Saturday, May 19, 2012

'Medical Nonsense' via JREF's Novella and NCNM as a Primary Example

here, I do the same old thing, show that naturopathy, at its very contextual basis, is junk thought and quite FALSE:

001. Dr. Steven Novella writes in "So Many Flavors of Medical Nonsense" (2012-05-19)[my comments are in unquoted bold]:

"science and discovery - expanding the limits of our concepts of reality - takes real imagination. Pseudoscience (or the cheap imitation, as Sagan called it), not so much. Perhaps that is why old ideas are [either] recycled over and over again as if they were new with the world of pseudoscience [...or] new ideas are stolen from real science and then twisted into the latest scam [...]";

you said it brother.

"in this article I will cover the different categories of unscientific medical claims [...and] medical pseudoscience [...which are] largely a repackaging of the same basic themes [...and knowing such is] helpful in dealing with the [perpetual!!!] flood of nonsense [...]";

time to put your boots on, there be bullshit to talk about.

"[#1] vitalism [...]";

ah, ye old vitalism. 

"vitalism - the idea that life is different from non-life because a living force animates it [...aka] life force (chi, prana, spiritus, etc.) [...]";

one take on the idea of attributing 'lifeliness' to a force is that 'back in the day', before we understood the components of living things, we assigned a like of 'fluid' to represent its characteristics.  Therein, life as seen as made of life-substance or life force, and fire was seen as made of fire-substance, or phlogiston.  It seems as silly these days to say that there is a life force as to say that there is, truly, elemental FIRE.

"all basic biological processes gave way to purely physical explanations, and there was simply nothing left for the vital force to do [...]";

an explanation without something to explain.

"modern charlatans have repackaged the notion of a vital force many times [...like] straight chiropractic [...] therapeutic touch and reiki  [...] homeopathy [...and] acupuncture [...]";

sounds like naturopathy's portfolio to me.  

002. meanwhile, by way of naturopathy-central, the oldest North American naturopathy school and the one that basically seeded all the others, National College of Natural Medicine, states STILL TO THIS DAY, in "Naturopathic Principles of Healing":

"the practice of naturopathic medicine emerges from six principles of healing [...] based on the objective observation of the nature of health and disease and are examined continually in light of scientific analysis [...]";

yes, that is a claim that these things survive scientific scrutiny.

"[#1] the healing power of nature, vis medicatrix naturae [...] the healing process is ordered and intelligent; nature heals through the response of the life force [...#3] first do no harm, primum no nocere The process of healing includes the generation of symptoms, which are, in fact, expressions of the life force attempting to heal itself [...] some practitioners in Europe and America, however, perceived that valuable, empirically proven natural therapies were being lost, and struggled to retain the practice of promoting health through stimulation of the vital force and the rational use of natural agents [...]";

yes, the supposed science-based life force that is truly exterior to science NONSENSE that continually spews from the North American naturopathy apparatus both clinically and academically.

naturopathy: the complete reversal of values, and a licensed falsehood.

so easy to show and ripe for class action and consumer protection action.
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