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Are nutritionists or naturopaths classified as complementary and alternative medicine?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
8 doctors agree

In brief: Yes ND's,some nutr's

Naturopaths by definition practice what is sometimes called complementary or alternative medicine, as they tend to recommend natural therapies such as nutritional supplements and herbs.
Some nutritionists have an approach consistent with complementary and alternative medicine, while others are more mainstream in their approach, so it depends on their training and philosophy.

In brief: Yes ND's,some nutr's

Naturopaths by definition practice what is sometimes called complementary or alternative medicine, as they tend to recommend natural therapies such as nutritional supplements and herbs.
Some nutritionists have an approach consistent with complementary and alternative medicine, while others are more mainstream in their approach, so it depends on their training and philosophy.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Naturopaths

Complementary and alternative medicine are favorable terms for practitioners who debunk allopathic medicine and apply general theories of treatment not supported by clinical evidence.
Nutritionists generally have extensive higher academic training in foods, vitamins, nutrition, etc. And are a useful part of the health care team.

In brief: Naturopaths

Complementary and alternative medicine are favorable terms for practitioners who debunk allopathic medicine and apply general theories of treatment not supported by clinical evidence.
Nutritionists generally have extensive higher academic training in foods, vitamins, nutrition, etc. And are a useful part of the health care team.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Bensinger appears to have a rather negative view of practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). As a medical doctor who practices CAM I respectfully disagree. Many CAM practitioners do not "debunk" allopathic medicine, instead feeling it quite useful for many conditions. However, we also recognize its limitations, and, rather than limiting our treatments to (continued)...
Dr. Randy Baker
conventional therapies of drugs and surgery choose to augment it with nutritional supplements, herbal medicines, acupuncture, mind-body medicine such as counseling and relaxation techniques etc. There is a strong body of clinical evidence to support the efficacy of a wide variety of complementary and alternative approaches. It does not have to be either allopathic or CAM but a wise mix of both...
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care

In brief: Proven vs unproven

By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine.
Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. They therefore remain "alternative". Be careful and watch your wallet.

In brief: Proven vs unproven

By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine.
Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. They therefore remain "alternative". Be careful and watch your wallet.
Dr. Erik Borncamp
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