Friday, July 10, 2009

More Naturopathic Misinformation?: The 1st AANMC Informational Webinar 2009-07-16:

here, I point out the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges' [AANMC] claim / promise that they will, next week via web conference, provided reliable [I'm reasonably presuming that's what people will assume] information regarding AANMC naturopathic education so that the public will be able to [I'm reasonably presuming] make an informed decision regarding attending naturopathy school [see 001., below]; meanwhile, naturopathy falsely labels the profoundly science-ejected vitalistic and supernatural as scientific, without a single disclaimer [see 002., below]; so, I say instead of "for you", naturopathy exists "for themselves" [see 003., below]:

001. the AANMC states in “AANMC 2-Minute E-News […] Attend the 1st AANMC Informational Webinar!” (2009-07):

“[per Deger, C . (? ?) - AANMC managing editor] the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges is very excited to debut a new way to learn about naturopathic medical education without leaving home […] we will bring you an interactive, online experience that will help you in the process of selecting and applying to naturopathic medical school [...via our] experts in naturopathic medical education […our] leading professionals in the field of naturopathic medicine [...] this event is sponsored jointly by the seven accredited colleges of naturopathic medicine comprising the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC) [including the University of Bridgeport].”

Note: notice the claim that they will be “informational”, that the public will “learn”, that they have educational / academic expertise, and that naturopathy meets the ethical strictures of a profession. Can AANMC actually help you? Is AANMC actually looking out for YOU? [No, not in my book. I relate to this 'not for you' reality below (see 003.)].

002. [how naturopathy's recent past speaks volumes] debunking naturopathy's educational / academic / professional science expertise claim, a.k.a. 'how they label as science that which is PROFOUNDLY not science and therein do not fulfill a professions-level ethical role':

002.a. AANMC claims that naturopathy is science in "What is Naturopathic Medicine?":

"naturopathic physicians cooperate with all other branches of medical science".

Note: for a larger collection of 'naturopathy's science self-labeling', see here.

002.b. naturopathy's essential vitalism can be found from one of the AANMC's member schools, the University of Bridgeport, per “Six Guiding Principles. Guiding Principle #1”:

"the healing power of nature [HPN]. Viz [sp., vis] medicatrix naturae: the body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health. The healing process is ordered and intelligent [purposeful; goal-directed]; nature heals through the response of the life force. The [naturopathic] physician's role is to facilitate and augment this process."

Note: for a larger collection of 'naturopathy's essential vitalism', see here. Yet, vitalism is completely science-ejected.

Overall note for 002: notice that there is no disclaimer / no warning regarding AANMC's actually very FALSE, very actually ABSURD position that that which is fundamentally nonscientific is being improperly labeled as scientific. Instead, AANMC mainly codes their 'sectarian underneath' in naturalistic language, per “The Six Principles”:

“naturopathic medicine celebrates the healing power of nature [HPN]. Naturopathic medicine is dedicated to the study and celebration of nature’s healing powers […] a dynamic philosophy as well as a profession [...] naturopathic medicine is defined by principles rather than by methods or modalities. Above all, it honors the body’s innate wisdom to heal […] naturopathic physicians practice the six fundamental principles of naturopathic medicine: [#1] the healing power of nature: trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself […#6] treat the whole person: view the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions.”

Note: this is the vitalism context that dare not speak its name. Instead, a naturalistic facade / veneer is presented. That's misinformation of a most sophisticated type. Also, notice that after labeling naturopathy “science”, supernaturalism is of primary concern to them. Yet, supernaturalism itself is science ejected. That's misinformation of a most crude type.

003. overall, AANMC is first and foremost FOR THEMSELVES, not for you:

a.k.a., not by a long shot of the highly stringent ethical condition credat emptor [let the buyer have faith -- of the professions in ethical caliber]

but instead,

not even able to pass the less ethically stringent condition of caveat emptor [let the buyer beware; falseness, 'bait and switch', deceit -- which is even of lower ethical caliber than legitimate commerce].
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