The answer to this question does not lie in the medicine itself, but how the practitioner or naturopathe (Naturopathic Doctor in provinces other than Quebec) decides to apply the scientific literature to their clinical practice, and how they communicate with their patients what is known and not known. This is not just for naturopathes, but for ALL health care providers, and it is of my opinion that naturopathes do and should fall into this type of practice. However, it is a paradigm shift of our age, and given that naturopathic medicine is deemed to be 'traditional,' it questions the progressiveness of the profession. However, I do not think they are mutually exclusive. They are simply different levels of evidence. In fact, I find it very intriguing as a practitioner in that the more I understand the truth of the matter, what are the facts, how they are interpreted, and what I observe, to be the tenants of good practice of medicine.