[HD: This is a guest post I’ve written for Britt Hermes, a former naturopath who became disillusioned with her profession. She runs a blog called Naturopathic Diaries, which she started “to expose naturopathic medicine and protect patients from the dangerous and incompetent practices rife in my former profession.”]
As a mid-late career endocrinologist, I’ve been counseling victims of quackery for years. Let’s not pretend like these patients have simply gotten suboptimal advice, or that they received an alternate – but equally valid – viewpoint. I am nothing if not brutally honest, and I’m telling you, these folks are victims.
I have realized that it’s extraordinarily inefficient to (re)educate the world one patient at a time, in my exam room. I’ve often thought I should start a blog to be a contrarian voice to all the histrionic nonsense found in the world of alternative medicine. So I finally did it.
I’m the first to admit that Hormones Demystified is not for everyone. In fact, I urge anyone who is very sensitive to avoid my blog. Or, if you are invested in your naturopathic care to the point of being completely closed off to any “Western” medical concepts, do not read my blog – it’ll just piss you off. But, if you aren’t convinced that you, your naturopath, and your chiropractor have it all figured out, then you might want to check out my writing.
Disclosure: I think Britt’s blog is brilliant, but that doesn’t mean Britt endorses anything on my blog. In fact, she admitted that even she was offended by some of my particularly raw humor. But, she must believe that I have something useful to offer her readers, because she published this guest post. So take that as an endorsement of the message, if not the (sometimes offensive) vehicle that delivers it.
I’d like to use this platform Britt has given me to help you understand why your naturopath and your endocrinologist agree on precisely nothing. The key is to appreciate the two critical pillars on which the practice of Endocrinology rests: Know Your Assay and Know Your Pre-Test Probability. Don’t worry, I’ll explain…
The rest of this post can be found at Naturopathic Diaries.
What’s your opinion of naturopathy? Have you had “shotgun” testing through an alternative medicine practitioner? How much did it cost? Are you a medical doctor who treats patients who see a naturopath as well? Does it drive you crazy?
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