Monday, September 26, 2016

ND Conte's "The Science of Homeopathy to Increase the Life Force Energy"

here, that epistemic muddling that defines naturopathy:

001. Conte, N. (who claims 'ND Bastyr' but I haven't found discrete verification at their alumni resource and that could be due to a change in last name) writes in "Services" [2016 archived]: 

"Dr. Conte utilizes the science of homeopathy to increase the life force energy.  Homeopathy uses minute doses of natural substances to stimulate the body's natural healing process [...]";

no.  Not science.  No such thing as "life force energy".  Doesn't work.

"the body cleanses itself through five channels of detoxification and elimination:  the intestines, liver, kidneys, lungs and skin.  The naturopathic detox program maximizes the ability of these organ systems to remove bacterial / yeast / parasite toxins, heavy metals, allergens, and colon impactions [...]";

oh, and that's the Toxin Boogeyman.  Meant to detoxify your wallet.  She even has a "detoxification questionnaire."

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Naturopaths' IgG Testing "Not Recommended": CMAJ Article

here, bad news for one of naturopathy's pseudodiagnostics:

001. Shamona Harnett reports at in "Scientific Review Refutes Tests Performed by Alternative Practitioners" (2016-09-19):

"patients’ lack of understanding about allergies and perceived food sensitivities has led them to avoid foods they don’t have to and could result in nutritional deficiencies, a new scientific review published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal says [...authored by] Winnipeg allergist Dr. Elissa Abrams and New York allergist Dr. Scott H. Sicherer [...] the article, published on Sept. 6, discourages Immunoglobulin G (IgG) testing offered by alternative practitioners such as naturopaths [..which] can cost hundreds of dollars [...] Abrams says such tests lead to unnecessary avoidance of foods patients may not be allergic to [...]"; 

so, orthorhexia by way of pseudodiagnostics. But don't worry, naturopaths have a whole arsenal of bogus tests left to choose from, if they even listen to this article and stop their unjustifiable IgG testing.

Monday, September 19, 2016

An E-mailed Pseudoscience Offer From NUNM

here, excerpts from an email I just received from National University of Natural Medicine falsely posing naturopathy as 'grounded in science':

 001. I received from NUNM an e-mail which states:

"thank you for your interest in natural medicine!  AANMC shared that you’re considering a career in the field, so I’m excited to share with you the ways our Doctor of Naturopathic (ND) Medicine program at National University of Natural Medicine will prepare you for a career of healing others.  Our ND program, grounded in biomedical science [...] NDs combine time-honored practices with cutting-edge advances to bolster the body’s natural mechanisms to heal itself [...] I encourage you to reach out or plan a visit so we can discuss how a degree from NUNM can propel you to a career in patient-centered medicine.  I look forward to speaking with you!  Kind regards, Danielle Law Associate Director of Admissions [...]";

so that's a claim that naturopathy is "grounded in biomedical science" and "patient-centered medicine".  Yet, NUNM has the page "Naturopathic Principles of Healing" which states:"these principles stand as the distinguishing marks of the profession: [#1] the healing power of nature, vis medicatrix naturae.  The body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health. The healing process is ordered and intelligent; nature heals through the response of the life force. The physician’s role is to facilitate and augment this process." Well, that's the science-ejected goal of naturopathy's activities.  And also there's NUNM's homeopathy in their ND. So this is truly abject pseudoscience-fraudulence.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

ND Zeff in NDNR 09-2016: Homeopathic Nosodes Are Better Than Vaccines

here, some crazy, really crazy:

001. Zeff, J.L. (ND NCNM), who "along with [ND] Pamela Snider is the author
of the modern definition of naturopathic medicine", writes in "Vaccines for Seniors" in Naturopathic Doctor News and Review 09-2016:

"let us explore some of the literature on the subject [...]"; 

cherry picking alert!

"so, there are 'naturopathic' alternatives to the vaccines, which are cheaper, effective, and carry no risk of harm. Why would anyone want to use vaccines, with their expense and potential for harm, when one could use these simple, effective, inexpensive, and harmless methods? [...] the vaccine may, in fact, increase the risk of death from the flu, increase the risk of contracting the flu rather than reducing the risk, and increase the risk of having a worse case of the flu [...]";

so, here we have antivaccine propaganda.  And this is what is considered effective...

"here is what I recommend [...] specifically, I recommend the use of homeopathic nosodes
and specific remedies to stimulate immunity, as opposed to vaccines. I have found them to be effective, and  they are harmless - there is absolutely no potential for harm. I usually use the 200C potency, though there is new literature out of India suggesting that a 30C potency may be better [...] for shingles, specifically, I use Rhus tox homeopathically, as well as Herpes zoster nosode, 30C or 200C, as a preventive [...] the primary method I used to help restore and stabilize her platelet count was the homeopathic nosode of TDaP (200C) [...]";

magic beans, unicorn tears, and flying carpets are not effective and not preventative.  This is CRAZY.