Monday, October 5, 2009

Nobels in Physiology or Medicine For 3 Americans - But Where is ND Pizzorno & NCNM's?

here, I ponder a great mystery. Three Americans have been awarded Nobels today for their work in genetics [see 001., below]; but, why haven't ND Joseph E. Pizzorno (NCNM 1975) [JEP] & his ND-granting alma mater National College of Natural Medicine [NCNM] similarly been awarded Nobels in physiology or medicine for HUMONGOUS discoveries that are MUCH MORE Earth-shaking? [see 002., below]; oh [see 003., below]:

001. the New York Times reports in "Three Americans Share Nobel Prize for Medicine" (2009-10-05):

"the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded this year to three American scientists who solved a problem of cell biology with deep relevance to cancer and aging [...] the three winners are Elizabeth H. Blackburn of the University of California, San Francisco, Carol W. Greider of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Jack W. Szostak of Massachusetts General Hospital."

Note: kudos.

002. the hugely science-ejected decreed as science by JEP and NCNM:

002.a. naturopathy is labeled overall as science by both:

002.a1. JEP on this 2007 archived WebMD blog post per:

"my basic beliefs [...#4] health care decisions should be made on the basis of good scientific evidence [...] when starting Bastyr University in Seattle, WA, in 1978, I coined and implemented the concept of science-based natural medicine. I knew that for this medicine [naturopathy, natural medicine] to be accepted, it had to have a strong scientific foundation [...I] coauthored the Textbook of Natural Medicine, the most widely read definitive work on science-based natural medicine."

Note: so, science-science-science!

002.a2. and NCNM in their 2009-2010 catalog:

"[the] principles of naturopathic medicine. The practice of naturopathic medicine emerges from six principles of healing. These principles are based on the objective observation of the nature of health and disease, and are examined continually in light of scientific analysis. These principles stand as the distinguishing marks of the profession ['professional ethical status' claim]: [#1] the healing power of nature, vis medicatrix naturae [VMN]. The body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain and restore health. The healing process is ordered and intelligent [teleological!]; nature heals through the response of the life force. The physician’s role is to facilitate and augment this process [p.024...#2] respect and cooperate with the vis medicatrix naturae in diagnosis, treatment and counseling [p.025]."

Note: the [absurd] claim is that VMN [& supernaturalism & teleology] survives scientific scrutiny, and since science is self-testing and self-correcting, what is implied is that this set of principles are not DOGMA / CREED, but continuously and especially current scientifically supported fact.

002.b. both JEP and NCNM also describe how, within that science, are the naturopathic concepts of:

002.b1. vitalism (for JEP, see "Homeopathy: Where Less is More?" in Vegetarian Times, 1992-03 {books.google.com has it for free}). E.g. specifically for NCNM [in addition to what I've cited in 002.a2.], by way of p.035 in that catalog, fused into an ND is:

"homeopathic medicine [...per the course] HOM 510 – Introduction to Homeopathy (2 lecture credits). This course introduces students to the principles and philosophy of classical homeopathy. Students will learn about vitalistic medicine [VMN aka 'the essentially naturopathic'], the history of vitalism, the vital force in health and disease, the nature of medicines, and ways to affect the vital force. Prerequisites: NPH 410 [Naturopathic Med History & Phil & Ther I]."

Note: interesting how this supposed "science" area called naturopathy doesn't mention that several decades ago vitalism was thumped to death by science.

002.b2. supernatural spiritism (JEP). E.g. specifically for NCNM, we're told in that same catalog:

"[homeopathy] promotes the return to health on physical, mental and spiritual levels [p.027]."

Note: interesting how this supposed "science" area called naturopathy doesn't mention that supernaturalism was thumped to death by science a few centuries ago.

002.c. and here are some aggregations of these naturopathic claims:

their science claim, their vitalism reality, their supernaturalism reality.

Note: the obvious absurdity is naturopathy's claim that science and nonscience are the same thing.

002.c1. SO, naturopathy is claiming itself collectively science, vitalistic, and supernaturalistic.

003. these discoveries by naturopathy are EARTH-SHAKING:

wait. Oh. My bad. Turns out that vitalism is hugely science-ejected; supernaturalism is hugely science-ejected; and naturopathy is indeed considered a cultic pseudoscience.

Note: you see, naturopathy is false and they are making a lot of money off of false labels. Labeling what is hugely not science as a science degree is ethically and morally repugnant. And so on. JEP had said that health care decisions should be made using good science. Hmmm.

004. a Venn diagram, of my creation, that entails much of this:

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