Medicine remains peculiar.
Astronomers do not integrate with astrologers. Chemists do not integrate with alchemists. Physicist do not integrate with perpetual motion proponents. These are fields where they recognize pseudo-science and avoid it.
Not medicine. Medicine integrates with any number of pseudo-sciences but never to the benefit of medicine
Pharmacists often sell homeopathy, although if they work for a big pharmacy chain they may not have any say in the matter, although some pharmacist organizations are
"Homeopathic remedies do not work. They are a placebo. That is the issue. I would say that if the RPS, which is a respected organization, cannot come out with a bold statement that pharmacists should not be selling these products, then I think the professional body is failing in its responsibility to represent a science-based profession. We are the laughing stock of medicine if we continue to do this."
Medicine, real medicine, is hard. It takes years of study, both in medical school and in post graduate training, to have an understanding of disease and all its ramifications.
"something almost, but not quite entirely unlike a physician."
Naturopaths are more magicians than physicians, and magicians of both varieties.
Their education and practice, immersed in homeopathy, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, and more, is magic of the Harry Potter variety. Totally divorced from reality.
But naturopathic PR is of the David Copperfield variety of magic. Real magicians rely on misdirection, distraction, slight of hand, and smoke and mirrors so that you do not realize what is really occurring. And so too with Naturopaths.
If, say, an assistant dean at the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health notes, as one has, that the
"fundamental principles of naturopathic medicine are similar to those of public health in such areas as health promotion, prevention, and patient education. NDs are trained to be more proactive in their approach to wellness than reactive approaches to disease management and treatment."
And if you understand what the reality of Naturopathic education and training actually consists of, then you suspect that the dean of the public health school has been fooled by the PR magic of naturopathy. They have seen Oz the Magnificant, not the naturopath
And the result of being fooled? Offering
a dual-degree program for a naturopathic medical degree (ND) and a master's degree in public health (MPH).
How the Nutrimatic education of an ND school can in any way be applied to an MPH eludes my imagination.
F. Scott Fitzgerald once noted that the test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.
It would appear that integrative medical programs continuously prove him wrong. As I have noted in the past, when you integrate cow pie with apple pie, the cow pie is not improved, the apple pie is made worse. When the concepts of alternative medicine coexist with the concepts of real medicine, real medicine always suffers. Public health will not be improved by combining it with something almost, but not quite entirely unlike a medicine.