Saturday, February 9, 2013

PalMD Schwacks Naturopathy at Forbes.com (2013)

here, I cite from a recent post by MD Lipson aka PalMD of White Coat Underground regarding this year's attempt at licensure by the naturopathillogicals in Michigan:

001. MD Lipson writes in "Michigan May Legalize Fake Doctors" (2013-02-08)[my comments are in unquoted bold]:

"in my home state [Michigan], naturopaths are currently trying to become licensed medical practitioners, with official sanction to do whatever it is they do and to regulate themselves. This would be a disaster for public health [...]"; 

I also think it's a disaster for the concept of right and wrong when falsehood and deception are licensed as true / legitimate.  Naturopathy is truly the reversal of all values: scientific facts are equated with sectarian superstitious dogma, empty remedies are termed powerful, cherry-picking a few really crappy studies out of a damning scientific preponderance to falsely support what hugely science has tossed.

"'naturopathic doctors' [...] claim that they can give patients what real medicine has denied them: access to supplement and dietary advice, homeopathy, 'energy therapy' and other practices that are either common sense (eat right, exercise), or based on long-abandoned belief systems [...] if Michigan allows naturopaths to be licensed to practice and to regulate themselves, insurance companies will pay for useless therapies, patients will suffer, and the state will give its imprimatur to ancient, pre-scientific medical practices [...like!] homeopathy [...] another non-scientific idea [...] a still popular medical mythos [...] ";

hear, hear.

"modern science-based medicine has been awesomely successful. Medical science and public health have virtually eliminated many childhood diseases, and have made once deadly adult diseases easily treatable [...] one of the keystones [of modern medical education] is the insistence that medical practice be based on sound scientific principles [...e.g.] the sciences that form the basis of modern medical science and practice [...include] anatomy, physiology, biochemistry [...knowledge is] discovered through the scientific method and superstition is left behind [...]";

copy that.

"before the Flexner report, medical practice was still crowded with mountebanks, medicine shows, and ancient superstitions. Many doctors were vitalists, believing in invisible forces that breathed life into an otherwise inanimate body. Whether these forces were described as 'humours' [...] imaginary vital forces that flowed through the body [...] 'winds', 'meridians', or 'subluxations,' they were all mythical. They all failed to correctly describe and predict the function of the human body [...]"; 

and here's where I plug my collection which I call Appendix B. ("exhibit B"), naturopathy's essential vitalism. I've organized this 'superstitious sectarian fact falsely posed as able to survive scientific scrutiny by the ND/ NMD crowd' based upon Schools [like the one I went to], International and National Organizations, States, Provinces and their Organizations, Journals, Practitioners A to Z, Academics and Authors A to Z, and Reference Tools A to Z.  Yes, that is right, naturopathy claims that this ancient superstition is able to survive rigorous scientific scrutiny (like here, their oldest North American school).  No, superstition as idea and method has not been left behind.  Instead, it is at the heart of naturopathy's thoughts and actions and is to this day superstition and myth are being falsely posed as scientific.

"licensing naturopaths is akin to the FAA licensing some guy with a bird suit [...]";

love it.
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