Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Science-Based Medicine: A FIRM Value, A Naturopathic Deception:

here, I highlight the FIRM foundation's mission statement particularly as regards medicine's preponderant professions-level ethical commitment to science as a basis for medical knowledge [see 001., below], and compare that to naturopathy's completely opposite and absurd position, wherein pseudoscience & antiscience are falsely postured as scientific and 'of professions-level ethical rigor' [see 002., below], and then I warn you of the complicity of American government in such [see 003., below]:

001. the Foundation for Integrity and Responsibility in Medicine admirably states in "About FIRM":

"the Foundation for Integrity and Responsibility in Medicine [FIRM...whose trustees are] Roy M. Poses MD [...] Wally R. Smith MD [...] Russell C. Maulitz MD [per 2008-12-17...is] devoted to upholding medicine's core values by empowering patients and physicians, and supporting representative, transparent[!!!], ethical, and responsible health care governance [...] physicians['...] core values [...] include [...] practicing medicine based on science and scientific principles [...yet] strong but generally unrecognized threats to these values [exist...including healthcare] pseudo-science and anti-science."

Note: the 'scientific basis' of medicine, as a value, is also similarly expressed in the Medical Professionalism Project's "A Physician's Charter" per:

"[medicine's] set of professional responsibilities [...includes] a commitment to scientific knowledge."

002. naturopathy's quite heinous deception / bamboozle; posturing a scientific status for what ain't!!!:

002.a. naturo.'s claim that they are science-based:

I have cataloged naturopathy's overarching claim of being essentially "science", "scientific", "science-based", 'a branch of medical science', "from the sciences", and "health science" here [a list that keeps growing and growing!!!].

002.b. naturopathy's actual, in fact nonscientific / science-ejected / antiscientific / pseudoscientific essential premises:

I have cataloged naturopathy's overarching and essential / mandatory [often coded, so be careful of such deceit] vitalism and supernaturalism sectarian premises here & here, respectively [2 more lists that keep growing and growing!!!].

002.c. the PROFOUNDLY actual, in fact nonscientific status of both vitalism and supernaturalism:

are cataloged here & here, respectively [ditto!!!].

003. so, in being essentially nonscientific / a belief system while claiming medical status / "health science" status, naturopathy is quite the robust example of pseudoprofessionalism.

Note: I have first-hand knowledge of all this absurdity, 'from the inside' per this blog's title, because I was bamboozled by the University of Bridgeport's College of Naturopathic Medicine, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and the AANP's Alliance [which included, at that time {1997} NCNM, SCNM, and Bastyr]. I could not be a participant in "unethical sectarian pseudoscience", so I ceased and slowly began my "skeptical analysis."

Watch out, States are complicit in this deceit:

e.g., visit the State of Oregon's "state.or.us" website, where we are told, with taxpayer dollars in this year 2008, per "Naturopathy":

"the practice of naturopathic medicine emerges from six underlying principles of healing [{their creed}...that are] based on the objective observation of the nature of health and disease, and are continually reexamined in light of scientific analysis [which is obviously bullshit...including #1] the healing power of nature, vis medicatrix naturae [...] the healing process is ordered and intelligent; nature heals through the response of the life force [a belief]. The physician’s role is to facilitate and augment this process [a requirement...] methods of treatments are chosen to work with the patient’s vital force [their 'purposeful life spirit' belief, in sum...] health and disease are conditions of the whole organism, a whole involving [/including...the] spiritual [{while supernaturalisms do not survive scientific scrutiny!!!}...] the physician must treat the whole person by considering all of these factors [a requirement...because, you must believe] causes may occur on many levels including [...the] spiritual [{the supernatural as a scientifically supported cause?!!?!?}...&] the physician must also make a commitment to his/her personal and spiritual development [obviously a certain kind of religiosity / supernaturalism practice] in order to be a good teacher."

Note: this is 'naturopathy's sectarian creed' mislabeled as 'able to survive scientific scrutiny' / 'objective fact' by the State of Oregon.
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