The Bloody Work of “Naturopathic Doctors” | Britt Hermes

Naturopathic doctors are actively lobbying for state licensure that would allow them to practice naturopathic medicine, like medical doctors, despite not having completed legitimate medical training. NDs argue that regulating their field ensures public safety. In reality, licensed naturopathic doctors are far more dangerous than their unlicensed counterparts. Join former naturopathic doctor, Britt Hermes for an enlightening fact-based talk about the ways NDs are experimenting on patients, often with their blood, and getting away with it. Prepare to be horrified!

Britt Hermes is a writer, scientist, and former naturopathic doctor. She practiced as a licensed naturopath in the United States for three years and then left the profession after realizing naturopathy is a pseudoscientific ideology. She now writes to expose issues with naturopathy, the current rising profession in alternative medicine. Britt’s writings can be found at Forbes, Science 2.0, KevinMD, and Science-Based Medicine.
This talk took place at CSICon 2017 in Las Vegas on Friday, October 27th.

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47 Comments

  1. Heal-Thy Life on April 17, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Omg she is soooo one sided. She just profits off her blogs n stuff I guess bc she never sees the whole view. One naturopathic doctor she was training with gave her a bad expierience n she bashes the whole field now. Grow up. Life dosnt always go how u want. My mom saw a naturopath and the doc used an evidenced based approach with her practices and she was very effective. Some Traditional docs were also affective but just treated symptoms nd everybody responds differently. Didnt even watch this video tbh, she just sais the same thing every single time so.

  2. Qonita BadegesTM on April 17, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    most people have USELESS careers
    that offer nothing to anybody. Now
    this is why, it’s because anyone with
    any good intent gets witch hunted D=

  3. Sinforoso Birung on April 17, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Having experienced the efficacy of naturopathic intervention on my gout and hypertension,https://youtu.be/SQFYns7i7aA, and aware of other people getting back to wellness after failed western medicine intervention, Britt’s testimony is beyond my understanding.

  4. OfftoShambala on April 17, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    I have benefited from naturopathic care…. while this is not unique to ND’s, it is also used by conventional doctors, but in my area, ND’s are the doctors who are most likely to utilize the therapy that was incredible, namely, ozone hemotherapy which is an oxygen therapy, that worked incredibly well for my son whose feet were covered with athletes foot and the fungus was smattered over his lower legs, arms and on his torso… heavy on his feet… I tried everything for about 6 or 9 months, OTC products, topical prescription from doctor, eventually tea tree oil and eventually I found an ND who was offering ozone hemotherapy (she calls it "ozone major" in her office) and within 24 hours, after one treatment, his fungus completely disappeared and never returned and it has been about 10 years since we did this … I was helped and we were very happy with the results… this was true healing, however, even those who apply this therapy, won’t say that it is healing, it assists the body to heal itself.
    How many people go to the allopaths and nothing they do helps them? if an approach a naturopath makes is not effective, why would they be considered quaks when allopaths fail all the time? this is beyond logic
    I have utilized ND’s often and there is a very high standard of care. All of the problems that occur in the practice of naturopathy, regularly occur within convnetional medicine. Maybe the real problem is just the entire medical field in general.

  5. bmw320 on April 17, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    at the End Naturopathic doctors are the winners, because they become more and more popular, and what Britt has mentioned is a compliment, compare to the horror stories and the number of people who have been killed and sufferer by medical doctors .

  6. Larra A on April 17, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Maybe not 100% of the time but typically with natural medicine if something isn’t working they will move on to something else which is more than I can say for a lot of conventional medicine example cancer treatments…. In a country where we have very little medical freedom getting cancer as a very horrifying thing… Billions of dollars thrown into cancer research and still all we have is surgery chemo and radiation which is the most horrible things you can do to somebody with cancer…. There are many many testimonies however of people that have used natural remedies and have actually cured their cancer.. once you weaken your immune system with chemotherapy and add a cancer causing agent like radiation you are pretty much doomed. I don’t understand why so many people every year lineup like sheep and let these medical professionals do this to them and they don’t even think about it. She actually said naturopathic medicine is being FORCED on us.. that is a lie.. it’s the other way around.. we should be allowed to have a choice. Insurance companies should cover either option and there should be education about natural medicine just like there are ads all over the place about conventional drugs.

  7. realityorfiction on April 17, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    I had a series of health problems and no md helped or even bothered to listen enough to understand what was going on with my health. I went to see an ND and I was treated like a real doctor should treat patients. She listened to me and figure out my issue was a gluten intolerance and anemia. I am now on my way to healing, I’m no longer suffering. You only hate naturalpathic Drs because they don’t get kick backs from the pharmacutical industry.

  8. michael onello on April 17, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Sounds like your working for big pharma or one of the Govt. agencies….Hmmmm, very one sided….!

  9. Anthony Butler on April 17, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    The best we hope for from a Naturopath is that they do no harm; if anything they do is actually therapeutic then it needs to be backed by Scientific evidence.

    No institution at all should promote anti vaccination theories because they inevitably lead to deaths; this is clearly doing harm.

  10. Giselle Vazquez on April 17, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    And… doctors and nurses at hospitals are protected by ALL THAT PAPERWORK we fill out before they’ll treat us! An agency RN with "25 years of experience" killed my grandmother at a well known award winning hospital. An oncologist laughed in my face when I asked why he hadn’t checked my mom’s brain when he had months before diagnosed her with "state 4 breast cancer. " in his own office I read a pamphlet listing where breast cancer can metastasize and in what order. Medical negligence. And these people can’t be sued. No field is 100 percent safe, right, or perfect. I believe that the future of medicine will be a balance between both natural medicine (which worked in other nations and cultures for how long??!), diet, and western medicine (which borrows from the previous and copies nature to provide synthetic, patentable drugs but which ultimately must be used in emergency medicine because it’s fastest). This girl … and hemochromatosis!!! It’s a rare disease ans not many doctors known or think about it!! My grandmother died from this disease and complications caused by this disease. One month short of her 80th birthday. After years and years of going to different doctors trying to figure out what was wrong with her liver and heart. We had doctors (MD’s) tell us that there was nothing wrong with the last one before her eventual diagnosis telling us that "she has a lot of iron in her blood. That’s great!" -.-
    Don’t fully trust ANYONE. MD’s are not all knowing or all powerful.

  11. David Musial on April 17, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    I started listening to this but she setting up to sound like she’s gonna tell the whole world what a waste of time it is to go to a naturopathic doctor. I’m turning this off.

  12. m. b. on April 17, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    you failed as a naturopath, so you sought success as a traitor putting a knife in the back of your colleagues by selling yourself to the enemies of health. you don’t have a clue what real science is.

  13. philip mullins on April 17, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Good nutrition is a very important factor in good health , obesity , heart disease , diabetes , allergies , some skin disorders etc can be related to poor nutrition if you think nutrition has no bearing to good health , go and buy one kilo of salt and one kilo of sugar and see if you can live on it for one week .

  14. Margie Watson on April 17, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    The abbreviation ‘Dr’ stands for doctorate. Joe Bloggs MD indicates that Joe has a doctorate in medicine. Joe Bloggs ND indicates Joe has a doctorate in naturopathy. Joe Bloggs can have a doctorate in virtually anything – English literature, mathematics, education, etc etc. I know several naturopaths [and have been treated by them]. None have used or suggested injections of any form. Sensible diet, exercise and homoeopathic remedies. The latter work very well for me. This video ‘throws the baby out with the bathwater’.

  15. Alexis Swanson on April 17, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    If you cherry pick for heartbreaking stories, there are plenty from the nonnaturopathic practices as well. Do I dare ask you about chemo? Did you know it is THE ONLY drug that doctors get some kind of commission for prescribing? You are clearly in the pharmaceutical company’s pocket. YOU want to keep people sick. Shorter life expectancy is fine as long as we don’t know that it’s your crap pills and drugs that’s shortening them trying to bandaid over people’s symptoms instead of cure them.

  16. Undead EAS Productions on April 17, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Several things I do agree with is that the Naturopathic physicians need better regulation, vaccines should be mandatory and that the treatments need better regulations. On the flip side, the American Medical Association needs to get their act together. Plenty of MD’s are crooked themselves. Another thing, the Supreme Court case "Wilk vs. the AMA" made the American Medical Association look bad by only going for personal attacks and not producing the evidence.

    Does what I say automatically mean I am against western medicine? No. MD’s are necessary.

    Does what I say automatically mean I am against alternative medicine? No.

  17. Christina on April 17, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    I don’t trust naturopaths but I also don’t trust conventional medical doctors. I was left permanently disabled at the hands of a conventional doctor and I’ve had no legal recourse. Conventional doctors do a lot of barbaric and ridiculous things as well. Just because it’s the "standard of care" that doesn’t mean people aren’t harmed significantly. Iatrogenic illness is a leading cause of death and disease in this country. And to think the FDA properly regulates pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and medical devices is just plain ignorant. So, in my opinion you’re unfortunately just trading one failed profession for another. Conventional medicine needs a whole lot of revamping in order to properly care for the health of patients, especially those with chronic illness.

  18. Ash N on April 17, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    I agree with her The naturopaths have no clue; But the medical doctors are even worse they have no fucking clue; she is the worst and the most ignorant of any kind;

  19. Bete Noire on April 17, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    "You good," comedy skit on doctors as drug dealers
    https://youtu.be/NYANlrcoT_w

  20. Renet Tyree on April 17, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    This lady is a shill. She was just a failure as a doctor. Naturopathic doctors are so much more healthier than the AMA. The AMA will kill you quick. This woman is delusional, for sure, still. Just goes to show that any idiot can make a youtube video.

  21. T C on April 17, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    While anecdotes are interesting in a large format like this, I would like to see the research showing how harmful naturopathy is. There are probably twice as many anecdotes about horrible practices of conventional medical doctors, but that is not reason enough to do away with it entirely. This lady sounds like she has an axe to grind more than just a policy position. I’d really have to see the cumulative research before deciding myself.

  22. cajunpoet8701able on April 17, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    The truth is she made mistakes and failed at her job so rather than take credit for the mistake she made she wants to attack the field of medicine as a whole it’s kind of sad really because anyone with a brain knows that pharmaceutical companies are evil and what most people don’t know is most MDS have a quota that’s how much Pharmaceuticals they have to prescribe in a certain period Of time in order to receive their bonus checks from the pharmaceutical companies so rather than try to destroy a field of natural medicine that has been proven for years and years to work because it worked for hundreds of years before pharmaceutical companies were ever around how about we focus on the fact that most pharmaceutical companies don’t even do double blind studies for a lot of the medication they put out if the side effects are worse than what is trying to cure we probably shouldn’t push it on our patients to put it in their bodies and then let’s look at chemotherapy should we if radiation causes cancer and we’re treating cancer with radiation that is a principal called like versus like which is what homeopathy is founded on did you know that doctors only give you 5 to 10 minutes to tell them what’s going on with you because they’re only required to give each patient so much time and then they will charge you for test you don’t need so they can tell you they’re trying to cover everything and they will also prescribe you medicine you don’t need so they can meet their quota this woman made a mistake in her career and so because she made a mistake she’s trying to make all naturopathic Physicians look like Quacks it’s kind of pathetic she’s not trying to save anyone accept yourself. You don’t see a physical therapist making a video speaking out against his profession because he prescribed the wrong exercises and made a patient’s injury worse you don’t see surgeons making videos speaking out against their profession when they made a mistake on their table and a patient dies you don’t see any nutrition hist make a video speaking out against his field because he didn’t look at a patient’s allergies and accidentally recommended the wrong type of diet. The fact is naturopathic medicine is saving way more people a year then allopathic medicine allows to die because of misdiagnosis mistreatment or prescribing the wrong medication for too much medication.

  23. Joseph Stokes on April 17, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Excellent! Thanks for your video! As a child our mother taught us not to lie to ourselves as we could never get in more delusional trouble! Again, thanks for your video!

  24. Sapient Budgie on April 17, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    The leading practitioners of “natural medicine” are MD’s. NDs make up the minority.

    Leading cause of fulminant hepatitis by a drug – acetaminophen 300,000 people.

    Many drugs have a number needed to treat of 500-2000.

    Many NDs know natural is not always better

    Many NDs don’t use and refute homeopathy

    If Brit wants to debate evidence, many NDs are ready. Review the evidence for patients using 8 drugs simultaneously.

  25. Cait S on April 17, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    According to Poison Control not ONE person died last year from an herb or vitamin but thousands did from Tylenol and Western medicine. The toxicity is way worse for drugs. Herbs and vitamins can be very powerful with little to no toxicity. Anyway they are scared that’s why big pharma suicided 90! Natural doctors so far this year. Shame on you!

  26. Qonita BadegesTM on April 17, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    yeah let’s crack down on the real doctors
    people who believe in using A VARIETY of
    nature’s offerings to cure chronic ailments
    omG that can’t be good … can’t be good…

  27. Daniel Oz on April 17, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Britt Hermes is AWESOME.

  28. Miranda on April 17, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Hermes speaks negatively about traditional medicine based on medical errors that Western medicine has widely made. Her examples on unethical drug production and the excavation of it is equally linked to the capitalization of Western, as well as natural medicine – her arguments are incredibly over-generalized, and seem to assume that practices, such as Chinese Medicine, which has existed and been used extensively in the East for CENTURIES, can be reduced into a sweepingly misunderstood statement. It is saddening to see how she satirizes an entire culture from a western-centric point of view.

    I would take her comments with a grain of salt – her experiences are personal, and such specific cases are truly horrible, but she has the choice to be an example of good naturopathy practice, of which she cowardly decides against.

  29. CEB on April 17, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    I will just leave this here for u blinded masses.
    https://youtu.be/X6J_7PvWoMw

  30. David Musial on April 17, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Please see this woman for what she is, an agent for the pharmaceutical companies spreading dis information so that you keep on buying their overpriced poison,,

  31. Johnny Thompson on April 17, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Allopathic Doctors kill 1 Milllion patients each year, prescribing pain killers, chemo, and other poisons that do much more harm than a hand full of Naturopaths. However, Naturopath’s should not be trying to be Medical doctors. They need to stick with Nutrition and Diets, Supplements, Herbal remedies in place of medicines (alternatives to toxic man made meds when possible) and Body manipulation ( Chiropractic, Body Massage, Bowen and Dorn Techniques). I don’t think Naturopath’s should be delivering babies, doing surgery, administering shots or intravenous solutions. A true Naturopath does no harm. 90% of the health crisis in America could be avoided if more people had better diets. This, is what true Naturopaths do, not try to be medical doctors.

  32. Crifward Davo on April 17, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Disgusting propaganda

  33. Bete Noire on April 17, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    The Head and the Heart: Student Unites Research and Healing Work
    https://bastyr.edu/news/general-news/2011/10/goldenberg-unites-lab-research-and-healing-work

  34. Cathleen Thomas on April 17, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    The very essence of Naturopathy is to bring the body back to it’s NATURAL ability to heal itself. One does not need to look far to see many legitimate "Western Medicine," failures that rely upon man-made chemicals, that although can bring some relief, destroy the person in the process.. Please, let us reason with actual, verifiable, data and statistics. One of many blatant verifiable crisis is OPIODS. We are facing an OPIOD epidemic as never before. Who prescribes these man-made chemicals? Who has been writing the scripts? On another note, I do not know of any professional in the homeopathic field industry that does not work WITH the medical licensed community when appropriate. It is stated very clearly and understood by the patient/client that one is NOT licensed. Maybe, people are weary of the symptom being treated and not the disease? There is deep value in working hand in hand. Scientific Realism is a death trap. There is more than what one sees under a microscope that can treat the disease and NOT just the symptom. Naturopathy seeks to heal, not "manage" pain and disease. Just my thoughts and I wish you well on your new path.

  35. MANiEATER _ on April 17, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    128 dislikes.
    Meaning 128 people hoping to find working and effective alternative medicine.

  36. cajunpoet8701able on April 17, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    So I finally figured out her problem her story if you will she worked as a naturopathic doctor and supposedly found out that her boss was importing fake supplements and giving them to cancer patients so she quit her job hired a lawyer and reported him to the board and then after that had some kind of life crisis and started to question everything so because of a one Bad Doctor Who made bad decisions she wants to ruin an entire profession that’s continually helping millions of people the truth is she’s a very confused person and she should really be ashamed of herself for trying to run an entire profession because of the questionable practices of one doctor that she worked for supposedly that’s her reason for now being against naturopathic medicine still sounds fishy to me I think she’s making money off pharmaceutical companies for speaking out against the profession

  37. James Curtis on April 17, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    It is true that there are a lot of charlatans in the Naturopathic field of course the same can be said of the Allopatic field. One just has to be fortunate enough to find the right Naturopathic Physician. I’ll take Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, Supplements and Exercise every time over Pharmaceutical Poison which destroys your liver, kidneys and eventually the rest of your body.

  38. Man Yau Edwin Law on April 17, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    After oxytocin drip by obstetrician for difficult labor, the labor trial by oxytocin is failed unfortunately as well and mother needs operative delivery in many cases. But baby died of respiratory distress syndrome due to operative delivery to cause higher risk of respiratory distress syndrome in many babies. Obstetrician can’t be sued due to high powerful medical council and says and said It might be isolated incidence. Natural vaginal delivery has less risk of respiratory distress syndrome , MD said or claims. After unfortunately failure of oxytocin drip trial, baby is delivered by forceps or machine vacuum extraction. But many babies get brain damaged by forceps or vacuum extraction unfortunately but those are isolated incidences. So obstetrician can’t be sued. Obstetrician might like operative or forceps or vacuum delivery to charge higher fees. After FDA approved penicillin or iron intravenous therapy, patients die of anaphylatic shock immediately.. MD can’t be sued because patient does not give history of allergic reaction to pencilling or iron. If patient can’t give history of turmeric allergies to naturopathy, naturopathy can be sued because naturopathy does not apply FDA approval for intravenous turmeric food for patient. The problematic intravenous turmeric might be contaminated by your nasal discharge or stool because this turmeric medicine is produced from very poor countries. Or intravenous turmeric is not available in USA made company. You said in one you tube that contaminated natural medicines can affect patient. Does or can FDA approved contaminated vaccine or medicine kill patient? I heard those news about contaminated vaccine or medicine causing death but manufacturer is sued but no MD can be sued because of powerful medical council and wealthy pharmaceutical companies. Pharmaceutical companies don’t want to do research for natural medicines which are not used in hospital setting by MD. Natural medicine can’t be patent to make big money. Then, MD can go traveling trips or dinner sponsored by pharmaceutical companies. Or MD will tell you on the stage they need ND if MD income is not good. ND income isn’t as good as MD so some ND want to sue ND course, college or university. The best is don’t use non FDA approval natural and conventional medicine. You should go to China, Taiwan and Hong Kong to see the effects of traditional Chinese natural medicines and acupuncture without any MD or ND basic medical sciences applied.

  39. FrothingFanboy on April 17, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    I’ve been to naturopaths a couple of times but will never go back to them because they are way too much like MDs. They conduct tests (the same expensive tests as an MD will give you) and then instead of giving a drug or operation, they give you a bunch of expensive supplements. That is not a lot different from MDs’ methods. Except that most supplements and herbs are not harmful, or at least much less harmful.

    I would prefer to be attended to by an old fashioned classical naturopath or better yet an MD well schooled in non-damaging alternatives. There are a few such MDs out there. They tend to be hounded out of their profession, though, and have been forced to move to other countries.

    The MD-style naturopaths they are graduating over the past 30 years are simple minded and not for me.

  40. Reginald Mc Nab on April 17, 2019 at 8:04 pm
  41. Heal-Thy Life on April 17, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Lol lets bash regular massage therapist to since they are not medically trained. Hahahaha

  42. Bete Noire on April 17, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Ex Pharma Sales Rep speaks the truth – Pharma doesn’t want to cure you
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIm8fHxqUAM

  43. Andie K on April 17, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    I’m currently two years into my Naturopathy degree and constantly plagued with doubts on whether or not to continue due to an unstable future this degree offers
    I came by this video (and I’m familiar with Britt’s blog) and genuinely watched in interest – Experience for someone as cautious as me is heavenly
    But there are things that just don’t add up or make sense/relate to naturopathy
    Turmeric (Curcumin) IV – Any respectable naturopath would know that any form of surgical intervention will require the attention of medical professionals i.e surgeons. Any form of intravenous ‘healing’ is going against the basic principle of naturopath (allowing the body to combat it’s own ailments). We DO NOT treat intravenously, especially a constituent such as curcumin
    (My point – One ill-informed naturopath does not code for all)
    I do not believe in Homeopathy (and yes, I am a studying naturopath)
    I do not believe in the Anti-vax movement – it’s dangerous and ill-informed (and yes, I am a studying naturopath)
    The incidence she mentioned with the poor baby – Another example of what naturopaths DON’T DO (at-least, as I mentioned before, respectable ones). It feels as though she depicts naturopaths as being 100% against any type of modern medical intervention which is frustrating, as modern medical patterns are glorious in all their prospects (especially to work along-side with). Why this woman 1) Prescribed homeopathic treatments (which in themselves are contraindicated in pregnancy) and
    2) Simply failed to request aid is bloody ridiculous
    These are not examples of Naturopathy being ‘ineffective’, these are examples of ineffective and dangerous naturopaths – a trait that can be seen in every modality, whether it be conventional or alternative (and trust me it is scary when you’re able to pick up on traits through some peers that you believe would make a dangerous naturopath)
    Also, detoxification – specifically fruit juice fasts are a load of RUBBISH and is probably one of the most harmful trends going around right now
    I read up on a similar case where another baby almost passed due to the diet a ‘naturopath’ had put her on. I was just livid with this, how a naturopath could recommend something so bloody stupid (And then finding out, she was no naturopath at all – she was a MYOTHERAPIST) hence the trouble of unregulated terms

    I just think if youre going to stand up and attack natural medicine, at least have a good background in how you’ll go by administrating your own evidence. (i.e. is it due to insufficient studies (although there seems to be more rising scientific studies to prove the efficacy of herbs and their constituents, Silymarin for an example), maybe believing any "medical/science subjects we go through are ineffective in comparison to ‘real medical students’ (but again, many of my peers are studying naturopathy AFTER completion of premedical courses – so this complaint is rather more individualised to each student)
    Instead, all she speaks of are the stupid actions (seriously, some of these just made me question how these naturopaths could pass 4 years of study and STILL reach such conclusion of treatment that would clearly endanger their patient) of even stupider people that just give naturopathy a bad name

  44. Rocky on April 17, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    It’s easy to point fingers at the few that practice outside the guidelines of a hospital setting.
    "Do no harm" remember that. Eastern medicines has forgotten.
    They treat cancers with radiations. Great infections with antibiotics.
    We all know breast cancers can be caused by radiating treatment.
    A high percentage of our foods contaminated one way or another and instead of banning
    Such practices it’s allowed and now you see our children with autism at young age.

  45. MyaMooLay on April 17, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    these poor audiences are building such a negative conception of NDs. NDs do not believe alternative medicine is ALWAYS the answer. obviously NDs cannot do surgeries as well as not all MDs but last case senario- yes by all means save your life and if you need surgery you need surgery! this goes for all cases in all medical situations. i think NDs believe the fore front is that the client is the self healer, NDs are the second, and MDs are the third

  46. 7One on April 17, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Meh, this would be a strong presentation if not for the childish sarcastic tone, hyperbole and blatant logical fallacies. Most likely just a big pharma shill but maybe she just has an axe to grind.. Either way, it’s very subjective and purely anecdotal.

  47. BFreshish on April 17, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    3rd year naturopathic medicine student here. Britt Hermes brings up some great points here about the failures of the medical board in taking action in what are essentially illegal practices. She also brings up stories of what happens when a doctor makes an error of judgement or doesn’t see the harm in a certain therapy. There are many naturopathic students at my school who don’t particularly care for homeopathy or understand how it works. In fact it is mostly removed from our curriculum now. Never are we "brainwashed" into believing anything, at most we will be told that "I’ve seen it work in practice" or something along those lines. Our herbalism classes are even taught in a way where relevant research is always linked. There is plenty of evidence that many herbs can be helpful, dietary changes, exercise, mindfulness and others which are the core of true naturopathy can drastically effect our health. 

    I think the danger here is Hermes is throwing the baby out with the bath water as they say, there are of course practitioners who get way over their head and lack a sense of reality but that isn’t to say that all of naturopathy is bad. How often do we hear stories of the corruption and malpractice of MD’s, but that doesn’t mean that all or even most of MD’s are corrupt. They come at health from a different paradigm is all. I understand the importance of surgery and pharmaceutical medications when they are required, but they don’t make up the entire practice of medicine. There is a place for diet, herbalism, mindfulness, exercise plans, returning to natural ways of living and lifestyle counseling which the true doctors of the past understood as essential in lasting health. 

    There are certainly some issues with how naturopathic medicine is taught, and many working to fix them but Britt Hermes seems dedicated to destroying a great and unique addition to our crumbling healthcare system that is infested with insurance companies, pharmaceutical interests and political agendas. Most of what she says are her personal opinions about what is "legitimate" is but she is quick to forget that there are modalities of medicine outside of MD that are of great help to people, and that only in the last century have MD schools become standardized. If you’re interested in learning more about what life is like as a naturopathic student or how naturopathy is practiced by the competent among us, send me a message. I’m more than happy to give my honest (good and bad) opinions of my experience and observation. Unlike, Hermes who is incredibly one sided in her approach (listing only the negatives to prove her point) rather than ironically approaching it scientifically (with the positive and negatives together, rather than cherry picking her evidence to prove her point).

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