BuffArms wrote:My current idea is anything that says natural and has to have a disclaimer on it saying the FDA has not evaluated its claims. Of course there are naturally occurring compounds, minerals, oils that have been scientifically proven to show a positive effect, and are proscribed by licensed medical professionals.
The /alternative in the topic title also points to things that arent backed by the AMA, FDA...
So even in your definition of natural, holistic, and alternative medicine you interpret it negatively. This is no good.
Also, no of course alternative medicine is "backed," as you put it, by the AMA, just as a psychologists wouldn't be backed by the American Medical Association; psychologists are "backed" by the American Psychological Assciation because that's their scope of practice. Acupuncture is overseen by the AAAOM. Also, acupuncture is slowly being integrated within the FDA now too (they regulate needle use), but each state has their own regulatory board that oversees and examines acupuncture.
Incidentally, much of what is under the umbrella term "natural" is science-based. The school I go to (https://m.bastyr.edu) is an accredited institution with a multimillion dollar research division with various, nationally recognized, degrees and certificates encapsulating everything from the herbal sciences to naturopathic doctorate degrees.
Here's just a small taste of what our research department is doing now (note that all of the research proposal go through the very same approval process as every other allopathic research proposal does in America:
Comparisons of the Flavonoids Isorhamnetin, Kaempferol and Quercetin — in Ginkgo biloba, Using HPLC
Students: Doria McGahey and Shannon Smith
Faculty Advisor: Kaleb Lund, PhD, RH (AHG)
What Do Registered Dietitians Know About Islamic Dietary Practices?
Student: Katie Isberg
Faculty Advisors: June Kloubec, PhD, Michelle Thall, PhD, and Patrice Savery, MA
Saccharomyces boulardii and Its Effects on Bacterial Pathogens
Student: Megan Justice
Faculty Advisor: Rebecca Achterman, PhD
Midwifery Care in Rural Communities: Outcomes From a Cohort of Planned Home or Birth Center Births in the U.S.
Student: Elizabeth Nethery, MSc
Faculty Advisor: Wendy Gordon, MPH, CPM, LM
The Effects of Caffeinated Beverage Consumption and Physical Activity on Current Disability Status in Multiple Sclerosis
Student: Jessica Bart-Greenough
Faculty Advisors: Cristen Harris, PhD, RDN, CD, CSSD, CES, Cynthia Wenner, PhD, June Kloubec, PhD, and Laurie Mischley, ND, PhD, MPH
Challenges for Children’s Prosthetic Feet: Kinetic Data for Walking and Running in Real-World Locations
Student: Christopher Villarosa
Faculty Advisor: Michael Orendurff
Other: Toshiki Kobayashi, Arjan Buis, Anthony McGarry, Teri Rosenbaum-Chou, Wayne Daly, David Hensley, Adam Arabian
Is Social Health Associated with Parkinson’s Disease Severity Score?
Students: Rachel Bennett, MPH and Blake Kovner
Faculty Advisor: Laurie Mischley, ND, PhD, MPH
Knowledge, Utility and Perceived Trustworthiness of Different Gluten-Free Claim Labels in Individuals Who Follow a Gluten-Free Diet
Student: Sadie S. Nagle
Faculty Advisor: Cynthia Bartok, PhD, RD
Describing Self-Perceived Health Behaviors, Attitudes and Knowledge of Adults Who Participate in Edible Community Gardens
Student: Jean Denton
Faculty Advisor: Alexandra Kazaks, PhD, RDN
What is the Effect of a Pitta-Specific Ayurvedic Diet on Symptoms and Biomarkers in People with IBS-D?
Student: Jessica Bedi
Faculty Advisors: Alexandra Kazaks, PhD, RDN, Dhaval Dhru, MD, and William Dean, MD
Standardization of Banisteriopsis caapi: Towards an FDA-Approved Phase I Trial of B. caapi in Parkinson’s Disease
Student: Hayley Prescott
Faculty Advisors: Leanna Standish, PhD, and Kaleb Lund, PhD, RH (AHG)
Antifungal Effects of Tea Tree Oil and Garlic: A Combinational Minimum Inhibitory Concentration Assay
Students: Robert Seiberlich and Stephanie Sutherland
Faculty Advisor: Rebecca Achterman, PhD
Apoptosis-Inducing Herbs for Prostate Cancer Prevention and Treatment
Students: Benjamin Hawthorne and Easter Ho
Faculty Advisors: Kaleb Lund, PhD, RH (AHG), and Jing Meng, MD, PhD
Something like that Jade rock that Gwyneth Paltrow sells for vaginas.
That's a low ball sir, and there is no professor here that would support that type of self-practice anyway. This "version" of alternative medicine as you're depicting is a far cry from what we do here at Bastyr or any other respectable naturopathic institution.