Sunday, August 10, 2008

SGU's Novella: "A Naturopath [BCNA's Swetlikoff] On Water," and UBCNM:

some 'right on the money' excerpted comments regarding naturopathy by Dr. Novella from the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe podcast blogpage, "The Rogues Gallery" [see 01. below]. Being quite familiar with the University of Bridgeport's naturopathy pseudoscience [I am one of the snookered!], I've provided an immediate example of UB naturopathic nonsensical 'scientific nonscience' [see 02. below], and some related -- rather coded -- material from Dr. Swetlikoff's own site [see 03. below], and the BCNA site [see 04. below]:

01. Novella, S. (MD ?) states in "A Naturopath On Water"{08-10-2008}:

"[truly] it is a menace to the public when governments license nonsense. It is a betrayal of the public trust, it diminishes all professionalism, and it generally propagates confusion in an area where licensure is meant to provide clarity. One egregious example is naturopathy [...] naturopaths are health care pseudoscientists [...] essentially, they are what happens when medicine is completely disconnected from science, evidence, and even common sense [...you get] pure pseudoscience - complete with superficial medical jargon but delightfully devoid of any evidence or scientific rationale [...e.g. Canada's] Lorne Swetlikoff [ND Bastyr 1988] is the current president of the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia [BCNA]. To a non-critical thinker the pseudoscience spewed by Swetlikoff and other naturopaths may sound compelling and 'sciencey.' But on close examination it is pure pseudoscience."

Note: one of the best definitions of pseudoscience I've ever come across is at Wikipedia:

"pseudoscience is defined as a body of knowledge, methodology, belief, or practice that is claimed to be scientific or made to appear scientific, but does not adhere to the scientific method, lacks supporting evidence or plausibility, or otherwise lacks scientific status."

02. UBCNM's irrationality / 'epistemic fraud:'

02.a. UB states that naturopathy is science;


02.b. UB states naturopathy's essential vitalism;


02.c. vitalism is HUGELY science-ejected;


Note: obviously, UB's label upon naturopathy as scientific is completely misleading.

03. what Dr. Swetlikoff says:

03.a. in "About Dr. Swetlikoff" we're told:

"naturopathic medicine [...is] science-based holistic health care."

03.b. in "About Naturopathic Medicine" we're told:

"naturopathic medicine is a distinct healing science and philosophy [...] the art and science of supporting the natural healing processes of the patient [...] the naturopathic physician will practice the art, science and spirit of the profession to the best of his/her ability and judgment following these principles of naturopathic medicine [...#1, the primary principle] vis medicatrix naturae (the healing power of nature). The naturopathic physician shall [must!] recognize, respect and promote the self-healing power of nature inherent in each individual human being [vitalism; for more such essential, mandatory naturopathic vitalism {so often, as here, coded}, click here]."

Note: the great irrationality of naturopathy can bee seen in these Swetlikoff examples -- placing the label science upon that which is preponderantly HUGELY nonscience [vitalism, supernaturalism & kind].

04. the British Columbia Naturopathic Association states in "The Nature of Naturopathic Medicine":

"[per Cassie, G. (MA ?), BCNA Executive Director] naturopathic medicine is science based natural medicine. The third major difference is the philosophy of naturopathic treatment [..with #1, the primary principle] vis medicatrix naturae [VMN]: the body has the inherent capacity to heal [...] embracing these tenets [like VMN], on a science-based platform, is at the heart of naturopathic medical care [...NDs have studied] all the basic sciences any general practitioner receives [...NDs have] 'a comprehensive foundation in the biological and biomedical sciences' [...and] 'the commission believes that the division between alternative and orthodox medicine is not of a scientific nature' [huh?!?!]."

Note: the coding, the coding!!! The vitalism that dare not speak its name. Visit the Federation of Naturopathic Physician Licensing Authorities to see that the expression VMN is truly, contextually, a representation of naturopathy's overarching vitalism figmentation.
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