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Clayton college of Natural Health, a Holistic School Review

Updated on November 17, 2010
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Clayton College of Natural Health. Non-accredited, Does that Matter?

Clayton College of Natural Health is a non-accredited college of natural health. It was founded in 1980 by Lloyd Clayton Jr and according to its website has more then 25,000 students and graduates. Before 1997 it was known as the American College of Holistic Nutrition. The school and some of its graduates have been the center of some controversy.

The controversy with non-accredited schools offering health related courses often advocate unscientific concepts and are not verified by scientific scrutiny. Clayton College is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and the American Naturopathic Medical Accreditation Board, however these institutions are not recognized by the US Secretary of Education making their accreditation suspect.

This means that several state education agencies specifically list Clayton as unaccredited including Oregon, Texas, Michigan and Maine. In these states degrees issued by Clayton may not be acceptable to some employers and the use of degree titles may be restricted or illegal in some jurisdictions. 

Natural Healing is it so far from science?

This schools teachings are based on a simple principle, natural healing takes place when a human body receives what it needs. These needs start with the basics such as fresh air, sunlight, balanced and healthy diet, exercise and rest. Scientifically speaking this seems a very sensible foundation to begin healing.

If you are reading this there is a good chance you, like myself, feel that invasive and aggressive treatments do not always lead to better health, and are beginning to mistrust main stream medical treatments and advice. You may even be coming to think that the body is innately designed to heal itself. Some of these medicines and pills seem to be working against the body instead. Sometimes the cure is worse then the disease as they say.

Is accreditation necessary? I think that its hard to get away from, if you want to be an accredited natural healer this is probably not for you. For myself I would be interested in learning for myself and any family or friend who wanted a healer that does not rely on the power of pills. When deciding to sign up for this type of education you must analyze whether or not you are going to get what it is you 'really' want.

An Interesting Video about Clayton College Natural Health


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      8 years ago

      There are many holistic and natural health schools that are accredited. How ever when you can recieve a Doctorate from the Clayton College you should be highly suspect of the integrity of such in institute. FIND A NATUROPATHIC OR NON-INVASIVE HEALTH EDUCATOR THAT IS ACCREDITED, THEY EXIST AND ARE HELD TO MUCH HIGHER STANDARDS.

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      9 years ago from London UK

      frogyfish, I agree that sometimes accreditation is a must, wouldn't want something like surgery with an unaccredited surgeon! I also agree that in this case its not really important. When I look for a natural remedy for a problem what I want is something natural, if don't mind if its natural or chemical then accreditation is important. It all comes down to what is important to you in making these types of decisions :).

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      9 years ago from Central United States of America

      SOMETIMES accreditation is important, but in this instance, I think not. I know one graduate who is very helpfully successful in her practice. Thanks for heads up here.

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      9 years ago from London UK

      Hi MagicStarER

      Thank you for your comment. I agree that they offer a very good program and for myself I am less concerned about their degrees being recognized. For my part I don't really "recognize" the authority of modern medicine in all instances! All to often I have been given a pill for something that was caused by my bad diet and the pills just complicated things and made things worse, they have even made me ill. For a doctor to miss such a vital component to health and well being I am not sure those fancy degrees are always worth the paper they are printed on. I guess the ideal is a compromise between scientific medicine and holistic medicine.

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      9 years ago from Western Kentucky

      I have considered enrolling in Clayton College. From what I can see, they offer a very good program - I didn't realize that their degrees are not "recognized" - I will look into it. Our health care delivery system is all about treating symptoms and big pharma and big insurance companies making a killing. They don't want people learning how to CURE themselves! It's too profitable to keep them sick and keep them coming back! Mostly all you can do with a naturopathic degree is be a lecturer or a writer, anyway. Very few hospitals have a naturopathic consultancy department. A few do.

      Very interesting - thanks for sharing.

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      9 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Thanks kirstenblog. I looked into Clayton a while back. Ultimately decided I take any schooling much too seriously, which is not good for my health. Too much stress, not enough rest.

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      9 years ago

      Beautifully written,thank you, I want to get healthy now LOL,Kimberly


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