Saturday, July 19, 2014

A 'Naturopathic Electrodermal' Nonsense Roundup, 2014

here, using google.com and the search term >naturopathic electrodermal<, I see what comes up currently by proponents of this nonsense!

*electrodermal screening, when used as a 'global diagnostic' is considered quite the pseudodiagnostic. Skin impedance can be used to calculate body composition, legitimately.  The extension into 'organs', 'toxins' and the like is pure FANTASY.

001. Blair Watson, "former secretary of the BC Naturopathic Association", states in "Electrodermal Screening" [2013 archived here]:

"many Canadian natural health providers use electrodermal screening (EDS) to gather bioenergy feedback and find energy imbalances that may be symptoms of disease. Some naturopaths also use the devices to test for sensitivities to certain foods and other substances. How effective is electrodermal screening?  Dr. Tom Glew, a naturopath who uses EDS in his Vancouver practice explains, 'electrodermal screening has been developing and evolving for at least 50 years [...] electrodermal screening is a useful adjunctive tool in the hands of a skilled practitioner. It helps determine functional imbalances or disturbances in the health of any patient and often finds the cause of an illness when conventional testing methods are unable to do so.

yeah, right.  Now, at ND Glew's web page, we learn that he is an NCNM graduate [2014 archived here].  And, of course, it is NCNM that teaches that the abjectly science-exterior in fact survives scientific scrutiny.  So, is it not surprising that the ND doing pseudodiagnostics was miseducated? ND Glew uses Prognos EDS [2014 archived here].

Friday, July 18, 2014

Quebec College of Physician's Stings Naturopath Montizambert For Alleged Fake Dx. and Tx.

here, I cite from recent news that a naturopath / osteopath  / homeopath in Quebec has been accused of using fake diagnostics (EDS) and treatments (e.g. UNDA) [see 001., below].  I then visit the Quebec practice pages of this naturopath-osteopath-homeopath [see 002. and 003., below] and I have pushed many of those into Archive.org's repository: 

*by the way, the current third most-ever read Naturocrit post is an electrodermal piece from 2009.

001. background:

001.a. according to Wikipedia.org's "Naturopathy", which, in its first paragraph, neatly sums up naturopathy as 'an unethical pseudoscience', BTW [my comments are in unquoted bold, below]:

"the province of Quebec does not directly regulate naturopathy. The Quebec Ministry of Education has prohibited schools from offering doctoral programs in the subject, and there are no universities with a naturopath program [hear, hear...] in Quebec, the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ) has exclusive rights to perform certain activities including but not limited to: ordering diagnostic examinations, prescribing medication and other substances and clinically monitoring the condition of patients whose state of health presents risks [aka practicing medicine]. This severely restrains the scope of practice for a naturopathic doctor." 

and I would add that this is quite protective of 'the vulnerable'.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

ND Standish on Bastyr's "Core Radical Philosophy" (2012)

here, I quote from a current Bastyr University web page which equates naturopathy's coded vitalistic-spiritistic superstitious and epistemically conflating explanation of physiology and anatomy with theism [see 001., below]:

*now, I've said this before, that I'm all for freedom of belief.  But, because Bastyr claims its contents are "science-based", I think it is quite abusive to then inject theism into that categorization, and engage in commerce.

001. Standish, L.J. (ND Bastyr 1991) states in "Finding a Teaching Tool in Alex Grey's Sacred Art" (archived in 2012): 

"Professor Leanna Standish uses provocative psychedelic paintings to challenge how students understand the body [...]";

 is it me, or is naturopathy getting weirder and weirder as that initial early 1990s wave of ND graduates enter their later decades of life?  HOW does rather cool, I must admit, art that is IMAGINARY help with understanding anatomy and physiology which is reality?  Science is based upon what is OBSERVED, not what is creatively imagined and then painted.  This is, again, as I've noted so often, an example of naturopathy's knack for taking that which is not science and posing it as epistemically scientific.  And, of course, I wonder if they, NDs, 'do drugs'. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

via ND Born: the Medieval-Sectarian Origins of His UNDA Biotherapeutic Drainage Panaceas

here, I briefly cite from and comment upon a Bastyr ND's web page that claims 'huge benefit' by treating toxins with homeopathic-anthropocentric-alchemic-TCM derived "UNDA numbers":

001. Born, T.A. (ND Bastyr 2010) writes in the 2014 archived "Safe & Effective Ways to 'Spring' into Detoxification":

"biotherapeutic drainage: this a process of detoxifying the body by opening the emunctories [...] and then excreting the toxic accumulations [...] biotherapeutic drainage works extracellularly and intracellularly, restoring optimal cellular function [...]";

really!  Really?  Emunctories?