Naturopath gives good advice.
Article Type: Letter to the editor
Subject: Naturopathy (Usage)
Naturopathy (Health aspects)
Author: Jackson, Shirley
Pub Date: 05/01/2011
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: May, 2011 Source Volume: 17 Source Issue: 4
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 257674906
Full Text: At her parent's request, I referred a young teenager, with a severe exacerbation of her eczema, to a naturopath. She didn't seem to be responding to the usual medications suggested by the dermatologist.

The naturopath gave the family what it felt was some extremely good advice on cheap and cheerful ways to improve the girl's diet, specifically with nutrients that have been proven by researched "science" to maintain good skin condition and reduce histamine reaction. He further suggested probiotics to improve her digestive system, as he felt it might have been impaired by the long-term use of antibiotic therapy again supported by "scientific" research - so her body would better digest the food she was eating and so help the skin improve. He explained why certain elements, eg molasses, should be added to her diet and what to look for in terms of improvement.

The naturopath told the family their daughter should also attend her dermatology appointments and between all of them, hopefully, the girl's eczema would improve.

Sadly the dermatologist told the family "not to waste their money on naturopathic appointments" and that the information they had been given "was a load of nonsense". He gave them another round of the pills and potions they had used in the past, telling them to increase the amount they used. "You know what to do," is what they said they were told when they tried to ask questions.

It's no wonder we have all sorts of problems in health when we can't work together with open minds to find solutions to dilemmas affecting those we are supposed to help. I know, in this case, which I person I consider to be a "quack".

Shirley Jackson, RN, Tokoroa
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