001. Carly Weeks reports at theglobeandmail.com in "Reality Check: New Rules for Naturopaths Fail to Ensure Safety" (2015-06-07):
"Eben Byers was a rich American steel industrialist and amateur golfer who fell and injured his arm during a train ride in 1927. All of these facts would be unremarkable, except for what Byers’s doctor prescribed as a cure: radioactive water. In those days, radium drinks were extremely popular, mostly among those with discretionary money to spend, to treat any and all sorts of physical ailments. Byers became a fervent believer in the healing powers of radioactive water, guzzling bottles a day until, less than five years later, most of his teeth fell out, his lower jaw was removed and holes started to form in his skull. After his death in 1932, the U.S. government gave new, expanded powers to the Food and Drug Administration to crack down on snake oil salesmen and other peddlers of 'medicines' that had no proof behind them and plenty of evidence of harm [...]";
wow. Never heard this story before."
"for the past eight years, Ontario has been promising to implement new regulations governing the activities of naturopaths. The rules, which could come into force any day now, would give naturopaths the power to order dozens of lab tests, treat chronic diseases and prescribe a number of medications, even though it is unclear what, if any, formal pharmacologic training they receive [...]";
"as more provincial governments move to legitimize health professionals who promote unproven, ineffective treatments [...] it might seem as if the Ontario government has adopted a sound approach, cracking down on the most questionable practices of naturopaths while still giving them the authority to practice as licensed health professionals [...] according to the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, a patient can expect to pay up to $180 an hour to see a naturopath [...] many of the services they offer have not been backed up by clinical trials or any real, credible evidence. The government has created a new system to regulate naturopaths, but has failed to implement any measures that would ensure the services they offer are legitimate and safe and offer real benefit [...] Ontario should have created a regulatory system based on the principle of evidence first";