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Dear naturopaths,

You seem to have no idea how much trouble you cause for patients, MDs, & society in general. This trouble is getting worse, & it has to STOP. Since you seem to have no insight into these issues, here are some of the (many) problems you create for us all...
Naturopaths, STOP making patients think they NEED lab tests from MDs! If we disagree, it can compromise our relationship with our patients by making them think they’re being denied something you just told them they HAD to have! You are SETTING US UP for a conflict with them!
It takes a LOT of time for MDs to explain why MANY (nearly all) of the tests naturopaths are often demanding SHOULD'NT be done! This re-education, takes AWAY time spent effectively on that #patients actual health issues. This isn't helping their care! This COMPROMISES it!!
The many WEIRD, non-evidence based treatments naturopaths often seem to RECOMMEND compromise patient care! Creating an expectation in patients that an unfounded treatment will work, distracts them from focusing their efforts on TRUE balance and healing in their lives!
Naturopaths, giving patients hope can be helpful to their well-being. Giving them a FANATASY about some random MADE-UP ‘therapy’, especially when it replaces a proven one, is NOT being fair to THEM. It meets YOUR NEEDS NOT THEIRS!!!
Every minute MDs spend reassuring patients that they don't need to have tests & treatments their naturopath told them to have, leaves LESS time for other patients. Naturopaths are REDUCING access to care for everyone!! This is a hidden cost of naturopathy that AFFECTS US ALL!
The very title 'naturopath' HIDES a truth! 'Natural', for many, implies 'better'. By choosing this name, they BIAS patients that whatever they offer, no matter how bad, or unfounded it may be, IS automatically 'good'. It’s MISLEADING, before patients even step in the door!
What naturopaths really need to learn is FEAR!!! I don't know one MD out there that hasn't WORRIED about the recommendations they make. We doubt ourselves. We question ourselves. We CHALLENGE ourselves. And we ask for HELP. A LOT! And you know who benefits? The PATIENTS DO!
But many naturopaths go well beyond their 'training', DENY the value of proven LIFESAVING treatments like #vaccines. They UNETHICALLY promote their own ineffective services & treatments instead. This screams 'inferiority complex', while playing with people's LIVES!
Society needs to start insisting that naturopaths are ACCOUNTABLE to patients & society for the costs & consequences of their actions, just like the rest of us are. This #bignatura industry needs a massive overhaul, a 'reset', or possibly a 'DELETE'.
Naturopaths, turn your attention inwards, & ask yourselves a tough question: Doctors have been teaching ourselves, & our trainees ad nauseum "DO NO HARM"!! Do you really think you can you say the same...?
PS naturopaths - the odds that every single patient you see has either: a 'hormone problem', 'undetectable celiac disease', 'sugar sensitivity', or 'adrenal fatigue' (seriously, these things don't go to sleep), is EXACTLY ZERO!!

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More from @HislopMD

Jun 22, 2018
Dear #naturopaths,

Most of you don’t seem to realize that:

There is no epidemic of patients with abnormal cortisol.

Thyroids are sometimes A-OK.

Most people can happily eat all foods.

Hormones generally ‘balance’ themselves.

A ‘boosted’ immune system can kill someone.💀
Naturopaths, the number of vitamins that should routinely be given IV is: zero.

All organs are best ‘nourished’ with: regular food.

Homeopathy is as helpful as adding a drop of water to your soup to make it more salty. 🤪

‘Cleansing’ is done with soap, not IVs.
Get it straight naturopaths:
Vaccines. Save. Lives.

Somewhere around zero people should be ‘detoxified’ outside a hospital.

Eczema sometimes really does need a steroid.

Natural things can totally kill you.
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Apr 20, 2018
Starting Oct 1, MDs in BC will face severe fines for privately billing for evaluations & procedures that are benefits under universal care (MSP). I wonder if @AdrianDix will apply this law, just as rigorously, to any naturopath who manages MSP-covered conditions...?#cdnhealth
Some may argue that naturopathy is considered a “supplementary benefit” in BC, and therefore can be billed privately. But naturopaths are routinely going well beyond any definition of “supplementary” practice, and are actively promoting themselves as primary care providers…
NDs say they perform 'primary care evaluations' for colds, chronic conditions, celiac & thyroid disease, fatigue, & other illnesses, but despite these being BENEFITS under MSP, will bill patients privately FAR in excess of what would be covered by MSP for an MD.
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Mar 17, 2018
Dear naturopaths (part 2),

Many of you are making inaccurate, denigrating comments about MDs. This is misleading patients & it is time to stop! Since no one within your 'profession' seems to be trying to do anything about this, here are some of the positions you must change:
Naturopaths, stop publicly advertising your 'value' by attacking MDs. You say you are 'DIFFERENT' from MDs because 'NDs treat the whole person', & 'get at the root cause'. Also that 'unlike MDs, NDs focus on prevention’. These. (ridiculous). Statements. Are. Totally. False.
Let's be clear naturopaths: MDs ABSOLUTELY treat the WHOLE person! Biologically. Psychologically. Socially. Head to toe. Heart to soul. Pre-cradle to grave. When NDs say otherwise this is deceitful, self-serving, & UNDERMINES patient relationships with their MDs!
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