On it he:
- claims he can treat "catastrophic" or "unusual or rare" diseases;
- implies that his treatments are harmless, and, in comparison to standard medicine, "Treatments are more natural, gentler, and more easily accepted by our bodies;"
- implies he is a licensed ND, naturopathic doctor;
- claims that his version of naturopathy is "evidence-based;" and
- provides a testimonial of a patient who seems to say that Curran put his Stage 4 head and neck cancer into remission.
Curran's practice is listed on a this web-site which has links to a variety of New England based "holistic" practitioners. Some make claims to treat real diseases that seem far from evidence based, for example:
- "The Way to Balance," whose practitioners claim they can treat arthritis, seizures, and asthma
- "The Circle of the Light Studio, " whose practitioners claim that therapeutic touch can treat asthma and cardiac problems, and relieve AIDS symptoms
At a time when health care is derided for its rising costs, declining accessibility to patients, and stagnant quality, I wonder why do there is so little concern about the costs incurred by these so-called complementary and alternative medicine practitioners, and so little skepticism about the expansive claims they make about the tests and treatments they provide?