Saturday, September 23, 2017

Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Acupuncture and Kind Will Tar UC Irvine Med. School - LA Times

here, big money thrown in the ring to support junk thought and methods:

001. in "A $200-million Donation Threatens to Tar UC Irvine's Medical School as a Haven for Quacks", at, Michael Hiltzik reports:

"the very terms 'integrative health' and 'integrative medicine' raise hackles among physicians who say they’re code for introducing unproven and debunked nostrums into a curriculum that should be based exclusively on scientific evidence. Among the approaches with little or no scientific support that get 'integrated' are acupuncture, herbal concoctions, and homeopathy and naturopathy [...]"; 

hear, hear. 

"the only reason ‘integrative medicine’ exists is to integrate quackery into medicine,' says David Gorski, a professor of surgery and oncology at Wayne State University who pursues pseudoscience and quackery through the blogs Science-Based Medicine and Respectful Insolence [...]";


"homeopathy is one 'alternative' medical approach that is conclusively regarded as useless, even by experts who encourage study of other nontraditional therapies. Its idea, which dates back to the 18th century, is to treat diseases with substances that create the same symptoms, but at such a diluted level that no trace of the substance remains in a dose chemically indistinguishable from water. The concept has been thoroughly tested and thoroughly debunked [...]";

oh, snap!

"there’s no question that the Samuelis’ gift could do a tremendous amount of good — $200 million will go far to jump UCI up into the front ranks of academic medical institutions. But its pedigree also will bring a lot of scrutiny into whether the university is maintaining its explicit commitment to scientific rigor.  Some people doubt it can. 'Probably there are some people at UCI who think, ‘We’ll accept the money, and just do the science-based stuff like nutrition and massage,’' Novella says. 'But you can’t promote homeopathy and naturopathy and also say you’re going to have high standards of science and evidence. They’re mutually incompatible.'" 

agreed.  But, I don't recall Novella speaking out about the naturopathy at his Yale employer.

Friday, September 22, 2017

European Academies Science Advisory Council: Homeopathy is Inplausible, Ineffective

here, some bad news for homeopathy:

001. we're told in "Homeopathic Products and Practices: Assessing the Evidence and Ensuring Consistency in Regulating Medical Claims in the EU" (2017) [2017 archived]:

"EASAC, the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council, is publishing this statement to build on recent work by its member academies to reinforce criticism of the health and scientific claims made for homeopathic products. The analysis and conclusions are based on the excellent science-based assessments already published by authoritative and impartial bodies [...] we conclude that the claims for homeopathy are implausible and inconsistent with established scientific concepts [...] we agree with previous extensive evaluations concluding that there are no known diseases for which there is robust, reproducible evidence that homeopathy is effective beyond the placebo effect [...] we note that this may pose significant harm to the patient if incurring delay in seeking evidence-based medical care and that there is a more general risk of undermining public confidence in the nature and value of scientific evidence [...] there is no rigorous evidence to substantiate the use of homeopathy in veterinary medicine";

hear, hear.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Google Trends: The Decline of "Naturopathic Medicine" 2004-2017

here, an embed from regarding the term "naturopathic medicine" as sample by the tool from 2004 to 2017:

001. we're informed:

002. meanwhile, we get such crap misdirects as:

002.a. "as it grows, the ND profession continues to spark the interest of those dissatisfied with conventional medicine" via the AANMC.

and you can see this GROWTH isn't true because, though AANMC represents the ND schools in North America, you simultaneously have ND University deans writing such things as "Professional Identity Formation: Making Sense of Hobbled Matriculation Numbers in 2017-18".

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Changelog 2017-09-14 and ND Video

here, I summarize recent additions to my public naturopathy database.  I also link to an ND's video each changelog, quote from, and tag the video in some detail:

[Mission emphasis: I do this continuous exercise to expose the inherent fraud that naturopathy is logically, academically, commercially, legislatively / politically and clinically.  Hugely misleading category labels such as "science based" and "evidence based" "nonsectarian" are being placed upon what truly is science-exterior and even more so disproven sectarian / quack nonsense!  Then, the largest of betrayals toward the public occurs with highly orchestrated '.gov' endorsements of naturopaths as "licensed" and "professional."  Beware, the naturopathic licensed falsehood racket marches on!]

001. added:

the vitalism [science-ejected subset naturopathy] claims of:

ND Wootton;
ND Van Gaver;
ND Yanover;
ND Young;
ND Zeller;

the 'science subset naturopathy' category claims of:

the AANMC;
to Appendix I.01.a1.

ND Young;
to Appendix I.05.p.;

the 'scientific rejection of vitalism':

Lawson & Weser;
to Appendix C.06.c.;

'naturopathy blends':

ND Adatya;

NDs Currey, Edwards, Zeiman;ND Foresman-Landers;

ND Jasmin;
ND Lepisto;

Bastyr University;
the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians;
the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine;

ND Petley;