HOW TO EVALUATE NATURAL THERAPIES
By Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© October 2015, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
This short article mentions four factors one must look at when evaluating any natural or medical therapy.
1. Are there safety issues? Safety must always be a very critical concern with any therapy. For example, all surgery also carries significant risk. Many drugs have serious potential adverse effects. Some natural therapies also have risks, such as chelation, herbs and others.
Safety is the first priority with nutritional balancing programs. It is a major reason why I avoid many common therapies such as chelation, bio-identical hormone therapies, homeopathy, herbs and others.
2. What is the percentage of successes, not just a few anecdotal cases? Most therapies will help some people. Most important, however, is whether the therapy helps most people, not just a few.
Nutritional balancing programs help everyone. We know this. The reason is these programs correct the diet, the lifestyle, and include supplements and procedures to improve health.
3. What are the long-term effects, not just the short-term benefits? This is important because many therapies will help in the short term. This includes many medical drugs, surgery, and natural methods such as vitamins, electric machines, homeopathy, herbs and others.
However, either the therapy cannot be continued for too long because it is toxic and adverse effects begin to occur, or the benefits begin to diminish after a few weeks, months or years.
Yin effects. A very common problem with natural therapies is that they make the body too yin. This is the case with homeopathy, herbs, baths, raw food diets, vegetarian diets, many vitamin-mineral therapies, and definitely with most electrical machines used by natural practitioners. This may not sound too bad, but it is a severe problem today that can lead to death.
Nutritional balancing is intended as a long-term approach to health and mental development. This is not true of many medical and many holistic therapies. They are intended as shorter-term, or symptomatic therapies that, in fact, are harmful in the longer term.
Doctors often think they will deal with the “side effects” or other problems of their therapies later on, and they want to give their patients relief in the short term. This is a wholly different approach to health care than nutritional balancing. I believe it is quite irresponsible and even criminal.
4. What is the cost of the therapy? Cost is important for some people, and less important for others. In general, however, natural health care is much less costly than regular medical care, and should be. If any therapy is very expensive, you should question why.
A complete nutritional balancing program costs about $2000-$2500 per year or about $200/month including all the supplements, coffee for enemas, repeat mineral analyses and consultations.