here, I quote from a recent article by ND Moore on homeopathy in New York State's Democrat and Chronicle [see 001., below]; then, I cite from a recent piece by MD Novella up at the James Randi Educational Foundation regarding homeopathy witchcraft [see 002., below]:
001. Moore, L. (ND NCNM) states in "Les Moore: Homeopathy and First Aid" (2012-05-08)[vsc 2012-05-08; my comments are in unquoted bold]:
"homeopathy is a very safe medicine that can be used for home first aid [...]";
so the claim is that if it can be used medicinally for first aid, that it actually WORKS, me thinks.
"one of the most popular ways of using homeopathy is for first aid in athletics and at home [...]";
of course, popularity does not therein confer EFFICACY.
"[the ND mentions] homeopathic remedies [...like] Arnica Montana [...] for any injury or accident [...and] bruises, sore muscles, falls, bumps, contused wounds, black eyes and sprains [...and] Calendula officinalis [...] for abrasions, scratches, burns, superficial wounds and incised wounds [...and] skin irritation or injury requiring a soothing lotion or cleansing [...as it] promotes healing and prevents infection [...and] Hypericum perfoliatum [...] for nerve end injuries such as crushed fingertips [...and] puncture and lacerated wounds [...and] Ledum palustre [...] for puncture wounds from sharp objects, bee or mosquito stings, animal bites and scratches, black eyes and long-lasting bruises [...] Rhus toxicodendren [...] for sprains or strains of joints, muscles, tendons or ligaments, including torn ligaments and tendons [...and] blistering, itching, burning and swelling of skin."
so, the claim is that these remedies will improve these actual harms.
Note: ND Moore's own practice page states in "Naturopathic Medicine" [vsc 2012-05-08]:
"naturopathic medicine is a distinct profession of primary health care [...] the scope of practice includes all aspects of family and primary care and all natural medicine modalities, including [...] homeopathic medicine [...]";
ah, the 'of the professions' claim.
"naturopathic medicine is distinguished from other medical systems by its philosophy, based on eight principles [...including] the healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae) [HPN-VMN...aka] encouragement of the body's inherent healing abilities [...]";
and that's all you get regarding HPN-VMN. I therein will state this: this is their shorthand camouflage for a science-ejected concept and context known as vitalism. But why would an ND accurately inform the public of this fact?
"qualified naturopathic doctors (ND) [N] are graduates of a U.S. Department of Education accredited four-year naturopathic medical school. These programs provide the same basic sciences [BS], diagnostic lab and radiological studies, minor surgery, etc. as medical schools, with emphasis on natural therapeutics [...like] homeopathy [H...] and basic training in Oriental medicine [OM...]";
ah, that science claim, as a "base." So the proposition is that it is BS subset N subset H and OM. You would think, therefore since we are talking about quite an apparatus, that homeopathy is therein...scientifically supported. And you would be WRONG. The USDE is, in my opinion, a party to such absurdity and a heck of a lot of people are being brainwashed into this nonsense [see below for the nonsensicality of homeopathy].
002. Steven Novella, M.D. "the JREF's Senior Fellow and Director of the JREF’s Science-Based Medicine project [...and] academic clinical neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine [...and] president and co-founder of the New England Skeptical Society [...and] host and producer of [...] The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe [...and author of] the NeuroLogica Blog" writes recently in "Homeopathy for Whooping Cough" (2012-05-05) [vsc 2012-05-08]:
"homeopathy is witchcraft. From a scientific point of view it is no more valid than brewing magic potions with eye of newt and lizard tails. Homeopaths, however, continue to stubbornly promote their potions as if they were real medical treatments [...and mentions] their fanciful notions of 'miasms' and sympathetic magic [...]";
and naturopaths are, here in North America, quite 'homeopathic promoters'.
"[...and he speaks of] the unscientific nature of homeopathy [...]";
and, dare I add, by direct example above, 'the unscientific nature of nature-opathy'!
"[...regarding Australia] it is good to hear of regulatory bodies [...e.g.] the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which is the equivalent of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the US [...and] the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), which is their equivalent of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [...] taking their missions seriously and applying them to homeopathic fraud [...specifically the] offering homeopathic potions as an alternative preventive and treatment for whooping cough";
Note: so, in my opinion, posing homeopathic absurdity as first aid medicine is quite not-professional and fraudulent, and yet-to-be-licensed naturopathy-in-NYS marches on.
when is primary health care falsely posed as based on science when actually witchcraft: naturopathy.