North American naturopathic medicine in the 21st century: Time for a seventh guiding principle – Scientia Critica

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The World Health Organization strategy for global health includes a culturally-sensitive blending of western biomedicine with traditional forms of healing; in practical terms this approach is often referred to as integrative medicine. One distinct element within the systems of North American integrative healthcare is naturopathic medicine; while the basic premise of its fundamental approach to care – supporting healthy lifestyle behaviors – is as old as medicine itself, the early history of organized naturopathy in North America was heavy in theory and light on critical analysis. Dozens of questionable modalities and protocols have been housed under the rubric of naturopathy. It is our contention that the progression of professional naturopathic medicine in the 21st century – with goals of personal, public and planetary health – requires the active pursuit of critical analysis. We examine the primary guiding principles which drive the training and practice of North American naturopathic medicine; while these principles are laudable in the age of patient-centered care, we argue that there are shortcomings by absentia. We propose a seventh principle – Scientia Critica; that is, the ability to critically analyze accumulated knowledge – including scientific facts, knowledge about the self (critical consciousness) and values of the patient.

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Title of abstract: 
North American naturopathic medicine in the 21st century: Time for a seventh guiding principle – Scientia Critica
Author: 
Alan C. Logan, Joshua Z. Goldenberg, Jane Guiltinan, Dugald Seely
Citedate: 
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Citation: 
Logan, Alan C. et al. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing , Volume 0 , Issue 0 ,

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