A Naturopathic Doctor makes some interesting claims on their website. Let’s take a look at some of them.
We can frequently observe a strong immune reaction in kids, as they mount a very high fever. Their illness is intense, but short-lived, because their bodies are very efficient in destroying microbes. Low-grade fever and lingering post-infection symptoms are seen frequently in adults. This is a typical reaction of a still working, but much weaker immune system. Watch what symptoms you get. They can tell you if your immune system is strong or not. http://www.drdnaturopath.com/index.php/low-immune-system-causes/
The ND doesn’t tell us whether the weakening of the immune system as we age is relevant to just older individuals or to all adults. Is the weakening of the immune system relevant to a fit thirtysomething? They don’t say, they leave that for the reader to interpret.
Then there’s the generalisations – that kids generally have high-grade fevers and adults generally have low-grade fevers. Is this true – or does it depend on the pathogen? Would a child with viral bronchopneumonia or TB get a high-grade fever? And how about an adult with lobar pneumonia or malaria – would they get a low-grade fever? I expect that the author can answer these queries easily enough, as they state on their website that they fully understand immunity and the immune system: “I took few years before I fully understood immunity and the immune system.”
You experience chronic tingling and pain in your hands, so you: a) Take pain killers b) Take vitamin B12, since deficiency of this vitamin causes hand tingling c) Improve stomach health, so you can absorb vitamin B12 from food rather than from supplements. http://www.drdnaturopath.com/index.php/good-correctors-bad-correctors/
According to Dr D, the correct answer here is (c) – improve stomach health so you can absorb vitamin B12. I’d have thought the correct answer would be (d) See your GP, but this option is not given by the ND. Dr D writes that “you feel better, your health is better, your whole body is better” and claims: “This is how you get truly healthy. Find the cause, remove the cause, and improve health permanently.”
Have they actually “found the cause” and removed it though? I’m no expert, but I’d have thought that if you had a lack of intrinsic factor, then attempts at “improving stomach health” to aid absorption of vitamin B12 from food would do nothing – unless by “improving stomach health”, they mean “growing new gastric parietal cells”. If your symptoms have arisen from something other than vitamin B12 deficiency, then “improving stomach health” to aid absorption of B12 will (obviously) do nothing – and there could be a number of reasons why someone might suffer from tingling and pain, B12 deficiency is just one of them. It could be due to poor circulation, inflammation, neuropathy from injury or infection, multiple sclerosis, pressure on the nerves, abnormal levels of calcium (or potassium, or sodium), bites, or toxins.
You might think that someone who earns a living as a medical professional might be a bit more circumspect when it comes to offering such nuggets of wisdom on the internet. A blanket recommendation to “improve stomach health” with the aim of increasing absorption of vitamin B12 to counteract deficiency, ignoring all other possible causes of tingling and pain in the hands, seems unwise.
This website doesn’t contain the most outrageous nonsense I’ve seen from naturopathic practitioners, though. Far from it. I think Dr Georgiou the naturopathic sexologist, inventor of Heavy Metal Detox™, is difficult to beat on that score. I’ve added a couple of links to the following quote but here’s what Dr George J Georgiou claims to specialise in:
Herbal medicine, Homepathy, Hyperthermia, Thermography, Iridology/sclerology, Colon hydrotherapy, Naturopathy, Naturopathic Sexology, Psychotherapy, Live Blood Analysis, Bio-resonance therapy, Biological Terrain Analysis, VEGA allergy testing, Infrared and Ozone sauna, ART, HRV, MRT, Orgone Accumulator, PAPIMI, Rife Technology.
(If you’ve not got woo bingo by this point, then you’ve not been paying attention.)