Wednesday, February 9, 2011

ND Pincott's EDS, REBA, and Homeopathy - Pseudomedical Absurdity Falsely Labeled Common Sense

here, I cite from the long-running column of ND Pincott of British Columbia, Canada who diagnoses patients with electrodermal screening and REBA, and treats them with homeopathy [see 001., below]; and then I provided some background on these pseudodiagnositics and pseudotherapeutics [see 002., below]:

001. Pincott, I. (ND NCNM) writes in the North Island Midweek article "Anxiety and Addiction" (2011-02-07) [vsc 2011-02-09]:

"prescription medications can be the cause of addiction in some patients [...] Sara [...] came into me because she had been on these drugs in the past [...] she had chronic back pain as well as insomnia and anxiety [...]  I put her on an anti-inflammatory diet and had her avoid the foods she was sensitive to as was found by the electrodermal testing [EDS] we do in the office [...] to help her along I used a therapeutic dosage of [supplements (as if such have therapeutic effect)...] and homeopathic remedies specific for the treatment of anxiety and pain [as if such have therapeutic effect...and] bio-identical progesterone [...the] homeopathic remedies are part of the Psychosomatic Energetics or PSE system of treatment. Using a machine called the REBA device; the main mental and emotional conflicts are identified. The [homeopathic] remedies are taken for 2-4 months and then the person is re-evaluated. The process of balancing out the body can take 1-2 years [$$$...it's a] safe and effective method [...] sleep hygiene is paramount for any insomnia case and involves eliminating any 'electromagnetic smog' from the bedroom [...] it always amazes me how well the body responds to many of these common sense naturopathic therapies and all we are doing is assisting the body to heal itself [coded vitalism...] Dr.Ingrid Pincott, naturopathic physician, has been practicing since 1985 and can be reached at 250-286-3655 or www.DrPincott.com [$$$]."

Note: oh, so much to debunk here!  Really, this is sickening in terms of medicine and commerce.  There's EDS and REBA, and homeopathy. Plus an EMF phobia, along with naturopathy's coded vitalism, of course.  How convenient that this newspaper provides so much advertising space for this ND.

002. regarding:

002.a. EDS and REBA type machines, we're told in "Quack Electrodiagnostic Devices":

"thousands of practitioners use 'electrodiagnostic' devices to help select their recommended treatment. Many claim to determine the cause of any disease by detecting the 'energy imbalance' causing the problem. Some also claim that the devices can detect whether someone is allergic or sensitive to foods, deficient in vitamins, or has defective teeth [...] the devices described in this article are used to diagnose nonexistent health problems, select inappropriate treatment, and defraud insurance companies. The practitioners who use them are either delusional, dishonest, or both. These devices should be confiscated and the practitioners who use them should be prosecuted. If you encounter any such device, please report it to the state attorney general, any relevant licensing board, the FDA, the FTC, the FBI, the Better Business Bureau, and any insurance company to which the practitioner submits claims that involve use of the device."

Note: ouch. See here for a REBA site.

002.b. homeopathy, we're told in Wikipedia's "Pseudoscience":

"pseudoscience is a claim, belief, or practice which is presented as scientific, but which does not adhere to a valid scientific methodology, lacks supporting evidence or plausibility, cannot be reliably tested, or otherwise lacks scientific status. Pseudoscience is often characterized by the use of vague, exaggerated or unprovable claims, an over-reliance on confirmation rather than rigorous attempts at refutation, a lack of openness to evaluation by other experts, and a general absence of systematic processes to rationally develop theories. The term 'pseudoscience' is inherently pejorative, because it suggests that something is being inaccurately or deceptively portrayed as science. Accordingly, those labeled as practicing or advocating pseudoscience normally dispute the characterization. Distinguishing scientific facts and theories from pseudoscientific beliefs such as those found in astrology, homeopathy, medical quackery, and occult beliefs combined with scientific concepts, is part of science education and scientific literacy."

003. this is the pseudomedical absurdity that naturopathy calls common sense.
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