What advice would you give someone who just saw a naturopath for the first time and isn't sure of what's scientifically proven alternative therapies and what's just woo-woo hogwash? What are warning signs that I'm seeing a quack and on the flip side, what would be signs I'm seeing a competent naturopath?
I just saw a naturopath for the first time because he was the only one listed as a "fat friendly doctor"
in my city (Phoenix), and a health at any size approach is important to me. My "quack" meter is starting to raise but I don't know enough about naturopathy and the information I'm getting off the internet seems to be either "they're dangerous whack-jobs who aren't real doctors" or "they cured my cancer", and rationally I expect that like conventional doctors, some are great and some are bad. But how can I tell?
Just as a background of why I wanted to see this particular naturopath in the first place, I'm a life-long fat lady who used to be moderately to very active and for years have eaten well—lots of roughage and low carbs, no processed crap and limited sugar, etc.—but recently I felt a noticeable loss of energy and gained weight. I wanted to go to a doctor who would address any underlying issues before assuming that I'm just too lazy to lay off the fast food and get off the couch.
My concerns about this doctor: He asked if I wanted to lose weight, which is fine, but then mentioned that he could refer me to the doctor who does the hCG stuff at their clinic. He backed off when I told him that I would never do that kind of diet and reminded him that I wasn't interested in just losing weight, I was interested in treating any health issues that might be causing weight gain. I'm fine with losing weight as the result of healthy living but it's my understanding that a 500 calorie diet and hormones are not sustainable or healthy. I'm also concerned to see that the clinic does things like chelation therapy, which seems like b.s. Is this kind of stuff something I should expect with all naturopaths? Am I right to be concerned at this point?
I'm likely going back on Friday to get current bloodwork done and I'm leaning towards giving him a shot. But since it's not quite feeling right to me, I'd like to be better informed about this type of medicine going forward. If I get the bloodwork done, should I be concerned about any certain kinds of recommended supplements that haven't been proven to do anything? I'm not a total nonbeliever in this kind of stuff (acupuncture has done a lot of positive things for my health) but don't want to take a bunch of expensive pills everyday.
Bonus question, if anyone has a stellar doctor in Phoenix, AZ that you think would be a better option for me anyway, feel free to recommend!