Friday, July 18, 2014

Quebec College of Physician's Stings Naturopath Montizambert For Alleged Fake Dx. and Tx.

here, I cite from recent news that a naturopath / osteopath  / homeopath in Quebec has been accused of using fake diagnostics (EDS) and treatments (e.g. UNDA) [see 001., below].  I then visit the Quebec practice pages of this naturopath-osteopath-homeopath [see 002. and 003., below] and I have pushed many of those into Archive.org's repository: 

*by the way, the current third most-ever read Naturocrit post is an electrodermal piece from 2009.

001. background:

001.a. according to Wikipedia.org's "Naturopathy", which, in its first paragraph, neatly sums up naturopathy as 'an unethical pseudoscience', BTW [my comments are in unquoted bold, below]:

"the province of Quebec does not directly regulate naturopathy. The Quebec Ministry of Education has prohibited schools from offering doctoral programs in the subject, and there are no universities with a naturopath program [hear, hear...] in Quebec, the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ) has exclusive rights to perform certain activities including but not limited to: ordering diagnostic examinations, prescribing medication and other substances and clinically monitoring the condition of patients whose state of health presents risks [aka practicing medicine]. This severely restrains the scope of practice for a naturopathic doctor." 

and I would add that this is quite protective of 'the vulnerable'.

002. various news reporting:

002.a. Globalnews.ca states in "Pointe-Claire Osteopath/Naturopath to Fight Charges Against Him" (2014-07-18) [there is an embedded video too, which mentions that the ND DO -- or is it OD in Canada? -- also practices in Ontario as a DO]:

"[as reported by Domenic Fazioli in the article] Ken Montizambert [...is] a certified osteopath and naturopath [...whose] diplomas are on the walls of his clinic [...]";

ah.  But the schools which granted those are not mentioned and the diplomas are not pictured [there's a shot in the video but I can't read the diploma].

"he’s been practicing for 30 years but the Quebec College of Physicians [QCP] wants to put an end to that as soon as possible [...] he’s facing 12 charges for illegally practicing medicine [...]";

wow!  That's a slow-turning wheel!  QCP is just getting around to this?  What was the trigger, I wonder?  Could it be my recent Naturocrit Podcast episodes on naturopathy in Ontario and naturopathy in New York (respectively here, here)? Nah, I doubt it.  But, NYS does border on both Canadian provinces!

"in new court documents obtained by Global News, he’s described as 'dangerous' [...]";

is it dangerous to practice medicine if you are not qualified?  Do we have to think about that? 

"'they are severe allegations,' said Montizambert [...] 'they are founded in a lot of falsehoods and misinformation [...] of course I’m angered. They’re challenging my professional status as an osteopath and naturopath [...] they’re challenging the integrity of what I do' [...]";

ah, the naturopath claiming the higher epistemic and ethical ground!  Professionalism, integrity, truth and information -- right up this blog's alley.


"court documents reveal Montizambert met with a patient [...who was] actually an undercover investigator with the Quebec College of Physicians [...] and he allegedly passed himself off as a medical doctor [...] Montizambert allegedly prescribed medication, ordered blood tests, and even conducted a prostate examination [...]";

ah, 'the sting'.


"[the prostate exam] was a strange test,  the patient was told to keep his pants on, documents show [...]";

I'm wondering what was done...electrodermal testing, me thinks!

002.b. news.google.com's "realtime coverage" also has articles at:

002.b1. Saultstar.com's "Fake Doc Made False Cancer Treatment Claims: Court Docs", as reported by Michael Nguyen (also at the Toronto Sun):

"Quebec's college of physicians [...] discovered the alleged scam following a complaint by Quebec's order of dentists [...]";

ah, so there's the trigger.

"Quebec's college of physicians says it's on the hunt for a fake doctor who claims to be the only one in Montreal who can do a prostate exam while a patient's pants are still on [...] during an undercover visit by investigator Jean Martin [...] Montizambert  [...] 'put a pillow on his lap and asked Martin to place his hands on the cushion [...] using a stylus [...] he touched Martin's right hand in specific locations' [...] the so-called doctor said every touch point represented an organ [...]"; 

yes, electrodermal bogosity!

003. the Quebec practice of Montizambert:

003.a. the homepage "Why You May Need Electrodermal Screening" (archived here):

"the EDS system we use is the AVATAR System [...] electrodermal screening is the process of gathering information from the client or patient by looking through the body’s 'information windows;. This is done by gently applying small noninvasive probes to predetermined points on the hands and feet, then collecting the data for the physician to evaluate. A licensed practitioner is able to detect energy patterns produced by this screening and can incorporate his or her findings into the client or patient’s overall healthcare plan. The electrodermal screening is an integrative tool for healthcare professionals [...measuring] bioenergy [...] in living systems, energy is continuously flowing, entering the body at a high level, which stimulates every cell in the body to move in specific directions. Everything in nature, specifically cells in the human body, constitutes unique transformation of electromagnetic fields. Living organisms survive by being able to accumulate energy from the environment. Thus allopathic, homeopathic, naturopathic and traditional Chinese medicine become integrated through bioenergy offered by electrodermal screening (EDS)."

ah, the pseudoscience of falsely labeling a bogus diagnostic "professional."

003.b. in "About Us" we're told:

"Mr. Ken Montizambert is a licensed osteopath and naturopath practictioner [sp., 'practitioner'] trained in the field of osteopathy, naturopathy and homeopathic medicine [...] naturopathy is a method of treating disease, infections, immune deficiency or other health disorders with natural medicine, herbs and vitamins to help restore a patient's health [...] our mission is to bridge the gap between allopathic and complementary medicine in order to provide the ultimate environment for optimal health and well-being."

but be careful how this is read.  He is apparently licensed as a DO in Ontario, but not as an ND. How "ultimate" and "optimal" is this practice, when sectarian words like "allopathic" are used to describe modern medicine, and homeopathy, that great therapeutic pretender, is used as a form of treatment?

003.c. the page "Electrodermal Screening and Homeopathy in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer", is right now only available by way of google.com's cache  (also archived here).


because a fake diagnostic should be paired with a fake therapeutic.  There's more at "Frequently Asked Questions", which I just pushed into archive.org today.  That page has the UNDA homeopathics [the one's they used when I was in naturopathy school here in CT] that are mentioned in the court documents in the video mentioned above.
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