Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Homeopathy - WHO Says No to Such "Dangerous Quackery", UB Naturopathy Says Yes:

here, I look at two positions which are quite at odds regarding homeopathy -- a mandatory ND subject area for the degree, labeled a "clinical science" on their NPLEX licensing exam -- that of a proponent of scientific medicine [see 001., below], and that of an ND degree granting CT institution that falsely labels the profoundly nonscientific as science (specifically naturopathy and its 'essentially naturopathic' contents, such as homeopathy) [see 002., below]:

001. at Neurologica, Dr. Stephen Novella states in "WHO Says No to Homeopathy" (2009-08-21):

"the World Health Organization [WHO], which does not have a good track record when it comes to pseudoscience in medicine (being too much of a political organization), has recently made a number of statements against the use of homeopathy [...] this is good news, as homeopathy is dangerous quackery."

Note: Dr. N. further describes homeopathy as:

a) "a pre-scientific philosophy that it is based entirely on magical thinking and is out of step with the last 200 years of science";

b) "literally nothing but pure magical thinking";

and Dr. N. states:

c) "[homeopaths] want to re-frame the conflict between scientific medicine and homeopathy so that it is not about science (since they have already lost the scientific war) but about culture, politics, and ideology [...] homeopaths are much better at that than scientists who are dedicated to honesty and transparency."

002. but, according to the naturopathy establishment, e.g. the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine [UBCNM] even though homeopathy is a "pre-scientific [...] dangerous quackery [...] based entirely on magical thinking":

002.a. it is required within an ND degree and labeled "medicine";

002.b. and, since within UB's label of naturopathy as science overall, homeopathy is labeled therein science;

Note: so, when is a supposed "medical science" actually not science at all but instead junk falsely labeled science?

Yes, naturopathy.
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