here, I cite from an article about a Montana naturopathic-oncologist which labels naturopathy a "scientific approach" [see 001., below]; except what's within that area includes what's scientifically rejected, such as homeopathy [see 002., below]; then, I cite from the ND reported upon, who claims her ND curriculum was comprised of rigorous science coursework [see 003., below]; and finally, from her state association [see 004., below]:
001. Molly Priddy reports in "KRMC Adds Naturopathic Treatments to Cancer Care" (see )(2011-04-21):
"Lynn Troy [ND Bastyr 2004], a naturopathic doctor, works one day a week treating cancer patients at Kalispell Regional Medical Center’s Northwest Oncology and Hematology office [...] Montana Association of Naturopathic Physicians [MANP] President Sarah Lane said Troy’s addition to the KRMC cancer treatment plans is an unusual one in the Big Sky state, but she hopes the trend grows [...] Northwest Oncology and Hematology manager Lynn Andenoro said most cancer treatments are passive. Learning how they can change their lifestyle to improve their health gives patients a sense of empowerment she said [...] Troy’s methods are based in scientific research, Andenoro noted, which helps patients and colleagues understand the naturopathic perspective. 'She takes a very scientific approach; I think that’s why she works so well with the physicians at KRMC,' Andenoro said."
Note: science, science, science. I wonder what is included in ND Troy's scientific approach [see 002., below]?
MANP President ND Lane [ND Bastyr 1998] uses Vega testing, stating such is:
"a biofeedback machine used for analysis of allergies, organ imbalance and therapy efficacy."
I guess this is "scientific" too. ND Lane also uses something called "Mayan abdomenal massage" which is treatment by:
"massage of the lower and upper abdomen, back and sacrum [...it's] oriented around positioning the uterus into its natural healthy place in the center of the pelvis [...because a mislocated uterus can cause] painful menses, decreased circulation to the uterus, ovaries, legs, feet; fibroids, infertility, back pain [...] varicose veins and hemerrhoids [sp., hemorrhoids...] digestive system problems [...] chronic muscle/ligament troubles of the low back and hips [...MAM] promote[s] circulation of blood, lymph, and qi (energy) [ah, vitalism -- how did qi get to the New World?] and the body can maintain homeostasis [...] also for men [not sure where the uterus comes into play here], this treatment will increase blood and lymph flow to and around the prostate, improving the prostate health, sexual function, and sperm health [...] digestion and back pain [...] fertility issues, painful or irregular periods, prolapse of uterus or bladder, chronic pelvic disorders: vulvodynia, painful intercourse, fibroids, cysts, hemerrhoids [sp., hemorrhoids], heavy periods, light periods, chronic yeast, bladder infections [...] decreased ability for orgasm, low back or sacrum pain, digestive complaints."
quite a panacea for the crotch! Hugely scientific...
002. KRMC states in "Naturopathic Services" [vsc 2011-04-21]:
"naturopathic medicine, also called 'naturopathy,' is a distinct, comprehensive system of primary healthcare. It is a practice of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness [aka medicine...] a central goal of naturopathic medicine is to use the healing power of the body and nature [coded vitalism] to maintain and restore health [...] the body's ability to heal itself [coded vitalism]. Naturopaths also emphasize prevention of illness through education [they know SO MUCH!] and promotion of healthy lifestyle habits [...] naturopathic methods may help increase your body's natural healing power to fight disease [coded vitalism]. As you undergo traditional cancer treatment, naturopathic medicine aims to: support normal metabolism, decrease side effects of treatment, boost the body's immune system, provide strategies for long term health maintenance, improve energy, well-being and overall quality of life [quite a promise...] naturopathic medicine incorporates the natural therapies of many different healing traditions [...which] aim to support whole-body wellness, including the immune system, digestion, sleep, energy levels, diet, exercise and spirituality [supernaturalism!...] the following are some therapeutic modalities of naturopathic medicine that you may decide to integrate into your cancer treatment plan [...including] homeopathic medicine [there you go...] Lynn Troy, ND, earned her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington in 2004. She is licensed by the state of Montana and a member of the Montana Association of Naturopathic Physicians [...] naturopathic services are available at Northwest Oncology and Hematology [...] appointments include a detailed interview, dietary analysis, nutrient and supplement review, physical examination, and individualized treatment plan."
Note: hmmm. We were promised science, but instead we get homeopathy, which is hugely science-rejected. That is insane. Additionally, there's the problem of the opaquely-communicated coded-vitalistic essentially naturopathic that's falsely labeled distinct. Does ND Troy and KRMC inform patients that a homeopathic remedy is empty? That is quite certain, scientifically speaking. Is naturopathy transparently explained as unable to actually be scientific but instead falsely labels itself scientific? I doubt it.
003. ND Troy states in "Welcome..." [vsc 2011-04-21]:
"Lynn Troy earned her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University located in Seattle, WA. Following rigorous coursework in medical sciences [including homeopathy as coursework, clinic requirements, and board exam material these days!], she completed her clinical training at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health. Bastyr is internationally recognized as a leader in naturopathic training and research, and may be considered the most progressive medical school in the nation [...] welcome to the future of medicine [...] naturopathic medicine: the healing power of nature [coded vitalism] is the inherent self-organizing and healing process of living systems which establishes, maintains, and restores health [coded vitalism]. Naturopathic medicine recognizes this healing process to be ordered and intelligent. It is the naturopathic physician's role to support, facilitate and augment this process [coded vitalism...] for more information on the fundamentals of naturopathy and Dr. Troy's personal philosophy, please contact her at (406) 249-3584 [please do]."
Note: science, science, science. The future of medicine / what's progressive is labeling nonsense science? I don't think so. Is opacity ethical? I don't think so.
004. the MANP states:
004.a. explicitly naturopathy's vitalism in "MANP Meeting Information" [vsc 2011-04-22]:
"Vis Medicatix Naturae: Respecting our Naturopathic Core in the Face of Contemporary Health Issues such as Environmental Toxicity and Resistant Infections [...]";
it's "medicatrix". This is their core.
"this will be a discussion of the attendees facilitated by Michael Bergkamp, ND, regarding the importance of vital force and nature cure in the context of environmental toxicity issues and modern medicine".
so, there you go, vitalism at the core of naturopathy. Also, their toxin phobia.
004.b. in "Bylaws: Montana Association of Naturopathic Physicians" [vsc 2011-04-22]:
"naturopathic medicine is a distinct method of primary health care - an art, science, philosophy and practice of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness. Naturopathic physicians seek to restore and maintain optimum health in their patients by emphasizing nature's inherent self-healing process, the vis medicatrix naturae [more coded vitalism]."
Note: so, even at the state org. level, you won't see them transparently communicate what is in their textbooks. They love the science label though. Somehow, all this muddle / opacity is "distinct". I maintain that the state org. is setting an example: ND rules require manipulative opacity and false labeling.
005. so isn't this all very interesting:
if you do the math, naturopathy claims that that which is hugely science-ejected is within science -- and they mandate the behavior. Easy to show, insane to maintain.