associations for several years. This is a new trend for traditional naturopaths.
We believe this trend is only getting started. We recommend you learn about this trend and evaluate how it will work best for you. Here are the major benefits of having your own personal private health and/or wellness association:
Be smart, be safe, be credible and be successful. Others have. You can too.
This article is the personal opinion of our founder and senior mediator Dr. John Gilbert expressed privately under the 1st, 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th and 14th Amendments to the US Constitution and Section Two of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This is a private communication for clients and prospective clients only, published without prejudice under UCC 1-308.