Friday, July 20, 2012

Hulda Clark's "Quackery" Lives On This 2012, via ND Andrews of Connecticut

here, I cite from a LICENSED naturopath's web pages extolling the quite 'out-there ideas' of the late UNLICENSED naturopath Hulda Clark [see 001.a., below] and other 'therapies' [see 001.b., below]: then, I excerpt from criticism [see 002., below]; finally, I wonder what Connecticut licensure of naturopathy EVEN guarantees [see 003., below]:


001.a. in "Frequency Healing: Overview and History" [vsc 2012-07-14; my comments are in unquoted bold]:

"Dr. Hulda Clark [...] studied the principles of naturopathy at the Clayton College of Natural Health which offered a six-month study at home course.  Six years later she developed an electronic device for scanning the human body and detecting and treating diseases through frequency [...via] the 'zapper' [...]";

and thus was born a whole Clark industry.

"what is frequency healing and how does it work? [...it is] a type of treatment developed in the early 1900s [...] based on theories of resonance and vibration [...] frequency healing is a therapy associated with specific signature frequencies [...] signature frequencies of viruses, bacteria, disease states, healthy organs, bones, even thoughts and emotions have been identified [...] disrupting unwanted frequency occurs similarly to the way an opera singer breaks a glass [...] the same can be done with bacteria and virus by bombarding them with amplitude of resonant frequency beyond their ability to absorb [...and] optimal health can be supported by providing the desired frequency at the desired amplitude.  When the body resonates with this frequency it creates the optimal conditions for health [...]";

so, 'frequency, frequency, frequency.'  Quite frequently used.  The citation for these claims is ND Clark's "The Cure for All Diseases" (1995).  At Amazon.com, the book is, in my view, ridiculously priced still at $20 new (1st edition) and more, and there are, in the "sponsored links" section on the bottom, Clark Zappers for sale somewhere online to this day.  Sadly, the book has 4 out of 5 stars.  

"the western paradigm for health has been mechanistic [...]";

this is another way of saying that 'modern science requires evidence and rigor, but that's not fair.'  Bullshit.

"if you have two bodies side by side with all the systems intact and capable of functioning, yet one is alive and one is dead, what is the essential difference?  The difference is the absence or presence of life force. Scientists call it ‘factor X’ [...aka] vital energy, chi, prana, organizing principle [...]";

a life force is in fact science-ejected.  But, it is also the basis of naturopathy which falsely labels itself, while based upon this science-ejected premise, science-based.  More bullshit.

 "one example of a western energy healer is Franz Anton Mesmer [...] Mesmerism is the foundation of many modern day energy-healing systems [...]";

actually, what's really interesting about Mesmer is that he was debunked in the 1700s.  And that's a fact.  Between frequency, life force, Mesmer as a basis for this "frequency healing", I smell a heaping pile of bullshit.

"the foundations of frequency healing began in the 1920’s. The key pioneers were Dr. Albert Abrams, Dr. Ruth Drown, Royal Rife, and Dr. Hulda Clark [...] all the energy devices of the past 30 years stand on the shoulders of these four people [...] what these pioneers all have in common is a strong scientific background, conventional recognition, and scientific standing until the moment they moved outside of conventional knowledge [...]";

"conventional knowledge" is a euphemism for 'off the deep end', me thinks.   And here at least, the word energy is a euphemism for bullshit.  Quackwatch has a great article up titled "The Bizarre Claims of Hulda Clark."

001.b. in "Definitions" [vsc 2012--07-17]:

"energy balancing: energy refers to life force, a vital force that animates and organizes life.  There are three key structures that are involved in the flow and utilization of life force. Energy flows through channels in the body called meridians, is collected and transformed in energy centers called chakras, and radiates through a field of energy around the body called the aura.  Energy balancing assists the smooth flow of life force through all the energy structures and removes energetic obstacles to energy flow.  Energy flow is affected by injury, habitual tension, mental attitudes and beliefs and emotional upset. Energy therapies believe that energy patterns underlie physical conditions and that as energy is shifted, physical manifestation changes too.  There are a multitude of techniques used to balance energy including reiki, aura balancing, EMF, not to mention acupuncture, acupressure and chakra balancing [...] energy balancing is often incorporated into other bodywork sessions such as massage therapy [...]";

energy, energy, energy.  So, here's a great 'key' to decoding naturopathy's camouflaging of a very science-ejected concept, vitalism-figmentation, with science-sounding words like energy.

"homeopathy is an alternative medicine first defined by Samuel Hahnemann in the 1700’s.  Homeopathy believes disease and sickness are caused by a disturbance in the life force (energy) of the person [...] training in homeopathy is part of the training for naturopathic doctors [...] homeopathic remedies are inexpensive, easily obtained and very effective [...]";

homeopathic remedies ARE NOT "very effective".  We know this scientifically.  It is also part of the science-ejected junk that comprises a naturopathic degree.

"naturopathic medicine is a branch of medicine that uses natural interventions to promote health [...] teatment is individualized, treats the whole person (body, mind, emotions and spirit), and seeks to stimulate the bodies natural healing mechanisms. It uses lifestyle change, herbs, nutrition, homeopathy and other treatment options [...] licensed naturopathic physicians must pass comprehensive board exams [NPLEX] set by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE) after having completed four years of academic and clinical training at a post-graduate college certified by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME). Naturopaths are trained in conventional medical sciences, diagnosis and treatment of illness, pharmacology, minor surgery and natural therapeutic interventions [...] Connecticut has recognized and licensed naturopathic doctors since 1926.  Naturopathic physicians here are considered specialty care doctors as opposed to primary care doctors.  The scope of practice in Connecticut consists of diagnosis and treatment and includes a variety of treatment modalities such as acupuncture and oriental medicine,  botanical medicine, homeopathy [etc....]";

ye old natureopathy (how the CT statutes spell it) that labels as science (NPLEX) that which is nonsense (homeopathy and kind) aka specializing in nonsense.

"Chinese medicine [...] acupressure is the art of skillfully pressing key points (acupoints) that stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. Pressing acupoints in systematic combinations releases muscular tension, promotes circulation, stimulates the flow of chi and aids the body’s healing processes [...] a session may integrate meridian stretching and other bodywork therapies as well as healing imagery and emotional processing to eliminate the underlying causes of energy disturbance [...] acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical technique used to restore and maintain health.  Stimulation of acupoints unblocks the flow of chi (or qi) along meridian pathways to balance opposing internal forces.  There are more than 350 acupoints traveling on 12 main meridian pathways [...] treatment is aimed at restoring harmony; with harmony, chi flows freely within the body and a person is healthy. When a person is sick, diseased, or injured, there is an obstruction of chi along one of the meridians [...] modern acupuncturists utilize other modalities to stimulate the flow of chi such as herbal medicine, moxibustion, physical exercise, elemental nutrition, meditation, breathing exercise and more [...]";
the chi that does not exist that causes and cures.

"reflexology is the treatment of the whole body through reflex points located on the feet and hands.  This system divides the body into reflex zones; each zone ends at a specific location on both the front and back of the hands, wrists, feet and ankles.  Stimulating these points can have affects along the entire zone.  In this way the whole body can benefit from treatment to the hands and/or feet [...]";

simply nonsense.

"sound healing is a form of vibrational medicine. Everything in the universe is in a state of vibration. Resonance is the frequency that an object naturally vibrates at. Everything has resonant frequency including each organ, gland, tissue or structure of the body.  In fact the body can be considered an orchestra of harmonics [...]";

vibration, vibration, vibration.

"craniosacral therapy is a subtle modality which assists the body's natural capacity for self-repair [...] the rhythm of the breath, cerebral-spinal fluid, organ movement, cardiac rate and many more body rhythms are brought into synchronization in a craniosacral session [...]";

and more nonsense.

002. meanwhile, Orac, over at Science Blogs' Respectful Insolence states in "Requiem For a Quack, Part II: Hulda Clark, Author of The Cure for All Cancers, Died of Cancer" [saved 2012-07-17; these are rearranged excerpts]:

"├╝ber-quack Hulda Clark [...] let's review the titles of some of her books [...] The Cure for All Advanced Cancers [...] The Cure for All Cancers  [...and] The Cure for All Diseases [...] the woman who [obviously] said that she had the Cure for All Cancers [...] died on September 3, 2009 [at the age of 80]. I was criticized for entitling my post Requiem for a Quack, but [...] Clark’s quackery had [likely] contributed to the suffering and deaths of an unknown number of cancer patients [...]";

"I was curious what the cause of Dr. Clark’s death was [...] then, a reader sent me a scan of Hulda Clark’s death certificate, and this is what it listed as the cause of death: multiple myeloma, [a] cancer [...]  the woman whose quackery caused so much suffering among cancer patients during her life ultimately succumbed to the very disease she claimed to be able to cure but was not [...] ";

"I suspect that Hulda Clark really did believe that she had the cure for all cancers, even though it was clear from her own end that she didn’t have a clue about cancer [...] by rejecting science-based medicine in favor of her own quackery, Clark blew her best chance at treating her cancer and maintaining her quality of life for as long as possible [...]";

"the excuse used to explain why Clark died of cancer when she had spent so many years claiming that she could cure it is lame in the extreme [...that she couldn't treat herself because] she physically could not use her Syncrometer techniques to investigate it because her hands and arms did not work well enough [...]";

"ironically, Dr. Clark documented helping a multiple myeloma sufferer in The Cure For All Advanced Cancers [...]";

"Hulda Clark’s death teaches us something important about quackery [...] it tells us that many of the practitioners are just as deluded and misguided as those whom they lure away from scientific medicine and towards ineffective and even harmful quackery [...]";

003. note upon the pot calling the kettle black aka so, does licensure of naturopaths guarantee ANYTHING?  Yes.  Their protection:

003.a. the Wikipedia page for Clark [and the Quackwatch article too, in quoting Pizzorno, roughly] states (2012-07-17):

"Hulda Clark has been criticized because her claims lack scientific validity and consist of anecdotal evidence [...]";

agreed.

"Joseph Pizzorno, a prominent naturopathic physician, evaluated Clark's claims [...] Pizzorno concluded that Clark's treatments were ineffective and that treatments based on Clark's recommendations 'pose a substantive public health danger' [...]";

ha, that's a safe bet. ND Pizzorno is, though, quite a bit 'out there' as well so I'm not sure why his opinions matter at all.  I'm quite the expert in what Pizzorno has either written or overseen as editor.  His "Textbook of Natural Medicine" is a great example of pseudoscience.  His alma mater NCNM's claims, too.  I suspect, like Clark, such NCNM graduates and current students devour that NCNM nonsense page's intellectual swill like sows at the feed trough.

independently from that, we're told in the Wikipedia article, also: "there is no scientific basis for Hulda Clark's hypotheses and recommendations, including her suggested treatments."

Note: so, a licensed ND -- in terms of 'out there' non-science-supported ideas and therapeutics -- is like an unlicensed ND, often.  One difference: with the protection of the Seal of the State of Connecticut, the licensed ND has a lot less to worry about in terms of reprimand, sanction, interest, and penalty.

003.b. the State of Connecticut, regarding naturopathy licensure, tells us, in "Naturopathic Physician Licensing Requirements" [vsc 2012-07-19]:

"please familiarize yourself with the general licensing policies. In order to be eligible for licensure, an applicant must have: Completed two (2) years of pre-professional college education; graduated from a school of naturopathy approved by the Connecticut State Board of Naturopathic Examiners and Department of Public Health, with award of the doctor of naturopathy degree. Approved schools  include only those schools accredited or in candidate status with the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME); Successfully completed both the Basic Sciences (Part I) and Clinical Sciences Examination (Part II) of the Naturopathic Physician Licensing Examination (NPLEX) [...] official report of successful completion of the NPLEX Basic Sciences and Clinical Sciences examinations [...]";

likewise, one of those CNME schools is the University of Bridgeport which labels naturopathy "science" and contains required homeopathy and is based on ideas and obligations that are science-ejected and the NPLEX itself states that contents it labels "science" includes nonscientific crap like homeopathy.

"documentation requirements applicants shall arrange for submission of the following documents directly to this office from the source: A completed application form and fee of $565.00 in the form of a bank check or money order payable to, 'Treasurer, State of Connecticut' [...]";

and so the State of Connecticut is engaged in a kind of commerce and academic fraud itself.

"all supporting documents should be forwarded to: Connecticut Department of Public Health Naturopathic Physician Licensure 410 Capitol Ave., MS# 12 APPP.O. Box 340308Hartford, CT 06134Phone:  (860) 509-7603 Fax:  (860) 707-1931Email:  dph.healingarts@ct.gov Content Last Modified on 3/29/2012 3:21:52 PM [...]";

there they are if any Federal agency is interested in intervening.

Note: basically, naturopathic falsehood is licensed and shielded.
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