Friday, August 26, 2011
here, it cite from an ND's explanation of the basis of naturopathy, vitalism and an equation of such with imaginary / mythical figmentation!!! [ISYN]:
001. Clemons, J. (ND NCNM) states [my comments are in bold]:
001.a. in "What is a Luck Dragon?" [vsc 2011-08-26]:
"naturopathic medicine is founded on the idea of a healing force of nature [HFN] or vis which resides within every living thing. In Chinese medicine this could be compared to qi [with] the focus of Chinese medicine being the cultivation, preservation and restoration of the smooth flow of qi [...]";
so, it's HFN = vis = qi as the defining context of 'the naturopathic'.
"this healing force [HF...is like] a mythical creature, a Luck Dragon, which can’t be seen or touched, yet promotes our growth, healing and regeneration [...]";
so, it's HF = figmentation / the mythical!!! And that's accurate, scientifically speaking, because there is no healing force. There's healing, but we know those mechanisms very well and they are anything but IMAGINARY and MYTHICAL! Welcome back to the middle ages and all its superstitions, folks.
"this force [F...] this vis [is] working to protect our body and enable our healing defenses [...] our own Luck Dragon! Within each of us is an individual life force [LF...]";
so, it's F = vis = Luck Dragon = LF.
"preservation of this vis requires careful, conscious medicine that works to support the Luck Dragon, rather than suppressing the protective life force of the body. Luck Dragon Medicine is the medicine that works to cultivate the life force within the body. Naturopathic medicine is a medicine that works to preserve and support the Luck Dragon to prevent dis-ease and promote lasting health [...]";
yes, go on...and talk to me more about the little gnomes in your garden that make it grow...aka the dragons in your body that make it heal.
"through naturopathic medicine patient and practitioner work to support the vis, to encourage the unique, individual Luck Dragon in each of us. The naturopathic practitioner works to educate and to empower the patient to understand how they can work to support their own Luck Dragon. If we look at it this way, Naturopathic medicine could then can be seen as teaching the care and feeding of your Luck Dragon."
so, the essence of naturopathy is a weird, evidenceless, mythical figmentation centerpiece! Well, I fee educated and empowered now...now knowing how WACKO naturopathy is in its thinking!!!
001.b. in "What Is Acupuncture?" [vsc 2011-08-26]:
"the focus in acupuncture is to restore healthy movement of energy or qi [...so that it is not] obstructed or impeded. Treatment is focused on removing blockages, expelling pathogens, and restoring the flow of qi or vital force, thereby supporting the body’s inherent ability to heal itself [...]";
again, healing by vitalistic figmentation: energy = qi = vital force. Of course, energy is a scientific term for something actual and physical and not a figmentation.
"the Chinese medicine practitioner [...] use[s] techniques [...] to affect or improve qi flow in the body."
002. overall note:
if you go to the alma mater of this ND, you will be told quite incorrectly that such 'mythic figmentation' -- shall we call it -- survives rigorous scientific scrutiny as objective fact...because that's the naturopathy racket, falsely posing junk thought as quality knowledge and scaring people into thinking they need to fix something THAT DOESN'T EVEN EXIST with naturopathy the means to do that.
is it wise to put your health in the hands of a practitioner whose basis is imaginary and who is committed to falsely representing the imaginary as scientific fact? Who conflates medically irrelevant dragons and superstitious forces with that which is real, medical, and scientifically supported?
Thursday, August 25, 2011
UB's Knowledge-Type Claim: Science Subset Health Subset Naturopathy, Acupuncture, Chiropractic [jpg]
so, I've a new digital camera and this is the first picture taken with it [from the streets of Bridgeport, CT; the racket continues!!!!]:
and though UB has been paring back the live versions of these well-established and thoroughly-archived web pages (see http://www1bpt.bridgeport.edu/ub/nm/Six_Prihtm.htm , http://www1bpt.bridgeport.edu/ub/nm/Six_Prithree.htm ), it is still a 'live fact' that naturopathy [and kind!] is NOT SCIENCE at all but based ESSENTIALLY on the science-ejected vitalistic and supernatural [and kind!].
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
NMD Kracoff Claims You Are Toxic (Though Scientifically Speaking This is B.S. aka Strap in for a Woo-ful Pharmacy-Based Racket)
here, I cite from a recent article that warns us all of our organ-debilitating toxicity, and coincidentally the authors sell from their own pharmacy solutions to this fake toxicity problem [see 001., below]:
001. "Dr. Gary Kracoff NMD" and Steve Bernardi write in the Milford Daily News's "Over the Counter: Consider a Cleanse" (2011-08-23)[vsc 2011-08-23]:
"the body cleanse is an important aspect of the well lifestyle [...for] wellness [...] the build-up of toxins must be dissolved in order to help the body function properly [...they] can create harm and weaken the performance of key organs [...these] toxins [...] remain in the digestive system and need to be removed through the cleansing process [....aka] a detox [...which] can assist in weight loss, a healthy sleeping pattern and can also improve arthritis by decreasing aches and pain [really!...] toxins are in the air we breathe as well as food and water [...and no matter] there is still a need to detoxify [$$$$$$...] we recommend to those visiting our store to do a cleanse twice a year [$$$$$$...you can do a] colonic irrigation [...to] cleanse the colon [...or] herbal teas [...or a] fast [...] we recommend an all-in-one approach, such as the Whole Body Integrative Cleaning System [ka-ching ka-ching $$$$$ (something like this)...which is] a super milk thistle supplement [...] fiber [...] and a laxative [...you should also buy from them] a daily probiotic [...] ancient faiths [...] involve a purification or cleansing ritual [...] cleansing of the inside of the body is much the same [...to] become pure again, as when we were born [...] Steve Bernardi is a compounding pharmacist and Dr. Gary Kracoff is a registered pharmacist and a naturopathic doctor at Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center in Waltham (www.naturalcompounder.com) [$$$$$$$]. Readers with questions about natural or homeopathic medicine, compounded medications or health in general can email email@example.com or call 781-893-3870."
Note: now, this toxins myth has been super-analyzed by scientific skeptics as BUNK, and in my view, engaging in commerce wherein fake problems are posed to people and supposed solutions to such fake problems are sold...is racketeering. Shame on these two for scaring, literally, the shit out of people. What other specific junk is here: colonic irrigation which recently was hugely criticized medically as non-beneficial and risky, homeopathy which we know is nothing but an empty remedy which doesn't even warrant further scientific investigation though NMD Kracoff promotes it, health / medical practices equated with religion [which has nothing to do with medical science and factual reality, essentially -- aka these toxins are as much an article of faith / figmentation and as health promoting as a baptism ritual or a belief in a Tooth Fairy].
Friday, August 12, 2011
Vitalism: Naturopathy's Falsely Labeled Science-Ejected Context Currently, According to THE FOUNDER (NDNR 2011-08)
here, I quote from the current NDNR which talks about naturopathy's contextual hub / central premise / requisite obligation [see 001., below]:
001. in "Early NDs Understood the Power of Mother Nature" (NDNR 2011-08, pp. 027-028), Czeranko, S. (ND CCNM 1994) [vsc 2011-08-12] states:
"Lust [the founder of naturopathy] states poignantly 'naturopathy is a philosophy founded upon the simple theorum that vital-force is in all living matter which gives expression in health and disease' (1923, p. 136) [...and we're also told this] 'nature cure [aka naturopathy...] is the art and science of supplying Nature [coded vitalism] with the conditions necessary to a cure and is constructive (1923, p. 186)'."
Note: so there you go, science claimed upon nonscience ['mother nature' aka 'vital force' aka 'nature' -- vitalism, in sum] -- naturopathy's MO to this day but seen even almost 100 years ago. In my view, NDNR stands for 'not a doctor, not rational'. Meanwhile, though based on the science-ejected vitalistic, this ND's alma mater falsely labels naturopathy with such claims as "a rigorous scientific foundation" and "science- based" (for my collection of such claims from this naturopathy school, click here). Yet, simultaneously, CCNM claims vitalism as the basis of naturopathy (click here). So, TO THIS DAY and throughout the last say 100 years, naturopathy has FALSELY claimed that the hugely vitalistic / science-ejected is indeed science while profoundly science-ejected. But don't worry, it's here to stay as they've written such irrationality / absurdity into .gov statutes such as in Oregon, the trunk of the naturopathy tree [which serves as a Rosetta Stone of sorts for interpretation of all other state's ND / NMD usually incomplete 'naturopathy principles' iterations].
Sunday, August 7, 2011
"The Run", Naturopathic, Homeopathic - A Search Surrounding a Publicity Stunt and an Absurd "Natural" Pseudotherapeutic
here, I do a Google.com web search with the parameters "naturopathic "the run" homeopathic" [without the outside quotes] and report on the results [see 001., below]:
001. the top three first-page hits include:
001.a. the naturopathic practice page of Krudowski, J. (NMD SCNM) who specializes in homeopathy and asks on her home page that "The Run" be supported and on her page "FAQs" [vsc 2011-08-07] states:
"naturopaths experience the same four years of basic bio-medical science training as that of allopathic practice [...] homeopathy is a science."
Note: that's rich. But homeopathy is truly science-demolished. So when is something the same when it is not: naturopathyland.
001.b. the naturopathy proponentry / endorsement page of the American Medical Student Association "Naturopathic Medicine" [vsc 2011-08-07] which states:
"naturopathic physicians (NDs) attend 4 year full-time residential medical schools and are primary care providers trained in conventional medical sciences [...and] homeopathy [...one school being] National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL [...] all licensed NDs must complete four years of graduate medical education at a school accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) and pass a two-step board examination (similar to USMLE Steps 1 and 2) [called the NPLEX]."
Note: so, I think the obvious claim here is science subset naturopathy subset homeopathy, which is QUITE FALSE. The NPLEX exam mentioned is claimed to be "science" in title on both parts, with the second part including homeopathy -- nonsense on stilts wearing a tuxedo.
001.c. the practice page of Godby, D. (NMD NCNM 2004) and Caban, P. (N NCNM 2005):
NMD Godby is one of the runners for "The Run", which is explained as "moving natural medicine forward."
Note: if you go to the alma mater of these two naturopaths, the school itself clearly states in their 2010-2011 catalog the science-ejected premises that naturopathy is based on WHILE falsely labeling the whole thing objective scientific fact. Forward, these days, is not the progressive advancement of knowledge, apparently, that it used to be. Science has already moved forward, and in the dust, on the trash-heap of the discarded sectarian and whackaloon, lies homeopathy. And naturopathy, in falsely labeling what is HUGELY science-ejected as science -- in a stubborn, absurd, pig-headed manner common to sectarian systems of pseudomedicine -- is actually quite regressive.
this is science by publicity stunt, truly, and nonsense on stilts wearing a tuxedo....running....away from scientific consensus and into its own private Idaho of pseudotherapeutic absurdity.
Monday, August 1, 2011
here, I cite from a summary of a Journal of Family Practice article on colon cleansing bunk [see 001., below]:
001. at medpagetoday.com Nancy Walsh reports in "Colon Detox Not Backed by Science"(2011-08-01):
"Ranit Mishori, MD of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and colleagues, in the August Journal of Family Practice [...in the article] Mishori R, et al 'The Dangers of Colon Cleansing' J Family Pract 2011; 60: 454-457 [...wrote] 'a search of the literature using the terms colon cleansing, herbal colon cleanse, colon detoxification, and colon irrigation yielded no scientifically robust studies in support of this practice' [...] colon cleansing has been practiced since antiquity as a means of enhancing health through ridding the body of [supposed] toxins [...] users can perform the procedure themselves, but many visit hydrotherapists or colon hygienists [...] Mishori and colleagues outlined three cases of colon cleansing sessions that led to adverse outcomes [...and there have been reports of] air embolism, septicemia, and fatal parasitic infections [...] serious infections and heart failure [...] colon cleansing has no evidence to support its use, and can lead to pain, vomiting, and fatal infections [...specific advice is that] colon cleansing is not medically advisable [...] the devices are not FDA approved and if sanitary precautions are inadequate, infections can result [...] organizations of these practitioners, and the training they receive, are not scientifically regulated."
Note: it is rather ironic that JFP would publish this, being that colon hydrotherapy is an article of faith for naturopathy [they did a crap load of them in ND school during my time there!], and JFP has been quite generous to naturopathy.
[if ever something resembled a feces transplant, it is an infection acquired by use of one of these machines].
here, I cite from the web pages of a Connecticut ND who's into typical naturopathy stuff [see 001., below]:
001. Bethune, S. (ND SCNM) states:
001.a. in "Stephanie Bethune, Naturopathic Doctor" [vsc 2011-08-01]:
"Dr. Stephanie Bethune is [...] integrating scientific research with the healing powers of nature [coded vitalism]. She specializes in homeopathy, nutrition, herbal medicine, applied kinesiology [AK], detoxification programs [detox], and stress and weight management. She is also a reiki master teacher [...] NDs are educated in all the same fundamental sciences as MDs and are qualified to diagnose and treat disease, just as any licensed physician. Naturopathic doctors are preventive medicine specialists and are able to provide you with safe, effective, affordable health care [...] Dr. Bethune received her ND degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona [...] Dr. Bethune is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Hawaii Society of Naturopathic Physicians [...] call now to set up your appointments with Dr. Bethune. See how you can be encouraged, educated, and empowered to take charge of your healthcare and your life [...] please also visit http://drstephaniebethune.com."
Note: yes, blending science with HPN, which is, coded here, naturopathy's essential vitalistic context. She's got homeopathy, AK, detox and reiki all under one roof. A claim of "fundamental sciences", and supposed efficacy. Appointments, plural! I shall be educated? Empowered? That, of course, would be predicated on the practitioner actually being rigorously knowledgeable.
001.b. at http://drstephaniebethune.com we're told by ND Bethune:
"our mission is to provide you with primary holistic healthcare that is personalized, safe, and effective."
Note: again, a claim of efficacy. The homeopathy alone belies this! But wait, there's more!
001.c. in "Homeopathic Appointment" [vsc 2011-08-01]:
"homeopathy is a gentle and effective system of healing [...that will] re-establish balance [...] homeopathy is a gentle and effective system of healing which views all disease as a disturbance or untunement in a person's life force or vital force. This particular disturbance produces particular symptoms [...] your case will then be studied and the most appropriate remedy will be prescribed to you. Homeopathic remedies [...] are prepared in a very unique way so that the final product used in treatment is highly dilute and, therefore, very safe and non-toxic."
Note: effective, effective effective! Supposedly. There simply isn't a life force or vital force, scientifically speaking. Such is science-ejected. Why aren't we told that? Why aren't we told that there's nothing in a homeopathic remedy and it lacks, preponderantly, scientific support?
001.d. in "Applied Kinesiology" [vsc 2011-08-01]:
"applied kinesiology (AK) is a form of diagnosis that uses muscle testing as a primary feedback mechanism to examine how a person's body is functioning. AK encompasses many forms of natural therapies and is an amazing way to experience integrative medicine. Using AK, Dr. Bethune is able to detect improper function in the organs or within the structure of the body. This includes emotions, muscles, skeletal alignment and acupuncture meridians. It is an accurate way to determine the best method of therapy for you. AK can be used to assess nutrients, foods, and supplements and is also excellent for any kind of pain [...] applied kinesiology (AK) uses muscle testing to examine how your body is functioning. AK detects: improper organ function, skeletal misalignment, sources of pain. AK assesses: structure of the body, emotions, muscles, acupuncture meridians, nutrients, foods, supplements."
Note: the amazing pseudodiagnostic known as AK. These claims simply aren't scientifically true.
001.e. in "Why Detox" [saved 2011-08-01]:
"detoxification describes a method of assisting the body to heal by removing some of the toxic burden. We accumulate toxins from our food, air, water, cleaning products, beauty aides, and numerous other daily contacts [...] detoxification programs should only be done under the supervision of an experienced health care practitioner. Dr. Stephanie Bethune is an expert in detoxification methods. This is a perfect opportunity to give your body a fresh start for the New Year. Now is the time to rid yourself of toxins!"
Note: ah, toxin paranoia.
001.f. in "Detox Program: Ohm Cleanse Program" [saved 2011-08-01]:
"a detox is a system of 'cleaning' your body on a cellular level by reducing the toxins that have been stored deep in your tissues. Detoxing, or cleansing, works by unburdening an overloaded system. The digestive organs are often overloaded by large or unhealthy meals. Although these organs will continue to digest the food it is presented with, it is done less and less efficiently unless we 'take out the garbage.' By giving your body less, or healthier, foods to digest, it is able to devote more attention to the process of healing. You will also be taking herbs to support your liver. These herbs will help to keep elimination active to prevent re-absorption of the toxins being released [...] mini boost: 3 weeks, $300, all supplements + weekly naturopathic visits [...] big boost: 6 weeks, $600, all supplements + weekly naturopathic visits."
Note: expensive especially considering how bunk detox is.
001.g. in "Reiki" [saved 2011-08-01]:
"reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing [...it] involves the placing of the therapist’s hands at various positions over your fully clothed body to unblock energy flow and promote healing [...] reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit [...] many have reported miraculous results [...] it has been effective in helping almost every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect."
Note: that's quite a claim of efficacy for what is known historically as 'the laying on of hands'. The energy is imaginary, here, of course and the effects, quite -- to put it politely -- exaggerated.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
NCNM's 2011 Commencement Address by Alumnus ND Warren: Our [Science-Ejected] Vitalism, Homeopathy, and 'Energy Medicines' are "Foundational"
here, I quote from a transcript of part of the 2011 National College of Natural Medicine [NCNM] convocation [see 001., below]; then, from a web page of that ND particularly regarding homeopathy [ see 002., below]:
001. ND Warren, classical homeopathist [DHANP; NCNM 1984] states in "Convocation Address by Don Warren [at] NCNM – June 25, 2011" [vsc 2011-07-31]:
"'President Schleich, Members of the Board of Governors, Faculty and Staff of NCNM, Class of 2011 [...] it is a real honor to be invited to take part in this convocation [...] it has only been 27 years since I graduated from NCNM [...] we must also not be afraid to hold on to concepts that are a part of the historic profession that do not yet have an adequate scientific explanation...such as the vis, vital force and the use of energetic medicines such as homeopathy. Such concepts and practices are foundational to who we are as naturopathic physicians'."
Note: and there you go. Such is dogmatically fused into naturopathy, no matter how science-ejected the lot becomes. What's MOST interesting about ND Warren's language is that he states that vitalism and homeopathy lack scientific support. Meanwhile, on NCNM's own page explaining naturopathy and its contents, we're told quite falsely that vitalism and such survives scientific scrutiny as objective fact. Well, that's not true: they're science-ejected, actually. And what's also interesting is that ND Warren's practice page explaining naturopathy does not transparently communicate that the "healing power of nature" sectarianism essential to naturopathy is the vitalistic science-ejected concept that it is.
I link to a YouTube video of this 2011 ceremony [vsc 2011-07-31] containing the naturopathic oath part below [starting at 00.08.45; the video is apparently damaged though the audio is okay], wherein NDs by-oath bind themselves to naturopathy's sectarian ideas, like vitalism -- which is in Latin on the huge tapestry behind the stage -- and to falsely labeling the lot "science":
also, here's a link to NCNM's program for that 2011 commencement (click here) where we are told "naturopathic medicine is heir to the vitalistic tradition of medicine in the Western world. This is evidenced by its emphasis in treating disease through the stimulation, enhancement and support of the inherent healing power of the body. Chosen methods of treatment respect this natural healing process." I've blogged recently concerning how such vitalism is science-ejected EVEN as taught at the K-12 science level. This language was also used on the 2010 program.
002. ND Warren, along with NDs O'Farrell (CCNM 2002) and Lewis (CCNM) (see ), state in "Homeopathy" [vsc 2011-07-31]:
"in the early part of the 19th century, Samuel Hahnemann developed the system of medicine we now call homeopathy. The basic principle of homeopathy is that disease is a result of a disordered 'vital force' and that to find permanent cure, one must use a medicine (or remedy) that is 'vital' [as in imaginary and immaterial!] and has the potential for stimulating a healing response bringing the body back to a normal, healthy state [...] over the course of homeopathic treatment not only do symptoms disappear, but the person is in a much healthier state overall."
Note: so, there's that old vitalism again. And that's quite a claim of activity and efficacy for remedies that are EMPTY. Magic beans and unicorn tears.