Why and how YOU can get really great results,
even when conventional medicine can't!
by contributing author

Kim J. Lyons, DC, ND, NMD
Director, Alternatives In Medicine
(a private membership association)

I am often asked, “Is it possible to get well from a chronic illness or really difficult condition, even after conventional medicine has failed to help me?"

So, here’s my answer: Everybody in America knows what it's like to see a medical doctor who uses allopathic medicine. That’s because allopathic medicine is the type of medicine that virtually all medical doctors in the United States are trained to use. In fact, allopathic medicine is the exclusive type of medicine that has been taught in U.S. medical schools for the last one hundred years. Not surprisingly, it is the only system allowed to be used in U.S. hospitals, and is the only system eligible for payment by most insurance companies and Medicare. Here is why and how YOU can get really great results, even if allopathic medicine can’t: You can get really great results when you don’t use the allopathic approach!

Naturopathic vs. Allopathic

When people ask me what type of practice I have, I tell them I practice naturopathic medicine, also simply known as naturopathy. If you're like most people, you probably have no idea what that really means. But, it is really very simple. Whereas conventional allopathic medicine treats patients with synthetic chemicals (drugs) that are foreign to the human body, the naturopathic approach uses non-toxic substances such as foods, vitamins, minerals, herbs, enzymes, etc. which are natural to the body and which tend to promote and encourage the body to heal itself. 

Really Big Differences

Despite the fact that allopathic medical doctors use chemical drugs while naturopathic doctors use natural substances, that’s not even the biggest difference between the two systems. The biggest difference is actually the goal of the treatment itself. For example, the goal of allopathic medicine is to treat the symptoms of the disease, changing them into different, hopefully, more tolerable symptoms. In contrast, the goal of naturopathy is to treat and eliminate the underlying cause of the disease, not just to alter the symptoms. 

Drugs, Symptoms, and Causes

The allopathic system treats symptoms with drugs, and drugs are not natural to the human body. In fact, most people don't realize it, but in order for a pharmaceutical company to obtain a patent on a drug, they actually have to prove that it is not natural to the human body. Please understand that drugs are not even intended to cure or prevent diseases. They are intended to do one thing only: to alleviate or alter symptoms. And fortunately for patients, they often do that very well. While the drugs that an allopathic doctor uses may relieve symptoms, they cannot treat the cause of the disease. 

Simple, Quick, and Easy

The allopathic system is often fairly quick, simple, and easy because the treatment of symptoms can be handled in a cookbook fashion. As a result, everybody receives the same treatment, regardless of the cause of the symptoms. For example, people with chronic headaches get pain pills, those with infections get antibiotics, those with high blood pressure get a drug to lower the pressure, and those with high cholesterol get a drug to artificially lower the cholesterol. But in each case, the underlying causes of the symptoms were never addressed. On the other hand, the naturopathic system is not quick, simple, or easy. Investigating and discovering the causes, and then identifying the correct treatments, can take time; sometimes weeks or even months. You see, the causes of the symptoms are often completely different in each individual patient, even though the symptoms themselves can be the same. So before you see me as a patient, I want you to fully understand that the naturopathic approach is fundamentally quite different from the conventional allopathic approach. 


According to the United States Office of General Accounting, over 125,000 Americans are killed each and every year from drugs that are properly prescribed by conventional allopathic medical doctors. Amazingly, that number does not even include the many thousands of annual deaths due to improperly prescribed drugs or the thousands of deaths due to bad drugs that should never have been approved by the FDA in the first place! That is because drugs are inherently dangerous. They often produce side effects, many of which then need to be treated with yet even more drugs! These days it is common in practice to see a patient who is on more than five different drugs concurrently. Talk about a chemical soup of potential side effects and drug interactions. And since drugs are used only to alleviate symptoms, not eliminate the cause, the drugs can never be stopped. You’re on them for life! But certainly drugs are not always bad, and the truth is, sometimes they are absolutely needed. I sometimes recommend that a patient ask their medical doctor to evaluate them for a medication to help with their symptoms while I use the naturopathic system to work on the cause of their problem.

Naturopathic care, on the other hand, is gentle, very safe, and can be incredibly effective in helping to resolve difficult, entrenched illnesses that fail under allopathic medicine. 

How it Works 

Would you like to buy a car that automatically fixes itself? Tires would never wear out, spark plugs would continuously renew, and the brakes would automatically regenerate when they’re worn. Well, here's an amazing fact: God designed our bodies to be just like that; to automatically heal themselves, and that's just what they do hundreds of times a day. You receive an injury, and your body fixes it. You get a cold or a flu, and your immune system cures it. You're exposed to a toxin, and your liver eliminates it. The only time you really need to see a doctor is when it doesn't do what it is supposed to do. There are two reasons why this might happen.

First, if a toxin of some sort is blocking the body’s ability to heal. This might include smoking, chronic infections, allergens, chemicals, drugs, etc., even the drugs that doctors prescribe. Second, if you are not giving the body enough of all the things it needs to self heal. This might include deficiencies of sleep, vitamins, hormones, sunshine, exercise, etc.

A naturopath’s job is really twofold: First, to find out what factors might be blocking the healing process, and then to get rid of them. Second, to find out what things your particular body needs that it isn't getting, and then re-supply them. The first process is called detoxification, and the second process is called rejuvenation. 

If you are confronted with a difficult health issue that has not responded to conventional allopathic methods, I encourage you to seek out the services of knowledgeable Naturopathic doctor to help guide you.

“The power that made is the power that heals.” 

Tecumseh, 1768—1813
Shawnee War Chief