Tuesday, October 25, 2016

arstechnica: "The Pseudoscience Behind Homeopathy Has Been Roundly Debunked"

here, justifiable criticism for homeopathy, that pseudopharmacy:

001. at arstechnica.com, Beth Mole writes in "Homeopaths Slam FDA For Warning About Infant Deaths, Illnesses" (2016-10-20):

"although the pseudoscience behind homeopathy has been roundly debunked, the resulting treatments—which are often nothing more than water—can be harmless. That is, unless they’re improperly diluted [...] homeopathic teething treatments are not evaluated or approved by the FDA. Moreover, the agency does not have the authority to recall the products. However, after an investigation into consumer illnesses and deaths, the agency can take regulatory action [...]"; 

so, sad to say, homeopathic products do not have to prove their safety or efficacy.  But the sherriff comes around...when there's a body on the ground.  But in this case the victims are not  adults, they are infants.  And U.S. naturopathy loves to falsely claim that homeopathy is effective.  The studies listed at that link are a prime example of cherry-picking the evidence.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Mississippi Public Broadcasting Naturopathy False Balance and Sloppiness

here, the shallow-shoddy falsely balanced:

001. Paul Boger writes at mpbonline.org in "Lawmakers Considering Holistic Medical License"  (2016-10-22) [2016 archived]: 

"supporters of an alternative medical treatment known as naturopathy are urging lawmakers to allow the practice in the state [...] but members of the Senate Public Health and Welfare committee are considering a change [...] 'when we talk about naturopathic physicians, we are talking about someone who has gone through a rigorous, accredited, four-year graduate level program,' says Sharon Still[s], a naturopathic physician from Arizona who spoke to lawmakers yesterday. 'Part of wanting to get naturopathic medicine licensed in the state of Mississippi is for constituent protections' [...] some lawmakers have concerns [...] Republican Senator Brice Wiggins of Pascagoula [...said] 'I think the Public Health Committee, in particular, has a role in looking out for its citizens. Obviously, we don’t want any fly-by-night things that are going to hurt our citizens' [...]";

if naturopathy education is so rigorous, how come nonsense is termed "science" all the time at naturopathy schools?  And as such, how does allowing such "protect", since falsehood hurts?  Not a very long or in-depth article, full of false balance and bad writing. I don't see online a prominent web page for a "Sharon Still" so that must be a typo.  There's a short audio file on this mpbonline.org page which talks about supplements, veganism, and states naturopathy is "an alternative to modern medicine" that is "holistic" then states it is used alongside modern medicine.  The language of the article doesn't even match the language of the audio interview which is supposedly a transcription of the speakers that were recorded.  And the audio states "Sharon Stills."  Here's the ND's Facebook page; she is a 2001 SCNM graduate.  Her archived web page explaining naturopathy states that naturopathy's VMN-HPN is the "immune system."  That's not rigorous to me.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

former-ND Hermes @statnews.com: Licensed Naturopathy is "Essentially Witchcraft"

here, former-ND Britt Hermes lets naturopathy have it.  I include a few excerpts below and some commentary:
001. at statnews.com, Megan Thielking writes in "‘Essentially Witchcraft’: A Former Naturopath Takes on Her Colleagues" (2016-10-20) [2016 archived]:

"naturopathy [is] a broad-reaching form of alternative medicine that focuses on 'natural' care, including herbal remedies, acupuncture, and the discredited practice of homeopathy [...] homeopathy has been widely debunked as pseudoscience [...]";

hear, hear.

"for the past two years, Hermes has been waging a scathing fight against naturopathy on social media, in science blogs, and on her own website, Naturopathic Diaries, which just won a 'best blog of the year' award from a scientific skepticism magazine in the United Kingdom [...]"'


"'naturopaths dislike me, but they loathe Britt because she’s a traitor,' said Dr. David Gorksi, the managing editor of Science-Based Medicine, who has also spoken out against the naturopathic industry. 'They really, really, really hate her' [...]";

ah, to be hated!  There's nothing like a good enemy.  I, myself, have been called "deranged" by an ND, and a douche bag by another. 

"Dean Guiltinan disputes her assessment [stating] 'the curriculum at Bastyr is quite rigorous' [...]";

well, rigorous doesn't mean rational or authentic.  For instance, there's Bastyr's statement, which frames naturopathy epistemically and ontologically: "science-based natural medicine [...that encompasses the position] respecting the healing power of nature [HPN] and recognizing that body, mind and spirit are intrinsically inseparable, we model an integrated approach to education, research and clinical service."  So, the irrationality of science subset the supernatural, with HPN being coded vitalism.  So quite opaque, quite not authentic.  Quite a belief system falsely labeled science, academically-clinically-politically.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

ND Morse: "The Body is Intelligent."

here, naturopathy's teleological fetishization of signs and symptoms along with highly masked vitalism, then exposed: 

001. ND Morse, at vashonbeachcomber.com, writes in "Commentary: Getting to the Bottom of a Body’s Disease" (2016-10-19) [2016 archived]:

"naturopathic physicians offer a slightly different point of view when it comes to dis-ease. We believe the body is intelligent. It produces symptoms for a reason. These symptoms are an expression of the body communicating a message. The challenge is to interpret the message [...] the bottom line is that we want to support the body in its intelligent efforts [...] the root cause of the illness is not addressed in conventional medicine [...]";