Naturopath medical practitioners in Alberta are now recognized under the Health Professions Act, Minister Fred Horne announced Wednesday.
The new regulation establishes the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta which sets doctor dos and don’ts for the 144 practitioners working in the province.
“More and more people are relying on the services of naturopathic doctors,” said Horne, “They can now be assured that the practitioner they visit has the competency and skills required to practise in Alberta.”
Dr. Allissa Gaul, naturopathic doctor in Calgary and founding president of the newly-established college, said the announcement marks a momentous day for the industry.
“Our symbol is a green leaf to reflect our fundamental belief in the healing power of nature,” Gaul said.
“We operate by naturopathic principals, we identify and treat causes, we first do no harm. We believe in educating patients and we believe in treating the whole body.”
The regulation allows naturopathic doctors to perform ear exams, injections, place herbs in nasal passages, and remove warts and moles.
If they undergo additional training at the college, doctors can provide other alternative treatments like acupuncture or chiropractic care.
The regulation forbids them, however, to prescribe drugs, administer intravenous nutrition and order x-rays and ultrasounds.
The minimum education requirement to become a naturopathic doctor is now three years of pre-medical education plus completion of a four-year program at a registered naturopathic college or university.
The government began revisions to the Health Professions Act to include naturopathy in 1998, Horne said, but the process takes longer for “non-traditional professions that aren’t the medical model proper.”
Alberta joins British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario which have already regulated naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic services are not covered by the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan.
At first glance you’d think a Chiropractor was responsible for these words. But they were actually written by a Harvard medical school instructor in the late 1800’s. While this belief is trivialized by the medical and pharmaceutical community today, it remains the core foundation of the practice of Chiropractic.
Chiropractors humbly acknowledge that “the ONLY thing that can heal the body is the Power that created it.” The wisdom Dr. Cabot refers to in his quote is called Innate Intelligence by Chiropractors. It is the genius of Life that animates our cells, tissues and organs. It is the coordinating force that maintains our body’s intricate chemical balance. It silently and knowingly orchestrates all steps involved in the healing process from mending a broken bone to putting cancer in remission. It is in favor of you living, rather than you dying.
The most important job of a Chiropractor is to teach you about this great force and keep you connected to it. If you want to meet the REAL doctor responsible for healing you, take a look in the mirror. It’s the one staring right back at you.
Thanks to WeeklySticky.com for the share!
A huge thanks to a great friend of mine and leader in this profession – Dr Matt McCoy who sent me this valuable literature regarding FLU prevention and chiropractic care (just in time, buddy – thanks!)
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People of all ages are encouraged to add chiropractic to their strategy for warding off and fighting the flu and its effects – swine flu or otherwise.
Spinal adjustments can have a positive effect on immune function according to a growing number of researchers who are exploring the common denominators in disease processes, and the role of the nervous, immune, and hormonal systems in development of immune related illnesses.
Chiropractic corrects spinal abnormalities called vertebral subluxations that result in interference of the nervous system. Since the nervous system controls all functions of the body — including the immune system — chiropractic care can have a positive effect on immune function.
“Contemporary research is beginning to shed light on the neurobiological mechanisms which may explain the outstanding clinical results chiropractors have experienced when managing patients with viral and infectious diseases,” stated Dr. Christopher Kent, Co- Founder of Chiropractic Leadership Alliance.
Dr. Kent explained: “A comprehensive review of the research literature reveals the current understanding that the brain and immune system are the two major adaptive systems in the body. During an immune response, the brain and the immune system ‘talk to each other’ and this process is essential for maintaining homeostasis or balance in the body.”
Since its inception, chiropractic has asserted that viruses and microbes don’t threaten us all equally and that a healthy immune system easily repels most invaders. The immune system protects us from the flu, as well as any other infectious disease, and strives to get us well again when we do fall ill. Our immune system, like every other system in the body, is coordinated and controlled by the nervous system.
Chiropractors are also aware of the importance of positive health life style practices (rest, drinking ample quantities of water, diet, exercise, proper diet, use of multivitamins and minerals, and stress reduction approaches) that can also positively influence the nervous system and immune response. According to a large study of the chiropractic profession recently conducted by the Institute for Social Research, Ohio Northern University (McDonald et al., 2003), chiropractors also customarily advise their patients as to the benefits of these other modalities in optimizing overall health.
Chiropractors helping patients battle the flu is not a new occurrence either. During the 1917-18 influenza epidemic, which brought death and fear to many Americans, it has been estimated that 20 million people died throughout the world, including about 500,000 Americans. It was chiropractic’s success in caring for flu victims that led to the profession’s licensure in many states.
Researchers reported that in Davenport, Iowa, out of the 93,590 patients treated by medical doctors, there were 6,116 deaths — a loss of one patient out of every 15. Chiropractors at the Palmer School of Chiropractic adjusted 1,635 cases, with only one death. Outside Davenport, chiropractors in Iowa cared for 4,735 cases with only six deaths — one out of 866. During the same epidemic, in Oklahoma, out of 3,490 flu patients under chiropractic care, there were only seven deaths. Furthermore, chiropractors were called in 233 cases given up as lost after medical treatment, and reportedly saved all but 25. In another report covering 4,193 cases by 213 chiropractors 4,104 showed complete recovery.
“These results are not so surprising given what we now know about the interaction between the nervous system and the immune system” stated Matthew McCoy DC, MPH, Editor of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic. “Through research we know that chiropractic has beneficial effects on immunoglobulins, B-lymphocytes (white blood cells), pulmonary function and other immune system processes.”
One such study, conducted by Patricia Brennan Ph.D and her team, found that when a chiropractic “manipulation” was applied to the middle back, the response of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (white blood cells) taken from blood collected 15 minutes after the manipulation was significantly higher than blood collected 15 minutes before and 30 and 45 minutes after the chiropractic procedure. This research demonstrated an “enhanced respiratory burst” following the chiropractic adjustment. This “burst” is needed for our immune cells to destroy invading viruses and bacteria.
Another small study of HIV positive patients was conducted to study the effects of specific chiropractic adjustments to correct vertebral subluxations in the upper neck on the immune systems of HIV positive individuals. Over the six-month period of the study, the group that did not receive chiropractic care experienced a 7.96% decrease in CD4 cell counts, while the adjusted group experienced a 48% increase in CD4 cell counts over the same period.
A large retrospective study conducted by Robert Blanks Ph.D and colleagues studied 2,818 individuals undergoing chiropractic care – these individuals reported an average overall improvement, ranging from 7-28%, in a battery of physical symptoms including stiffness/lack of flexibility in the spine, physical pain, fatigue, incidence of colds and flu, headaches, menstrual discomfort, gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, dizziness and falls (Blanks et al., 1997, Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research).
More importantly, the incidence of colds and flu was reduced by an average of 15% in this large population who were undergoing regular chiropractic care.
“In addition to the passive recommendations regarding hand washing, avoiding large gatherings, coughing and sneezing into your hands – it makes a great deal of sense to do everything you can to ensure that your immune system is functioning at its best. And that strategy should include chiropractic care” stated Dr. McCoy.