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Primary Care Challenge, Part II

Some time ago I issued a naturopath challenge in which I invited naturopaths to analyse a typical primary care problem. Today, I’d like to issue a broader challenge. With health care reform in the works, it would be wise to look north (or in my case, south) to our Canadian neighbo(u)rs, but not for the…

Overheard—evidence is for suckers

Overheard from the 210th annual emergency meeting of the Society for Evidence-Free Healing. Chair: The meeting will come to order. Some Dude: Seconded. Chair: Um, I’m the Chair. I don’t need a “second”. Some Other Dude: That sounds like an oppressive application of the dominant paradigm. Chair: Fine, fine. Would anyone object coming to order?…

Naturopathy—a final word

First, I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the naturopaty primary care challenge. It was far more successful than I could have hoped. A number of naturopaths and their supporters responded, most of them quite rationally. It takes guts to walk into the fire. It also takes fanaticism. I have always rather assumed that…

Naturopath challenge

Yesterday’s piece about naturopathy lead to a nice conversation, but I realized we’re missing something. We don’t actually have a naturopath to defend the profession. You see, if, for example, you are curious what your primary care physician might recommend to you, you can go to the American College of Physicians website, or the US…

I’m a primary care physician. What I, other internists, pediatricians, and family medicine docs do is prevent and treat common diseases. When we get to diseases that require more specialized care, we refer to our specialist colleagues. There is a movement afoot to broaden the role of naturopaths to make them primary care doctors. The…

Woo-fully ignorant

I’ve written quite a bit of the need for good health reporting, and I’ve had the good fortune to talk to some terrific reporters. But bad reporters are easy to come by, which is kind of sad, especially since jobs are getting scarce. When this article came across my browser, something looked familiar. The Stamford…