(guerrilla-skeptical-musings upon the 'science subset nonscience' absurd meme known as naturopathy / naturopathic medicine / natural medicine aka 'the naturoPATHillogical'; all episodes of The Naturocrit Podcast can be found at http://naturocrit.podbean.com/ )
Friday, June 8, 2012
A 2012 Letter to the New York State Senator Sponsoring Naturopathy's Licensure Bill
here, I reproduce the short letter I wrote this morning to Senator LaValle [see 001., below]; then I share how you can contact him, too [see 002., below]:
I write this as a watcher of naturopathy who also went through one of their ND programs. What I know is quite 'from the inside' and I've also continued my research publicly at the blog Naturocrit.
I am a critic of naturopathy, in sum, after finding out all that I know, and I am not alone. The licensure of naturopathy is the licensure of falsehood, I can bluntly state. A very highly trafficked web site is 'Respectful Insolence' up at National Geographic's Science Blogs. MD and PhD Gorski has a recent post about naturopathy and I've commented upon naturopathic licensure there.
I scratch my head, after all that has been published (see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14745386 ), concerning why consumer protections would be so thrown under the bus by legally sanctioning what I think is an apparatus engaged in delusion, deception, irrationality and quackery. New York State, much like Oregon, will, by placing the State's Seal over naturopathy commerce, becoming an accessory to such.
Though I am not a New York resident, I was born there, and my family resides there. I went to the City University of New York. I took undergraduate science classes there. Naturopaths claim what they do is science-based in their document "Benefit Analysis of Licensing Naturopathic Doctors May 2011" [vsc 2012-06-08], stating 'naturopathy is a science-based health care practice.' This is patently false, regarding the essentially naturopathic like homeopathy. What they label as science, basically, would get you an F in an undergraduate science class taught to the national science standards.
I've been watching this licensure process with trepidation. NDs likely will get their way, as they have in other states, and with licensure, they will regulate themselves eventually and licensed falsehood will be quite satisfied with itself, yet still false.
Thank you for your time, Rob Cullen."
Note: one thing to note is that if naturopathy as-what-it-truly-is is licensed in New York State and is legislated as "science-based", wow. It would be as egregious as licensing 1+2=5. It's really that simple.
002. you too can contact this misguided lawmaker at:
Kenneth P. LaValle
Albany Office 188 State Street Room 806, Legislative Office Building Albany, NY 12247 United States Phone: (518) 455-3121
District Office 28 North Country Rd Suite 203 Mount Sinai, NY 11766 United States Phone: (631) 473-1461 Fax: (631) 473-1513
Note: perhaps we should send copies of books that explain what science supports and what science doesn't support, too. As well as a book on ethics.