Monday, May 25, 2015

Unvetted "Expertise": CNN Philippines Promotes "Biblical ND" Alarcon

here, the promotion of nonsense by a MAJOR news brand:

001. CNN tells us:

001.a. in "Naturopathic Doctor: Kids Should Eat Proper Breakfast" (2015-05-25):

"[from the description] Dr. Andrew Alarcon, a naturopathic doctor, suggests children should always start the day with a glass of water and a serving of protein, such as hard-boiled eggs, rice, native chicken, and fish. He also advised parents to avoid serving children hotdogs and cow's milk. He said it is better to let kids drink goat's milk as it is the closest to human breast milk. Naturopathic medicine is a form of alternative medicine employing a wide array of natural treatments, including herbalism and acupuncture. This report aired on CNN Philippines' Headline News on May 25, 2015."

rice is protein?  And children need breast-milk after infancy?  Does ANYBODY vet this stuff?  And I'd argue that a hotdog is just a recipe, its ingredients are what matters specifically.  There are healthy recipes.  Saying don't eat hotdogs is like saying don't eat soups.


 001.b. and in the CNN video, "Expert: School Children Should Have a Good Breakfast", we're told:

"a health expert says [...] naturopathic doctor Andrew Alarcon says [...eat protein like] brown rice [...] he also says avoid popular breakfast foods like hotdogs and coldcuts [...] goat's milk [...] is the closest to human breast milk [...the BND states] 'the protein in milk [...] is a molecule too big for out digestive system' [...and the host reminds us] that is only one expert's opinion." 

so there's that term "expert."  His naturopathy credential appears to be 'by distance education.' I thought an expert is actually right about things.  I don't think the SIZE of the milk protein is the issue when milk gives people problems.  Proteins, inherently, are complicated SHAPES which require ENZYMES to be split.

002. the "naturopathic doctor"'s credentials:

002.a. Alarcon tells us in "Andrew Alarcon, BND":

"Andrew Alarcon, B.N.D. is a Biblical Naturopathic Doctor [...] in 2012, he finished his Biblical Naturopathic Doctorate degree from Life Training Institute in Beaumont, Texas."

002.b. at lifetraininginstitute.org, a "school of ministry and seminary", they have a "Certified or Licensed Professional Naturopathic Minister" course.

002.c. and what does this expert know how to do with such credentials?  Well, my favorite page is his practice page "Our Services":

"learn how to stop medical emergencies such as heart attacks, seizures, burns, bleeding, labor pain and more just with your two hands."

wow.  No need to call for ACLS or find a defibrillator for that heart attack.
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