Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The New Yorker: A sCAM / Scientific Illiteracy At Whole Foods - Homeopathy

here, some interesting criticisms of Whole Foods in the New Yorker:

001. at nymag.com, which is the New Yorker Magazine online, Jenny Splitter reports in "Whole Foods Would Look a Lot Different If It Were Science-Based" (2017-05-17):

"I changed my mind about organic food after reading the research: It turns out organic isn’t more nutritious or even necessarily better for the planet. So I pretty much stopped shopping at Whole Foods altogether [...] I have a suggestion [...] why not revolutionize grocery shopping all over again? Only this time, the revolution should be powered by science and agronomy, and not misleading marketing [...like selling] unproven and ineffective homeopathic remedies."

hear, hear.  There's a link to the telegraph.co.uk article.

002. that article, as reported by Sarah Knapton and Richard Orange, is "EU Orders Britain's Organic Farmers to Treat Sick Animals with Homeopathy" (2015-04-24) wherein we're told:

"British organic farmers are being forced to treat their livestock with homeopathic remedies under European Commission rules branded ‘scientifically illiterate’ by vets [...] John Blackwell, President of the British Veterinary Association, said: 'we should always use medicines which have a strong science base and homeopathic remedies are not underpinned by any strong science' [...] 'we think it’s totally unacceptable from a scientific point of view because there’s no scientific basis for using homeopathy,' Ellef Blakstad, scientific director of the Norwegian Veterinary Association, adding that the move was 'scientifically illiterate' [...]"; 

again, way to go.

Homeopathy at the CNPA 2017

here, some google.com search results per >site:cnpaonline.com homeopathy<, the Connecticut Naturopathic Physician's Association pseudotherapy:
001. so here are the captures:


Monday, May 22, 2017

atlasobscura.com on VtdK's AntiQuackery 137 Years

here, some excerpts:

001. at atlasobscura.com, Eric Grundhauser reports in "What’s Kept the Society Against Quackery Going for 137 Years" (2017-05-19): 

"Vereniging tegen de Kwakzalverij (VtdK) [...is] the Society Against Quackery, possibly the world’s oldest skeptic society, have been exposing hucksters and helping to defend their marks since 1881 [...which ] formed around the same time that modern medicine began to be professionalized in the late 1800s [...] their journal [is] Nederlands Tijdschrift tegen de Kwakzalverij (Dutch Magazine Against Quackery) [...]";

hear, hear. 

"'quackery is the practicing of treatments and / or diagnostic methods of which the value has not been scientifically proven [...] this is usually accompanied by loudly praising its results' [...] says Dr. Cees Renckens, former president of the VtdK [...] fakes. Cheats. Snake oil salesmen. Quacks. From time immemorial, people have been trying to sell poorly researched or just plain made-up remedies and medicines [...] while the rise of modern medicine standards and protections has eliminated some of the more blatant flim-flam that was once passed off as medical science, Renckens says that quackery is still as much of a problem as it’s ever been, and is in some ways worse [...]today’s] quacks hide behind appeasing terms such as alternative medicine, additive medicine, holistic medicine, complementary medicine, naturopathy, integrative medicine [...]  CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) which in our view is a sCAM [...] this undeserved trust of quacks' [...]";

yes.  Quack salvers.

The Naval Postgraduate School - Academic Integrity Excerpts

here, being that I write and podcast so much about the transgressions of academic, full-accredited and -sanctioned doctoral in-residence AANP-CAND naturopathy, I thought I'd excerpt from a recent link I came across while reading the news:

001. at my.nps.edu, the NPS writes in "Academic Integrity":

"academic dishonesty in any form is a violation of the NPS honor code, and is taken very seriously by the university [...] NSA faculty report all cases of cheating, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty to NSA department authorities. Based on the severity of the violation appropriate disciplinary action will always be taken [...] ignorance of relevant rules and policies is no defense in the event of an infraction [...]";

hear, hear.  I think one of the most academically dishonest things about naturopathy is their "with all other branches of medical science" false self-label [school; journal article]. 

"cheating and other dishonest conduct, such as offering another person’s work as if it were your own, is categorically unacceptable [...] any work that appears with your name on it as the author is expected to reflect your own independent effort and judgment [...]";

hear, hear.  So I'm reminded of how naturopathy claims science upon vitalism, at their 'edu' online places of commerce, while national science organizations' Next Generation Science Standards employ vitalism as an epitome of the science-ejected.  I find it completely dishonest.