Centre for Inquiry

Centre for Inquiry

April 30, 2010 09:00 ET

Centre for Inquiry: Naturopathy Unscientific & Dangerous, Says Canadian Skeptic Society

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 30, 2010) - May 3rd to the 9th marks Naturopathic Medicine Week in Canada. The Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism (CASS) believes that when evidence is evaluated scientifically, we find much promise, but few reasons to believe naturopathic treatments.

Naturopathic interventions include therapeutics like Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy, manual manipulations of joints and the spine, colon hydrotherapy, and others.

"A look at scientific research into naturopathic remedies show weak, if any, evidence," says CASS spokesman Michael Kruse. Despite their "natural" moniker, foreign chemicals, lack of dosage control, and unknown interactions with other medications make naturopathic drugs unpredictable and sometimes dangerous.

"The biggest problem with naturopathy is the lack of a standard of care," says Kruse. All naturopathic therapeutics can be applied to most conditions. Naturopaths have a broad toolkit, most of which is of dubious quality, and they make up standards on the spot.

CASS engages scientific claims made in public discourse, addressing misinformation by promoting evidence-based science. CFI-which runs CASS-is an educational charity promoting reason, science, secularism, and free inquiry.

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