Friday, January 30, 2009

Naturopathy et al. as Antiscience & Unfair Trading [UK] - Bodmer, Colquhoun, Ogilvie, & Rothwell in The Times 2009-01-30:

here, I excerpt from two 2009 letters in The Times [UK; see 001. & 003.b, below] and a 2007 article in Nature [see 003.a., below], per alternative medicine as 'unfair trading and antiscience' -- and I make 'the Connecticut Connection' [US] per the University of Bridgeport's College of Naturopathic Medicine [UBCNM] and Acupucture Institute's [UBAI] "Health Sciences Programs" false labeling [see 004., below]:

001. a recent letter to the editors of The Times, titled "The Question About Alternative Medicine: The Government Needs to Make Unified Decisions on Alternative Medicine" (2009-01-30) states:

"we would like to congratulate the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford, Professor Michael Harloe, for his principled decision to drop all the university’s programmes associated with complementary medicine within the School of Community, Health Sciences & Social Care. This includes its 'homeopathy in practice' degree [...] although universities are now taking sensible actions, government policy in the area of regulation of alternative medicine is in urgent need of revision [...] one of the 31 commercial practices that are in all circumstances considered unfair is 'falsely claiming that a product is able to cure illnesses, dysfunction or malformations'. One part of government seeks to endorse unproven and disproved treatments, at the same time as another part makes them illegal [...and it is signed:]

Sir Walter Bodmer -- FRCPath, FRS, FMedSci, FRCP (hon), FRCS(hon), Cancer & Immunogenetics, Laboratory Weatherall, Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford.

Professor David Colquhoun --FRS, Research Professor of Pharmacology, University College, London.

Dame Bridget Ogilvie -- AC, DBE, FRS, FAA, Visiting Professor at UCL, past Director of the Wellcome Trust.

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell -- FRS, FMedSci, FRCP (hon), MRC Research Professor, University of Manchester

[I have included their entire credentials as provided by Colquhoun's post]."

Note: FRS is "Fellow of the Royal Society", "the national academy of the sciences in the United Kingdom." Excellent!

002. Colquhoun additionally writes, in "A Letter to the Times, and Progress at Westminster" (2009-01-30):

"you can’t hope to regulate alternative treatments in any sensible way while continuing to push under the carpet the crucial question of which ones work and which don’t [...] we are talking about 'bachelor of science' degrees in things like homeopathy and naturotherapy [!!!; essentially, both are 'the naturopathic'!]. These are things that are not science at all. In fact they are antiscience to their core [this links to the Nature article {see 003.a., below}...] in the same [Times] issue, there was a related article by the Times' education editor, Alexandra Frean: 'Universities Drop Degree Courses in Alternative Medicine' [see 003.b., below]."

003. Colquhoun in Nature 2007, and The Times' Frean 2009:

003.a. Colquhoun writes in "Science Degrees Without the Science" (2007-03-22) :

"the least that one can expect of a bachelor of science (BSc) honours degree is that the subject of the degree is science [...] most complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is not science because the vast majority of it is not based on empirical evidence [...e.g.] homeopathy [...] is much more like religion than science [...] many of the doctrines of CAM, and quite a lot of its practitioners, are openly anti-science [...] gobbledygook is being taught in some UK universities as though it were science [...] homeopathy is the most obvious delusion because the 'medicine' contains no medicine [...] other CAM courses are in aromatherapy, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, reflexology, osteopathy, therapeutic bodywork, naturopathy, ayurveda, shiatsu and qigong. None of these is, by any stretch of the imagination, science, yet they form part of BSc degrees [p.373]."

Note 01: for some context regarding this journal, Wikipedia describes Nature as:

" a prominent scientific journal, first published on 4 November 1869. Although most scientific journals are now highly specialized, Nature is one of the few journals, along with other weekly journals such as Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that still publishes original research articles across a wide range of scientific fields."

Note 02: the HUGE IRONY that has not been lost on Dr. Bob Ironic [who is not a Dr. of any kind!] is that NATURE-opathy which markets itself as NATURE-al, has nothing to do with the modern scientific context of Nature!

003.b. the Times' Frean, A. (? ?) writes in "Universities Drop Degree Courses in Alternative Medicine" (2009-01-30):

"Universities are increasingly turning their backs on homeopathy and complementary medicine amid opposition from the scientific community to 'pseudo-science' degrees [...] the decisions by Salford and Westminster open a new chapter in the fierce debate about the place of awarding of Bachelor of Science degrees in subjects that are not science."

004. 'the Connecticut Connection' - a nonscientific mascarade, by extension:


004.b. while:

004.b1. 'the entire naturopathic' is based upon a sectarian idea [vitalism, for starters {acupuncture is essentially vitalistic as well}; supernatural-spiritism, teleology and etc.] that is severely science-ejected [HUGELY!!!] while the University labels itself nonsectarian [how is a mandatory, dogmatic, supernatural, autoentheistic figmentation -- a 'purposeful life spirit bioagency equated with god / the divine' (UBCNM); or animism / animatism (UBAI) -- NOT sectarian?];

004.b2. while UBCNM's ND contains mandatory courses in:

homeopathy [which the NPLEx national board exam that UBCNM has designed their curriculum towards calls homeopathy a "clinical science"!], and ayurveda [which UB labels a "natural science"!];

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