Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ND Sensenig's Weird 2013 Attack on Medicine: 'The Allopathy Symptom Suppression Strawman'

here, I cite from a 2013 fringe podcast that included ND Sensenig [see 001., below]; then, I visit the ND's practice pages [see 002., below]:

001. on the Robert Scott Bell podcast, who is a homeopath, dated November 01, 2013 [here's the show's description of the episode, my comments are in unquoted bold], we're told:

from the description:

"James S Sensenig, N.D. [...] graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine [...]";

yes, the school that INSISTS so much naturopathic sectarian nonsense ABSURDLY survives current scientific scrutiny.

"he was the founding President of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians [...] and the founding Dean of the College of Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport (Connecticut) [...]"; 

yes, the AANP who claims that homeopathy is science, and my alma mater UBCNM which also does the same.

"what is vitalism? [...]";

the podcast never does define what vitalism is. It is the essence of naturopathy and it is profoundly science-ejected.

  from the mp3 download:


"[host] we are coming at you from the New Hampshire Association for Naturopathic Doctors [...]";

ah, yes, the ND state organization that promotes homeopathy as "science" and that "people have experienced healing of tremendous anxiety, depression, nightmares, migraines, asthma, colitis, arthritis and many other acute and chronic conditions."  Tremendous empty pills.

 "[host, this ND talks about] vitalism [...]";

and as I'd said, nothing is defined.  

"[ND Sensenig] in our schools [...ND students] are being taught to manage disease in the same way the allopaths have learned to manage disease [...] instead of cure it [...]
in the current [naturopathic] institutions [...] the current academic environment in our schools [...where] they're learning the disease management model [...]"; 

I sense the potential for the ND to lead a schism within naturopathy!  

"[ND Sensenig] naturopathic medicine [...] was founded by [...those who founded it] precisely because of the problems that they saw with allopathic medicine.  That's the name we use for conventional medicine these days [...] the allopathic profession [...] conventional medicine or allopathic medicine [...]";

now, homeopathy founder Hahnemann created that term, allopathy.  I think it is QUITE a straw-man.  Saying medicine of today is allopathy like medicine of 200 years ago is like saying chemistry of today is like alchemy of centuries ago.

"[ND Sensenig]  the problems that they saw are the same ones that we see today except they weren't quite as bad as they are now [...] the reason for doing therapy in the first place is simply to suppress the symptom and when you suppress the symptom the underlying cause is still there [...] when you treat only the symptom and not the underlying cause you are chasing the disease around the body [...and speaks of a] disease management crisis [...as opposed to a] health care crisis [...]";

simply?  Huh?  Medicine is WORSE than medicine 100 years ago?   Chasing disease around the body?  Sounds prescientific to me, and VERY WEIRD.  Is vaccination and prevention, a large part of modern medical care, suppressing the symptom?  I don't get it.

"[host] so many of them [naturopaths] seemingly want to be like the medical doctors [...where you] maintain sickness or increase it [...and he promotes the ND's practice at] naturalhealthct.com [...]";

so, let's go there, where they CURE.


002.a.  promises us SCIENCE in:

002.a1. 'homepage' [vsc 2014-10-15]: "our focus is on the use of science based natural medicine."

002.a2. "Naturopathic Medicine" [vsc 2014-10-15]: "ND's are trained in medical sciences [...] are naturopathic treatments scientific? Many of the therapies used by naturopathic physicians have been subjected to controlled scientific studies. The naturopathic physicians at Natural Health Associates make every effort to use therapies with documented scientific efficacy, or a long history of clinical safety and effectiveness." 

002.a3. "Links" [vsc 2014-10-15]: "[ND] education [...includes] National University of Health Sciences."

002.b. the vital force premise:

at the heart of naturopathy that Dr. Sensenig taught me in 1998 in naturopathy school in my first semester is NOT expressed at his practice web site according to the google.com search site:naturalhealthct.com force.

because we don't deserve to know, so we can then choose.

actually, "power" isn't there either.

transparency is not good for business, apparently.

002.c. the practice's explanation of naturopathic medicine is the already mentioned "Naturopathic Medicine" [vsc 2014-10-15], which explains quite opaquely:

"our physicians are trained to provide the best in natural family medicine to men, women, and children [...] what is the education of a naturopathic physician?  Naturopathic physicians [...] training also includes extensive study of naturopathic philosophy and therapeutics including therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, ayurvedic medicine, hydrotherapy, manipulative therapy, and counseling [...] botanical (herbal) medicine, therapeutic nutrition, physiotherapy, craniosacral therapy, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, oriental medicine, counseling, and diet and lifestyle modification [...]";

ah, yes, homeopathy and prescientific medicine.  And because the Connecticut school of naturopathy claims that naturopathy is within the category of "science", and since homeopathy and Ayurveda are there, we can say that NDs education is nonsensical.

"like many states, Connecticut’s laws require graduates of naturopathic medical schools to pass rigorous national and state board examination in order to qualify for licensure [...] the naturopathic physicians at Natural Heath Associates have a comprehensive understanding of physiology [...]"; 

in fact, so rigorous that the abjectly science-exterior such as homeopathy is falsely posed as science.  In fact so comprehensive that their Connecticut state organization also QUITE FALSELY claims homeopathy and kind are science.
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