When MDs turn their back on us because there's no proven cure on cancer, lupus, multiple sclerosis and the like.... an ND doctor is here to save the day. He's the first filipino Naturopathic Doctor btw. He studied in the US (Alabama).
Some data for those who might want to know all sides of the situation before making a decision to put their faith in an unproven substance:
* Tam Mateo earned his degree from Clayton College of Natural Health - a distance-learning school*.
* Clayton College is not accredited in the US and its graduates are not licensed to practice in any state in the US.
* According to Wikipedia:
Clayton College did not offer clinical training**: individual program objectives listed on their website did not include preparing the student to diagnose or treat disease.
* Degrees issued by Clayton may not be acceptable to some employers or institutions, and use of degree titles granted by Clayton may be restricted or illegal in some jurisdictions.
One of its notable graduates, Gillian McKeith, was banned by the UK from using the title of Dr. in her adverts.
As for Tam Mateo's "ND" tag, it is not actually a valid title. A true Naturopathic Doctor in the US is one who has been licensed after passing a board exam. These NDs come from accredited schools of which there are only seven in North America:
Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine
Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
National College of Natural Medicine
National University of Health Sciences
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine
As for some of Tam Mateo's memberships:
American Naturopathic Medical Association - ANMA opposes any legislation that seeks to regulate the practice of naturopathy like this one: <click here for link>
In a sample letter they have on their web (for their members who may choose to send a letter to their government officials to reject a bill), they coach the use of the following argument:
1. My practice involves educating my clients on the use of natural therapies, including but not limited to fresh air, clean water, good diet and exercise to attain a healthier body.
2. I do not diagnose or treat disease and I represent the majority of practicing Naturopaths.
3. Naturopaths, Naturopathic Doctors, or Naturopathic Physicians should not diagnose, dispense drugs, or perform surgery as set out in the legislation in question.
4. Naturopaths, Naturopathic Doctors, or Naturopathic Physicians simply do not have the experience or education required for diagnosing, dispensing drugs or performing surgery’s.
5. It is in the public interest to protect the public from the group seeking this "Medical" scope of practice.
6.(Bill #) would take away my right to practice natural health care and prevent me from earning a living.
Association of American Nutritional Consultants - anyone can be a member as long as you have $60. Dr. Ben Goldacre of BadScience.net easily managed to get his dead cat "Professional Certified."
Philippine College for the Advancement in Medicine - according to Phillipinecompanies.com, this is not a school. <click here for link>
PHIL. COLLEGE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT IN MEDICINE FDN., INC
Business Type: Cosmetics and Herbal Products
NO. 2 PANAY AVENUE 1100 QUEZON CITY
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Tel: (632) 928-7696
* For those unfamiliar with the term, distance-learning means that students did not go to the school itself. They were mailed materials at home.
** Clinical training refers to actual application of theories on a live setting. A student doctor, for instance, will be made to interact with patients (diagnose, treat, operate) under the supervision of his or her professor (a licensed doctor).
I don't have an issue against anyone who says a proper diet and healthy lifestyle is good for you.
I have issues with those people who get rich off of offering people cure-it-alls that have never been proven to be effective or, in some situations, safe.
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