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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Historical Summary
This long-awaited title will interest all who wish to learn about the historical roots of naturopathy, the writings of its founders on a variety of natural therapies, and the modern applications and validations of naturopathic techniques.
Dr. Thiel is well-qualified to author such a book. In addition to his Ph.D. in Nutrition Science from the Union Institute and his...
Published on September 2, 2001 by Stephen Byrnes

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1.0 out of 5 stars Naturopathy's Essential Vitalistic Spiritistic Woo-woo:
I quote: "[author quoting Lust, founder of naturopathy] 'naturopathy, with all its various methods of treatment, has always one end in view and one end only: to increase vital force' [p.003...] with natural foods, only, can be laid the foundation for the maintenance of a truly healthful and beautiful body, spirit and soul [p.165...] nutrition (like naturopathy), as a...
Published on December 26, 2007 by Robert J. Cullen


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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Historical Summary, September 2, 2001
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Stephen Byrnes (Honolulu, HI United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Combining Old and New : Naturopathy for the 21st Century (Paperback)
This long-awaited title will interest all who wish to learn about the historical roots of naturopathy, the writings of its founders on a variety of natural therapies, and the modern applications and validations of naturopathic techniques.
Dr. Thiel is well-qualified to author such a book. In addition to his Ph.D. in Nutrition Science from the Union Institute and his doctor of Naturopathy from the International College of Naturopathy, Dr. Thiel is current president of the California State Naturopathic Medical Association. Thiel has also had a number of papers published in various alternative medical journals (including the Townsend Letter) and currently has a paper in press with the prestigious British journal Medical Hypotheses.
The book begins with an overview and definition of just what naturopathy is. Drawing from the writings of Drs. Bendict Lust and John Schnell, as well as the defining Congressional Act of 1931, Thiel presents naturopathy as a drugless, non-invasive, non-surgical, non-medical discipline that should only use natural interventions to correct bodily and mental imbalances.
In chapter two, titled "Naturopathic Philosophy," Thiel draws from early naturopathic writings to demonstrate the basic foundations of the art: Premum no nocere ("First, do no harm"), Vis medcatrix naturae ("the healing power of nature"), and Tolle causum ("all causes," or what makes people get sick). Peculiar to this chapter is the presentation of the nine naturopathic standards adopted by the profession at the Golden Jubilee meeting in 1947. Something Thiel repeatedly draws attention to in this chapter is the importance of approaching the person in their totality and not just their symptoms. Thiel accurately points out that alternative therapists sometimes commit the same error of allopaths: they treat the disease and not the patient. Proper attention to correcting the causes of disease are paramount to the naturopathic approach to health.
What makes this book unique is the effective and thorough "round-up" of early writings on a variety of naturopathic modalities such as heliotherapy, hydrotherapy, herbalism, homeopathy, massage, exercise, rest and sleep, fasting, etc. Thiel has done an outstanding job of finding and organizing assorted excerpts from the profession's founders to define what those modalities are and what their possibilities are in helping others. Thiel then makes conclusions as to how these modalities are still effective today, often reporting on recent studies or research that validate naturopathic techniques.
Most striking, however, is Thiel's stance on synthetic and natural vitamins and minerals. Citing the Golden Jubilee's Standards of 1947, Thiel argues that synthetic supplements have no place in naturopathic practice and devotes considerable space in the book to demonstrating that natural, food-complexed nutrients are superior to synthetic ones. Several of Thiel's published papers on fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and other subjects fill out the book's appendices.
Thiel concludes the book with a warning to the naturopathic profession: "If naturopaths embrace allopathic medications as part of their modalities, not only will they betray their naturopathic foundation, they will cease to be naturopaths. Naturopaths who prescribe medications are telling their clients that they do not feel they can be helped through naturopathic methods. Naturopaths who routinely prescribe medicines are not, in my opinion, being true to this profession." In these days where some naturopaths feel that they should have the legal right to dispense drugs as allopaths do, Thiel's words are quite pertinent and should be heeded.
Naturopathy for the 21st Century should be required reading of all present and future Nds, as well as the lay public who are interested in natural health. In its masterful combining of old and current writings and research on the art and science of naturopathy, the book offers readers invaluable insights into the healing power of nature.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of Naturopathy, January 6, 2008
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Rich Blumenthal ((Mission Viejo, CA USA)) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Combining Old and New : Naturopathy for the 21st Century (Paperback)
Dr. Robert J. Theil's book combines old and new practices of naturopathy to teach readers about preventing imbalances that lead to disease, the healing abilities of natural substances, and time-tested therapeutic practices. His easy-to-understand and well-researched book appeals to many types of readers as it strives to educate people on the workings of the human body. Readers come in three flavors.

Most readers will be those who are disenchanted with the deficiencies of the allopathic medical model. (That is, wait for something to go wrong and then see what the doctor can do to fix it using invasive, risky, and expensive solutions.) Many are clamoring for information on how to prevent illness and they have learned that mainstream medicine focuses on treatments and cures rather than education and prevention. This book answers the question, "Why do we get sick?" and answers with natural approaches involving diet, nutrition, vitamin supplementation, exercise, fasting, sleep, and many other non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical modalities. In addition, sections deal with esoteric naturopathic practices such as magnetic and electro therapy, iridology as a diagnostic tool, color therapy, healing powers of sound and music, homeopathy, mineral salts, and mud baths. In my humble opinion, an open-minded reader seeking advice on disease prevention and natural remedies will find a wealth of helpful information whether they wish to chart their own course or become better-informed patients.

The next category of reader is the health enthusiast considering a career in naturopathy. This book is arguably the best overview available and should be required reading for all budding NDs. In fact, it is used as an introductory textbook in several naturopathic colleges. For each chapter there are one or more entire books which the serious student should read, study, and master, but as an introductory overview, I feel this book can't be beat.

The final category of potential reader is the mainstream medical professional who wishes to do more for his/her patients by making a commitment to patient education in the prevention and non-invasive treatment of diseases. Unfortunately, however, none of the information contained in the book has FDA endorsement. Any time a practitioner recommends a non-FDA approved treatment plan and something causes the plan to go awry, he opens himself to a medical malpractice lawsuit. In my more optimistic moments, I wish that doctors will do right by their patients by recognizing the value of the naturopathic approach, but realistically, there is far more money for the practitioner in surgical or pharmaceutical intervention than in prevention or natural treatments. Also, there is less liability by sticking to FDA-approved treatment AND it takes a lot less time to dispense a pill compared to getting a patient to overcome a lifetime of bad habits. So it seems unlikely that the medical establishment will genuinely embrace patient education and non-mainstream prevention practices any time soon.

That puts the onus on the patient to take personal responsibility by becoming a highly educated patient, which brings us back to the concept of naturopathy and this book. Anyone who buys this book, reads it, follows up with diligent Internet research, and vows to mend their unhealthy lifestyles in accordance with they learn, will be taking a HUGE step toward leading a longer, healthier, happier life.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well researched, poor grammar, February 28, 2010
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I expected a full background history of all that entailed naturopathy and I received it from this book. The book is required material for my course work and it was a great start. I appreciated the author's unbiased descriptions and reviews; though, he did add his personal practice and experience.
The book needed to be edited more closely. As your work and thoughts may become jumbled when you put them on paper, it's highly important that you have several reviewers who are in the field of study and who are on the other side of the fence. Some sentences did not make sense; plus, grammar and punctuation were misplaced or missing. I hope to see a second edition soon with continuing research and better English!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introductory text., February 21, 2014
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I fell in love with Naturopathy via this book which holds a good historic perspective. I wish it were up-dated with a new edition to bring it into the present!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent in-depth overview of classical naturopathy ..., June 21, 2012
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Dr. Robert Thiel, the author of "Combining Old and New: Naturopathy for the 21st Century" is a nationally recognized researcher, scientist, and traditional naturopathic practitioner. I take pains to refer to the author as a traditional naturopathic practitioner as distinct from a naturopathic physician owing to a schism that has taken place between two lines of thought and practice in contemporary naturopathy. The point warrants emphasis as Dr. Thiel and his work are very clearly identified with one of them, and that one is the classical naturopathy (not `naturopathic medicine') of Drs. Benedict Lust, Bernard McFadden, John Christopher and the Lindlahrs. Consonant with the philosophy of classical naturopathy, Dr. Thiel believes and makes a convincing argument for the fact that both basic research and clinical science demonstrate that through natural interventions, the body can heal itself of both chronic and acute ailments.

This very thorough and very readable work embraces both a history of naturopathy from its remotest origins in antiquity, through its development in 19th century Europe, its pioneering work in America and its elaboration up to the present day as well as a survey of the various schools of thought and philosophies within the naturopathic current and an overview of the diagnostic and therapeutic modalities used by classical naturopaths and embracing the whole range of material, medicinal, mechanical and mental therapies.

Well-organized, well researched and yet very enjoyable, Dr. Thiel's work will be useful to several types of reader: the patient who has grown disenchanted with the deficiencies of the conventional biomedical model of healing; the individual considering undertaking training for the professional practice of naturopathy; and both alternative healers as well as the mainstream biomedical practitioners who wish to do more for their patients by making a commitment to their own and their patients' education in the prevention and non-invasive treatment of disease.

The book includes extensive extracts from the works of such luminaries as J.H. Kellogg, M.V. Kulkarni, Royal Lee, G.J. Drews, J.H. Tilden, H. Lindlahr and other early naturopathic educators.

A testimony to its breadth and its depth, this book is recommended for those reviewing for the examinations conducted by of the American Naturopathic Medical Certification and Accreditation Board for the `Certified Traditional Naturopath' designation and has been adopted as a standard introductory textbook by several naturopathic training institutions.

I strongly recommend this work by Dr. Thiel to anyone seriously interested in the field of classical naturopathy and the insights it offers into contemporary health issues. Its technical character does not make it labored reading, and for that reason it is well suited to both professional and lay audiences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars naturopathy for the 21st century, September 25, 2011
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this book is very informative and an easy read. can be a little wordy at times though, The book arrived in amazing condition for the price I paid. I love Amazon for their fast and effective service.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done, July 4, 2009
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This content rich book is well laid out and easy to read. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to get a solid understanding of naturopathy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rich in Naturopathic Philosophy, June 5, 2014
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Great help to learn the history and defining the difference of philosophy and thought between Naturopathy and Allopathy . A must study for those interested in the practice of the Naturopathic lifestyle or Mentorship of others...This book brings the old world of Natural Healing and the new world of health and wellness together
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gives a good understanding of natural health, March 1, 2013
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The book was very good and I am glad I read it. It was required reading for my natural health training course and I can see why it was included.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing take..., July 31, 2007
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This is a refreshing take on the subject of Naturopathy for the newcomers into this field.
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