Naturopathy? ‘Quack-Quack’, Says a Former Practitioner

Blogger Britt Hermes pulls no punches in going after her former profession, reports STAT. An alternative medicine treatment, naturopathy includes the use of acupuncture, herbs, and homeopathy. Some of Hermes’s former colleagues have taken issue, and it’s a debate that factors in policy and tax dollars. Supporters of the practice staged a rally in May. Their goal? A federal pilot program that would allow Medicare to pay naturopaths for doing their thing.

Not if Hermes has any say, and her message appears to be getting attention. She tells STAT: “I’m trying to contextualize and call out the false and exaggerated claims. They want to be able to do everything an MD wants to do—but they also want to practice essentially witchcraft.”

Ouch! The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians did not comment, but that doesn’t mean that some individual naturopaths aren’t making their feelings known. David Gorksi, is the managing editor of Science-Based Medicine, which also views naturopathy with skepticism. He tells STAT: “Naturopaths dislike me, but they loathe Britt because she’s a traitor. They really, really, really hate her.”

Source: STAT