Wednesday, April 24, 2013

doh.wa.gov, A Supposed "Healthy Dose of Information," and Naturopathy

here, I cite from a recent regulatory action against an ND by the partnership of the Washington State Department of Health and the state's naturopathy apparatus [see 001., below]; but, then I wonder, why the selective enforcement? [see 002., below]:

001.  in "Medical Marijuana Authorizations Lead to License Suspension" (2013-04-18) we're told [my comments are in unquoted bold]:

"the Board of Naturopathy and the state Department of Health [...]";

see, they are partners.

"have suspended a Seattle-area naturopath’s license [...] Dimitrios Magiasis (NT.60199408) [...] for giving 109 patients medical marijuana authorizations at Seattle Hempfest in 2011 [...he] saw 110 people and gave all but one a medical marijuana authorization based on exams that averaged less than 15 minutes. They weren’t required to provide medical records, and Magiasis didn’t adequately diagnose the source of patients’ pain.  Health officials say this 'assembly-line' practice amounts to an authorization mill and doesn’t meet patient care standards [...]";

the charges are apparently up on Scribd.  Hmmmm, I thought naturopaths spend so much more time with patients!  Regarding "patient care standards": so, apparently, there are SOME standards when it comes to the behavior of naturopaths, but oh how selective those standards are!

"the Department of Health website (doh.wa.gov) is your source for a healthy dose of information [...]";

oh how my irony radar is pinging!

"call [...] 360-236-4700 [...] to file complaints against health care providers in the state [...]";

actually, I'd like to file a complaint against health care REGULATORS in the State of Washington.  But, I'm guessing, this number only gets me to the foxes watching the henhouse.

"the Board of Naturopathy regulates naturopathic physicians in Washington [...it] establishes, monitors, and enforces qualifications for licensing, consistent standards of practice, continuing competency mechanisms, and discipline. Rules, policies and procedures promote the delivery of quality health care to state residents [...]";

such nice language: qualifications, consistency, competency, quality.  Oh, the reversal of values continues!!!

002. at doh.wa.gov [aka "a healthy dose of information", really?]:

002.a.  a search via google.com with the parameter "site:doh.wa.gov naturopathy based science" [without the outside quotes] yields such pages as:

002.a1. "Naturopathic Physician License Application Packet", wherein we're told by the State of Washington:

"all NPLEX Basic and Clinical Science examinations are required for Washington State Naturopathy license [...] to qualify for license as a naturopathic physician in Washington State, you must have graduated from a naturopathic school approved by the Board of Naturopathy. The following schools have been approved [...including] National University of Health Sciences Naturopathic Medicine Program, Lombard, Illinois [...and] National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, Oregon [...]";

so, there's NPLEX up the wazoo.  But, specifically right now, I'm interested in this "science" label upon the naturopathic through NPLEX.  Did you know that NPLEX falsely labels as science, on that "Part II", such science-ejected nonsense as homeopathy?  So much for qualifications, consistency, competency, quality.  And, of course, NUHS is claiming science subset naturopathy subset 'things like homeopathy.'  But, NCNM is the Rosetta Stone of this whole absurdity: wherein, hugely science ejected ideas and methods are falsely labeled science.  NCNM actually, in that one web page, exemplifies the naturopathillogical.  Once again, regarding naturopathy regulation, I'm forced to use the term "licensed falsehood" and the '.gov" accomplice in this instance is the State of Washington.

002.a2. "Docket No. 05-12-C-2003CN", which is something about building a cancer hospital in the state that includes naturopathy, wherein we're told by the State of Washington:

the root "naturop" is there 16 times with such gems as:

"naturopathic physicians. through these specialists, CTCA would offer complementary services [...] 'a naturopathic program that offers complementary services' [...] including nutritional therapy, massage, pain management, mind-body medicine, physical therapy, acupuncture, and spiritual wellness [...]";

so, an ND is a complementary service provider and some kind of supernatural counselor.  Who died and made them ministry?  Oh, my bad, a science-based ministry.

"there are over 700 naturopaths licensed in Washington [...and speaks of ] science based complementary treatments [...]";

yes, a virtual ants nest of NDs.  In fact, the ND school in the state, Bastyr, actually labels naturopathy "science based natural medicine."  But, at the CTCA site, we get a glimpse of the 'actual naturopathic' which is truly science-ejected. Like homeopathy for cancer patients.  How repugnant.

002.a3. but the document that takes the cake is "Health Systems Quality Assurance" with 22 instances of the root "naturop" and 37 instances of the word "quality."

overall note: really, a "healthy dose of information?"  It is my view that even the regulators need investigating. So, the very obvious joke is 'what are THEY smoking?'

003. so, I'll note, in a 'hashtagging' kind of manner: 
 
#selectivestandards
 #reversalofvalues
#foxesoverseeinghens
#irony&insanity



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