Saturday, September 20, 2014

MD Crislip at SBM: Naturopathic Oncology as Cow Pie [Mud!]

here, I reflect on some points MD Crislip made in a recent sciencebasedmedicine.org article:

001. in "Rationalizing the Ridiculous" (2014-09-014), MD Crislip writes [my comments are in unquoted bold]:

"what about using naturopaths? [...] the short answer is no [...]";

hear, hear...and there you go.  IMHO, with the profound irrationality that sits at the heart of naturopathy, I wouldn't even let one look at a blister on the sole of my foot.

"[NDs'] mostly harmless, although mostly fantasy-based, therapies [...] they are trained in unproven, often irrational, fantasy: nutritional supplements, homeopathy, acupuncture, hydrotherapy and electrical stimulation. There is no nonsensical therapy that is not in the naturopathic armamentarium [...] any and all medical magic is in their purview [...]";

agreed.  Though, as I've said many times before, the mislabeling of figmentations as science-based, and the fact that money is exchanged, is quite a harm in the legal sense of fraud of unfair business practice, and academic standards.  Plus, since NDs' core is comprised of 'coded articles of faith falsely posed as scientific fact', I think freedom of belief is quite harmed too.

"referring to naturopathy as a credible source for medical diagnosis and treatment doesn’t make it so [...]";

hear, hear.

"to quote me, if you mix cow pie with apple pie, it does not make the cow pie taste better; it makes the apple pie worse. Our patients need a better apple pie, not cow pie [...]";

agreed.  Or, as I formulated a long time ago: wine plus mud does not equal wine.  It's all mud then.
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