Why Natural Medicine
An incredible two hundred and fifty thousand people per year die from side effects to prescription drugs. That count does not include illegal or recreational drugs, and purely correlates to pharmaceutical drugs that were legally and doctor prescribed, and taken as ordered. In fact, the FDA signifies that there are over 2 million acute dangerous drug reactions annualy, making ADRs (adverse drug reactions) similar to stroke as the fourth leading cause of death — even ahead of pulmonary disease, diabetes, AIDs, pneumonia, accidents and automobile deaths.
Three professors— one of them from Harvard University, one from Harvard Medical School and one from York University—published an important paper on the myth of safe and effective drugs. This was their startling and disturbing conclusion:W
“Over the past 35 years, patients have suffered from a largely hidden epidemic of side effects from drugs that usually have few offsetting benefits. The pharmaceutical industry has corrupted the practice of medicine through its influence over what drugs are developed, how they are tested, and how medical knowledge is created. Since 1906, heavy commercial influence has compromised Congressional legislation to protect the public from unsafe drugs.”
Because of eye-opening revelations like these, there has been a growing consumer driven demand for an alternative, for medicine that is natural, non-toxic and non-invasive. According to the NIH (National Institutes of Health), 38% of adults—about 4 in 10—and 12% of children are seeking out and using some form of health care practices and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine, in other words, tehy are seeking natural alternatives.
The emergence of naturopathic doctors (NDs).
The main difference between the naturopathic doctor’s methods and that of conventionally physicians is that NDs are taught to use methods that build on the extraordinary ability of the body to heal itself. Today’s naturopathic doctor doesn’t turn to pharmaceutical drugs to suppress symptoms, but rather looks for ways to support the body’s natural healing by using astute clinical acumen and modalities such as nutritional modifications, lifestyle interventions, clinically studied botanical medicine, dose appropriate medical nutritional support, acupuncture and other non-toxic therapies.