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I am looking for a good adjective to describe a person who prefers natural medicine, who takes natural health products like nutritional supplements, herbal products, organic food whenever possible and stays away from synthetic chemicals or pharmaceutical drugs as much as possible.


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It just reminds me one episode in South Park ... but I can't remember how they call such a person. – Stan May 30 '13 at 7:38
Organictarian is gaining traction but has not yet appeared in dictionaries. It would satisfy the "organic food" portion of your question. – Chris Schiffhauer May 30 '13 at 9:48
@Stan You mean "... what they call such a person"? – Kris May 30 '13 at 11:39
@Kris: Ah, yes :) thanks for pointing out my mistake. – Stan May 30 '13 at 12:05

A health nut springs immediately to mind. One definition reads: "a person who eats health foods and does exercises to become healthy." But it is an idiomatic expression and one which non-native speakers may be unfamiliar with.

Health-conscious is perhaps more suitable for your needs. But the type of person you are describing sounds to me pretty obsessed. Related but not exactly pertinent, a recently discovered eating disorder called, Orthorexia nervosa, means someone who will not ingest any food considered unhealthy.

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What the OP emphasizes is preferring natural stuffs. Health-conscious doesn't imply that. For example, some people would rather buy "natural vitamin C pills" than "synthetic vitamin C pills", although, no scientific proof indicates the natural one is better than the synthetic one. – Stan May 30 '13 at 9:06
"Nutritional supplements" as OP stated do not necessarily suggest 100% organic or 100% natural aids. I am not a scientist nor a nutritionist but if one were to ask for "natural vitamin C pills" I would recommend eating oranges. :) – Mari-Lou A May 30 '13 at 9:12
@Stan Not sure if superstition is correct here. Perhaps zealous is what you were thinking about? – Mari-Lou A May 30 '13 at 9:22
The extent of zealous may be not enough to express such an attitude, "(strongly) refusing to believe modern science and just thinking of that the natural is always the best, is the choice of God". I just said kind of superstition. Such people can be found many in China, and science writers often use the corresponding Chinese word of superstition to describe that. Maybe GMO is still controversial in science, but even some mature tech is unreasonably suspected by such people (e.g., they would prefer pure natural milk which is never processed). That's why I think it's above zealous :) – Stan May 30 '13 at 9:44
@Stan Note that the OP says the person prefers natural medicine; takes natural ... products ... whenever possible; [avoids] synthetic ... drugs as much as possible. The person does not avoid them completely. This is little more than a health-style choice. Note that ODO defines superstition as excessively credulous belief in and reverence for the supernatural. I think even "kind of superstition" would be far too strong a description in (at least British) English. – TrevorD May 30 '13 at 10:28

Such people are often described as being granola.

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