Reconciling the Irreconcilable: Vaccines and Naturopathic Medicine

When it comes to vaccines, perhaps the most frequent question I get is some version of “As a naturopath, do you recommend vaccines?” If you don’t have time to read the whole article you can stop here: my answer is always “yes”. Why? Because above all else I am a physician. This transcends any “naturopathic” or “conventional” categorization and requires that I present accurate and unbiased information about medicine to my patients. Evidence informed practice demands unflinching review of medical interventions both naturopathic and conventional. On both sides there are many techniques which fail to be strictly evidence based [1], and those found to be without sufficient evidence must be either validated or discarded without undue sentimentality. To this end, the evidence is clear: vaccines are safe and effective. Furthermore vaccines are consistent with the tenets of naturopathic practice. To explain this connection, I have listed the precepts of naturopathic practice below and will discuss the ways in which they align with vaccination. The Healing Power of Nature While the broadly beneficial aspects of the natural environment has been the subject of many a philosophical debate (and more than a few authors’ greatest works), we have recently been able to … Continue reading Reconciling the Irreconcilable: Vaccines and Naturopathic Medicine