The ad specifically said it had "science-based" medicine. After going to the website, I found their section on Research. Here is the research that CAND provides, in its entirety (emphasis mine):
The burgeoning interest in natural medicine has initiated an important trend of increasing collaboration between naturopathic medicine and conventional medical schools and research institutions. This cooperative relationship is still in its infancy, but steady progress is being made. Naturopathic doctors have been invited to sit on various committees organized under Health Canada. NDs also work as individual researchers in institutions and in their private practice.
The naturopathic profession in Canada recognizes the value of research and seeks to make appropriate use of science to further the understanding and advancement of naturopathic medicine. As professional health care providers, it is part of our responsibility to our patients that we are critical thinkers regarding the known limitations of conventional medical research. The challenge is to find research methodologies that understand and are equipped to evaluate multi-factorial and individualized naturopathic treatments.
So, the collaboration between naturopaths and real doctors is in its infancy and naturopaths do their own research - that's reassuring!
As well, the 'profession' values research and science but is looking for an 'appropriate use' of it and needs to 'find research methodologies'. In other words, real science doesn't work with naturopathic therapies because it keeps coming up with -FAIL-.
If the tests come up wrong, it's not the treatment that's broken, it's the science. Reminds me of the people who think that if science contradicts the bible, it's the science that must be wrong (ya, YOU Ken Ham).
Because I'm feeling like a prick today, I've emailed the people at CAND asking for 'independent, scientific research from a leading university in the U.S. or Canada' that will back up their ad's claim of 'science-based medicine'.
This might be fun.