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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Bunk

I met a naturopathic doctor tonight.  Actually, it would be more accurate to say that I've known the guy superficially for a while (another soccer parent) but I had no idea what he did for a living until this evening.  It came up in casual conversation.

Now, I'm all for the "there are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy" thing.  Live and let live and all that.  Who am I to say that somebody's entire worldview is wrong just because it conflicts with mine?  Nobody at all.  But when he tells me (straight faced) that he can cure (CURE, mind you) 90% of cancer patients who come to him, even those with advanced disease, simply by administering the proper combination of minerals, I call bullshit.  I'm a cancer biologist by training, remember.  He also told me that asthma can be cured by the administration of two specific minerals (wish to hell I could remember which ones) and that diabetes is simply a deficiency of calcium.  Apparently nutrition is his specific thing.  His own family adheres to the blood type diet, which I'd never heard of before.  As in, what your blood type is dictates what you should eat.  

I didn't have the energy to argue with him, although I did ask a lot of questions.  I can't imagine a scientific basis for what he was saying, but it was still very interesting, and again, who knows?  It's the rare person I've met in my life from whom I can't learn anything at all.  Unfortunately, I had to walk away when he told me that he doesn't vaccinate his children: it was either that or have my head explode.  


4 comments:

  1. That's really too bad. I've been helped tremendously by naturopaths for a variety of ailments, but he sounds off the deep end.

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  2. It was too bad, NOLA. Some of what he said made a lot of sense to me, particularly about modern day foods being nutritionally deficient and preventing much disease through paying close attention to the nutritional content of what we eat. I could honestly imagine that a holistic and nutritional approach to wellness could be very successful. As you say, I think this guy is just off at the far end of the spectrum and probably gives other naturopaths a bad name.

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  3. Waaaaait a minute ... if the dude has the CURE for CANCER, wouldn't he be living in a gold-plated mansion, swimming around in a pool filled with money like Scrooge McDuck, instead of chatting up an acquaintance about how lack of calcium causes diabetes? Just wondering ...

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  4. Rockygrace, couldn't agree more!!! I made the mistake of mentioning something like that to him and he went off on a rant about Big Pharma and how they stifle everything that cures disease because they want to make money off just treating it. Sometimes it just isn't worth the breath it takes to argue with crazy people.

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