Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Naturopathy's Superscience Claim - a Google.com Search 2010-06-30

here, I use Google.com and the term >"more hours of basic and clinical science"<.  Guess what pseudoprofession it entails?  Here are the first-page hits, excluding my own appendices and some indirect junk:

001. the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges pages [vsc 2010-06-30]:

001.a. "Academic Curriculum" which states:

"naturopathic medicine students learn to treat all aspects of family health and wellness, from pediatrics to geriatrics. They attend four-year graduate-level programs at accredited institutions, where they are educated in the same basic sciences as allopathic [!] physicians. During their first two years of study, the curriculum focuses on basic and clinical sciences and diagnostics [...] some member schools [the link then lists ALL AANMC schools, where we're told "these superior colleges are accredited and meet both federal and academic standards"] in the AANMC actually require more hours of basic and clinical science than many top allopathic [!] medical schools. Students of naturopathic medicine use the Western medical sciences as a foundation."

Note: so there's naturopathy's 'science as a basis and foundation', and naturopathy's 'superscience' claim of studying more science than MD programs which they mistakenly label allopathic [calling modern medicine allopathic is akin to calling modern astronomy astrology].  Yet, naturopathy falsely labels what is well outside of science as science. This is, of course in their view, "superior."

001.b. "Naturopathic Medicine FAQ" which states:

"for a basic science foundation and overall exposure to help prepare you for naturopathic medical studies, consider the following: read the 'Textbook of Natural Medicine' – a very comprehensive and often-used reference among NDs and MDs as well [ISYN...] earn a bachelor’s degree, preferably with a pre-medical or other science major [...] students are educated in all of the same basic sciences as an MD or DO as well as the latest advances in science [...] 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 [...] prior to admission into a naturopathic medicine programs, the typical entering ND student has completed three years of pre-medical training and earned a bachelor of science degree."

Note: regarding the TNM, all I have to say is WOW!  So this is of "a basic science foundation", the TNM's explanation of naturopathy's science-ejected essential premise.  Wow.  When searched, you'll learn such science-ejected and science-exterior essentially naturopathic contexts as:

"the removal of the obstacles to cure, which allows the action of the vis medicatrix naturae, the vital force, the healing power of nature [...] is the first step in the hierarchy of healing and what naturopathic physicians may call the overarching clinical theory of naturopathic medicine: the therapeutic order [p.034]."

  "Danger Will Robinson, science and nonscience are the same thing -- in naturopathy." 

Such cruelty!!!


"licensed naturopathic physicians have attended four-year professional-level programs at accredited institutions, where they have been educated in the same basic sciences as allopathic [!] physicians. Some member schools in the AANMC actually require more hours of basic and clinical science than many top allopathic [!] medical schools.  During their first two years of study, the curriculum focuses on basic and clinical sciences [...] students of naturopathic medicine use the Western medical sciences as a foundation [...] today’s naturopathic physicians artfully blend modern, cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with ancient and traditional methods. They offer the world a healing paradigm founded on a rational balance of tradition, science and respect for nature."

Note: now, that last sentence is really stating that naturopaths label as science ALL kinds of knowledge.  "Nature", of course, is their science-discarded vitalistic, supernatural, teleological context.

002. Naturopathic Doctors International's -- which includes NDs Parker, T. (ND NCNM),Neubauer, T. (ND ), and MD Benda, B. (ND ) --  "FAQ's" which states:

"licensed naturopathic physicians have attended four-year professional-level programs at accredited institutions, where they have been educated in the same basic sciences as allopathic [!]  physicians. Some naturopathic schools may even require more hours of basic and clinical science than many top allopathic [!] medical schools.  The first two years of study focuses on basic and clinical sciences [...] naturopathic physicians use the Western medical sciences as a foundation."

Note: science, science, science.

003. ExploreHealthCareers.org's "Naturopathic Doctor" which states:

"licensed naturopathic physicians have attended four-year, professional-level programs at accredited institutions, where they have been educated in the same basic sciences as allopathic [!] and osteopathic physicians.  For admission into most naturopathic medicine programs, students must have a bachelor of science degree, including three years of pre-medical studies.  The ND curriculum is comparable to that of any major allopathic [!] or osteopathic medical school. In fact, some naturopathic medical schools require more hours of basic and clinical science than do top allopathic [!] or osteopathic medical schools."

Note: science, science, science.

004. Innovations Wellness Center's -- Wilson, K. (NMD SCNM) -- "Naturopathic Medicine"  which states:

"naturopathic physicians cooperate with all other branches of medical science [...] licensed naturopathic physicians have attended a four-year undergraduate program plus a four-year professional-level programs at accredited institutions, where they have been educated in the same basic sciences as allopathic [!] physicians. These programs actually require more hours of basic and clinical science than many top allopathic [!] medical schools. During their first two years of study, the curriculum focuses on basic and clinical sciences [...] students of naturopathic medicine use the Western medical sciences as a foundation."

Note: science, science, science.

005. Association of Washington Businesses's "Member Profile: Bastyr University: Moving Health Care Forward Naturally" which states:

"the Seattle area has long been known as a center for biomedical research and education. Not so well known is that, tucked away on a wooded 51-acre campus east of Seattle is one of the world's leading academic centers for the natural health arts and sciences -- Bastyr University [...] students who go to Bastyr to earn their undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees know they are not only choosing 'the road less taken' academically and vocationally — they are also enrolling in a school that requires more hours of basic and clinical science than many of the nation's top medical schools [...] once [conventional] practitioners started talking to our clinicians and scientists, they quickly realized that they are rigorously trained in science-based natural medicine' said Callahan [(PhD{education} UW)...] vice president for research and collaboration [see http://www.bastyr.edu/academic/profiles/people/tcallahan.asp) which states "Callahan is overseeing the curriculum, assuring that there is consistency across programs, and that the basic sciences in every program are rigorous and at the 'science-major' level]."

Note: science, science, science.

006. Tacoma Clinic's -- who are NDs Lamson, D.W. (ND Bastyr), Hinchcliffe, C. (ND Bastyr), Ellis, W. (ND NCNM), Franks, O. (ND Bastyr), Russel, L. (ND Bastyr), Tompkins, K. (ND Bastyr), Sherman, J. (ND NCNM), Zeoli, D. (ND ) and MDs Wright, J.V. (MD ) and Janes, M. (MD NCNM) -- in "Naturopathic Physicians":

"naturopathic physicians combine the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science [...] a licensed naturopathic physician (N.D.) has attended a college or university, both completing required 'pre-requisites' such as undergraduate chemistry and biology, and earning a four-year B.A. degree. He or she then has attended a four or five year graduate-level accredited naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an M.D. [...] naturopathic medicine students learn to treat all aspects of family health and wellness, from pediatrics to geriatrics. They attend four-year graduate-level programs at accredited institutions, where they are educated in the same basic sciences as allopathic [!] physicians. During their first two years of study, the curriculum focuses on basic and clinical sciences [...] some schools in the American Association of Naturopathic Medical Colleges actually require more hours of basic and clinical science than many top allopathic (MD) [!] medical schools. Students of naturopathic medicine use the Western medical sciences as a foundation."

Note: science, science, science.
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