Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Flexner At 100 By Way of Novella, Applied to Naturopathy By Me:

here, I cite from a recent post Dr. Novella put up at Neurologia regarding chiropractice [see 001., below]; then I alter it and apply it to naturopathy [see 002., below]:

001. Dr. Novella writes in "The Chiropractic Conundrum" (2010-04-20):

"2010 is the 100th anniversary of the Flexner Report – essentially an expose on poor scientific regulation of medical practices that led to a scientific revolution in mainstream medicine. Chiropractic is in major need of its own Flexner Report [...] they need to clean house if they want to become respected members of the evidence-based mainstream medical community [...] as Ernst writes – their failure to do so constitutes an ethical and public health issue."

Note: they'd have to limit themselves to certain back pain issues and likely drop that "Dr." status.  I doubt such will happen, but I'd never visit one myself.

002. let's turn Novella's statement into a statement about naturopathy by replacing the chiropractic with naturopathic, and adding some points I think are necessary:

"[this is now an alteration of Dr. Novella's original statement, please keep in mind, therefore NOT HIS OWN WORDS!] 2010 is the 100th anniversary of the Flexner Report – essentially an expose on poor scientific regulation of medical practices that led to a scientific revolution in mainstream medicine. Higher education, in general, is in major-need of another Flexner Report [...] complete crap posing as science has slithered into the State- and Federally-sanctioned, regionally-accredited institutional tier [...] for instance, take naturopathy [please!], whereby patently science-ejected premises are falsely labeled as able to survive scientific scrutiny. In such a Flexner-again process, naturopathy should cease to exist if justice is carried through, because the area is essentially an irrational and absurd, unethical sectarian pseudoscience that owes so much reparation to those it has victimized as educational consumers that naturopathy is essentially insolvent."
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