Naturopathic doctors understand alternative medicine

Naturopathic doctors and alternative medicine

Every doctor or healer has some reason they got into the practice.  Some experienced trauma as a child while others saw a loved die and want to find a way to heal or help others that have suffered.  So goes the story with this practice.

Revolutions Natural Medicine of Folsom, voted the best in alternative medicine, uses science-based alternative therapies administered by medically trained doctors.

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Naturopathic Doctors and Alternative Medicine

“It’s treating the whole person: the mind, the body, the soul, the spirit,” said Dr. Anita M. Larrow, ND. “If you just focus on one you sort of miss the whole purpose of medicine, in my opinion. You’ve got to treat them all so that everything stays balanced, everything gets addressed, so we can be who we’re supposed to be in life.”Dr. Michele Raithel, ND, opened Revolutions in 2009 for that purpose.

Earlier, she had taken time off between her Bachelor’s degree and medical school to care for her mother, who was seriously ill.

“One year before my mother had a stroke,” Raithel said, “she said to me that a doctor told her that her case was too complicated and he didn’t have the time that he would need to help her. If I had known what I know now, I truly believe that my mother would still be alive.”

After Raithel started practice, she was so busy that she asked Larrow to join her. Around a year ago, Dr. Joel Morgan, ND, also came in.

The three doctors met at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona, where they each received their doctor of naturopathy (ND) degree.

Raithel’s area of specialty is chronic disease, pain management, and detoxification, Larrow’s focus is on women’s medicine, including hormonal issues and menopause, and Morgan has a special needs child, which he says occasioned his focus on children with developmental-related disorders. He also works with adults with depression/anxiety and all things related to the gastrointestinal tract.

Larrow and Morgan also had their own reasons for what sparked their interest in naturopathic medicine.

Larrow had traveled around the world and seen many cultures, and how medicine could work in other places vs. how western medicine works. So when she saw a pamphlet about naturopathic medicine, she felt it called her.

Morgan received his undergraduate degree in nutrition and says he was hooked because of naturopathic medicine’s emphasis on the nutritional aspects of health.

What special value does naturopathic treatment bring to a patient?

“You have to respect the individual that’s coming to you and requesting a service and I think as a whole our health care system does a horrible job in that,” Morgan said. “People want more. People are dissatisfied.”

Larrow considers it vital to get to know patients.

“Also they know a little about who we are as people, vs. just … that ‘doctor’ personality,” she said.

Naturopathic doctors are trained medically to understand alternative medicine as well as conventional pharmaceutical drugs and to seek cause, prevention, and the body’s natural propensity to heal itself.


The Ocean Valley Veterinarian Hospital has Alternative Medicine


The Ocean Valley Veterinary Hospital is an inclusive medical center for pets, catering to both Eastern and Western cures.

“This is a dream come true for me,” said Dr. Doug Lemire, who purchased the Ocean Valley Veterinary Hospital on July 20. “I had a mobile practice in California, but this is the first full practice I’ve owned.”

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The Ocean Valley Veterinarian Hospital

Lemire has been a veterinarian for 28 years, with experience in surgery, nutrition, traditional Western medicine and alternative medicine. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983 and then completed a rotating internship in medicine and surgery at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1984. After spending time in California, he became certified in veterinary acupuncture, chiropractic and homeopathy, and studied extensively in animal nutrition.”Our mission is to bring optimum wellness and health to all of our patients and to ensure complete satisfaction,” Lemire said. “I also bring integrative medicine: veterinarian acupuncture, homeopathy and chiropractic alternatives. I’ve found that an animals health can be brought to a higher level of healing with the addition of alternative methods to help the body heal itself.”

Lemire said his first step when treating an animal is always to start with a diagnosis. With help from his x-ray machines and in-house laboratory for blood tests, he discovers what the problem with your, then suggests traditional medicine to start.

“It all starts with nutrition: you are what you eat,” he said. “I see plenty of skin disease, urinary tract infections, diabetes and potentially cancer. We are getting all these recalls this past year of pet foods. They are made with poor qualities of meat that the USDA says is not fit for human consumption. I give people the knowledge to start improving the lives of their animals.”

Lemire carries the Flint River Ranch brand of all natural pet food, but suggests people do what they can afford for their animal. He encourages people to read the labels on the bags and to offer fresh food to their furry family member, and recommends upgrading to an organic type of food that doesn’t do business with China, doesn’t use preservatives and is hypoallergenic.

“I love the healing process and it is wonderful to be able to help these animals and to educate the clients and community about other alternative practices,” he said.

Along with medical exams, vaccinations, parasite prevention and control, nutritional supplements, surgery and euthanasia services, Lemire offers acupuncture, chiropractic and homeopathy.

“My experience with acupuncture and chiropractic is that the animals love it. There are endorphins released in the body that have a calming effect,” he said.

Lemire explains that acupuncture on animals is similar to that of humans. He said it is used along with Chinese herbs to balance the energy of the body or provide pain relief.

“Yesterday we had a patient who was on the equivalent of Excedrin for six months for hip pain resulting from hip dysplasia,” Lemire said. “It helped, but every time we would check the liver tests the levels would go up. Acupuncture did wonders for the dog. It’s all about having animals have a happier, healthier, longer life.”

Lemire said that, much like humans, some x-rays do not come back with a result and that he has helped pets with chiropractic methods, which releases muscle tension and calms spasms.

Lemire also practices veterinary dentistry.  “There are a lot of links between proper dental care and health,” he said. “Infection and inflammation of the mouth can lead to diabetes and immune disorders.”

Lemire currently lives in Peabody, Mass., with his fiance and two cats, Missy and Socks. He is getting married in September and plans to move to the area next year.

“People are really nice up here and they are quite wonderful and open to what I say,” he said.

The hospital is undergoing an upgrade and will soon have extended hours. Lemire recently joined the Exeter Chamber and is looking to get involved in the community.

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The many ways your character can be destroyed online

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Drug manufactures finance a journalist who pillories critics of their products. For any conventional pharmaceutical company this would be regarded as a scandal. But the globules manufacturers see no problem in that, rather a “constructive dialogue”.

by Jens Lubbadeh

It is simple to use Google to pillory someone: all it needs is a professional-looking Web page in which a person’s credibility is undermined. Then the name of the person to discredit should be mentioned in the text as often as possible. The page will be automatically ranked in the top results when someone searches for the person. For people whose credibility is their capital, such as journalists and academics, this digital character assassination is particularly devastating.

If you google the journalist Max Rauner, one of the first search results you get is the blog of the German Central Association of Homepathic Physicians. Title of the article: “Max Rauner’s sciolism on Edzard Ernst”. There Rauner, multiple award- winning journalist, is accused of bad research and violation of journalistic due diligence. Rauner, so the article alleges, sacrificed the truth for a good story.

What was Rauner’s misdemeanor? He published a portrait of Edzard Ernst in the magazine ZEIT WISSEN. (“Edzard vs. Charles”, Ernst, professor of Alternative Medicine at the University of Exeter, does research on the benefits and risks of alternative therapies, including homeopathy. Like many scientists in the past he came to the same conclusion: the sugar pills are no more effective than placebos. Consequently, Ernst has been a red rag to homeopaths, as everybody who has criticized the sugar pills or their proponents.

The person responsible for the article about Max Rauner is Claus Fritzsche. If you criticize Fritzsche’s articles he will respond in the same manner and publishes the next “news”: “Jens Lubbadeh criticizes DZVhÄ”. ( lubbadeh-kritisiert-dzvha-eine-interessante-diskussion-die-auch-esowatch-com-betrifft)

The masthead of Fritzsche’s webpage ( states him as science and medical journalist, but he also writes flyers and brochures for companies. Fritzsche holds a master of B.A. and studied with the help of a scholarship of Karstadt AG. On his page he stresses his longyear working experience in marketing of industry products in need of explanation.

For the association of german homeopathic physicians (DZVhÄ) his job seems to be the pilloring of homeopathy-critics. For this he is supported by the homeopathic lobby and globules manufacturers. On request DZVhÄ and several manufacturers admitted that they finance his personal blogs and the articles on blogs for whom he acts as editor in chief.

43.000 Euro annually from the manufacturers

Fritzsche himselfs openly admits the “sponsorship” of his CAM-Media.Watch-blog ( by the manufacturers. In august 2011 he wrote for the sake of “transparency”: “The companies Deutsche Homöopathie-Union (DHU) [the biggest German pill manufacturer] and Biologische Heilmittel Heel ( support CAM Media.Watch financially”. Other sponsors include: Staufen Pharma (, WALA Heilmittel (, Weleda (, Hevert ( In total, Fritzsche receives 43.000 Euro annually from these six manufacturers of homeopathic products.

Manufacturers of medicinal products finance a journalist who pillories critics of their products. For any conventional pharmaceutical company this would be a huge scandal. An example is the case of lobbyist Adel Massaad, who was on the payroll of several pharmaceutical companies. In 2006 he tried to discredit the former chief of the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health IQWiG (, Peter Sawicki.

Fritzsche’s sponsors are the popular manufacturers of homeopathic pills. Market leader is DHU, ( a subsidiary of Schwabe ( (well-known products are Kytta, Prostagutt, Tebonin). 500 employers work in DHU headquarters in Karlsruhe. As market leader and company with a long tradition DHU regards itself as a “guard of homeopathy”, CEO Franz Stempfle told the news magazine DER SPIEGEL in 2010. The sums they are dealing with are not peanuts: Total sales of all manufacturers amounts to 400 million Euro, 100 alone on behalf of DHU. No comment from DHU about their profits though.

Fritzsche sees no problem in the sponsorship: “Nearly identical contracts exist with every sponsor”, he openly writes. “These contracts oblige me to respect relevant laws, to remain a neutral position regarding ideology, science and politics. Moreover they provide independency of my editorial work and my scientific advisory board.” Also advertising of products is strictly excluded.

But for a publisher of a journalistic blog also the Codex of the Press applies. “For the responsibility of the press towards the public it is common courtesy that editorial publications must not be biased by private or economical interests of third parties or personal economical interests of journalists.” Furthermore, “Anyone who lets himself be bribed for the publishing or suppressing of news acts dishonorable and against the values of his profession.“ How he reconciles this with his sponsoring Fritzsche was asked. No answer to these questions from him, though several emails were written in which he criticized the “leading questions” and threatened to instigate legal measures.

Fritzsche has several more websites on which he recommends esoteric therapies that are not scientifically acknowledged. Moreover he denigrated several journalists from SPIEGEL ONLINE, DER SPIEGEL, ZEIT, SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, SÜDDEUTSCHE.DE. And of course Edzard Ernst, again and again. The allegations are always the same: frivolous research, incompetence, lopsided and biased presentation of facts. Fritzsche counterlinks his sites to each other in order to improve their google ranking. Besides CAM Media.Watch Fritzsche also holds the websites, and

Promotion of dangerous therapies

Neural therapy works through injections of local anaesthetics to help the body to heal itself. The side effects of this dubious and scientifically unapproved method can be lethal. On Fritzsche deals with esoteric phenomenons such as spiritual healing, also there he has a homeopathy blog in which he denigrates critics.

On all these sites the same scientists appear – in different roles. On Imke Plitschko interviews Claus Fritzsche on his editorial work for CAM Media-Watch. Plitschko practices neural therapy in Munich. Moreover she also criticizes Max Rauner’s portrait, not forgetting to mention Fritzsche’s pillory. Another persistent guest on these sites is Harald Walach, who leads the controversial Institute for Transcultural Health Sciences at the Europa University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). Walach is member of Fritzsche’s scientific adisory board of CAM Media.Watch-blog.

The university is subject to heavy criticism since it conducts studies on clairvoyance and esoterical therapies. In one experiment a masters student researched, if his machine could facilitate the contact with extraterrestrials and dead persons. Walach’s endowed professorship is financed by Heel, one of the companies that also finance Fritzsche’s CAM-Media.Watch-blog. In the Institute’s blog Walach also links to CAM Media.Watch.

Network of denigration

Fritzsche, Walach, Plischko and others –  a whole network that supports itself. An internal email that was revealed to Süddeutsche Zeitung proves that. In this mail Fritzsche sent a draft of the Max Rauner pillory to his network, requesting them to check on “content and style”. He particularly adresses Walach, because of his great “background knowledge on the matter”, helpful syilistical suggestions highly approved. Sincere journalism that the self-proclaimed science and medical journalist Fritzsche always demands from his colleagues looks different.

How do Fritzsches sponsors see his engagement? For DZVhÄ it is no problem to support a journalist: “If journalists write obviously wrong or biased articles about homeopathy, we take our right to ask them and report about it in our own publications”, DZVhÄ responded to Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Journalists have the opportunity to demonstrate their point of view. But for us one journalistic virtue is eminent: speech and objection.” The journalistic virtue not to take money from companies or associations seems insignificant to DZVhÄ however.

Does Fritzsche act on behalf of the companies? Interestingly DHU, Heel, Weleda, Wala and Hevert responded in nearly identical statements to this question: “We support the constructive dialogue in complementary medicine.” No one is pillored on CAM Media.Watch, “this allegation we cannot understand. And we would not want to support it. “To finance journalists is ok, is the answer of the companies. Because the financing is transparent and it only accounts for the operation of the blog. Importantly the editorial independence is guaranteed by contract. There is no mandate and no economical benefit is gained through Fritzsche’s work.

The question remains if the companies still would sponsor Fritzsche if he suddenly would make up his independent editorial mind and praised critics of homeopathy.

Yoga and meditiation help you live longer

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Experts say that engaging in a daily meditation and yoga can reduce stress levels of people. Your kids are demanding more attention with their school work; at the office, the exigency of duty demands staying leave the office very late, the house chores is mounting despite having no house help has left, and your husband is asking for more attention. Stress and anxiety are everywhere.Stress is necessary for life. One needs stress for creativity, learning, and survival. Stress is only harmful when it becomes overwhelming and interrupts the healthy state of equilibrium that the nervous system needs to remain in balance. Unfortunately, overwhelming stress has become an increasingly common characteristic of contemporary life, thus the need to curtail it, something even medical supplies can’t do.

The average person experiences between six and 12 fight-or-flight episodes daily, according to Chiodo. These transformations were useful when one needed to fight lions, tigers and bears. But, oh my, fight-or-flight damages the contemporary body and mind particularly since most threats today are psychological not physical, and frankly, most are perceived and not real.

In other words, fight-or-fight used to save lives, now it’s just hurting people physically, psychologically and socially.

For many people, relaxation means lying on the couch and watching your favourite cartoon on the television at the end of a stressful day, sleeping or having a cold shower. But this does little to reduce the damaging effects of stress. To effectively combat stress and anxiety, activating the body’s natural relaxation response is important and achieveable by practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, rhythmic exercise, and yoga.

Today, yoga classes teaching the art of breathing, meditation and posing are offered because it brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of body and mind, helping the body to relax and manage stress and anxiety.

Yoga has many styles, forms and intensities. The potential health benefits of yoga are numerous and may include stress reduction, increased fitness, stress reduction, management of chronic health conditions and weight loss. While yoga may not cure or offer 100 per cent relief, it can help some health conditions when combined with standard treatment.

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Lady relaxes with yoga on a rock with the moon in the arch of her back.

It makes sense that these practices would be good for the heart. Much of our  stress comes from how we are viewing and reacting to the experiences in our  lives, and our inability to separate our consciousness from our raging river of  thoughts. The silence, calmness and stillness inherent in these practices helps  us open up a space where we can respond rather than react to the events in our  life – this mode of operation reduces stress dramatically. Strengthening this  space also helps us deal with our thoughts better; instead of getting all caught  up in them, we begin to observe them more without judgment and realize their  fleeting nature. It is almost like you become a third-party witness to your  inner world.

If you are looking to improve your heart health, consider implementing some  natural strategies, strategies that have far-reaching benefits beyond addressing  a particular health problem.

Why people choose to use Alternative Medicine

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Prеlіmіnаrу-lеvеl trеаtmеntѕ fоr blееdіng hеmоrrhоіdѕ іnсludе hіgh-fіbеr dіеtѕ, оrаl rе-hуdrаtіоn fluіd іntаkеѕ, рrеѕсrіbеd nоn-ѕtеrоіdаl аntі-іnflаmmаtоrу аnаlgеѕісѕ (NSAIAѕ), ѕіtz bаthѕ, dіеtаrу fіbеr ѕuррlеmеntѕ, tорісаl ѕоlutіоnѕ аnd ѕuрроѕіtоrіеѕ thаt hаvе unѕuрроrtеd thеrареutіс сlаіmѕ, аnd ѕtеrоіdѕ. Prіmаrу-lеvеl ѕurgісаl рrосеdurеѕ lіkе rubbеr bаnd lіgаtіоn, ѕсlеrоthеrарhу, аnd саutеrіzаtіоn, wіll thеn bе реrfоrmеd іf nо rеѕultѕ hаvе ѕhоwn оn thе fіrѕt lеvеl оf trеаtmеnt. Thе mоrе іnvаѕіvе ѕurgісаl ореrаtіоnѕ lіkе hеmоrrhоіdесtоmу, trаnѕаnаl hеmоrrhоіdаl dеаrtеrіаlіzаtіоn, аnd ѕtарlеd hеmоrrhоіdореxу, wіll bе thе lаѕt rеѕоrtѕ іn thе trеаtmеnt оf ѕеvеrе саѕеѕ оf thеѕе аnаl blооd vеѕѕеl аbnоrmаlіtіеѕ.

But ѕоmе реорlе whо ѕuffеr frоm ѕuсh аbnоrmаlіtу dоn’t wаnt tо undеrgо ѕurgісаl рrосеdurеѕ. Suсh реорlе іnсludе thоѕе whо аrе frіghtеnеd оf ѕurgісаl ореrаtіоnѕ, рrеgnаnt wоmеn whо аrе аlѕо ѕuffеrіng frоm ѕuсh bоdіlу dіѕоrdеr, аnd thоѕе whо dоn’t wаnt tо undеrgо ѕurgісаl ореrаtіоnѕ duе tо thеіr rеlіgіоuѕ bасkgrоundѕ. Thеѕе реорlе аrе rеѕоrtіng tо ѕоmе fоrmѕ оf аltеrnаtіvе mеdісіnе lіkе асuрunсturе аnd hоmеораthу іnѕtеаd.

In асuрunсturе, thе еаr іѕ rеgаrdеd аѕ thе mісrо-ѕуѕtеm оf thе еntіrе bоdу; thuѕ hаvіng thе еаrѕ ѕubјесtеd tо thе аurісulоthеrарhу (еаr асuрunсturе) рrосеdurе thаt іѕ bеlіеvеd tо hеаl аll dіѕеаѕеѕ, dіѕоrdеrѕ, аnd аbnоrmаlіtіеѕ оf thе bоdу іnсludіng thе аnаl blооd vеѕѕеl dіѕоrdеrѕ. But аt рrеѕеnt, nо ѕсіеntіfіс ѕtudу саn rеlаtе аurісulоthеrарhу аnd hеmоrrhоіdѕ, аѕ wеll аѕ оthеr іllnеѕѕеѕ оf thе bоdу, tо еасh оthеr.

Hоmеораthу, аnоthеr fоrm оf аltеrnаtіvе mеdісіnе thаt іnvоlvеѕ thе hуроthеѕіѕ thаt thе ѕubѕtаnсеѕ thаt саuѕе dіѕеаѕеѕ tо hеаlthу реорlе wіll сurе dіѕеаѕеѕ оf ѕісk реорlе, іѕ аnоthеr rеѕоrt оf реорlе whо hаvе саѕеѕ оf blееdіng аnаl blооd vеѕѕеlѕ thаt саnnоt bе trеаtеd bу рrеlіmіnаrу рrосеdurеѕ. But hоmеораthіс rеmеdіеѕ аrе nоw fоund tо bе іnеffесtіvе аѕ еvіdеnсеd bу ѕсіеntіfіс rеѕеаrсhеѕ; thuѕ еѕtаblіѕhіng nо соnnесtіоn bеtwееn hеmоrrhоіdѕ аnd hоmеораthу аnd уеt rеgаrdіng thіѕ fоrm оf аltеrnаtіvе mеdісіnе аѕ а fоrm оf quасkеrу.

Anаl blооd vеѕѕеl аbnоrmаlіtіеѕ аrе асtuаllу саuѕеd bу unhеаlthу lіfеѕtуlе: рооr quаlіtу оf nutrіtіоn, lасk оf рhуѕісаl асtіvіtу, іrrеgulаr аnd еxсеѕѕіvе bоwеl hаbіtѕ, рrеgnаnсу, gеnеtісѕ, аnd аgіng. Thе uѕuаl Amеrісаn dіеt tоdау соnѕіѕtѕ оf fооdѕ thаt аrе lоw іn dіеtаrу fіbеr. Dіеtаrу fіbеr іѕ nееdеd іn еnѕurіng rеgulаr bоwеl mоvеmеntѕ thаt аrе hеаlthу fоr thе hеmоrrhоіdѕ. Prеgnаnсу іnduсеѕ іntrа-аbdоmіnаl рrеѕѕurеѕ thаt аlѕо сulрrіtѕ thеѕе аbnоrmаlіtіеѕ. Lасk оf еxеrсіѕе, аlоng wіth рооr dіеt, rеѕultѕ іn оbеѕіtу thаt саn аlѕо саuѕе ѕwоllеn аnаl blооd vеѕѕеlѕ.

Prореr аnd bаlаnсеd nutrіtіоn (mеаnіng аmоuntѕ оf іntаkеѕ оf саrbоhуdrаtеѕ, рrоtеіnѕ, vіtаmіnѕ аnd mіnеrаlѕ, оіlѕ аnd ѕugаrѕ, fluіdѕ, аnd dіеtаrу fіbеr ѕhоuld bе оf аdеquаtе аmоuntѕ), еxеrсіѕе аnd rеѕt (nоt tоо lіttlе but nоt tоо muсh, јuѕt bаlаnсеd), rеgulаr mеdісаl сhесkuрѕ еѕресіаllу fоr рrеgnаnt wоmеn аnd thе еldеrlу, аvоіdаnсе оf ѕmоkіng, еxсеѕѕіvе аlсоhоl, аnd аll оthеr hаrmful vісеѕ, аnd рrореr frеquеnсу оf dеfесаtіоn, аrе аll nееdеd іn оrdеr tо рrеvеnt bоdу іllnеѕѕеѕ ѕuсh аѕ аnаl blооd vеѕѕеl dіѕоrdеrѕ. A dаіlу dіеtаrу fіbеr іntаkе оf 20-35 grаmѕ а dау fоr Amеrісаn аdultѕ (18 grаmѕ fоr Brіtіѕh аdultѕ), аnd 5 grаmѕ рluѕ thе аgе іn уеаrѕ fоr Amеrісаn сhіldrеn еvеrуdау іѕ rесоmmеndеd tо bе іnсludеd іn thе dіеt.

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Why choose alternative medicine?