001. CASS writes:
001.a. in "CASS Submits Critique of Proposed Degree Program in Naturopathy" (2013-04-18) [my comments are in unquoted bold; Canadians will have to forgive me for converting UK English spellings to American English]:
"today the Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism submitted feedback to Ontario's Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB) explaining why we think [...the] new bachelor of naturopathic degree program in Ontario [...at] the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) [...] would be a serious step backwards for the quality of education in the province [...]";
hear, hear. If I can put it in a nutshell: why should the government sanction naturopathy's patent nonsense? That makes them accomplices and liable later.
"most of the therapies [...] such as homeopathy, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, and herbal medicine [...] are grounded in pseudoscientific theories of biology and medicine and [...] where reliable evidence exists regarding their efficacy, it is overwhelmingly negative [...]";
ah, yes. I've said this many times: it is specifically homeopathy, when I was in naturopathy school and not yet aware of scientific skepticism, that I could not surmount about 13 years ago. I kept dropping the second of the three required courses out of pure disgust for homeopathy. Even then it looked fake and stupid. Needless to say, that really messed up my future, because without those homeopathy courses, and treating a mandatory number of patients with homeopathy in the school's clinic -- game over. Medical school debt without the degree, license, and income. I've never been able to convince regulators here in the US in all the time that has passed that action is necessary to stop this fraud. After all, that program I was in falsely labels homeopathy "science" to this day. But, the people I complain to appear in cahoots.
"naturopathy itself is based on principles of vitalism that were rejected by the scientific community centuries ago, as they were inconsistent with modern biology, physics and chemistry [...]";
yes, here's the vitalism of CCNM that I've collected so far. That vitalism is something an ND takes an oath to as science. Imagine that: take an oath [see page 005] to presenting naturopathy falsely to the public. Wow.
"we believe that it would be a great disservice to the people of Ontario for such a reality-challenged educational program to be granted official sanction [...]";
hear, hear. But, all the people of North America deserve a prosecutorial action for what is going on RIGHT NOW by the naturopathy racket, especially those whose careers were derailed by falsehood. Imagine legalizing criminality: oh, the reversal of values.
001.b. in "CASS Letter to PEQAB":
"the Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism (CASS), a committee of the Center for Inquiry Canada (CFI), would like to express its concern and objection to the proposal to grant accreditation to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) for a Bachelor of Naturopathic Medicine degree program [...]";
I object as well. I object to young adults being misled by colleges and universities whom they trusted to develop and inform their minds with quality content. What purpose is served filling young minds with naturopathillogical memes?
"they are failing to provide a quality education to the students, and failing the public by providing a cohort of 'medical' graduates that employ methods that are not effective [...] the information presented, if of a medical and scientific nature, should be compatible with reality, and in line with the scientific and medical consensus. A great deal of the material covered in the proposed curriculum fails to meet this test [...] as several areas of study (traditional Chinese medicine [...] acupuncture, homeopathy) stand in conflict with established science [...] it is hard to envision teaching students to 'make critical use of scholarly reviews and primary sources' [...] while also insisting that homeopathy is a valid treatment [...] the ideologically driven perspective stated in the vision of the CCNM [...] is antithetical to honest evaluations of the state of the evidence for treatments [...] a program that teaches that homeopathy and acupuncture are legitimate therapeutic modalities is ignoring the vast majority of research on these subjects, and this forces one to question the dedication to providing and education that provides critical thinking and analytical skills, as well as claiming to develop 'behavior consistent with academic integrity and social responsibility' [...]";
hear, hear. And OUCH!!!!
"respectfully, Iain Martel, co-chair CASS at CFI Canada Steve Livingston, co-chair CASS at CFI Canada [...]";
Wikipedia has an info. page regarding CFI and CASS.