001. the AANP reports in "Maryland Governor Signs Bill to License Naturopathic Doctors"(2014-04-14) [my comments are in unquoted bold]:
"Governor Martin O'Malley today signed a bill to enable naturopathic doctors in Maryland to become licensed to practice naturopathic medicine. Maryland becomes the 18th state to license naturopathic doctors [...]";
which is a boon for this blog, actually. Because once NDs are licensed, their web page language becomes less opaque and careful, and therein we get to see naturopathy's true colors! Can't wait to look at the language of the law!
"passage of the law reflects the public’s growing confidence in naturopathic medicine as an effective form of medicine [...]";
yeah, that 'complete reversal of values' kind of efficacy. Get your hip-waders on: like how AANP and MDANP tout homeopathy as, respectively, a medical science and embedded in science as its vehicle. When, in actuality, naturopathy is BUNK: in the sense that its homeopathy is placebo-placebo-placebo, and its supernaturalism is NOT within science. What a weird sectarian area of complete values reversal! Where science is ANYTHING, in State collusion: bona fide bogosity.
"the law will [...] enable consumers to distinguish between licensed doctors who meet extensive education and training requirements and others who call themselves naturopaths but do not meet the state’s rigorous licensing standards' [...]";
feel the rigor of epistemic conflation and false categorization! Sounds like great consumer protection to me, in a land of complete values reversal.
002. meanwhile, back in reality-rationality-evidence-actual-rigor-land today, Skeptic North published "Naturopath Education: Still Replete With Bollocks" which states such gems as:
"even if we accept the basic notion that natural treatments are somehow better than other medical treatments [which I don't, because, as I dealt with in a podcast episode, 'natural' is a vague marketing veneer], the presence of homeopathy, detoxification, and energy therapies in the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine’s curriculum is a healthcare travesty. Though CCNM’s ND program is structurally modeled after Canadian MD programs, its substance is so divorced from reality as to render its graduates incapable of science-based practice. That they’re allowed to call themselves doctors is a testament to a flawed regulatory structure, not the training standards of the [supposed] profession [...]";
hear, hear. I'd love to aid a well-planned and well-staffed suit that bears down on all this legislative malpractice! As I'd said in the 500th Naturocrit post, "it's about recording it all for future engagements, providing an arsenal for whomever ends up needing such."