Sunday, May 2, 2010

Naturopathy's Pseudoscience & Opacity - Traub in ISBN 0071443371 With Help From AANMC, NCNM, Oregon.gov and TNM

here, I quote from a chapter in a book that was written by ND luminary Traub that I find quite misguiding / false / misinforming [see 001.]; then, I go to the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges [AANMC] for a bio. on Traub [see 002., below]; then, I use web pages from NCNM,Oregon.gov and the Textbook of Natural Medicine to decode and illuminate naturopathy's absurd context [see 003., below]:

001. naturopathic luminary Traub, M. (ND NCNM 1981) states in "Chapter 16: Naturopathic Medicine" from "Integrative Cardiology: Complementary and Alternative Medicine for the Heart" by MDs John Vogel and Mitchell Krucoff (ISBN 0071443371, 2007):

"[this chapter is] an attempt to inform and guide [...] naturopathic medicine [...is] a distinct discipline [...] the intention is to describe the scientific evidence for the naturopathic approach [...] naturopathic medicine [...is] an art, science, philosophy, practice of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of illness [p.303...it is] distinguished by the principles that underlie and determine its practice [...] methods used are consistent with these principles [...principles] based upon the objective observation of the nature of health and disease [...that are] continually reexamined in the light of scientific advances [...] the principles of naturopathic medicine are as follows [...#1] the healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae) [coded vitalism...] an inherent self-healing process that is ordered and intelligent [coded vitalism and teleology...] this inherent self-healing process [coded vitalism...#3] work with the individual's self-healing process [coded vitalism...] total health also includes spiritual health [supernaturalism...and] personal spiritual development [supernaturalism p.304...] the education of naturopathic physicians is rigorous and demanding [...they are] educated in all of the same basic sciences as an MD."

Note: the pages I've cited from above are available for viewing at books.google.com.  Now, this is the typical naturopathic MO: claim 'same graduate doctoral level science' upon 'the essentially naturopathic,' [but, don't transparently / accurately reveal that 'the essentially naturopathic' is in-fact science-ejected!]. I dispute the claim that naturopathy is distinct / distinguished [it disguises, camouflages], that its principles survive scientific scrutiny [the 'essentially naturopathic' ones are quite science-ejected], that within science is the supernatural and science-ejected [that's plainly irrational and absurd, and science-illiterate], and that the basis of naturopathy is science [that is what 'basic science' means; instead, the basis is sectarian dogma / a belief amalgam]. I label naturopathy an opacity and an example of pseudoscience.  The public, comprised of patients and education consumers minimally, deserve to know the truth.  Otherwise, people engage with naturopathy under false premises / contexts: which is unfair trade in terms of commerce / fraud, and unethical / unprofessional in terms of healthcare and education.

002. Traub is 'spotlighted' at the AANMC's page "Alumni Career Spotlight: Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, CCH, FABNO" [vsc 2010-05-02] where:

002.a. AANMC and Traub quite copiously employ the label 'professional / profession:' 

"current professional endeavors [...] other professional achievements [...] he maintains a strong presence in the naturopathic profession [...] a pioneer and a strong influence in the profession [...] the profession [x2...] the naturopathic medical profession [...] a wonderful professional relationship [...] a great time to enter the profession [...] the profession today [...] this is true of most professions, but particularly so in the service/health professions [...] the professional life of a naturopathic doctor."

Note: profession, profession, profession.  But, an actual profession does not engage in deceit / is not based on falsehood / science-illiteracy because its client's welfare would be paramount. Vitalism [coded here] is several decades hugely science-ejectedThe truth should be told: naturopathy is an unethical sectarian pseudoscience.  The opposite of that is: professional and scientific.  Yet Traub, at his own web bio. page [vsc 2010-05-02], states: "he remains a member of the AANP’s Scientific Affairs Committee [...and] in 2006, he was honored by the AANP as 'Physician of the Year.'"  A shining example.

002.b. AANMC and Traub tells us he's:

"a naturopathic doctor (ND), a diplomate of the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians (DHANP), a fellow of the American Board of  Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO), and with a Certificate in  Classical Homeopathy (CCH) [...his] areas of focus/specialties [are] naturopathic oncology [...and] homeopathy [...he is a] past president of the AANP [and a] past president of the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians."

Note: wow, [not] impressive credentials!  I'm horrified [for life!] that someone [supposedly educated rigorously and scientifically, per NDs' claims!] in this day and age thinks homeopathy works then [I imagine] uses it on those suffering from cancer.  But, those are his credentials as an ND luminary: powerful placebos, scientific nonscience, naturalistic supernaturalism and kind.

002.c. AANMC and Traub speak of:

"[regular medicine as] the allopathic world [...while in naturopathy] a solid embrace of naturopathic medicine principles is needed [...that he's] the first naturopathic physician appointed to the hospital staff of North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) [...where he] successfully advocated for the addition of botanical, nutritional and homeopathic medicines to the hospital’s formulary."

Note:  now, labeling modern medicine allopathy is like labeling modern chemistry alchemy.  It's stupid; it's sectarian in-itself. We see that the principles of naturopathy ARE its standard of care.  Great results: put an ND in a hospital and placebo medicine is dispensed.

003. let's decode, and illuminate [skeptically analyze!].  Traub is an NCNM graduate, so let's see what NCNM and Oregon [which is where NCNM is located] say about naturopathy [and a little bit of TNM]:

003.a. NCNM, Traub's alma mater, states in "Principles of Healing" [vsc 2010-05-02]:

"the practice of naturopathic medicine emerges from six principles of healing [...that] 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: [#1] the healing power of nature -- vis medicatrix naturae. The body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health. The healing process is ordered and intelligent; nature heals through the response of the life force [explicit vitalism]. The physician’s role is to facilitate and augment this process [...#3] first do no harm -- primum no nocere. The process of healing includes the generation of symptoms, which are, in fact, expressions of the life force [explicit vitalism] attempting to heal itself. Therapeutic actions should be complementary to and synergistic with this healing process. The physician’s actions can support or antagonize the actions of vis medicatrix naturae; therefore, methods designed to suppress symptoms without removing underlying causes are considered harmful and are avoided or minimized [...naturopathy is] the practice of promoting health through stimulation of the vital force [explicit vitalism...whereby] causes may occur on many levels, including physical, mental-emotional, and spiritual [...whereby] health and disease are conditions of the whole organism, involving a complex interaction of physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social factors [...whereby] the physician must strive to inspire hope as well as understanding. The physician must also make a commitment to her/his personal and spiritual development [...whereby] homeopathic medicine is based on the principle of  'like cures like.' Clinical observation indicates that it works on a subtle, yet powerful, energetic level [bullshit!], gently acting to promote healing on the physical, mental, and spiritual levels."

Note: so, here is a Rosetta Stone web page that clearly states that naturopathy is based upon the vitalistic and supernatural.  I've mentioned that the vitalistic is in fact science-ejected; and one should keep in mind that the supernatural is not science-supportable.  So, this is completely bogus, cultic and sectarian verbiage: a life force being claimed as 'scientifically in-fact' when in-fact science-ejected decades ago.

003.b. the State of Oregon states in "Oregon.gov: Board of Naturopathic Medicine" [vsc 2010-05-02]:

"[ND principle #1] the healing power of nature. Vis medicatrix naturae [...] the healing process is ordered and intelligent; nature heals through the response of the life force [explicit vitalism]. The physician’s role is to facilitate and augment this process [...#3] first, do no harm. Primum no nocere. Illness is a purposeful process of the organism.  The process of healing includes the generation of symptoms, which are, in fact, an expression of the life force [explicit vitalism, teleology] attempting to heal itself. Therapeutic actions should be complimentary to and synergistic with this healing process.  The physician’s actions can support or antagonize the actions of the vis medicatrix naturae [...naturopathy's] methods of treatments are chosen to work with the patient’s vital force [explicit vitalism], respecting the intelligence of the natural healing process [teleology...this is a] vitalistic tradition of medicine [explicit vitalism...wherein] the physician must also make a commitment to his/her personal and spiritual development in order to be a good teacher [...wherein] causes may occur on many levels including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual [...wherein] health and disease are conditions of the whole organism, a whole involving a complex interaction of physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors." 

Now, that's the belief / sectarian side of things: vitalism, teleology, supernaturalism.  But, overarching all of this is the science claim upon the naturopathic at Oregon.gov per: 

"naturopathic physicians (N.D.) [...] are educated in conventional medical sciences [...] the practice of naturopathic medicine emerges from six underlying principles of healing. These principles are based on the objective observation of the nature of health and disease, and are continually reexamined in light of scientific analysis [...] a growing body of scientific knowledge validates the naturopathic approach."

Note: yes, that is the State of Oregon stating that science and the science-ejected are the same thing.  This is quite an endorsement of irrationality and absurdity.  How were they so hijacked?  Now there's some deep pockets, and many are due compensation due to this ".gov" misguidance both educationally and clinically.

003.c. AANMC, for kicks too, states quite opaquely in "The 6 Principles" [vsc 2010-05-02]:

"naturopathic medicine celebrates the healing power of nature [...aka] nature’s healing powers [coded vitalism...] it is a dynamic philosophy as well as a profession [professions claim...it views] the body as an integrated whole.  Naturopathic medicine is defined by principles [...] above all, it honors the body’s innate wisdom to heal [coded vitalism...] 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 [coded vitalism...#5] treat the whole person.  View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions [supernaturalism]."

Note: so, vitalism is completely coded / opaquely communicated in that description.  And supernaturalism is required.  And 'profession' is the label upon this all.
 
Where is AANMC's science claim?  Well, not on that page, but instead at "Naturopathic Medicine FAQ" [vsc 2010-05-02]:

"[this is] a healing paradigm [model] founded on a rational balance of tradition, science and respect for nature [coded vitalism...our] diagnoses and therapeutics are increasingly supported by scientific evidence [...] naturopathic medical students at accredited ND colleges study the same core medical sciences as MD students [...] prior to admission into a naturopathic medicine program, the typical entering ND student has completed three years of pre-medical training and earned a bachelor of science degree [...] ND students are educated in the same basic sciences [...] as allopathic medical students. Some AANMC-member schools require more hours of basic and clinical science than many top allopathic medical schools [which is naturopathy's super-science claim...] students are educated in all of the same basic sciences as an MD or DO as well as the latest advances in science [...for admission we advise] a basic science foundation [...that you] earn a bachelor’s degree preferably with a pre-medical or other science major [...and we recommend you read] the 'Textbook of Natural Medicine' [...and we're also told] the six fundamental principles of naturopathic medicine are principles adhered to by naturopathic doctors [essential / mandatory / defining!...including #1] the healing power of nature: trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself [coded vitalism...#5] treat the whole person: view the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions [supernaturalism]."

Note: so, AANMC claims that the figmentation context of naturopathy is scientific. So much science, science, science labeling upon the nonscientific!

The Textbook of Natural Medicine, by the way, clearly lays out naturopathy's vitalism and science-mislabeling MO: “[naturopathy is] science-based natural medicine [p.028...] the vis medicatrix naturae [is] the vital force [which is] the healing power of nature [p.034].”  The TNM is another great Rosetta Stone for understanding naturopathy's opacity.

There are 23 instances of the term 'spirit' in that chapter, and here's the general ND sectarian principle of 'whole person' in terms of supernatural belief:

"though the general purview of the physician is the body, that instrument cannot be separated from the spirit, which animates it [vitalism, animatism & kind]. If the spirit is disturbed, the body cannot be fundamentally healthy [p.035]."  In ND school, we were taught that the vital force was "spirit-like."  In naturopathy, physiology is a result of that spiritual intelligence / HPN / VMN / life force.  That is a sectarian belief set [if ever there was one].  Pizzorno, the huge purveyor of naturopathy as "science based natural medicine" actually in Total Wellness equates spirit and vitalism while stating this has been vetted through "the rigors of the scientific method" [vsc 2010-05-02].  Wow, Nobel Prize for that man.

So, now in naturopathy physician and metaphysician are the same thing!  I've often labeled naturopathy's belief amalgam as: vitalism, spiritism, and teleology.  Also, autoentheism, because when I was in ND school, I was told that that spirit / vital force was 'god power within.'  I've coined / borrowed the term autoentheism to express that belief curtly.

004. overall:

where is an explicit disclosure that naturopathy is based upon science-ejected sectarian-vitalistic-spiritistic figmentation?  Never seen such.  Naturopathy's opacity is as far away from professionalism as vitalism is from science.  There's this huge 'science claim of / requirement toward' with the naturopathic, but when science is appropriately implemented regarding 'the naturopathic,' it is obvious that the essentially naturopathic is exterior to science.

Now, one thing I find appalling is naturopathy's destruction of 'freedom of religion,' which is the right of anyone to believe nor not believe whatever 'articles of faith' they may wish to -- since an 'article of faith' is basically an option / nonobligatory.  Once someone has power over another, say institutionally [ND education, ND medicine] and you falsely convey that what students & patients actually have the right to choose to believe or not is no longer a belief but a scientific fact / obligatory [e.g., naturopathy claiming its vitalism, and certain kinds of supernaturalism, scientific fact], a huge freedom / basic human right has been squashed.
Since when ever before has HIGHER education gotten so LOW?  
Is there any bigger fraud happening in North American higher education right now?
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