Naturopathy and Nutritional Medicine

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Naturopathy & Nutritional Medicine Introduction Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) also, "integrative medicine" like acupuncture and meditation are approaches to medicine and healthcare that are practiced in many places in the world, including in the United States. In fact an article in the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (part of the Institutes of Health [NIH]) reports that about 40 percent of Americans use healthcare strategies that were not developed within the U.S.; those healthcare approaches and their histories are presented in this paper. When and where was naturopathy invented? The history of healthcare and medicine always begins with Hippocrates, who was a disciple of Aristotle, and the reason Hippocrates' approach to medicine is still valid today is because he was interested in treating the causes of disease, not necessarily the symptoms. In time this approach (preventative) "…fell out of favor" with American medical schools (according to the Naturopathic Medicine Committee NMC). But by 1901, Dr. Benedict Lust began to develop a "…comprehensive philosophy and system of health" that emphasized "…diet, exercise, physical medicine, herbs, and homeopathy" as strategies to embrace in order to maintain strong healthy bodies (NMC). In fact, Lust is known at the Father of Naturopathic Medicine (NMC), and he had developed his approaches in Europe (first using water cure and herbal therapies) before bringing that comprehensive
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