Evidence of Effectiveness of Naturopathic Medicine as a Whole Practice – Research led by Pacific Pearl La Jolla’s Dr. Erica Oberg and Dr. Ryan Bradley.

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Erica Oberg, ND, MPH and Ryan Bradley, ND, MPH

TITLE: Estimated Effects of Whole-system Naturopathic Medicine in Select Chronic Disease Conditions: A Systematic Review…by Erica B. Oberg , Ryan Bradley, Kieran Cooley, Heidi Fritz, Joshua Z. Goldenberg, Dugald Seely, Jane D. Saxton and Carlo Calabrese Pacific Pearl La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037, USA…

NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE (NM) is a holistic approach to primary care that almost always employs multi-modal interventions, i.e. nutrition and lifestyle change recommendations plus dietary supplements. While evidence supports individual elements of NM, the whole practice is often critiqued for its lack of evidence.  A research team led by Pacific Pearl La Jolla’s Dr. Erica Oberg and Dr. Ryan Bradley, systematically searched for studies that met inclusion criteria, finding 15 investigating a range of chronic diseases of public health significance.  Previous reports about the lack of evidence or benefit of NM are inaccurate. Results were published in May 2015…

The search included PubMed/MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, Cochrane Library and AMED from inception to April, 2012 as well as hand searches of existing grey literature. For inclusion, studies had to report results from multi-modal treatment delivered by North American naturopathic doctors. The effect size for each study was calculated; no pooled analysis was undertaken. Risk of bias was assessed using the Cochrane risk of bias as well as Downs and Black tools…READ MORE:


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