Naturopathy or homeopathy. It's amazing how many times I meet a new homeschooling mother and have to make the statement in the title. It's a lame statement. It is accurate because that kind of wackadoodleness isn't about medicine or science, but 'faith.' I always hope that the phrasing will stimulate some ill-used critical-thinking area of the person's brain and when they answer 'Oh, I believe in it,' that they'll realize that there is no scientific evidence of effectiveness. That and I'm hoping to emphasize the relation to religion--believing without evidence.
It's not just homeschool moms, though maybe I've been so nicely sheltered by being in an engineering firm and this is my first time being exposed to the general populace. It could also be the sheer number of women I'm currently interacting with. I have always gotten on better with guys and never could fathom women as well as you'd think considering I am one.
I can tell all of the people visiting those types of offices what they can expect:
Cut out wheat, dairy, eggs, and sugar (either one, all, or some combination). Usually on the basis of some 'test' performed (for which the client is charged as part of the initial visit). If you get a really experience naturopath you won't leave there without some supplements that you really need that the naturopath happens to carry.
It makes me sad (like Crying Indian in the litter commercials, single-tear sad)to see people fall for these so-called treatments. Please, please, please gain an understanding of scientific evidence (after all, if you're homeschooling you should be teaching it to your kids).
For the homeschool moms out there: it is hypocritical to teach your child the scientific method while visiting naturopaths--because they don't use it.
And in case you got nostalgic for the 70s, here's the original litter bug ad. Now I just need an excuse to talk about Smokey the Bear. Hey--I just found one!