here, I cite from some recent snail mail I received from the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education [CNME]:
001. CNME states in this 2010-09 letter:
"CNME [is] the accrediting agency for naturopathic medical programs in the U.S. and Canada [...] I want to see naturopathic medicine gain its rightful place as a licensed medical profession [...] I'm writing to ask you to join me in supporting the Council my making a generous financial donation [...] CNME sets high standards for naturopathic medical programs and ensures that colleges in our field meet these standards [...it is] quality education [...and] extensive professional education [...] financial support provided by naturopathic doctors like you is essential to the CNME [...] Nancy Scarlett, N.D. Member CNME Board of Directors, Faculty Member, NCNM."
Note: well, I'm not an ND. I merely went to UB's ND program for four years and left it IN DISGUST because of its absurd crap and the fact that based upon the number of patients I was seeing and the needed quota to graduate, I would have had to be there for some ten years worth of tuition. So, I'd practice crap medicine after being hugely gouged.
002. some criticism of the above language:
-naturopathy is essentially based upon absurdity and deception, therefore it is not and can't be a profession;
-I wouldn't ever give naturopathy money to continue such an agenda;
-"high standards"? "Quality"? No. I don't see that at all.
003. an example of CNME-naturopathy's low quality & absurdity, direct from NCNM, ND Scarlett's institution [and the trunk of the North American naturopathy tree] from NCNM's own web page "Principles of Healing" [vsc 2010-09-27]:
"[we are told that] the practice of naturopathic medicine emerges from six principles of healing [...which] are based on the objective observation of the nature of health and disease and are examined continually in light of scientific analysis [...including #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 [vitalism, which is science-ejected]. 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 [again, vitalism, claimed as scientifically in-fact when in-fact science-ejected] attempting to heal itself. Therapeutic actions should be complementary to and synergistic with this healing process [...aka] the practice of promoting health through stimulation of the vital force [more vitalism...] 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 [some kind of supernaturalism-religiosity, also science-ejected...] causes may occur on many levels, including physical, mental-emotional, and spiritual [more science-ejected supernaturalism...] health and disease are conditions of the whole organism, involving a complex interaction of physical, spiritual [and more supernaturalism], mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social factors [...and] 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 [again, more supernaturalism-religiosity]."
Note: so, we have a claim that the science-ejected vitalistic, supernatural, and homeopathic survive scientific scrutiny. That is fundamentally irrational. The overall absurdity: science no longer requires evidence, it is merely a marketing label that can be placed falsely upon 'that which hugely isn't science supported.' Or, to put it another way, that that which is scientific is the same thing as that which isn't and it's all good. Such quality! That is not legally or morally tenable. I'm all for freedom of conscience, wherein a person is allowed to believe or not believe what they please. But, this is commerce, this is a postured professionalism, wherein money is taken for something falsely labeled and trust is abused.
As Moynihan once stated, "everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts."