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The Naturopathic Way
Naturopathic medicine depends upon many modalities not accepted by conventional medicine. Among the most common modalities practiced by naturopathic physicians are nutrition, counseling and homeopathy. Naturopaths subscribe to the view that the body, if given the nutrients it requires, has the capacity to heal itself in most circumstances. They also often accept above recommended daily intake of certain nutrients that are, at that level, associated with positive effects on the immune system, heart function, brain function, muscular skeletal function, liver function, kidney function, islets of langerhans function, and cellular function as treatments for disease. Although largely dismissed by conventional medicine, a substantial majority of Americans have chosen to follow the advice of nutrition counselors, including naturopaths, and individual success stories related to that advice are common. Not only that, but most people in the world, those resident in China and in India, are far more familiar with naturopathic medicine because traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine commonly practiced in India are largely naturopathic, depending upon plant based remedies instead of synthetic drug substances as treatments.
Why did Joel D. Wallach, DVM, choose naturopathic medicine? It is difficult for some to understand how a person conventionally trained in veterinary medicine with peer reviewed publications in the field would choose an unconventional education thereafter, but Wallach never was one to confine himself to conventions if he thought an alternative the right thing to do. His veterinary education and career were marked by repeated instances in which he defied conventions and, in so doing, made remarkable discoveries, such as the utility of nutrients as disease interventions not only in animals but also in man, such as the earth shaking discovery that cystic fibrosis was not a genetic disease after all but was a nutrient deficiency disease, stemming from inadequate selenium, and such as his postulate that almost all chronic disease is a byproduct, in part, of malabsorption, including gluten intolerance.
Wallach’s decision to become a naturopathic doctor (ND) was not based entirely on his knowledge of the healing power of nutrition. He had also suffered his entire life with what may be termed the plague of modern allopathic medicine, the myopic perspective of physicians who practice medicine bureaucratically, avoiding any novel approach and avoiding what in many instances are logical and obvious means to solve the problems patients present to them. In a very personal way Wallach, like many Americans, had experienced the profoundly tragic consequences that often follow from misdiagnoses, toxic treatments, and neglect. In Let’s Play Doctor, Wallach put it this way:
My personal experience with “orthodox” doctors both as my physicians and fellow researchers has been disastrous. The “orthodox” oncologist did not inform me of any alternatives when they “treated” my wife and killed her with chemotherapy in 1978; the “orthodox” doctors deemed my son to have “learning disabilities” when, in fact, he had severe and debilitating food allergies; pediatricians missed a diagnosis of folic acid deficiency anemia and a fractured arm in my children; and lastly, they killed my father with a nosocomial infection initiated during a very simple procedure. I am a faithful servant to anything I believe in so it took me until 1978 to realize that if I was to have a positive effect on human health I would have to go back to school and become a physician! I chose to become an N.D. (a naturopathic physician) because they believed philosophically in nutrition as a basic bulwark against disease.