"if alternative methodology and healing made sense to them going in, they would have become naturopathic doctors instead of medical doctors.""
If only it were that easy of a choice.
I'm pretty sure that only 7 states in the country allow true, certified/licensed N.D.'s...and one has to attend TWO MORE YEARS of college AFTER attaining an M.D. to be licensed...increasing their debt by at least another $75,00-$125,000 dollars. And the malpractice insurance rates for N.D.s is simply astronomical.
Any other kind of "naturopathic doctor" cannot legally practice medicine in this country. How many times was Dr. Schulze jailed? several! Dr. Christopher? several more! Dr. Kelley? oh yeah, jail for him, too. And every time their clinics were raided, all products were destroyed, all records of research and patient records destroyed, and many times their patients were shoved out into the streets.
The more successful the healer, the more threat he/she is to the whole establishment...and the more they risk their lives, their freedom and their careers.