Reconciling the Irreconcilable: Are Vaccines Consistent with Naturopathic Medicine?

Updated November 2018: There has been a recent push to add a seventh guiding principle of naturopathic medicine [6]. The author believes that the proposed new principle, Scientia Critica (critical analysis), is a welcome and necessary addition to the original six. This article has been amended from its original form to include how vaccination meshes with this proposed seventh principle. When it comes to vaccines, perhaps the most frequent question I get is some version of “As a naturopathic doctor, 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. … Continue reading Reconciling the Irreconcilable: Are Vaccines Consistent with Naturopathic Medicine?