(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/ )
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Changelog 2012-06-17 and ND Video:
here, I summarize this week's additions to my public naturopathy database. I also link to an ND's video each changelog, quote from, and tag the video in some detail:
"[...from the video] do you suffer from physical ailments? Do you suffer from emotional ailments? Anxiety, depression, insomnia. There is hope. Nature has the power to heal. Naturopathy provides whole body treatments. Treating ailments, teaching healthy living, providing preventive care. Dr. Gary S. Gruber, licensed naturopathic physician [...] www.sciencemeetsnature.org [...and from the description] https://plus.google.com/100127074886581585069/about?gl=US&hl=en-US";
so, there's HPN and teaching. And an invitation to visit the ND's site. Lets do that.
. 002.b. ND Gruber's site includes the PDF page "Patient Consent for Clinical Kinesiology" [vsc 2012-06-16] which is a page on what is known as applied kinesiology, which is hugely scientifically discredited, yet ND Gruber writes:
"biomedical research conducted worldwide in the fields of biophysics and the related sciences has established that energy-related processes play an important role in the maintenance of normal physiology of cells in the living [...] clinical kinesiology testing in general, and as it is conducted by Dr. Gruber, utilizes this phenomenon of physics among other components that may or may not be fully explicable by modern science at the present time [...]";
so, overall, I think the impression is that AK is clinically useful, and though hedged, scientific.
"the working principle behind this is based on a well-known phenomenon of physics that all matter in the universe, including the living and harmful agents, etc., exist in a dual form, one of matter itself (i.e., solid, liquid or gaseous substance) and one of energy field. This energy field is strictly specific for each substance and may be likened to its 'fingerprint' [...AK] is carried out in the following manner: a person, while in the supine or sitting position, is exposed to the energy fields
of sealed glass vials that contain various body organs and tissues
[yuck], harmful agents, foods and other substances related to medical
issues. This exposure occurs when the vials are placed on a metal
platform that conducts the energy field
of the substance through a cable that connects a small metal hand bar
held by a patient at one end to a platform at the other. Once a patient
senses the energy field of a vial
(or any substance for that matter) that bears some clinical relevance to
his health, positive or negative, he/she may display a corresponding muscle response reaction of a relaxing or contracting nature [...];
ah, the 'vitalistic-spiritistic figmentatous' woo runs strong here.
"it is formally considered an experimental test in the U.S. [...]";
it is nice to be able to experiment on people with implausible nonsense, take money for it, and not have to answer to an institutional review board.
"I was informed that toxins often reside deep in the body and elude detection [...]";
kind of like fairies under the garden, they're so damn evasive.
"the revealed pollutants, infectious agents and others can be addressed by appropriate homeopathic remedies, as many studies have indicated that homeopathy can be efficacious in combating a variety of toxic, infectious or other health-impairing agents or conditions [...]";
nothing like using bogus testing and following that up with bogus therapeutics.
Note: so, there's crap diagnostics that rely on fictional energies, there's wires and metal plates and vials, and there's the ideomotor effects of muscle testing. And then there's the icing upon it all, homeopathy's empty remedies.