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Evidence Based Natural Medicines

The research for natural medicine has been very slow in coming and this is understandable when you look at where the funding comes from. Business’s with a large profile also command a large amount of respect so I don’t think there is any doubt that they get special treatment, especially if they fund a lot of health areas that the government would have to fund themselves if they dropped out. Big Pharma does this.

 

There Is No Money For Research

Natural Medicine practitioners do not have money for this themselves and supplement manufacturer’s are not keen to any images-1large amounts of funding into it. Big Pharma certainly won’t so where is the funding going to come from?

Naturopaths are the group who would benefit the most from good evidence based natural medicine in terms of raising their credibility, not so much their profitability, supplement makers (Nutraceutical companies) would benefit in terms of profitability as pharmaceutical companies have benefitted selling drugs thought to have been scientifically tested. A lot of evidence is being put forward now to suggest otherwise and a lot of compensation has been paid.

Not Trained For Research

One of the problems faced by naturopaths that try to do research is that they haven’t had enough training in true research technique which is also a criticism that has been levelled at all of the other disciplines now called doctors – the common term doctor is used to refer to a person that holds a degree in a registered primary care discipline – eg Osteopaths,Chiropractors, Medicine, Vets etc. Naturopaths could join this list in Australia the same as they have in America and Canada, it only takes a piece of legislation and there is currently a register to put suitably qualified Naturopaths on for this purpose, I am on it. This register is called the Australian Registration Of Naturopaths And Herbalists (ARONAH)  http://www.aronah.org

Who Does This Research

When I was doing my masters at SCU I did a lot of research on type two diabetes (Diabetes Mellitus 2) and of course being a Naturopath with a diploma in Nutritional Science I wanted to use food not supplements. I decided I would do a Systematic Review of Randomised Placebo Controlled Trials. We knew in 2012 that obesity was somehow involved and I wanted to find research papers that had reversed type 2 by reducing weight gain/obesity through diet alone, no exercise  or drugs. I found a paucity of research papers because no-one makes money out of teaching people how to cure themselves, it took me close to a month to troll through all of the archives and find all of the papers produced that satisfied my research criteria. Most research in Australia has a PhD leading the research, some doctors, Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery who hold a Masters Degree in Science lead Australian Research also.

Naturopaths Can Make Excellent Researchers

Very few Naturopaths are interested in going on to higher more difficult degrees after completing their four year Bachelor of Naturopathy they usually have had enough study to do them and only want to practice.

But those that go on and do a Masters or a PhD make excellent researchers, and natural medicine needs them to do the research needed to bring natural medicine into the spotlight, in particular quantitative researchers rather than qualitative researchers although both are very useful.

Natural Medicine Accepted As Mainstream Medicine

In yesterday’s Medical Observer (10/12/2015) new clinical guidelines were released by the Royal Australian And New Zealand College Of Psychiatrists which announced Omega 3 Fatty Acids and St John’s Wort were now evidence based medicine for mild to moderate depression and that they were equally as good as SSRI’s which are considered top shelf treatments for this condition.

St John’s Wort reacts with a lot of medications by up regulation and in some cases down regulation so care would need to be taken.

Natural Medicine Accepted As Mainstream Medicine

In yesterday’s Medical Observer (10/12/2015) new clinical guidelines were released by the Royal Australian And New Zealand College Of Psychiatrists which announced Omega 3 Fatty Acids and St John’s Wort were now fish_oilevidence based medicine for mild to moderate depression and that they were equally as good as SSRI’s which are considered top shelf treatments for this condition.

St John’s Wort reacts with a lot of medications by up regulation and in some cases down regulation so care would need to be taken.

Other natural medicine that passed the test and were included in mainstream for mild to moderate depression were A-adenosyl-methionine, Zinc, N-acetyl cysteine (reduces some symptoms of bi-polar as well) and folate.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy As Good As SSRI’s

In another announcement Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) was accepted as being as good as SSRI’s for treating major depression  and it also moved into mainstream medicine as it should. This came about because a meta-analysis of 11 randomised controlled studies with 1511 patients comparing CBT with an older second generation antidepressant – the results were equal to SSRI’s result when they were compared with this drug.

It will be very interesting to see if Mindfulness is actually better than CBT when they get around to testing it.

In a clever statement the author said all school children should be taught Mindfulness to prevent major depression developing rather than wait until it develops and then have to use it to try to cure the major depression.

As more natural medicines are subjected to evidence based trials there will be more and more that pass the test and go straight into mainstream medicine as they should, we have already wasted to much time and money on treatment rather than prevention and natural medicines can give us this.

 

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My health qualifications:
Certificates
Psychology, Homoeopathy(Never Used),Herbal Medicine, Nutrition(HSA)
Diplomas
Swedish and Remedial Massage 1983,Homoeopathy 1993(Never Used), Herbal Medicine, Nutritional Science 1981, Naturopathy 1991(HSA)
Degrees
Bachelor of Naturopathy 2003 (NIHS)
Master of Clinical Science – Lifestyle Medicine 2013 Southern Cross University (SCU).
Association Membership
Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)
Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA)
Australian Register Of Naturopaths And Herbalists (ARONAH)
Founding Member of Australasian Society Of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM)

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