Wednesday, June 29, 2016

NCNM Changes Its Name To NUNM: From College to University

here, we see, there's gold in them there '.edu woo':

001. at Facebook, there's this announcement 2016-06-28:


Tuesday, June 28, 2016 on Naturopathy 2016-06

here, my comments on a recent messy article on naturopathy in Canada:

001. at, John Lehmann in "Child’s Death Becomes Lightning Rod" (2016-06-26):

"Ezekiel Stephan['s death...and] the trial of the parents, David and Collett Stephan, revolved around parental responsibility. It also became a lightning rod for debate about alternative medicine, triggering a barrage of mostly negative coverage that focused on the dubious science behind some naturopathic treatments [ what was given for the child by a naturopath,] an echinacea tincture [...] the concern echoes critics’ complaints that regulating naturopathy opens the door to suspect and potentially harmful treatment, including homeopathy, a naturopathic mainstay that involves using massively diluted solutions and has been debunked in studies [...]";

well, naturopathy IS an unethical sectarian pseudoscience.  Nobody seems to note that echinacea is not effective.

"relatively few naturopaths in Canada have faced disciplinary sanctions.  Manitoba, where naturopaths have been regulated since 1946, has had no disciplinary proceedings, and the registrar for the Manitoba Naturopathic Association – the province is moving to a self-regulating college for naturopaths – 'respectfully declined any comment' on whether the association has received complaints in recent years [...] the death of a child has pushed naturopathic medicine into the spotlight, and with it, the question of whether the current regulatory regime does enough to protect the public. 'I am absolutely appalled that, in four years, the [College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta] has not required even a single naturopath to undergo discipline of any kind,' says Michelle Cohen, an Ontario general physician who spearheaded the complaint to the CNDA stemming from the Stephan trial.CNDA president Beverly Huang said all complaints received by the college have been handled in accordance with Alberta’s Health Professions Act. The act includes provisions for confidential settlements through an alternative complaint-resolution process [...]";

ah, the beauty of self-regulation, no transparency.

"even some naturopathic doctors do not use homeopathy. Chris Spooner is among them. The licensed naturopathic doctor and CNPBC board member does not use homeopathy in his practice in Vernon, B.C. As a self-described science-based practitioner, he said he cannot 'wrap my head around it' [...]";

how polite.  Instead of honestly saying it's pseudoscience.  Such an honest label would be TRUE.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Naturopathy Mentioned in Skeptic's Guide #572

here, some snippets of what SGU's Dr Novella had to say 2016-06 regarding naturopathy:

001. we're told, in "Podcast #572 - June 25th, 2016", at The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe podcast [my comments are unquoted bold]:

[from 00.12.47 until 23.11 in the mp3]

"the [Massachusetts] Senate just passed the naturopathic practice act, which is a horrible piece of legislation that would give naturopaths not only licensure but a broad scope of practice, they could essentially function as primary care physicians […to be] the first point of contact for a sick patient […] we've fought against Massachusetts licensing naturopaths […] this is a battle we've fought a dozen times […] every year it comes up […] the system is rigged, it just ratchets its way up […] all we're doing is slowing down the advance […]";

as I often say, licensed falsehood marches on.

"naturopaths […] the whole profession is quackery […] that's the bottom line [...]";

I personally term naturopathy a pseudoprofession.  Because to give them that label is to put their nonsense in a tuxedo.
"[it's] an eclectic blend of every medical pseudoscience and quackery that you could imagine […] a lot of their training is homeopathy, a lot of their practice is homeopathy. That right there says that they're pseudoscientific […]";


Friday, June 24, 2016

The Naturocrit Podcast - s02e02c1.1 [Episode 012c1.1] - Script & Annotations

here, I provide an annotated script for the first part of the first half of Part Three of Episode 012 of The Naturocrit Podcast. First, I briefly cover the New Haven County Medical Association and their ethical strictures, and Yale University's 'naturopathillogical boosterism', then I go in-depth into 'naturopathy's pseudorules' by way of a 2012 AANP presentation that gets us toward the AANP Code of Ethics.

001. the Episode 012c1.1. script and annotations:

Standard Introduction:

Welcome to, as that robot voice says, The Naturocrit Podcast, and thank you for boldly listening.

What ARE we even talking about?

Well, this podcast series is my take on naturopathic medicine, an area I've been studying for about twenty years, including my time in so-called 'scientific nonsectarian naturopathic medical school'.

My approach is a pairing of scientific skepticism and a deep knowledge of naturopathy's intimate details.

In previous episodes of this series, I established that naturopathy is, essentially, a kind of knowledge blending, misrepresentation, and irrationality.

I have termed naturopathy both 'an epistemic conflation falsely posing itself as an epistemic delineation' and 'the naturopathillogical':

the science-exterior is mixed with what is scientific, then that whole muddle is absurdly claimed to be science as an entire category, while particular sectarian science-ejected oath-obligations and -requirements are coded or camouflaged, therein effectively disguising naturopathy's system of beliefs in public view.

Naturopathy's ultimate achievement is a profound erosion of scientific integrity and freedom of belief packaged in the marketing veneers "natural, holistic, integrative and alternative" and improperly embedded in the academic category "science".

Episode Synopsis:

In this two-part Part Three of Episode 012, aka s02e02, I'm going to look in detail at what I'll call 'naturopathy's pseudorules.'