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California State Naturopathic Medical Association

The California State Naturopathic Medical Association became the Center for Natural Health Reseach in 2001. Those interested in joining a naturopathic association in California should consider joining the Naturopathic Medical Association of California (NMAC), telephone 714-632-5001, Dr. Raj Pal president. Dr. Robert Thiel remains president of the Center for Natural Health Research (CNHR) which is devoted to naturopathic education and research.

What is Naturopathy? Naturopathy is a system of natural healing that dates back several thousand years. The term naturopathy came into use in the early 1900s. Naturopathy is founded on the belief that the body can heal itself when supported by appropriate natural interventions. It uses combinations of interventions which are generally considered to be in the realm of "alternative health" such as herbology, homeopathy, diet & clinical nutrition, natural manipulation, exercise, muscle testing, electrical stimulation, counseling, water (sometimes called hydrotherapy), biofeedback, light, and other natural procedures. Click here to learn much more about Naturopathy in the State of California.

Do Naturopaths Use Drugs or Surgery? Tthese procedures are not considered to be within the scope of naturopathy by the vast majority of our members. The Congressional Record dated February 7, 1931 stated, "Naturopathy does not contemplate drugs and surgical operations, nor is it within the scope of their science of practice. To the contrary, they do not use or prescribe drugs as part of their treatment, nor do they advocate or perform surgical operations upon their patients".

Is the Center for Natural Health Research Against Conventional Medicine? No. The CNHR believes that the different branches of the medical profession (which includes optometry and dentistry) have a role to play in helping those who suffer from ill health. We also believe that non-medical interventions such as chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, and physical therapy have a role in helping those who suffer from ill health. We believe only those interventions which work in harmony with natural law (which can vary considerably by individual circumstance) can result in optimal health.

CSNMA believes that genetically-modified foods sold in California should be properly identified. The CSNMA has been working since October 1999 to get such a bill introduced. CSNMA (and of course ANMA, please see related article in the December 1999 issue of the ANMA Monitor or click here for a related article) believes that consumers have a fundamental right to know whether or not foods they eat are real or contain genetically-modified substances.

The following supplement companies primarily support CNHR, NMAC, or kindred groups:

American Herbal Products/New Vita 800-307-0928
Doctors' Research, Inc. 805-489-7185
Ellon Botanicals 800-978-8808 GY&N 661-266-4676
Nature's Sunshine (unofficial website 800-453-1422; Spanish Language 800-321-0214 NuFem 800-638-2404
Royal Nutrition 800-524-3727
Sabre Sciences 805-496-0106
Standard Enzyme 800-670-1999
White Flower/Janta 650-591-9465

The following supplement companies primarily support CANP or its related groups (if you buy supplements from any of these companies, please ask them why they do not support the CNHR/NMAC/ANMA): Herb Pharm, K'an Herb, Mediherb, Metagenics, NF Formulas, North American Pharmacal, Omnivite Nutrition, Phyto Pharmica/Thorne Research, Pure Encapsulations, Rx Vitamins, Spectrum Naturals, Standard Homeopathic, Tyler Encapsulations, Vital Nutrients, Western Herbs, Wise Woman Herbals, Women's International Pharmacy. CANP and related groups support a version of allopathic naturopathy that we at CNHR cannot support.

Note: There are supplement companies which have recently began to support CNHR/NMAC/ANMA which are not yet on the support list. There are also supplement companies which to some degree support both sides, and they are not shown on either list.

CNHR, supporting true naturopathy!

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