Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Naturocrit Podcast - Episode 005b (Part 2 of 5) - Script & Annotations

here, I provide an annotated script for the Part Two of the five-part fifth episode of The Naturocrit Podcast, titled "The 'Science-Based' Science-Exterior Canadian-Based Naturopathic Interior".  I am looking at naturopathy in the province of Ontario, Canada chiefly through associations centered around ND Iva Lloyd.  In this Part Two, I will visit the practice pages of ND Lloyd and then her alma mater CCNM [both in Ontario, Canada]:
 
001. the Episode 005b (Part 2 of 5) script and annotations:


[Note: the audio version of this episode part is not great in terms of sound quality.  It's good, but not great.  There's a lot a weird artifact. I'm still working on getting to know the Tascam vocal processor I run this through.  Lucky for me, NOT many people are listening!  More seem to be reading].

Standard Introduction:

Welcome to, as that robot voice says, The Naturocrit Podcast, and thank you for boldly listening.

What ARE we even talking about?

Well, this podcast series is my take on naturopathic medicine, an area I've been studying for about twenty years, including my time in so-called 'scientific nonsectarian naturopathic medical school'.

My approach is a pairing of scientific skepticism and a deep knowledge of naturopathy's intimate details.

In previous episodes of this series, I established that naturopathy is, essentially, a kind of knowledge blending, misrepresentation, and irrationality.

I have termed naturopathy both 'an epistemic conflation falsely posing itself as an epistemic delineation' and 'the naturopathillogical':

the science-exterior is mixed with what is scientific, then that whole muddle is absurdly claimed to be science as an entire category, while particular sectarian science-ejected oath-obligations and -requirements are coded or camouflaged, therein effectively disguising naturopathy's system of beliefs in public view.

Naturopathy's ultimate achievement is a profound erosion of scientific integrity and freedom of belief packaged in the marketing veneer "natural" and improperly embedded in the academic category "science".


Episode Synopsis:

In this continuing Naturocrit Podcast Episode 005, titled "The 'Science-Based' Science Exterior Canadian-Based Naturopathic Interior" [really!], I will look at naturopathy in the province of Ontario, Canada chiefly through associations centered around ND Iva Lloyd.

In Part One, I visited the biography page of ND Lloyd at the AANP's Natural Medicine Journal [establishing the episode's hub], a journal she sits on the editorial board of, and then other example NMJ pages.

I also visited web pages of the AANP proper, at naturopathic.org, to get an idea of 'what-AANP-regards-as-science' – which turns out to be anything – since their NMJ is claimed to – absurdly, based on what's there –  'scientifically filter' its contents.

In this Part Two, I will visit ND Lloyd's practice's web pages, and those of her alma mater and place of teaching, CCNM.

As a reminder, I will, in later parts of this Episode 005, also visit:

OAND and Ontario's Board of Directors Drugless Therapy Naturopathy in Part 3,

CAND and its ND Lloyd-edited journal Vital Link, and the Wiki ND Lloyd edits in Part 4, 

and finally I'll quote from two of ND Lloyd's paper-based books in Part 5, and summarize this episode.

And, for the sake of organization, I will be tabulating the findings of all this rummaging in the transcripts to this episode, which, as usual, will be posted at the Naturocrit blog.

Episode Question:


And my overarching, ongoing question for this NPE5 is:

"what does naturopathy in Ontario promise, preponderantly, and what is underneath, essentially?"

Overarching Focus:

For this episode's parts, I will generally look for naturopathy's 'science, evidence, rigor and fact' -type claims and then explore naturopathy's contents – as commitments, ideas and activities – that belie those labels such as:

naturopathy's essential vitalism belief, homeopathy and such activity, supernaturalism, and ANY other naturopathic off-the-wall-ness.

First, lets list the NDs at this ND Lloyd Ontario practice and reiterate [yes, I often find this tediously familiar!] some of the language they use on their biography pages.

The Web Pages of the 'Naturopathic Foundations Health Clinic' in Ontario:

The Markham, Ontario practice of ND Lloyd has, at the time of April 2014, five NDs practicing there [vsc 2014-04-19], in partnership I guess, who are all graduates of Ontario's naturopathy school CCNM.

There's:

ND Lloyd Herself [vsc 2014-04-19]:

Her biography page mentions:

BscH [Bachelor of Science with Honors], energetics and energetic patterns, Ayurvedic medicine, polarity therapy, neurolinguistic programming, reiki master, CAND's Vital Link, CCNM, and ND Lloyd's books.

There is also a small picture of the Textbook of Natural Medicine, by NDs Murray and Pizzorno.

ND May [vsc 2014-04-19]:

Such things are mentioned on this biography page as:

“the curative power of nature”, which is naturopathy's vitalistic-spiritistic concept 'coded', MHSc [Master's in Health Science], CCNM, homeopathy, OAND board member, CAND, and the Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors, APND.

ND Ramberan [vsc 2014-04-19]:

On this ND's biography page, quite a wide PROMISE is made, actual reversal of usually irreversible chronic conditions:

“too often digestive conditions are viewed as a 'life-sentence', when the reality is, that by addressing the root causes on a physical, emotional and spiritual level, even those chronic conditions that people have suffered with for a long time can be resolved […] Kimberley's goal is to empower her patients and give them the belief that healing from disease and optimal health is attainable.”

ND Cooper [vsc 2014-04-19]:


This ND's biography page includes such language as:

detoxification, pH optimization, and identify the root cause.

ND Moscar:

For now, I'll exclude the language on this ND's biography page, and return to that language when I discuss naturopathy's coded vitalism a little later on in this Part 2.


So, there's some language from these NDs' biography pages.

Later in this Part 2, I'll cite from criticism and analysis of some of these commitments, ideas and activities.

'Naturopathic Foundations Health Clinic' Science Claims:

I'm, OF COURSE, very interested in what the practice says in terms of science [all science and versions of has been searched]. 

Search for “Science”:

A site search for “science” by way of google.com >site:naturopathicfoundations.ca science<  gets 2 pages of results:

There's the page “Cinnamon and Honey” [] which mentions:

“scientists of today […] today's science […] western scientists […] scientists have found […] a scientist in Spain.”

There's the ND Lloyd blog post “What Gets in the Way of Health?” [] which states:

“we have the science to explain […] we use science to show.”

There's the practice PowerPoint “God's Pharmacy” [] which states:

“science now shows […] modern science.”

There's the practice article “Infra-Red Sauna” [] which mentions:

'the science of far infra-red therapies'.” 

And there's the practice newsletter “Building Blocks Fall 2009“ [] which states such things as:

"scientists estimate […] scientists decide […] medical science hopes […] the scientists have chosen.”

A Search for “Sciences” Other Than What's Been Mentioned in “Science”

And now things get closer to 'a science label upon naturopathy'.

There's "Naturopathic Medicine" [] which states:

"naturopathic doctors have the following training [...] 4 year full-time study at an accredited naturopathic college. This encompasses BASIC medical sciences."

So, one MAY come away with an impression that science is naturopathy's BASE:

having BASE-IC [of a base of] medical science in their education.

A Search for “Scientific” Other Than What's Been Mentioned in “Science” and “Sciences”:


There's "Hair and Mineral Analysis" [] which states:

"a large body of scientific literature indicates."

There's "Acupuncture Services" [ ; language not at archive.org] which states:

"from a modern scientific perspective, it is understood that needling of the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system."

There's "Naturopathic Treatment" [] which states:

"naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of healing."

Ah yes, that inanity of the distinct-ly blended, the blended distinct.

Overall Findings Regarding Science:

So, overall, science as a category is mentioned by naturopathy all the time.

But I would add that science for naturopathy is employed “in part”, or halfheartedly, because when science contradicts naturopathy's essential stuff, science is either ignored or undermined as a way of knowing.

I can't say that this practice employs a HARD science label upon its contents, based on my searches [this 2014 first-quarter].

Science is mentioned as within naturopathy, but also admitted to be blended with nonscience.

The common naturopathic claim of being a “branch of medical science” and “science-based” is not present [checked 2014-04-19].

But, the admission of blending contradicts the categorical claim I often see on other naturopathic sites, of being “science-based” and a “branch of medical sciences”, or, as my alma mater UB labels naturopathy, a supposed “health science.”

Speaking of Science and the Contents of Those Biographies:

Now that I've looked at the “science” part of this practice, I'd like to return to a few of the activities mentioned in the biography pages of this practice's NDs.

Here, I'll admit that I'm deliberately using Wikipedia.org as a primary source.

As I'd said in Part One of this Episode 5:

"I use Wikipedia.org because I want to show how PEDESTRIAN, at least these days, information is regarding naturopathy's FALSE status and labeling. When such a thing happens, well, one response is to CREATE your own Wiki, which I'm very excited to look at in Part 4."

As you will now see, it is not going well for naturopathy and its contents at Wikipedia in terms of what science preponderantly says.

What does science say about polarity therapy?


“polarity therapy is a kind of energy medicine […] reviews […] of the scientific literature on energy healing [...] have concluded that there is no evidence supporting clinical efficacy.”

What does science say about neurolinguistic programming?


“the balance of scientific evidence reveals NLP to be a largely discredited pseudoscience.”

What does science say about homeopathy?


“homeopathy is a pseudoscience; its remedies have been found to be no more effective than placebo.”

What does science say about detoxification?


“certain approaches in alternative medicine claim to remove 'toxins' from the body through herbal, electrical or electromagnetic treatments […] these toxins are undefined and have no scientific basis […] there is no evidence for toxic accumulation in these cases.”

What does science say about pH optimization?

Well, if this is the 'pH balancing' I think it is, based on the practice's web page “A Look at the Acid Alkaline Question” [vsc 2014-05-02], where we're told about “alkalinizing your diet”, then Wikipedia states in “Alkaline Diet“:

“advocates for alternative uses of an alkaline diet propose that since the normal pH of the blood is slightly alkaline, the goal of diet should be to mirror this by eating a diet that is alkaline producing as well. These advocates propose that diets high in acid-producing elements will generally lead the body to become acidic, which can foster disease. This proposed mechanism, in which the diet can significantly change the acidity of the blood, goes against 'everything we know about the chemistry of the human body' and has been called a 'myth' in a statement by the American Institute for Cancer Research.”

So, overall, there's obviously a whole bunch of nonsense activities happening at the practice.

But, lets get to the BIGGEST nonsense.

Vitalism, Vitalism, Vitalism [there are so many]:

Of course, there's that central sectarian concept that naturopathy's activities are directed toward:

a fictitious vital force running physiology, which I have often stated is naturopathy's central article of faith.

Ye Old Explicit Vitalism, Vitalism as “Force”:

There's the ND Lloyd authored article “Choose Health” [vsc 2014-04-11] from Healthy Living Magazine which states:

“health, for the most part, is logical. Multi-factorial, but logical. At any given point-in-time, it is based on accumulation of many factors. Most of these factors you have control of, some you do not. It is based on your initial vital force.”

Now, a vital force doesn't exist: he scientific consensus is that such is science-ejected.

Is it therefore logical to claim it is responsible for health?

Hmmmmmmmmmm...

There's the ND Lloyd authored article from Vital Link 2008 “The Root Cause of Disease is Never Another Symptom” [vsc 2014-04-11] which states:

“naturopathic assessment model […] the following is an assessment model that is designed to structure the assessment process and to aid practitioners in identifying the root cause of disease. This model is based on the understanding that the psychological, functional, and structural aspects of a person are never the cause of disease, they simply mirror and manifest the imbalances in the body. It is also recognizes the vitalistic aspect of individuals and the presence of a vital or personal essence […] the initial disruption of health arises due to three main factors [...including] disharmony between a patient’s life and their personal essence […] personal essence: the personal essence is a descriptive concept of an individual’s vitality or life force. The collective life force, or vital force, is a common pool of subtle energy that connects everyone together and interconnects people to their environment […] personal essence refers to an individual’s life force or vital energy, which comes from the collective life force [that autoentheism…] the personal essence resides in the inner core and permeates the psychological, the functional, and the structural aspects. The personal essence acts as a guide and a filter on a person’s life. It holds a person’s deep core beliefs and their values. It is a person’s blueprint and it determines what they look like, their susceptibilities and influences, and how they perceive their world and interact within it […] imbalance, lack of harmony or coherence in the personal essence is a precursor [...] to subsequent disease. When there is disharmony or incoherence with the personal essence.”

So, to sum up the aliases for “vital force” from that, there's:

vitalistic = vital essence = personal essence = vitality = life force = vital force = subtle energy = vital energy = blueprint = core beliefs and values = the root cause of disease.

The collective practice page “Energetics” [vsc 2014-04-11] states:

“the term energetic therapies is used to describe gentle practices including polarity therapy, reiki, tai chi, harmonics, etc. that are based on the understanding that living things have a 'vital' force and unique energetic patterns. When energy moves freely, health is present; when it is obstructed, stagnation occurs resulting in pain, discomfort or disease. Benefits of energetic therapies: realignment of the flow of energy within the body, enhanced personal insight and growth, a deeper sense of inner strength, harmony and power, increased confidence and expression, a non-drug or supplement approach to health.”

So, there's vitalism as:

energetic = vital force based.

Now, in science, energy is quantifiable.

It is physically measurable.

Yet, this figmentation of vital force isn't and it isn't required to explain anything that happens physiologically.

So, 'energetic' is 'an abusive mislabeling of a figmentation as falsely quantifiable', as falsely actual.

That is a typical naturopathic ruse.

The collective practice page “Factors That Influence Health” [vsc 2014-04-11] states:

“personal essence is a descriptive concept of an individual's vital life force. It relates to your beliefs and expectations, your sense of purpose and desires. It becomes the lens through which you perceive life. When your personal essence is strong and in harmony with your desires, there is health.”

So, we have:

personal essence = vital life force = beliefs-expectations-purpose-desire.

Why is the ND Lloyd idea of vital force fused with what to me sounds like the realm of psychology [a science], and characteristics of personality?

I've taught a lot of post-secondary 'Intro. To Psychology” classes in my time and such an equation baffles me.

But there's STILL MORE vitalism, stated in different ways.

Vitalism as “Qi”:

The ND Lloyd authored article "The Impact of the Mind on Sleep" [saved 2014-05-02] states:

 during sleep an individual's energy (or qi) moves from the external (yang) to rest in the internal (yin)"

That's:

qi = energy.

What's that stuff, you ask? 

Qi?

There's the practice page “Acupuncture Services“ [vsc 2014-05-02] which explains:

“in this clinic acupuncture is performed by experienced licensed acupuncturists and naturopathic doctors […] the classical Chinese explanation of how acupuncture works is based upon the belief that there are regular patterns of energy channels throughout the body. These energy channels, or 'meridians', are like rivers that flow though the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. Any obstruction of these channels will act like a dam; the backup of flow to one part of the body can also restrict the flow to other parts of the body. This blockage in the meridians can be relieved by needling the acupuncture points. With the blockage removed, the flow of qi through the meridians is restored […] the human body's 'life energy' flows through meridians or channels in the body. In a healthy state the channels are well balanced and in harmony with each other. When a disruption of energy flow occurs, it alters the entire system, producing pain or symptoms. Acupuncture works to correct the balance, and hence remove the symptoms.”

So, to tally the vitalism equations:

qi = life energy.

From the Chinese medieval times, like humoral medicine and ether.

Ye Old Coded Vitalism:

ND May had stated on her biography page, “the curative power of nature”, which I'd said is a code for naturopathy's central vitalistic premise.

But, overall at the practice in terms of the web, there is no “medicatrix” as in naturopathy's central “vis medicatrix naturae” [Latin] term, but there is “healing power” which is what that VMN term means in English.

There's “Conditions” [vsc 2014-04-11] which states:

“the naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and to treat the root cause of disease.”

I'd said I'd return to ND Moscar's biography page when I discussed coded vitalism.

We're told on his biography page [vsc 2014-05-02]:

Anthony incorporates the naturopathic philosophy of stimulating the body’s healing power.”

There's also “The History of Naturopathic Medicine” [vsc 2014-04-11], which promotes the ND Lloyd book that will be looked at in Part 5 of this episode, which states:

“over 2400 years ago, Hippocrates was the first to proclaim 'the healing power of nature' [HPN…] today, naturopathic medicine […] embrace[s] the principles of the healing power of the body [HPB], treating the root cause of disease [RCD] and offering individualized treatment to each person.”

[That's: HPN = HPB = RCD.]

Vitalism as Specifically “Personal Essence”: 

There's the page “BCNA Conference: Identifying the Root Cause of Disease“ [saved 2014-05-02] which states:

"goal of session [...] Ayurvedic medicine [is a] holistic and vitalistic medical system [...] Chinese medicine: holistic and vitalistic medical system [...] naturopathic medicine: holistic and vitalistic medical system [which is] defined by six principles [...] assessment: diagnosis comparison [...] naturopathic medicine: holistic and vitalistic [again...] causal factors of disease [...include ] personal essence [...and ] pulsations of life energy [...] aim of naturopathic treatment [...] support the healing power of the body [and it shows the cover to ND Lloyd's book 'The Energetics of Health' which states on it] personal essence."

Vitalistic overall: I think so.

When I discuss ND Lloyd's books I'll also discuss the term holistic, that great nebulous garbage bin term.

The term “personal essence” is rather unique to ND Lloyd as a stand-in for “life force” or “vital force.”

It's is also briefly mentioned on the practice page “Health Living” [vsc 2014-05-02].

If you remember, we were told in the page “The Root Cause of Disease is Never Another Symptom” [vsc 2014-04-11] that:

“personal essence refers to an individual’s life force or vital energy, which comes from the collective life force”.

Additionally, on the page “Factors That Influence Health” [vsc 2014-04-11] the term “personal essence” is explained in the statement “personal essence is a descriptive concept of an individual's vital life force“ and is a link to the ND Lloyd edited Wiki's page “Personal Essence or Spirit” [vsc 2014-05-02].

 Again, later on I will deal with vitalism as a concept and holism with its more immediate supernaturalism.
 
For now, in sum, regarding naturopathy's essential vitalism, it is sufficient to say:

PE = LE = LF = VLE = spirit = HPN = root cause.

This equation with “spirit” also happens in the ND Lloyd attributed PowerPoint “The Role of Filters and Boundaries” [saved 2014-05-02], yet, in the pdf “Factors That Influence Health” [saved 2014-05-02] we're merely told about PE:

“personal essence: sense of purpose, alignment of life with one’s beliefs and desires, passion, spiritual life, joy in life, intention for healthy life and overall vitality.”

So, sometimes you get transparency, sometimes you don't.

And overall in terms of “spirit”, ND Lloyd writes in “Energetics of Diseases” [saved 2014-05-02]:

“arthritis occurs in the joints. Joints are an aspect of ether. Ether relates to the external environment and to one’s inner core or spirit.”

So, 'inner core' becomes an alternate also, for this vitalistic concept.

And there are not many citations for “spirit” at the web site, at all.

Other proxies are used instead, obviously, and I will hold off on the MOST COMMON stand-in for vitalism-spiritism or “personal essence”, which is the mislabel of “energy”, until I directly deal with ND Lloyd's books.

As for ether, well, naturopathy holds on to A LOT of nonsensical stuff, doesn't it?

Like homeopathy.


Homeopathy Activities:

There are four pages of search results for “homeopathic” at the site.

The clinic sells homeopathy starter kits.

They state []:

“we have put together fabulous starter homeopathy kits.”

The clinic does homeopathic injections.

In “Biopuncture and Mesotherapy“ [] we're told:

“biopuncture and mesotherapy are safe and efficient techniques in naturopathic medicine. They use homeopathic injections to stimulate the natural self-healing capacities of your body […] biopuncture and mesotherapy involve the injection into the skin or muscle of specialized sterile homeopathic remedies […] specialized homeopathic remedies […] arnica, echinacea, nux vomica or chamomile […] in biopuncture sterile injectable homeopathic substances stimulate the natural healing processes […] biopuncture is effective in treating localized musculoskeletal pain, arthritis and sports injuries and can be used to help with lymphatic drainage of toxins from the body and improve the immune system to prevent colds and the flu. Aesthetic mesotherapy uses specialized homeopathic remedies that can help improve skin tone due to the loss of collagen, reduce wrinkles, repair sun damage, reduce scars, and help regain the smooth, firm belly, thighs, arms, chin, and neck of your youthful body.”

There's “homeopathic drainage“ [] as well.

There's homeopathy for your heart, in “Heart Health - A Naturopathic Perspective” [], which links to the ndhealthfacts.org Wiki page “homeopathy.”

There's homeopathy for diabetes and Alzheimer’s [], which also links to that ND Lloyd edited Wiki page “homeopathy.”

There's “homeopathic liver support” [].

There's homeopathy for bug bites [], which also links to that Wiki “homeopathy” page.

And keep in mind again, this is not the homeopathy page of Wikipedia.org, which states that homeopathy is bogus, it's the self-made Wiki pages of ND Lloyd and company.

There's homeopathy to directly address cancer, where we're told:

proven to be effective in the treatment of cancer” [].

So, there's a lot of direction to the Wiki that ND Lloyd edits from ND Lloyd's practice pages, but you'll notice there isn't direction towards Wikipedia.org which holds, shall we say, contrary views.


CCNM and the 'Essentially Naturopathic':

I will now cite from ccnm.edu, the alma mater of ND Lloyd and the NDs she practices with, beginning with language that is broad, and vague or covert.

Then, my examples will get pinpoint and will be what I often call explicit or transparent.

Of course, I could spend hours upon hours on CCNM alone, and perhaps in the future I will.

Adhering to my structure from Part 1 of this Episode, I will herein briefly look at CCNM's vitalism both covert and overt, supernaturalism, CCNM's broad science claim upon all things naturopathic, and any wacko sundries if they pop up on the radar like:

homeopathic drainage and electrodermal testing, two of my favorites.

Of course, the presence of the wacko, vitalistic-supernatural and such BELIES the broad science label placed upon 'the essentially naturopathic'.

And perhaps this 'from vagueness to specificity structure' is like an onion's layers:

one can move from the outer rings of typical representations of naturopathy aka marketing materials which are promotional as opposed to helpful, and into finally their deep, intimate, 'back-stage essence' which is very helpful but buried because, I'll venture, such is not very HELPFUL to their business.

Informed consent is not helpful to naturopathy's commerce.

This layering parallels the ND Lloyd practice language that begins with "healing power of nature", what I often call a naturalistic representation, and ends, after digging, at "inner core" aka vital spirit:

quite NOT, ironically, natural if naturalism has a certain, let's say, physicality in the world.

 But, as I've said earlier episodes, the label natural is quite 'nebulous', and therein  USELESS, in the sense of 'the naturalness fallacy':

it's a placeholder for specific knowledge, and for specific contextual information.

CCNM's CURRENT Vitalism, Both Covert and Overt:

I will use Archive.org stored pages, but these results ARE from a current [2014-05] live search of ccnm.edu via google.com.

Covert Vitalism at CCNM.edu:

A search for "medicatrix" gets 4 hits.

For example, there's the 2013 archived "RSNC Clinic Operations [...] 2012-2013" [] which states:

"principles of naturopathic medicine: the naturopathic doctor will practice the art, science and spirit of the profession to the best of his/her ability and judgment following these principles of naturopathic medicine [...] the naturopathic doctor shall recognize, respect and promote the self-healing power of nature inherent in each individual human being (vis medicatrix naturae)."

And that's all you get.

A search for "personal essence" results in 0 hits.

As I'd said, I think that term is very unique to the ND Lloyd arena.

A search for "healing power" results in 4 pages of hits.

For example, "Principles of Naturopathic Medicine" [] states:

"naturopathic doctors are guided by six fundamental healing principles [...] to support the healing power of the body, by recognizing and removing obstacles to the body's inherent self-healing process."

Again, that's all you get: a placeholder pretending to be an actual explanation.

But, one can dig deeper and get to IT.

Overt Vitalism at CCNM.edu:

There are 7 results for "vitalism", and none for "vitalistic".

For example, there's "NPH101: Naturopathic History, Philosophy and Principles" [] which states:

"Naturopathic History, Philosophy and Principles: this course engages students in an exploration of the basic underlying principles of naturopathic medicine. These principles are understood through philosophical discussion of concepts such as holism, vitalism and health. The historical evolution of medicine and the naturopathic profession are examined. Students will know and understand the Naturopathic Doctor's Oath, and identify what the values and principles in the oath mean to them."

The Oath itself doesn't specify the context of HPN.

These are "basic, underlying principles", they claim.

And without specific information, I usually file this under "lying", excuse the pun -- lies of omission. 

The Oath states []:

"I will honor the principles of naturopathic medicine [...including principle #2] to co-operate with the healing power of nature."

So apparently, part of the ND Oath, is to honor camouflaging naturopathy's essential context.

There is 1 hit for "vital force" and I might as well take care of "qi" at the same time, which itself has 33 results.

In "Arthritis" [] we're told:

"traditional Chinese medicine: TCM is used by NDs to help balance qi (energy flow) to reduce illness and promote health. Interventions include acupuncture, acupressure and Asian herbs and foods. Homeopathic medicine: NDs use diluted doses of natural substances (plants, animals and minerals) to stimulate the body’s vital force and promote self-healing."

CCNM's Current Supernaturalism:

There are 158 results for "spirit".

The alumni magazine at ccnm.edu is titled "Body Mind Spirit" [].

There's such course offerings as "Introduction to Mindfulness [...] Instructor:Alexia Georgousis ND, BPE" [] which states:

"naturopathic medicine’s core philosophy is to honor and respect an individual’s mind, body and spirit. This makes naturopathic medicine the most holistic and patient-centered approach to health care, yet there is a gap in our training to support the true integration of the mind, body and spirit."

Judging from ND Lloyd's equations, then, I propose that the "body mind spirit" triad is for naturopathy also expressible as "body mind vital force."

Well, any way you express it, coded as HPN or transparently as spirit proper, naturopathy internally contains some kind of obligatory supernaturalism.

CCNM's Current Broad Science Claim Upon All Things Naturopathic:

Now, I didn't find a truly compelling broad [or hard] science claim at ND Lloyd's practice pages.

Yet at ccnm.edu, there's "Academic Calendar2013-2014" [] which has the word science in it 37 times.

CCNM's President Bernhardt says:

"naturopathic medicine is founded on the principle of healing through the co-operative power of nature [CPN, coded vitalism]. It involves harnessing science to unleash this healing power [HP, coded vitalism]."

That is FASCINATING because, truly, science does not and cannot PROPERLY or LEGITIMATELY be used to support the supernatural.

It is obvious that CPN-HP is a coding for, ultimately, vitalism-spiritism.

This is the fascinating slimy muddle which keeps me interested in naturopathy's cow patty sectarian way of thinking I so often call the naturopathillogical.

I believe this to be a BROAD science claim, claiming their vehicle is science.

And it is quite a false promise: that the processes of science lead to what science cannot process.

It is a destination that cannot be arrived at.

Duh!

This is sort of like the duh of stating "we will use this icebreaker to climb Mt. Everest."

Yes, science is knowledge, and the area of supernaturalism / belief and such / the sectarian metaphysical so to speak, is knowledge as well.

Yes, the polar regions have ice that icebreakers can plow through to get you there.

Yes, Mt. Everest is covered in ice, not only ice, but ice, too.

So, in my view, the logic of naturopathic thinking -- I'm being generous with both terms, logic and thinking, obviously -- is:

quite PRIMITIVE and loopy.

I'd also argue that it's all an academic malpractice that's quite artfully perpetrated.

CCNM's Current Wacko Sundries:

I'm particularly interested in two things, homeopathic drainage and the use of electrodermal skin impedance testing for fantastical diagnostic purposes.

Homeopathic Drainage at ccnm.edu:

Now, the 'new' area naturopathy has actually reanimated from the Middle Ages is the idea of 'detoxification and discharge of secretions', so to speak, also known as drainage: 

unnamed toxins and unmeasured effluent!

The UNDA drainage system has been around a while, even when I was in ND school they used it.

 Now, there's the more formal "emunctorology" [], taught by good old ND Jim Sensenig, that same ND who taught me 'naturopathic philosophy' in Connecticut, wherein:

I was told that the vital force that is responsible for health and disease is also 'god power within you' at a school that claims to be nonsectarian health SCIENCE, doctoral science, which I discussed in an earlier episode.

We're told in CCNM's description of their ND Sensenig and company webinar on emunctorology:

"emunctorology is a proposed clinical science."

Well, sure, Jim: god was within science when I was in your class.

Why not emunctorology?

Hell, naturopathy's board exam calls homeopathy a clinical science.

Therefore, why not!

If even not.

Let's take that icebreaker to the moon: it looks like it's covered in ice, and space is cold like ice.

Why not!

There's another way to state this as well.

It's the term biotherapeutic.

A CCNM clinic supervisor's biography page, "Heidi Willms, BA, ND" [], states:

"she has received advanced training in biotherapeutic drainage [...] with an understanding of healing according to the philosophy of naturopathic medicine, she works to provide access and direction to people seeking current, evidence-based, complementary and alternative health care options."

Yes, yes, yes.

Now, BD is a kind of homeopathy, according to ND King in Colorado [], who also states:

"your body excretes toxins through organs called primary emunctories."

So, we have a claim here of evidence-based upon naturopathy's vitalism-supernaturalism, and science-ejected therapeutics like homeopathy, and what appears to be the sort of medieval heroic-archaic medicine which makes you poop, which makes you puke, which makes you sweat, which makes you phlegm to balance your body.

So, don't forget to take your pills of white mercury.

Electrodermal Testing at ccnm.edu:

There's CCNM's web page “Vital Health Naturopathic Clinic” [] which states:

“our clinic has need for a naturopathic doctor. This is a full time position only. There is a possibility of training or teaching this doctor a system of testing patients (with electrodermal, the Biotron machine).”

What is the Biotron machine, you ask?

Well, Dr. Hall at sciencebasedmedicine.org, has written about such in “Electrodermal Testing Part I: Fooling Patients with a Computerized Magic Eight Ball” [].

Enough said there, for now.

If naturopathy has taught me anything over the years, it is that there are many ways to fool, and there are many kinds of foolishness.

And believe me, I sympathize with their marks: I'll admit, these sectarian charlatans fooled me way back in the mid 1990s.

And I wasn't poorly educated: I had a B.A. with honors, was Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude, or however you say that, I never studied Latin.

Which reminds me of the deposition I had between myself and UB way back, in the early 2000s, where UB's lawyer corrected my pronunciation of SCL, and I laugh now, at that care for that minutiae, when that lawyer was representing a school that claims that inside of science is the hugely science discarded.

And that will be an episode in-itself, in the future.

This has been part two of this five part NP episode 5.
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