Sunday, January 6, 2013

'Naturopathic Oncology' Absurdity - Steven Salzberg and Cancer Treatment Centers of America's Naturopathy

here, I quote from a recent expose by forbes.com writer Steven Salzberg regarding the pseudoscientific oncology offerings of CTCA [001., below]; then, specific to naturopathy, I look at the history of their 'science subset naturopathy' claim which I've been monitoring and archiving for quite a long time [see 002., below]:

001. scientist Steven Salzberg writes in "Making a Profit from Offering Ineffective Therapies to Cancer Patients" at forbes.com (2012-12-31) [vsc 2013-01-03]:

"Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), a private, for-profit company with five cancer hospitals scattered around the U.S. [...mixes] conventional treatments [...with] highly questionable unscientific treatments [...] questionable, unscientific therapies [...] CTCA offers a palette of pseudoscientific treatments [...including] acupuncture, acupressure, chiropractic, naturopathy, homeopathy, mind-body medicine (including reiki and qi gong). None of the treatments in this list has any scientific support showing that they provide a benefit to cancer patients [...] offering [such] treatments that are little more than snake oil to cancer patients is ethically indefensible [...] these are extremely vulnerable patients, and CTCA is taking advantage of them to sell ineffective therapies [...] when the benefit is nonexistent. (See Science-Based Medicine for a summary of the [lack of!] science behind these and other alternative therapies [...] there is no justification for offering treatments based on pseudoscience [...]";

hear, hear.

"CTCA makes multiple unsupported, unscientific claims for its alternative treatments, such as: 'naturopathic medicine can help reduce [...cancer-related] symptoms, strengthen the immune system and support the healing process throughout your brain cancer treatment [...] acupuncture may help to alleviate [cancer] treatment-related side effects, such as nausea and vomiting [...] when used during your leukemia treatment, our chiropractic care services can help correct bone, muscle and joint problems and restore nerve function'[...yet] the website [quite falsely!] claims that its integrative treatments are 'scientifically-based supportive therapies' [...]";

ah, the science subset naturopathy claim of CTCA has been going on for quite some time.  Is it a decade?  Lets see [see 002., below].

002. at CTCA:

002.a. presently, in:

 "Bone Cancer Treatments – Naturopathic Medicine" [vsc 2013-01-06] we're told that naturopathy is based on science-ejected premises and uses science-ejected methods;

 yet, concurrently, we're told in  "Naturopathic Medicine" [vsc 2013-01-06] that naturopathy's "personalized natural therapies [are] backed by scientific research [...and are] scientifically grounded."

ah, yes, the science subset nonscience absurdity.

002.b. historically:

you can find those science-ejected premises and methods as far back as 2003 at archive.org; 
and that science claim too.  So, that's about decade of naturopathic oncology falsehood.  And, in that time, naturopaths have created their own oncology board, wherein you can be credentialed in magic beans, unicorn tears, and junk thought.

and licensed falsehood marches on.


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