Saturday, November 28, 2015

Naturopathy Apostate Britt Hermes Interviewed at Podcast

here, a link to an interview of once-ND Hermes:

001. it is LOR's "Episode 149 – The Naturopathic Diaries, with Britt Marie Hermes" (2015-11-22), and the description states, in part:

"[we] welcome special guest Britt Marie Hermes [...] Britt received a degree in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University and practiced as a licensed naturopath for three years in the US until a number of realizations caused her to leave the profession to pursue a career in biomedical research [...she] writes about her experiences on her blog [...] Naturopathic Diaries [...]";

Britt says some quotable stuff, I must note, for future reference.  The hosts, though, are a little too cheery-Canadian surfer-like 'oh MY god that's HORRIBLE' for my taste, and at at some point the narrative descends into one host's self-pity about her own educational debt.

me, I don't ask for pity.  This is combat.  We all get the war we deserve.  Action stations, action stations.

and naturopathy, I must correct, is a pseudoprofession: because a profession is not based upon falsehoods.

2015 Video - Dr. Hall on Naturopathy's Innards

here, though 'of a certain kind of non-entertainment / academic-didactic style', is an important REFERENCE video:

001. in a video up at the James Randi Foundation account on YouTube, some things we're told by Dr. Hall, in "Lecture 6: Naturopathy and Herbal Medicines", which runs 44 very studious minutes (2015):

"what they do that is different: spend more time with patients […] the one good thing on this list […] use unproven treatments and pretend they have proof, use disproven and fantastical treatments, disregard science in favor of anecdotes, try all combinations without any rationale for doing so, can't take care of patients who are really sick and need to be hospitalized, don't have knowledge or experience to recognize an emergency […]";
hear, hear.

"in integrative medicine clinics, sometimes naturopaths work alongside medical doctors […] I think this is direct violation of the AMA Code of Ethics [...] can MDs work with NDs? 'It is unethical to engage in or to aid and abet in treatment which has no scientific basis and is dangerous, is calculated to deceive the patient by giving false hope, or which may cause the patient to delay in seeking proper care' – AMA Code of Ethics […]";

hear, hear.

Monday, November 23, 2015 Dr. Dawlatly, UK Physician, 'Homeopathy is Irresponsible Fantasy'

here, a Birmingham GP's opinion on homeopathy: 

001. Dr. Samir Dawlatly writes at "Continuing to Fund Homeopathy is Irresponsible" (2015-11-23):

"the Department of Health [...] recently rejected calls by MPs to withdraw the funding of homeopathy on the NHS. It would appear that the Government is happy to continue to fund the prescribing of placebo, even though there appears to be something ethically dubious about prescribing inert sugar pills [...] the Department of Health argues that the funding of homeopathy should continue to allow for patient choice. This argument is blatantly ridiculous. At a time when the NHS is being asked to make efficiency savings, allowing the choice and funding of treatments that are based on fantasy, is irresponsible and is further evidence of the Government railroading its own agenda";

hear, hear.

A Letter to the FDA Concerning 3 Connecticut NDs

here, my letter to the FDA:


To Whom it May Concern,

            I'm concerned about possible non-permitted clinical activity in Connecticut, for diagnosis and treatment, involving devices used by three practitioners at three different locations, in cumulatively three different states.  I am a writer who is soon to publish on this matter, and I thought I'd check these things with FDA:

I. First, there's hyperbaric oxygen chamber usage by a naturopath, for a host of conditions:

The naturopath's name is Adam Breiner


a licensed Connecticut naturopath


On ND Breiner's practice bio. page, the first link above, we're told:

                        “Dr. Breiner is the first physician in the State of Connecticut to offer hyperbaric oxygen for the treatment of Lyme, Stroke, ADD, Tramua [sic.], and other neurological conditions.”

On ND Breiner's page “Hyperbaric Oxygen & Neurologic Center”


we're told:

            “At Whole-Body Medicine we offer patients access to a cutting-edge, integrative Hyperbaric & Neurologic Center. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is used to help patients in their recovery from a wide range of neurological and other health challenges.”