INVESTIGATION: Is naturopathy safe?

INVESTIGATION: Is naturopathy safe?

There are 7 comments on the KSTP-TV Minneapolis story from Mar 18, 2009, titled INVESTIGATION: Is naturopathy safe?. In it, KSTP-TV Minneapolis reports that:

Naturopaths provide a non-traditional, more natural form of health care. But 5 EYEWITNSES NEWS discovered troubling inconsistencies in naturopathic regulations.

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Stillwater, MN

#1 Mar 21, 2009
I would like to comment on your ‘investigative’ report (March 18th) referring to Susan Wahl,“Is naturopathy safe.” I was very saddened to see this situation on ‘live news.’ Before something is aired I would expect a responsible news station would do its homework and look at the ‘holistic’ view of the situation. Although, Cheryl’s circumstances are a sad one you chose to take one person’s perception of a situation and took it as the only truth.
I have been a patient of Susan Wahl. She was instrumental in improving my health and getting me on the road to wellness. I am on a prescribed drug from my doctor and she said “I did not prescribe the medication, therefore, cannot tell you to not to take it.” In fact, she told me to keep taking it that it was helping me. She has helped me in many other ways that has elevated my health. I have referred many friends to Susan and they have shared the same or even better experiences.
I can believe that Sue may have said that the drugs are hard on ones kidneys, in my experience she has never told me to stop taking a drug. As far as the allegations made that Sue told Cheryl's husband to let her take her life on the highway, is not even close to what I have ever experienced with Sue's compassionate way I have been accustom to experiencing. I would hope that KSTP would be more responsible and investigate the whole story.
tom in hudson

Hudson, WI

#2 Mar 22, 2009
She is a quack, quack, quack. No medical training, no nothing. Beware!

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Mar 24, 2009
I saw the investigative program and was very concerned that a practicing Dr. would not want regulations for Naturopathic modalities. The anger I saw exhibited by Dr. Su lead me to believe she was guilty - of something. Unfortunately, I know people who have been to Dr. Su and unlike sjk115 they were not impressed. They found her practices and herself to be phony. prices overinflated and for someone in the health field she didn't look healthy herself. I am an advocate for regulating all natural health practices. I think there is an absolute place for everything. Our society is moving toward a more natural health based mentality. Just make sure you do your homework before you start shelling out hundreds of dollars to someone who is merely certified or got their Dr. degree through an 18-month mail course.

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Mar 24, 2009
I am sorry Su Wahl feels threatened by the recent TV investigation, but her lashing out at those naturopathic doctors whose education and training will make them eligible to be registered in Minnesota is very wrong.
The new Minnesota law will allow registered naturopathic doctors to do more of what they learned and practiced during their 4 years of naturopathic medical school, the federally accredited kind with real classrooms, instructors, and cadavers in gross anatomy labs.
And it will protect and give these
registered NDs the title 'naturopathic doctor'.
This law will in no way weaken or diminish the current Minnesota Statute which protects all unlicensed health givers.
I generally agree with Carolyn, but she is mistaken about the new law protecting title 'naturopath'. Any one will continue to be able to call herself 'naturopath' with no restrictions.
Under the existing law protecting the unlicensed/unregistered practitioners, they may not refer to themselves as 'doctors' of any kind.
And so the new law limiting 'naturopathic doctor' title to those eligible for registration does not impose any additional restriction on any and all unlicensed practitioners in Minnesota.
When Su and other critics of registering naturopathic doctors claim that this law will restrict/impair the freedom of practice for other practitioners, I am truly puzzled. What, How, Where?
The law is published online for all to see: . It is Minnesota Chapter 348.
Show me the language in the law that supports your claims. If you can't, then your attacks are groundless and you are spewing nonsense about something you fail to understand.
the hawc

United States

#5 Oct 11, 2009
glad to see open commentary on the issue of natural health, love to see it on health science too. healing is an art and each person performs and creates it in their own way. some can, some cannot. many would wait to be saved by someone else and their efforts rather then their own work. diet, exercise, stress management, honesty, integrity and a singing soul purposeful life, now that's a recipe for healing. freewill is for everyone, pick who like, work with one you love, don't be bullied by insurance or commercials on drugs telling you they know a better way. the drug addiction in america is fatally wounding those whose indulge!! legally or illegally, and we know plenty of both. options, that's what it's all about, and natural health is here to stay!!

Brisbane, Australia

#6 Oct 13, 2009
I'm sorry, I just want to clarify... was the question you were asking "Is naturopathy safe?"

Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Dr. Starfield has documented the tragedy of the traditional medical paradigm in the following statistics:

106,000 Non-error, negative effects of drugs
80,000 Infections in hospitals
20,000 Other errors in hospitals
12,000 Unnecessary surgery
7,000 Medication errors in hospitals

225,000 Total deaths per year from iatrogenic* causes

* The term iatrogenic is defined as "induced in a patient by a physician's activity, manner, or therapy. Used especially to pertain to a complication of treatment."

(taken from )

Is naturopathy safe? Is the current health system safe!?!?!? With those statistics, it is the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.! I think you need to focus you 'investigations' towards the REAL problems buddy...
Bunny Lebowski

Moorhead, MN

#7 Jan 3, 2012
yYou're not a doctor. Just a mail-order naturopath with a huge ego. Why??

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