Monday, July 7, 2014

ND Labriola's Naturopathy Practice Promotion in The Seattle Times, 2014-07

here, I briefly cite from an ND-authored article at seattletimes.com [see 001., below], then go to the web pages the article promotes to see what's up with naturopathy [see 002.below], and finally I question the journalistic integrity of TST [see 003., below]. 

001. Labriola, D.J.  (ND Bastyr 1985), in "4 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight" (2014-07-06) [my comments are in unquoted bold], states:

"you already know the basics, namely limiting calorie intake and moderate exercise. If they don’t work, it’s time to take it to the next level [...]";

and then some mundane and some specious solutions are offered. 

"[and we're told] Dan Labriola, N.D. [...] is director of the Northwest Natural Health Specialty Care Clinic and medical director for naturopathic services [...] the clinic website is nwnaturalhealth.com [...]";


so let's go there, as we have been invited!

002. nwnaturalhealth.com:

002.a. there are three doctors at the practice (archived here 2014):

ND Labriola, Pratt, K.E. (ND Bastyr 2002), and Price, L.A. (ND Bastyr 1998).

002.b. science claims, coded vitalism:

002.b1. the homepage states "the science of hope".

002.b.2. the page "Blogging about Science-Based Natural Medicine" (archived here 2013) states:

"we’re excited to have a fresh way to share life-changing information with you that can help you live the healthiest life possible.  That’s our reason for being at Northwest Natural Health [...]";

ah, their reason for being is sharing information!

"you’ll find that our overall approach to health care is science based [...and we're told there are] six traditional principles of naturopathic medicine: [#1] vis medicatrix naturae, helping nature heal [...]";

and that's all you get there about HPN.

"this blog fits right in with that mission and the guiding principles of naturopathic medicine, especially #6 [...] doctor as teacher: our doctors provide enough knowledge to put you in control of your health and wellness [...]";

so, have we been informed?  Well, HPN is the science-ejected concept of vitalism, which here is being mislabeled "science based."  SO NO, I do not feel I'm being informed.  I feel I'm being manipulated.

 002.b.3. in "Our Philosophy of Patient Care" (archived here 2013) we're told:

"at Northwest Natural Health [...] we collaborate with you and with your team of healthcare professionals to create a safe, sensible and scientific complementary therapy plan[...]";

ah, scientific.

"we support the six traditional principles of naturopathic medicine: 1. vis medicatrix naturae, helping nature heal [...]';

again, coded vitalism.  Nowhere at this site do I get hits for, by the way, "life force" or "vital force."

"2. treat the whole person. We will treat you as a unique, whole person. You will not be defined or treated solely on the basis of a diagnosis [...]';

is this really the context of TTWP?  According to the alma mater of these NDs, Bastyr, no.  On Bastyr's homepage, we're told "Bastyr's international faculty teaches the natural health sciences with an emphasis on integrating mind, body, spirit and nature."  So, from the get-go, we have the vitalistic coded as nature, and the supernatural, which comprises naturopathy's idea of a "whole" person, falsely categorized as "science."

"6. doctor as teacher. Our doctors provide enough knowledge to put you in control of your health and wellness [...]";

do you feel in control when things are paternalistically being hidden from you, because apparently you don't deserve to know so you can then choose?

002.b.4. homeopathy! We're also told at the providers' biography page mentioned above:

 "Northwest Natural Health of Seattle has several physcians [spelled wrong]  that have the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) degree and who are experts in holistic, homeopathic, natural medicine and cancer nutrition."

ah, yes, homeopathy that great science-ejected fake therapy.  So much for "science-based."  Ah, the holistic or wholistic which contains the supernatural.  So much for natural.

003. a question:

shouldn't this piece in The Seattle Times be labeled an advertisement?  It is completely self-promotional, and offers no counter-opinion or insight about naturopathy.
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