Naturopathy

Publication Title: 
The Australian Journal of Physiotherapy

The present study was designed to assess community attitudes toward physiotherapy and five other health professions (osteopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, naturopathy, and medicine). The study surveyed 100 people chosen from the Melbourne public on the basis of a stratified sampling procedure. In general, earlier findings were confirmed in that the community was found to be less than fully aware of the various functions of currently available health services.

Author(s): 
James, J.
Murphy, G.
Publication Title: 
Swasth Hind
Author(s): 
Desai, S. M.
Publication Title: 
Pediatrics

Many families at a community clinic in Seattle reported that they were choosing not to immunize their children at the advice of practitioners of naturopathy. To learn more about this alternate form of health care, a review of the available literature on naturopathy was undertaken and interviews were conducted with individual naturopaths in the state of Washington. Naturopaths vary widely in their training, practices, and philosophy of healing. Many are opposed to routine immunization because they view immunization programs as unnatural, unnecessary, and elitist.

Author(s): 
Halper, J.
Berger, L. R.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Religion and Health

There exist a number of studies that demonstrate a parallel between secular and transcendental movements. A useful exercise is to look at the development of medicine and compare the origin and development of medical sects with sects that we would more normally associate with religious development. Thus, the struggle for a dominant ideology in medicine meant that Galenism as the New Systematists gave way to the emergence of a dominant medical orthodoxy. The dilemmas presented by new discoveries in medicine highlight this struggle for dominance.

Author(s): 
Jones, R. K.
Publication Title: 
The Medical Journal of Australia

Approximately 45% of asthmatic families and 47% of non-asthmatic families had consulted an alternative-medicine practitioner at some time. The most popular form of alternative medicine was chiropractic (21.1% and 26.4%, respectively), followed by homoeopathy/naturopathy (18.8% and 12.7%, respectively), acupuncture (9.4% and 10.9%, respectively), and herbal medicine (4.7% and 6.4%, respectively), while the remainder (20.3% and 11.8% respectively) was distributed among iridology, osteopathy, hypnosis, faith healing and megavitamin therapy.

Author(s): 
Donnelly, W. J.
Spykerboer, J. E.
Thong, Y. H.
Publication Title: 
Social Science & Medicine (1982)

It is said that we can learn as much about social processes from so-called 'deviant' institutions than from the more legitimate. 'Deviant' medical occupations have not attracted much attention from social scientists. Naturopathy is one of these nonconventional health occupations. It emerged in the 18th and 19th centuries and moved to Canada from the United States and Europe early in the 20th. The social history of naturopathy in Canada illustrates the importance of processes of occupational formation and organization as well as state recognition or legitimation.

Author(s): 
Gort, E. H.
Coburn, D.
Publication Title: 
Versicherungsmedizin / Herausgegeben Von Verband Der Lebensversicherungs-Unternehmen e.V. Und Verband Der Privaten Krankenversicherung e.V

The methods of true biological medicine are well defined and acknowledged by the classical medicine. In contrary to them, there is a number of methods which should be defined as "scientifically (now) not generally acknowledged". This term is neither positively coloured nor negatively and does not include, that these methods are ineffective--it just signifies, that (at least until now) the effectivity could not be proved unobjectionably.

Author(s): 
Ostendorf, G. M.
Publication Title: 
Zeitschrift Für Die Gesamte Hygiene Und Ihre Grenzgebiete

The Public Health Association emerged from the proletarian nature healing movement developing in the late 19th century and united organizations that were interested in the preservation of health of the working people. As against the bourgeois nature healing movement, the Association searched for the reasons of the absolutely unsufficient protection of health of the working class in the capitalist society. The fall of this system and the setting-up of socialism were - in the opinion of the Association - the preconditions of social safety and protection of the health of all people.

Author(s): 
Domeinski, H.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

A number of researchers from Australia, Britain, the United States and Canada describe the twentieth century development of chiropractic in terms of increased official and public recognition "in exchange for" a narrowing of scope of practice claims. This process in Canada is briefly described and is illustrated by examining chiropractic's relationships with naturopathy, a broad scope of practice health occupation.

Author(s): 
Coburn, D.
Publication Title: 
BMJ (Clinical research ed.)

OBJECTIVE: To describe the characteristics of patients using non-orthodox health care and their pattern of use of conventional health care with respect to a particular problem. DESIGN: Postal survey of all 2152 practitioners of acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, naturopathy, and osteopathy identified from 11 national professional association registers. Patients attending a representative sample of 101 responding practitioners completed questionnaires covering demographic characteristics, presenting problems, and use of the health service.

Author(s): 
Thomas, K. J.
Carr, J.
Westlake, L.
Williams, B. T.

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