Friday, April 24, 2015

Changelog 2015-04-24 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 'science subset naturopathy' category claims of:

ND Allen;
ND Amerine;
ND Andal;
ND Armstrong;
ND Asbill;
ND Alschuler;

the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges;

ND Fox;

NDs Lee and Lu;

NDs Russell and Sommer;

ND Winton;
ND Wolf;

the Yukon Association of Naturopathic Doctors;

Thursday, April 23, 2015

@theatlantic.com, Alan Levinovitz on Dr. Oz, Naturopathy, Quackademic Medicine

here, some snippets from a piece mentioning naturopathy:

001. at theatlantic.com, Alan Levinovitz writes, in "Dr. Oz and the Pathology of 'Open-Mindedness'" (2015-04-23):

"today, millions watched as Dr. Oz defended himself against critics on his show [...] why call for Dr. Oz’s dismissal, when many medical schools and hospitals endorse the most outlandish of his claims? [...] a vocal minority of physicians and scientists have long claimed that Dr. Oz is a symptom, not the problem [...e.g.] Yale neurologist Steven Novella and Wayne State University surgical oncologist David Gorski [...] refer to the problem as 'quackademic medicine' [...] they emphasize that Dr. Oz and universities alike endanger public health by legitimating alternative medical traditions such as naturopathy and chiropractic [...]";

hear, hear.
 
"the New York University medical ethicist Arthur Caplan expresses concern that naturopaths — who practice an unstandardized mix of therapies including traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, craniosacral therapy, iridology, and reiki — routinely grant vaccine exemptions, and are licensed to do so in 17 states [...]";

true enough.  What's even more interesting is that NYU has naturopaths working there.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Kroll @forbes.com: Homeopathy, the "Deceptive Ruse of a Belief System Masquerading as Medicine"

here, I comment upon an article at forbes.com regarding homeopathy:

001. at forbes.com, pharmacist David Kroll writes in "Pharma Critic Skewers Homeopathy At FDA Hearing" (2015-04-22):

"yesterday, the FDA completed a two-day hearing to solicit opinions on whether and how to adjust their current enforcement policies to reflect the growth in the homeopathic marketplace [...aka this] obsolete codification of homeopathy [...] products that are essentially wildly-overpriced vials of water or dried balls of sugar [...this] the deceptive ruse of a belief system masquerading as medicine [...] the tide is turning in the U.S. against pseudoscience and the idea that freedom to make health decisions does not authorize medical chicanery [...]";

hear, hear.

"the agency appears to have catered to the homeopathic industry [...]";

that's a surprise!

FDA Homeopathy Reassessment: The AANP's Rothenberg Defends Homeopathy [of course]

here, I excerpt from the AANP's testimony regarding potential changes to FDA homeopathy oversight:

001. at fda.gov, we're told in "Testimony by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians By Amy Rothenberg, ND, DHANP April 20, 2015" [saved 2015-04-22; my comments are in unquoted bold]:

"my name is Amy Rothenberg and I am a board member of the American Association on Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), and president of the Massachusetts Society of Naturopathic doctors (MSND) [...] I am board certified by the [AANP's] Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians [...] I co-founded the New England School of Homeopathy, the largest and oldest continuous postgraduate study of homeopathy in the United States [...] ";

so, there is AANP, full guns blazing.  Isn't it strange for a group who claim that their contents survive rigorous scientific scrutiny to be defending the garbage that is homeopathy?

"AANP is a national professional association representing 4,500 licensed naturopathic physicians in the United States [...]";

ah, the 'of the professions' claim.  But science when is falsehood a basis for professionalism?