Friday, December 31, 2010

Naturopathic.ca.gov Decrees Nonsense [Homeopathy] is Now Science

here, I cite from the results of a Google.com web search ["site:naturopathic.ca.gov homeopathy", without the quotes] of the web site of the State of California, which falsely decrees that homeopathy is science [see 001., below]; then, I cite from the 2010 Evidence Check that FURTHER damned homeopathy into archaic, science-rejected, superstitious oblivion [see 002., below]:

001. the State of California states, as an extension of their Department of Consumer Affairs no less [how absurdly ironic!]

001.a. regarding homeopathy:


"Chairman Wannigman [...] requested an addition of 'homeopathics would be classified as a general group' [...and] discussed the opinion that was distributed by the Department of Consumer Affairs from Norine Marks regarding questions raised from the committee on homeopathy and by the Advisory Council [...] there is also the continued restriction of drugs that are not considered medications available to lay homeopathic persons [...] homeopathic medicine: homeopathic pharmacies wanted clarification [...] the original language said that naturopathic doctors may prescribe homeopathy [...] Norine Marks was asked to discuss the creation of language that could define homeopathic medicines in a sense broader that those listed in the former homeopathic pharmacopoeia [...] the medications that are approved at homeopathic allowable potency and constructed specifically for homeopathic use should be made available to a naturopath."

Note: so, they've spent quite an amount of verbiage / ink / electrons on homeopathy.  It is essential to naturopathy.  The school I went to in fact quite falsely labels naturopathy's required homeopathy (see http://www.bridgeport.edu/academics/graduate/naturo/programreqs) as science (see http://www.bridgeport.edu/academics/healthsciences/).


"in order to qualify for licensure, NDs must take and pass Parts I and II of the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination (NPLEX) [...] Part I of the NPLEX, the Basic Science Examinations [...] students are encouraged to take this portion of the examination as soon as they finish their basic science coursework [...] Part II, the Core Clinical Science Examination [...] beginning with the August 2007 NPLEX Exam administration, the Part II - Core Clinical Science Series will be integrated into a single examination that will include homeopathy."

Note: yes, that's science subset homeopathy.  NPLEX's document "Bulletin of Information and Application for the NPLEX Part II - Clinical Science Examination - February 2011 NPLEX Administration" [vsc 2010-12-28] tells us, similarly:

"the NPLEX Part II - Core Clinical Science Examination [...] covers the topics of diagnosis physical, clinical, and lab, diagnostic imaging, botanical medicine, nutrition, physical medicine, homeopathy [etc.]."

The root "scien" appears at least 63 times on my ocr pdfof their nonsearchable pdf: science, science, science.


"an applicant for licensure must have graduated from a naturopathic medical education program accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME). For accreditation, the schools must meet the following minimum requirements [...] program requirements for its degree or diploma of a minimum of 4,100 total hours in basic and clinical sciences [etc....] Part I of the NPLEX, the Basic Science Examinations [...] Part II, the Core Clinical Science Examination [...] beginning with the August 2007 NPLEX Exam administration, the Part II - Core Clinical Science Series will be integrated into a single examination that will include homeopathy."

Note: so, homeo. within science again.


"an applicant for licensure must have graduated from a naturopathic medical education program accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME). For accreditation, the schools must meet the following minimum requirements [...] program requirements for its degree or diploma of a minimum of 4,100 total hours in basic and clinical sciences [etc....] the art and science of midwifery [...] related behavioral and social sciences [...] in order to qualify for licensure, NDs must take and pass Parts I and II of the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination (NPLEX) [...] Part I of the NPLEX, the Basic Science Examinations [...] students are encouraged to take this portion of the examination as soon as they finish their basic science coursework [...] Part II, the Core Clinical Science Examination [...] beginning with the August 2007 NPLEX Exam administration, the Part II - Core Clinical Science Series will be integrated into a single examination that will include homeopathy."

Note: AGAIN.

001.b. regarding naturopathy as scientific, overall [and I suggest this Google.com web search, "site:naturopathic.ca.gov "objective observation", without the quotes] the State of California states:


"the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) [...has established] a consensus definition of naturopathic medicine for the modern era. The definition, unanimously adopted by the AANP’s House of Delegates in 1989, focused on the guiding naturopathic principles and philosophy rather than specific therapeutic modalities or treatments. The definition reads: 'naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care - an art, science, philosophy and practice of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness. Naturopathic medicine is distinguished by the principles which underlie and determine its practice [like vitalism and supernaturalism, which are science-ejected!]. These principles are based upon the objective observation of the nature of health and disease, and are continually reexamined in the light of scientific advances. Methods used are consistent with these principles."

Note: so now homeo. is within science [and the supernatural], again again again.  Also, we're told in that same document:

"in order to qualify for licensure, NDs must take and pass Parts I and II of the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination (NPLEX) [...] Part I of the NPLEX, the Basic Science Examinations [...] students are encouraged to take this portion of the examination as soon as they finish their basic science coursework[...] a student must pass Part I of the exam before being allowed to sit for Part II. Part II, the Core Clinical Science Examination [...] beginning with the August 2007 NPLEX Exam administration, the Part II - Core Clinical Science Series will be integrated into a single examination that will include homeopathy."

Note: again again again again..

Additionally, we're also told:

"as taught in naturopathic medical schools, the therapeutic hierarchy is a guideline to applying the modalities of naturopathic medicine [...#2] stimulate the self-healing mechanisms (vis medicatrix naturae) [SHM-VMN, coded vitalism]."

Note: the current California Naturopathic Doctors Association was once the California Association of Naturopathic Physicians.  Digging back to CANP's earliest archived page wherein CANP supposedly defines naturopathy, "What is Naturopathic Medicine?" (c2000-12-15) [vsc 2010-12-28], we're told:

"naturopathic physicians are guided by six principles: first, do No harm; the healing power of nature [HPN, coded vitalism]; find the cause; treat the whole person; preventive medicine; and, doctor as teacher. This set of principles, emphasized throughout a naturopathic physician's training, outlines the philosophy guiding the naturopathic approach to health and healing and forms the foundation of this distinct health care practice [...] the concept of vis medicatrix naturae, 'the healing power of nature' [VMN-HPN, coded vitalism]. This concept has long been at the core of medicine in many cultures around the world and remains one of the central themes of naturopathic philosophy today."

I find it ethically appalling that even in 2000, California AANP-AANMC-FNPLA type naturopathy was not being transparent concerning SHM-VMN-HPN -- their science-ejected vitalistic context.

Even in 2003, CANP postured a "science" basis for 'it all' in "California Senate Casts Historic and Decisive Vote In Favor of Licensing Naturopathic Doctors" (2003-08-10)[vsc 2010-12-28] stating:

"naturopathic medicine [...] focuses on [the] science-based [...] the four years of naturopathic medical education include basic medical sciences."

002. what science says:

002.a. regarding homeopathy, the year 2009, particularly from the UK, the document "Evidence Check 2 - Homeopathy" says it all:

"the Government should stop allowing the funding of homeopathy on the NHS. We conclude that placebos should not be routinely prescribed on the NHS."

002.b. about the 'naturopathic principles' that define naturopathy's context, let my quote from ND Lloyd's "The History of Naturopathic Medicine: A Canadian Perspective" (2009, ISBN 9781552787786) that I am holding in my hands:

"overview of the naturopathic approach: vitalism refers to the view that life is governed by forces beyond the physical [therein, the metaphysical...] vitalism is associated with concepts of spirit or soul and the term vitality refers to the inherent capacity of an organism to live, grow, develop and heal [p.239]."

Note: and then I will quote from another book I'm holding in my hands, Richard Dawkins's "The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing" (2009, ISBN 9780199216819) which states:

"for me, the greatest achievement of Watson and Crick was to turn genetics from a branch of wet and squishy physiology into a branch of information technology, in the process slaying, as suggested above, the ghost of vitalism."

So, basically, science has no need to resort to spirits or souls.  Evidence, naturalistic and physicalistic evidence, doesn't not require such nonparsimonious metaphysical fabrications / figmentations.

So not only is something within naturopathy falsely labeled, naturopathy's entire context is absurd: that the scientific is the science-exterior.
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