Thursday, June 16, 2011

AANP's 2011 Convention - "Efficacy", "Scientific" and ND-Homeopaths' Keynote, Ha!

here, I cite from AANP web pages regarding their 2011 convention [see 001., below]; then from attending NDs' writings about naturopathy's beloved homeopathy [see 002., below]:

001. the AANP states:

001.a. in "President's Message: A Summer of Community"(2011-06-15) [vsc 2011-06-16]:

"by Carl Hangee-Bauer, ND, LAc, AANP President.  May was a wonderful month for the AANP and the naturopathic profession [...] our profession [x2...] my profession [...]";

ah, that 'of-the-professions' claim ['profess' is used 5 times on the web page, actually].  Profession, profession, profession: how can naturopathy be a profession if it is based on falsehood?

"[including an] historic meeting with the AMA [...]";

the AMA had some very interesting things to say about naturopathy in 2009.  The State of Alaska hosts 2009's "AMA Scope of Practice Data Series: Naturopaths" which states: "not only does naturopaths' insistence on practicing on the fringe of modern medicine produce providers of questionable medical competence through an educational system fraught with scientific inaccuracies and omissions of even the most basic established medical principles, it also propagates the unfortunate result of patient care that is devoid of current, evidence-based medically accepted concepts [p.012]."  I guess it was a successful meeting: the AANP wasn't served papers.

"[we've an] AANP Convention in August [...]";

more on that below.

"our scientific community is busy preparing for the Naturopathic Research Summit on August 16 [...]";

naturopathy has a STRANGE idea of what constitutes science.  The science-ejected and nonscientific are included within naturopathy's "scientific", in fact (see OBNM, which is the state that hosts the school of many of the NDs I'll cite from below).

"the AANP is calling all of its members to nominate qualified candidates for the [...] VIS [award...]";

the Vis is their sectarian belief in a supposedly physiological vitalistic figmentation.

"with all of the changes in health care, advances in medical knowledge and trends [...] the AANP Convention is the place to be to digest, absorb and grow – and connect."

except, of course, when it comes to acknowledging the past few hundred years of scientific advancement, wherein supernaturalism / vitalism / dualism ['things that lack evidence, Alex, for $100 please'] was for obvious reasons EXCLUDED from science because science is about this actual physical universe and not sectarian imaginings and delusions / archaicisms NOT IN EVIDENCE.

001.b1. in "2011 Convention" [vsc 2011-06-16]:

"AANP Convention 2011 - Composing Effective Patient Care."

Note: so, efficacy.  Supposedly.  You'd think therefore that things that don't work would not be included in the convention.

001.b2. in "Arizona Biltmore Schedule" [vsc 2011-06-16]:

"Friday, August 19, 2011 [...] 8:45am – 10:15am Keynote Speakers: Composing Effective Homeopathic Care: 25 years of  Refining Practice and Teaching What We Know.  Paul Herscu, ND and Amy Rothenberg, ND [...] 3:15pm – 4:45pm [...] Effective Homeopathic Care Continued [...] Paul Herscu, ND and Amy Rothenberg, ND [...] Homeopathic Research and Treatment of ADHD. Jamie Oskin, ND."

Note: yes, that's right, the KEYNOTE of the 'efficacy' convention is homeopathy, which DOESN'T WORK / is an EMPTY REMEDY.  Truly this is the revaluation of all values: bizzaroworld.  Placing effective next to homeopathy is like placing active and inert next to one another.

002. what some of these NDs say about homeopathy:

002.a. ND Hangee-Bauer states in "Biopuncture - A New Treatment For Pain and Injury" (also here, here)  [vsc 2011-06-16]:

"biopuncture is the superficial injection of dilute homeopathic remedies around or at the site of acute or chronic pain and injuries to address muscle pain and spasm, inflammation, joint pain, and lymphatic drainage. These 'micro-dose' injections at carefully chosen spots influence the local immune response and promote the natural healing process. What is it good for? We most often use biopuncture for orthopedic problems, such as neck and back pain, sciatica, ankle pain, shoulder injuries and tendinitis. It can also be used to help manage chronic inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, as well as colds, flu and bronchitis.What are the treatments like? We first do an initial evaluation of your history and symptoms, followed by an examination and biopuncture treatment [...] if you have questions or are wondering if biopuncture could help you, call and schedule a free phone consult with Dr. Hangee-Bauer."

Note: I think that's a claim of homeopathic efficacy.  So the PRESIDENT of the AANP practices biopuncture / homeopathy and acupuncture woo.  It has even been on Dr. Oz, that lover of woo.  Not sure why it's called 'life puncture', sounds ominous. A better name would be homeopuncture.   Notice the carefully selected conditions that these inert therapies are chosen to affect: things that wax and wain and are highly subjectively measured. Two ineffective woos combined.

002.b. ND Herscu and ND Rothenberg state:

002.b1. in "Paul Herscu ND, DHANP" (ND NCNM 1986) [vsc 2011-06-16]:

"Dr. Herscu graduated from [...] National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland Oregon in 1986. He was [AANP] board certified in homeopathy [...] Dr. Herscu has a general practice in naturopathic medicine with a specialty in classical homeopathy [...] his book, The Homeopathic Treatment of Children, Pediatric Constitutional Types  is widely regarded as an essential textbook on pediatric homeopathy [...] Dr. Herscu founded the pacesetting New England Journal of Homeopathy [...] he teaches other physicians and practitioners the art and science of homeopathy. Dr. Herscu is the founder and director of The New England School of Homeopathy."

Note: ah, that false science claim upon 'the homeopathic'.

002.b2. in "What is Homeopathy?"  [vsc 2011-06-16]:

"homeopathy is a distinct medical art and science [false science claim] ]which employs tiny doses of natural medicines to stimulate the body's inborn healing capacity [coded homeopathic-naturopathic vitalism, actually]. The homeopath strives to perceive each patient's individual physical, mental and emotional nature [...] homeopathic medicines are quite safe [...] those practicing homeopathy include naturopathic physicians, medical doctors, chiropractors, osteopathic physicians, as well as trained professional homeopaths. The in-depth interview process delves deeply into the patient's physical, mental, and emotional nature. People often report that they enjoy the process and the individualized care provided by their homeopathic practitioner. The remedy is chosen by the practitioner after an interview and analysis. Classical homeopathy, such as that practiced in this office was originally conceived by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), encourages the prescriber to offer only one remedy at a time."

Note: ah, the claim that homeopathy, thoroughly scientifically discarded, is instead science.

002.c. in "Amy Rothenberg ND, DHANP" (ND NCNM 1996)  [vsc 2011-06-16]:

"Dr. Rothenberg [...] holds doctorate of naturopathic medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine; Portland, Oregon 1986 and was [AANP] board certified in homeopathy in 1989 [...and] is a highly respected naturopathic physician, international lecturer, teacher, and experienced homeopath [...] she is interested in the whole person: body, mind and spirit [...] Dr. Rothenberg will utilize [...] homeopathic remedies in order to arrive at a patient plan that aims to restore health and improve vitality [...] she has long been a contributor to journals and magazines that highlight the efficacy and scope of practice of natural medicine [...] she particularly enjoys teaching homeopathy and how it fits into the larger natural medicine scene. She has taught for The International Foundation of Homeopathy, The National Center of Homeopathy, The New England School of Homeopathy [...] she was the editor of the pacesetting New England Journal of Homeopathy [...] homeopathy is a unique form of medicine that can offer hope for treating autism [false hope]."

Note: again, homeopathy galore and claims of efficacy.

002.d. ND Oskin (ND SCNM) states:

002.d1. in "Dr. Jamie Oskin, N.D."  [vsc 2011-06-16]:

"Dr. Oskin is a naturopathic physician licensed in Arizona [...] he utilizes homeopathy and nutrition as gentle, safe, and effective therapies for the treatment of patients suffering from many acute and chronic illnesses [...] following his general family practice residency, he completed a second year specialty residency with a focus in homeopathy at the Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center in Scottsdale, Arizona thanks to a generous donation from Hyland's Inc. / Standard Homeopathic Co. As a specialty resident in homeopathy, Dr. Oskin had the fortunate opportunity to study directly under Dr. Stephen Messer, one of the foremost internationally renowned experts in homeopathy. He has also studied with other internationally acclaimed homeopathic physicians [...] Dr. Oskin’s work has been published nationally in Homeopathy Today, the American Journal of Homeopathic Medicine and NDNR (Naturopathic Doctor News and Review). Click here to download the full text articles. Dr. Oskin also plays an active role in ongoing homeopathic research [...] given Dr. Oskin’s love of both homeopathy and jazz [etc....] Dr. Oskin is a member of the National Center for Homeopathy, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association (AzNMA)."

Note: homeo., homeo., homeo.  If homeo. and nutrition are BOTH being used and are quite comparable in this ND's eyes...that doesn't say much for nutrition!

002.d2. in "Homeopathy" [along with fellow NDs Haller, Udell, Kwan, Ham, Peyman]  [vsc 2011-06-16]:

"homeopathy is a remarkable, yet sadly under-utilized, therapy that stimulates our natural ability to heal and recover from illness [...]";

when actually implausible, archaic, and nonactive.

"when practiced well by a homeopathic doctor, it can gently and permanently cure diseases and restore health to a degree that is simply amazing [...] it is useful in a wide range of diseases, from coughs and earaches to autoimmune disease and cancer [...] it is often effective where conventional medicine has failed. Homeopathy is safe, gentle, non-toxic, and amazingly effective for people of all ages";

bullshit.  But in naturopathyland, empty pills are all these things, remarkably.  These are huge efficacy claims, yet science shows that homeopathy is BUNK.

"homeopathic medicines [...] are prescribed in minute doses [...] tiny doses [...]";

that's an understatement.

"[it's a] gentle yet effective way to cure illness [...]";

again, a claim of efficacy.

"homeopathy is the scientific application of the law of similars, often referred to as like cures like [...]";

which isn't supported by any evidence as a law, and therein not science from the very get-go.

"in the scientific community it is well known that disease occurs through the interplay of several factors [...]';

ah, the supposed science association. 

"the majority of known acute and chronic diseases can be treated successfully with homeopathy, including nearly all of the most common reasons why people seek medical treatment in the United States [...]";

bullshit.

"homeopathy is really quite extraordinary. It is safe, gentle, non-toxic, and amazingly effective."

bullshit.

003. so, I think it is safe to say that naturopathy and homeopathy are fused [no amount of scientific refutation of homeopathy's claims is going to unfuse the two; after all, this is SECTARIAN medicine]

homeopathy is required at every ND granting school;

it is required on the ND licensure exam and quite falsely labled "clinical science";

the head of the ND schools' consortia is a DHANP;

it is written into law as a branch of medical science when it is anything but;

 their upcoming textbook is sponsored by homeopathy companies.
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