Anousch Mueller became a naturopath after bad experiences with the “apparatus medicine”. Today's journalist is skeptical about the technical basis of many naturopaths and demands sound training according to tested standards.
In her book “Un-Alternative Practitioners: How Alternative Practitioners Play With Our Health”, she criticizes: There is no regular training, and alternative practitioner candidates are brainwashed with irrational theories. Alternative practitioners would advise patients against medically effective therapies and abuse them for ineffective practices at best.
Hotbed of conspiracy theories
She denies that methods such as bioresonance or cell therapies, Reiki or kinesiology are more than superstition and sees ineffective treatments as unregulated. These treatments, which have not been officially tested, are also big business. The alternative practitioner scene is a breeding ground for conspiracy theories and opponents of vaccination.
No sound training
The multiple choice test, the existence of which legitimizes to work as an alternative practitioner, is insufficient as a professional basis. Mueller writes: "There are tens of thousands of medical practitioners who, without in-depth medical training, have scary powers, which in many ways come close to that of doctors."
Alternative practitioners are allowed to give injections, treat open wounds or work as psychotherapists without having the necessary professionalism.
Eligibility for psychosomatic disorders
"Alternative medicine" has its justification when it comes to psychosomatic illnesses and mental support. Unfortunately, they have long been poaching in real medicine and promise to be able to cure cancer, asthma, diabetes or serious mental illnesses.
Charlatanism and delusion
Charlatans or (insane) believers promise to know the "true cause" of the most serious diseases and to be able to cure them. The methods they used for this had only been an “emergency solution” in medieval medicine because there was nothing else.
Reform of the healing practice
Despite everything, Mueller does not want to abolish medical practice, but rather reform it. It demands a uniform and verified alternative practitioner approval and also shows how reputable alternative practitioners can be distinguished from fraudsters.
How to recognize fraudsters
In her book, Mueller shows how charlatans can be recognized. Accordingly, fraud is likely to occur if:
1.) The product is advertised by an exotic and not verifiable origin, such as Himalayan salts, rainforest secret, Hawaii shamanism etc.
2.) Cure promises especially in the case of serious illnesses, where “conventional medicine fails”.
3.) Extensive experience should prove the effect without clinical studies or these “experiences” can be verified.
4.) The remedy should work against various diseases that have nothing to do with each other.
5.) If failures in the “treatment” are attributed to previous or simultaneous therapies of the “conventional medicine”.
6.) The product is tied to individuals and institutions that earn money at very high prices
7.) It should have no side effects, in contrast to the means of "conventional medicine" against these diseases
8.) The application is very complicated and the patient is held responsible if he remains ill because he "did not take the product correctly".
9.) It is unclear why this “effective” agent is not approved as a medicine.
Reputable alternative practitioner
According to Mueller, reputable alternative practitioners distinguish the following:
1) They answer questions that the patient asks and admit that they do not know an answer, but do not ask any leading questions themselves that direct the person concerned in a direction desired by the practitioner.
2) You ask about medical diagnoses and previous therapies without condemnation, without condemning them and praising his “alternative method” as a silver bullet.
3) They do not make diagnoses that are scientifically refuted. These include: iris diagnostics, kinesiology, commuting, bioresonance, aura photography or electro acupuncture.
4) They do not generally condemn medically prescribed medication and, above all, vaccinations.
5) Together with the patient, you develop a treatment plan in which you explain each step in an understandable manner and answer the patient's questions in a technically justified manner.
6) They do not instruct the patient in worldviews like karma, subtle beings or conspiracy theories.
7) You do not use any agents that can cause severe allergies.
8) You can demonstrate that you are trained in life-saving measures.
9) They don't promise “miracle cures”.
10) They document every step of the treatment.
How do naturopaths react to the criticism?
The reactions of practicing naturopaths to the book are controversial. Some consider this criticism to be long overdue. A reviewer who has been working as a naturopath for ten years writes on Amazon: “In no other profession are there so many hobby demagogues and conspiracy theorists for whom one must be ashamed as a member of this profession. According to Hamer (“Jews are immune to cancer”), the new Germanic medicine is finding more and more followers among naturopaths. All in all a very worth reading book, especially for naturopaths who are interested in the long-term continuation of their profession. ”
Others, however, ask whether Ms. Müller wants to discredit an entire profession here. One Ellen L., also on Amazon, notes: “So what is Anousch Mueller's goal? To improve the alternative practitioner training? To denigrate naturopaths in general, to stamp them in the corner of esotericism, to deport them into the field of paramedicine? The explanations are repeated like a prayer wheel (e.g. the topics homeopathy and vaccination ...) not convincing. If Anousch Mueller feels called to assess the status of alternative practitioners, then please be serious and scientific. ”
Anousch Müller's book “Un-Heilpratiker - How alternative practitioners play with our health” was published by Riemann Verlag and costs 16.99 euros. (Dr. Utz Anhalt)