I think so - and I have personal experience there with several type of alternative practitioner. I think - it's because they're a part of the system and that with the Sword of Damocles hanging over their head from the peripherally eyeing AMA - they know they can lose their butt if someone tips their health and blames it on them. It's a horrible racket. I also think, though, that Americans, by and large are not dedicated people. Not this generation anyhow. There is no way for a practitioner to ascertain how much a person is behaving to contribute to their protocol - not inhibit it's working. There are many gray areas here. We have Americans on one end that inadvertently sabotage their healing because they truly do not know that hair spray & rouge are bad for you. And at the other end - we have people that were really only looking for the bandaid in the first place. With a marlboro in their hand later whilst watching American Idol - it's a crapshoot to think that arnica is going to do squat for them.
And as the good little monkies we are - we've been pruned to point to the next guy, defering any wrong doing we might have created and perhaps - take it to a litigious level.
You know that when it comes down to it - most naturopaths are unlicensed as far as the feds are concerned. You can keep your license that you worked so hard for - just until someone hurts themselves and points their finger at you. Then, magically, all that can be questioned. You know, of course, that doctors make squat of what they used to based on their malpractice insurance.
I sure wish drug companies could be sued for what they contribute to the pie. Sigh....