Thursday, August 28, 2014

US News & World Report Promotes Prescientific Medieval Prana Dietary Advice

here, I briefly cite from and comment upon someone's scatololia regarding 'what to eat':

001. in "Why You Should Consider a High Prana Diet" (archived here 2014) Kristine Crane writes [my comments are in unquoted bold]:

"choose foods by their life force, and you may look and feel better [...]";

thanks, Kristine.  Except, a prescientific "life force" is a figmentation that does not exist.  And, obviously, prana is synonymous with "life force".

002. the prana phrases the author uses:

"ever heard the word prana? The Sanskrit word for energy or life force, prana is the underlying concept behind whole foods, raw foods and anything organic [...]";

ah, the bullshit pseudoscientific use of the term energy.  I think we can see the orthorhexic bent of this ideology.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Naturocrit Podcast - The Second Half of Episode 005e (005e2) - Script & Annotations

here, I provide an annotated script for the second half of Part Five of the Naturocrit Podcast's Episode 005, titled "The 'Science-Based' Science-Exterior Canadian-Based Naturopathic Interior".  I am looking at naturopathy in the province of Ontario, Canada chiefly through associations centered around ND Iva Lloyd.  In this Part 005e, I will 'visit' two of ND Lloyd's books:

001. the Second Half of Episode 005e (005e2) script and annotations:

Standard Introduction:


Welcome to, as that robot voice says, The Naturocrit Podcast, and thank you for boldly listening.

What ARE we even talking about?

Well, this podcast series is my take on naturopathic medicine, an area I've been studying for about twenty years, including my time in so-called 'scientific nonsectarian naturopathic medical school'.

My approach is a pairing of scientific skepticism and a deep knowledge of naturopathy's intimate details.

In previous episodes of this series, I established that naturopathy is, essentially, a kind of knowledge blending, misrepresentation, and irrationality.

 I have termed naturopathy both 'an epistemic conflation falsely posing itself as an epistemic delineation' and 'the naturopathillogical':

The Naturocrit Podcast - Episode 005e2 Mp3 Link

here, in this second half of Part Five of the Naturocrit Podcast's Episode 005, titled "The 'Science-Based' Science-Exterior Canadian-Based Naturopathic Interior" -- wherein I look at naturopathy in the province of Ontario, Canada chiefly through associations centered around ND Iva Lloyd -- I visit ND Lloyd's ISBN 0443069557, 2009's "The Energetics of Health: A Naturopathic Assessment":
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

British Columbia NDs Suing 'Allegedly Fake NDs' (Oh, and Regarding Falsehoods...)

here, I cite from recent reporting regarding activity of the British Columbia naturopath regulatory body [see 001., below]; then, I point out the falsehood of the BC 'naturopath collective' [see 002., below]:

001. cbc.ca reports in "Naturopaths File Lawsuit Against Unlicensed Surrey Physicians" (2014-08-21) [my comments are in unquoted bold]:

"B.C.'s College of Naturopathic Physicians claims the owners of a Surrey clinic are improperly giving injections and claiming to be physicians.  The college has filed a petition in B.C. Supreme Court against the husband and wife who run South Point Natural Therapies [...]";

this "college" term means, in Canada, 'regulatory body' and not educational institution.

"the Surrey couple claim to be 'doctors of natural medicine', a distinction the College of Naturopathic Physicians says might lead members of the public to believe they're naturopaths [...]";

so, that's where I get this impression that 'fake NDs' are being sued by the College.  Now, the article's picture shows homeopathic remedies and states "naturopathic medicine uses a wide range of treatments including acupuncture, botanical medicine, massage, hydrotherapy, nutrition and homeopathic medicine."  Homeopathy: the great therapeutic pretender.