Monday, August 10, 2015

The Naturocrit Podcast - Episode 010 Part 2a - Script & Annotations

here, I provide an annotated script for the Naturocrit Podcast's Episode 010 Part 2a, titled “Integrative-Holistic-Quackademic Woo, Information Asymmetry, Immanence and Fiduciary Duty: Minnesota '.edu' -Style." In this Part 2a of Episode 10, I will visit the web pages of the Minnesota Association of Naturopathic Physicians (MNANP) and the web pages of individual Minnesota naturopaths: 
 
001. the Episode 010b1 script and annotations:
Standard Introduction:

Welcome to, as that robot voice says, The Naturocrit Podcast, and thank you for boldly listening.

What ARE we even talking about?

Well, this podcast series is my take on naturopathic medicine, an area I've been studying for about twenty years, including my time in so-called 'scientific nonsectarian naturopathic medical school'.

My approach is a pairing of scientific skepticism and a deep knowledge of naturopathy's intimate details.

In previous episodes of this series, I established that naturopathy is, essentially, a kind of knowledge blending, misrepresentation, and irrationality.

I have termed naturopathy both 'an epistemic conflation falsely posing itself as an epistemic delineation' and 'the naturopathillogical':

the science-exterior is mixed with what is scientific, then that whole muddle is absurdly claimed to be science as an entire category, while particular sectarian science-ejected oath-obligations and -requirements are coded or camouflaged, therein effectively disguising naturopathy's system of beliefs in public view.

Naturopathy's ultimate achievement is a profound erosion of scientific integrity and freedom of belief packaged in the marketing veneer "natural" and improperly embedded in the academic category "science".

Episode 10 - Part 2a Introduction:

In this two-part Naturocrit Podcast Episode 010, titled

“Integrative-Holistic-Quackademic Woo, Information Asymmetry, Immanence and Fiduciary Duty: Minnesota '.edu' -Style”, really,

I am looking at a very rich trove of the NATUROPATHILLOGICAL by way of the University of Minnesota, aka UMN herein, and the Northwestern Health Sciences University, aka NWHSU herein.

Episode Question:

And my overarching episode question for this Naturocrit Podcast Episode 010 is:

“what does the abundant CATEGORICAL false labelings of naturopathy's contents as science, as demonstrated by Minnesota post-secondary academic institutions, indicate regarding the ethicality of contemporary U.S. higher education, and its regard for consumer protections and patient informed consent?”

And if you've listened to Part 1, it's not going well so far for UMN as a microcosm of higher education's ethicality.

Episode 10 Part 2a Synopsis:

In this Part 2a of Episode 10, I will be longer than usual due to the amount of material I've uncovered.

I'll visit the web pages of the Minnesota AANP-affiliated ND state organization, MNANP, and the individual web pages of Minnesota NDs, including those who are NOT AANP in-type.

Later, in Part 2b of Episode 10, I'll visit the second school this episode concerns, NWHSU, and a couple of pages from national science organizations.

The Minnesota Association of Naturopathic Physicians (MNANP), Its Officers, and Featured Members:

There's nothing more fun, in terms of writing about naturopathy, than going through an ND State organization's web pages, and then an ND organization's members' practice pages.

Read enough, and NDs spell it all out, as a certain kind of preponderance, if even inadvertently, through what you'll see AND what you'll see as common OMISSIONS, as 'manipulative opacities'.

MNANP's current home page address has been archived since 2004.

Even in 2004, they were hosting a 'we are science' kind of language.

For instance, there's the grossly propagandistic 'University of California San Francisco Arkay Report' [2004 archived] that was linked to from MNANP which contains the root “scien” at least 58 times and that says such great INVERTED things as:

“the naturopathic medical profession endeavors to avoid unnecessary judgment of new methods and theories, but rather to review them critically, embracing those which stand the test of time and scientific scrutiny.”

Ah, a claim of profession, criticality, testing and science WITHOUT, though, "unnecessary judgment"?

Since when is judgment by way of RIGOROUS analysis “unnecessary”, in such a life-sustaining area as medicine?

I would think that judgment is the kind of thing which is an answer to a question, inevitably.

Perhaps they mean:

just say what you want as science, forgo all that ANALYSIS stuff, forgo all that CRITICAL THINKING stuff.

So, I get this sense of 'a watering down of analysis, a lowering of expectations, an unnecessary muddying of waters':

as in 'judgmentless scientific analysis and criticism', as in 'a dilution of standards, a contradiction, an oxymorony.'

The Current Board Members of MNANP:

The MNANP page “MNANP Board Members” [2015 archived; also at AANP] states:

“President of the MNANP [and] Legislative Committee Chair [...is ND] Reinhardt [apparently a 2004 Bastyr ND graduate, whom I can't seem to find a practice page for...] Vice President of the MNANP [and] Public Relations Committee and Ethics Committee Chairs [...is ND] Barrett […] Secretary of the MNANP [and] Membership Committee Chair [...is ND] Montgomery [...] Treasurer of the MNANP [and] Fund-raising Committee Chair [...is ND] Corazzo.”

The MNANP's homepage [2015 archived] states that MNANP is:

“[an] affiliate of American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).”

I'm not sure if you want that to be known.

AANP, currently, quite falsely, postures homeopathy as “medicinal science" [2015 archived] and of “quality“ [2015 archived] while we know homeopathy is science-ejected JUNK.

MNANP, on that homepage, also states that naturopathy is:

“holistic healthcare for Minnesota [...meaning] a naturopathic doctor will take time with you. During your first appointment, your doctor will take your health history, find out about your diet, stress levels, use of tobacco and alcohol, and discuss why you’re there […] naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment.”

So, “holistic” with no mention of the supernatural, just this idea that 'a long time will be spent' with you the patient, and the redundancy “proactive prevention” – as opposed to, I guess, 'retroactive prevention' for those with time machines – and this idea of being “comprehensive.”

Promises, promises and incomplete contexts.

We're additionally told:

“[MNANP is] the professional organization for naturopathic doctors in Minnesota […with] the mission of the MNANP […to] support strong professional standards for our members […and to] increase public awareness of and access to natural and integrative medicine throughout the Midwest.”

So, as well as an 'of the professions' claim, there's the language “natural and integrative.”

Should “strong professional standards” include a false claim that homeopathy is effective?

I don't think so.

Because MNANP states, regarding homeopathy, on the page “Naturopathic Medicine” [vsc 2015-07-16]:

“[homeopathy is an] effective system of medicine [...] that can stimulate the body's self-healing response […] homeopathy works on a […] powerful energetic level gently acting to promote healing on the physical, mental, and spiritual level.”

Now, I've never asked this so let me ask it:

how would one know that we've affected 'the spiritual'?

I've mentioned the idea of 'immanence' at the beginning of this episode, the idea that the divine and spiritual are somehow, within that belief system, amenable.

But HOW would one know?

It would seem to me that all the things that people would say about how they feel, what they're thinking, and how they are behaving are matters of PSYCHOLOGY, and psychology is mundane and secular, last time I checked [as a social science].

So, therein, naturopathy's WIDE belief system includes this interaction with the supernatural which they call “treat the whole person” usually, which is way beyond psychology, and is religiousness, as in WAY BEYOND the mundane and parsimonious, as in metaphysical, of belief within that context and kind, because it involves treating that which is supernatural, because it involves supernatural goals.

This is a particular belief system, and therein a sectarianism.

Naturopaths are labeled on the homepage as “doctors who listen” who are “experts in natural medicine.“

Yes, the supernatural is WITHIN their idea of what is natural.

The homepage tells us of:

“the healing power of nature […] healing in the human body […] the ability of the human body to heal or achieve balance, naturally […] the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health.”

That's all coded vitalism.

How strongly professional!

And we're told:

“naturopathic doctors combine the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science.”

That is an admission of BLENDING, by the way, which BELIES that categorical “science-based” label that UMN employed.

We're promised by MNANP:

“naturopathic doctors keep themselves up-to-date on the latest scientific research and incorporate this evidence into their treatments.”

That's SCIENCE, again.

And I believe what happens is when the science contradicts naturopathy's core beliefs and activities – that which they cherish – well, science is then NOT SO INCORPORATED into naturopathy:

such as homeopathy being totally rubbished by science, naturopathy denying this reality, and to this day claiming homeopathy is a “clinical science” [2015 archived].

Such a Holy Cow for them.

As the World Naturopathy Federation states in their 2015-06 publication “World Naturopathic Federation Report” [2015 archived], which is a document deserving an episode in-itself:

“naturopathic terms […] the German origin of the word naturopathy, naturheilkunde, was first used in Europe over 200 years ago […] the term naturheilkuner was also used by Kneipp, teacher of Dr. John Scheel and Dr. Benedict Lust. Naturheilkuner was translated to naturopathy and first coined in 1885 by Dr. John Scheel, a German homeopath […] Benedict Lust […] the father of modern naturopathy in North America, purchased the name in 1901 to describe the eclectic practice of 'nature doctors'.”

The AANP actually has a position paper on homeopathy called "House of Delegates Position Paper Homeopathy" [2015 archived] that states:

"homeopathy has been an integral part of naturopathic medicine since its inception [...] homeopathy has been recognized, through rigorous testing and experimentation, as having significant scientific evidence supporting its efficacy and safety."

Really.

So homeopathy, by way of the World Naturopathic Federation, was there since the beginning, and AANP actually reinforces this idea of homeopathy being baked-in to naturopathy.

So, as you can see, naturopathy is intrinsically wed to homeopathy:

this Holy Cow is in naturopathy's DNA.

And MNANP's science claims are categorical, in terms of members, as opposed to say, a-la-cart.

MNANP tells us in its “Naturopathic Doctor Directory” [2015 archived]:

“Bradley Bush, ND […] Dr Bush takes a holistic, yet science-based approach to medicine […] Peter Glidden, ND […] his website, drglidden.com is dedicated to providing the very latest information regarding science-based, clinically verified wholistic medical treatments […and our friend] Paul Ratté, ND […] Dr. Paul Ratté is an assistant professor of nutrition at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington.”

So, science subset naturopathy, and simultaneously the “wholistic […or] holistic.”

ND Bush had spelled that holistic word with an “h” while ND Glidden spelled it with a “wh”, but I do believe they are interchangeable.

And there's mention of that second Minnesota school, NWHSU, which we'll visit later on in this episode.

So, lets take a look now at those three NDs just mentioned.

NDs Bush:

ND Rebecca Bush and ND Bradley Bush, both of NCNM [2015 saved], practice at stillwaternatural.com.

At their homepage [2015 saved; also here also here also here] we're told:

“our alternative medical approach offers you new hope through advanced diagnostics and non-pharmaceutical treatments. We offer a holistic, yet science-based approach to your health."

So, selling “science-based […] alternative […] holistic […] hope.”

And the practice has NO explanation, AT ALL, of naturopathy's principles that I can find, though:

science is supposed to be transparent and hope is not supposed to be EMPTY MANIPULATION.

“Detox” is promoted as well as diets that “strengthen your immune system” [2015 archived], oth of which theories are STRONGLY criticized by science as false theories:

a) sciencebasedmedicine.org has the article "The Detox Scam: How To Spot It, And How To Avoid It";

b) Harvard Medical School tells us in “How to Boost Your Immune System“:

“for now, there are no scientifically proven direct links between lifestyle and enhanced immune function […] be skeptical: many products on store shelves claim to boost or support immunity. But the concept of boosting immunity actually makes little sense scientifically […] walk into a store, and you will find bottles of pills and herbal preparations that claim to 'support immunity' or otherwise boost the health of your immune system. Although some preparations have been found to alter some components of immune function, thus far there is no evidence that they actually bolster immunity to the point where you are better protected against infection and disease."

ND Glidden:


He is a HUGE basher of conventional medicine while he promotes – let's say, generously – DUBIOUS cancer therapies [2015 saved] and supplements.

He is the host, after all, of the “The Fire Your MD Now Show” and he is a promoter of nutritional supplements by way of Joel Wallach, an NCNM ND graduate.

Regarding Dr. Wallach, the very comprehensive article at the Skeptic's Dictionary “Joel D. Wallach, the 'Mineral Doctor'” states:

“Wallach is not a physician, but an N.D., a doctor of naturopathy. It is unlikely that most of the people in his audiences know that naturopaths aren't really physicians [I honestly would call them metaphysicians] and that there is a big difference between an M.D. and an N.D. He also claims he did hundreds of autopsies on humans while working as a veterinarian in St. Louis. How does a veterinarian get to do human autopsies? [...quoting Wallach] 'well, again, to make a long story short, over a period of some twelve years I did 17,500 autopsies on over 454 species of animals and 3,000 human beings who lived in close proximity to the zoos, and the thing I found out was this: every animal and every human being who dies of natural causes dies of a nutritional deficiency' […] if he really did do all those autopsies and then concluded that every animal or human who dies of natural causes dies because of a nutritional deficiency, then he qualifies for the Ignoble or Ignoramus Prize. To accomplish his autopsy feat, he would have to have done six autopsies a day, working 5 days a week for 12 years, taking only a 2-week vacation each year. He was allegedly performing all these autopsies in addition to his other duties and presumably while he was writing essays and books as well.”

What fun!

These are the joys of studying naturopathy, if you can put up with the discomfort of working with people who may have lost touch with reality or try to avoid reality at all cost.

ND Glidden repeats the science-based claim at his own drglidden.com in “Become an Insider” [2015 archived] wherein we're told, or one might say hawked at:

“[text] many people who are looking for a better way, a natural solution that is RESULTS oriented, science-based and clinically verified, come to find that Dr. Glidden has the answers they were looking for […] he looks to teach you how you can support your body’s ability to fix itself. There is a way, and healing is easy [...video] there are simple solutions […] the holistic understanding of your illness […] for most chronic health conditions […] healing is easy […] but they are not going to be offered to you by a conventional medical doctor […] the conventional medical perspective on your illness [...and only] a handful […] of naturopathic physicians [know about...] these health recovery strategies […] in order to support and optimize your body's ability to optimize its structure and function […] in order to spread Dr. Wallach's message [...and this is] science-based.”

He mentions, in a bizarre video “The Night Before Naturopathy By Dr. Glidden” [2015 saved], such naturopathy sources as Hahnemann and Kent in terms of naturopathy's homeopathy, and Pizzorno and Mitchell in terms of naturopathy's Bastyr University.

It is, by the way, ND Pizzorno who tells us that he “coined” the term “science based natural medicine” to describe naturopathy in the late 1970s, and it is ND Pizzorno who, in his book “Total Wellness” tells us that “life force” the thing running the body in naturopathy's belief system, is also known as “spirit.”

And also, regarding ND Pizzorno, ND Glidden has an interview up with ND Pizzorno titled “Dr. Glidden Interviews Dr. Joseph Pizzorno | The Fire Your MD Now Show” which will be very useful for a future podcast episode [the coined thing shows up there].

ND Ratte's Web Pages:

ND Ratte is a 1997 NCNM graduate.

In “About Paul Ratte”, at tailormadenutrition.com [2015 archived], we're told:

“Paul Ratté ND is a naturopathic doctor who specializes in functional medicine. He is an assistant professor of clinical nutrition at Northwestern Health Sciences University […] Paul empowers clients to take control of their health by improving digestion, enhancing detoxification, regulating blood sugar, and balancing hormones […] Paul […] provides nutritional and supplement support for a wide variety of conditions [...such as] chronic fatigue, chronic digestive disorders, obesity and diabetes, autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease, thyroid disease, autism spectrum disorder, depression and anxiety, sleep disturbance, cancer […] visit www.paulratte.com for more information.”

I think that's a claim of science subset naturopathy subset functional medicine.

There's also detoxification, a wide net, and a further web page.

At his practice page bio., “Paul Ratte, N.D.” [2015 archived], which currently is paulratte.com forwarding to rhythmofhealth.com, we're told:

“Paul Ratté, ND […is] a passionate proponent of integrated health care [...a] naturopathic doctor […graduate of] National College of Naturopathic Medicine [NCNM…] 1997 […] active member of the MN Association of Naturopathic Physicians [MNANP…] an assistant professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN [...and he practices at] Rhythm of Health, Inc. in Woodbury, MN [...he] is an authority on functional medicine, a science-based health care approach.”

So, science subset the naturopathic subset the integrated subset functional medicine, and mention of NCNM.

ND Ratte's "Clinic Introduction Letter" PDF [2015 archived] tells us:

"I look forward to providing you with high quality, natural healthcare […] great health is a choice AND a commitment […] my goal is to empower you to manage your own health."

So, promised empowerment and quality, high quality.

So, what happens when someone really tries hard and doesn't get better, by the way, through this route?

Did they NOT choose to be better, did they not COMMIT enough to be better?

It's sounds like an out for the ND:

you didn't reach the promises I made, 'the patient is to blame', when things don't work out.

Now, you'll see a lot of NDs in Minnesota doing Functional Medicine. 


“functional medicine encompasses a number of unproven and disproven methods and treatments [sounds like that's right up naturopathy's ally], and has been criticized for being pseudoscientific […] the discipline of functional medicine is vaguely defined by its proponents. Oncologist David Gorski has written that the vagueness is a deliberate tactic which facilitates the discipline's promotion, but that in general it centers around unnecessary and expensive testing procedures performed in the name of 'holistic' health care. Functional medicine significantly departs from mainstream medicine in its emphasis on treatments and concepts of health and disease which are not currently known to be effective or which have been shown to be ineffective by clinical research. These include orthomolecular medicine, detoxification of undocumented toxins, 'biochemical individuality', organ reserve, diagnosis of chronic occult infections, homeopathy including 'biopuncture', the injection of homeopathic remedies, dubious nutritional interventions, including avoidance of gluten for people who do not have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, antivaccine advocacy including promotion of the discredited link between MMR vaccine and autism, [and] leaky gut syndrome […] the opening of centers for functional medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and at George Washington University has been described by Gorski as an 'unfortunate' example of pseudoscientific quackery infiltrating medical academia.”

And then, obviously, being practiced by the graduates of such institutions.

Now, at his home page, ND Ratte states:

“Dr. Ratté maintains a naturopathic medical clinic [...in] Woodbury, MN […] naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances which encourage the person’s inherent self-healing process, the vis medicatrix naturae.”

And if you remember, he's an NCNM graduate.

And oh how so much is being omitted regarding vis medicatrix naturae there.

Patient's don't deserve to know, so they can then decide.

Informed consent does not apparently matter.

Well, I've looked over his practice pages and I don't see a transparent, INFORMATIVE explanation of the basis of naturopathy and its essential context.

Since ND Ratte says naturopathy is “distinct” and 'of the professions', and “science”, and a CHOICE, I find that odd, to say the least.

How can I CHOOSE without the information I need to make an INFORMED decision?

Of course, at his alma mater, NCNM, you CAN find what SHP-VMN is, and naturopathy's essentials, since NCNM is what I'll call the trunk of the tree:

SHP-VMN is the science-ejected concept called vitalism, falsely posed as 'able to survive scientific scrutiny', with so many other things there.

Which means, conceptually, that naturopathy is all about epistemic conflation and falsehood:

 blending knowledge types and then improperly labeling them ALL one knowledge type, and then hiding that fact on their 'practitioner peripheral offshoots'.


DOESN'T that put ALL CLAIMS by this ND into a category of HIGHLY SUSPECT in the sense of manipulative opacity and incompetency?

It does in my view.

And yet you will be to blame when things don't get better!

And ND Ratte is HIGHLY CITED at both of the schools this episode concerns.

More NDs:

AANP-type NDs:

Here, now, are about twenty Minnesota NDs who were listed at the MNANP, who's web pages I'm going to excerpt from in alphabetical order.

ND Aberle:

The ND is, according to her bio. [2015 archived], a 2001 NCNM graduate and “Minnesota’s first registered naturopathic doctor.”

Regarding NCNM, she states it is:

“considered to be one of America’s top medical schools by the Princeton Review.”

Yes, the naturopathillogical has infected even the guides that students use to determine their future education, particularly graduate school education.

I'll put a pin in that too, as a reminder for a future podcast episode, because it's just HORRIBLE how naturopathy's falsehoods are inducing students into massive debt and deflecting them from legitimate areas of study.

And on this bio. page, we're told of:

“functional medicine […and] integrated care […and we're told, I SHIT YOU NOT] this year Dr. Aberle will be participating in an ongoing international study of homeoprophylaxis, an alternative to conventional vaccination.”

Wonderful.

Yes, vaccination by way of:

magic beans, unicorn tears, and flying carpets.

The horror, the horror.

And she states:

“currently Dr. Aberle is serving as a member of the advisory panel for naturopathic medicine for the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice.”

Her motto on the page is:

"my success as a doctor is based on putting my patients back in charge of their health. When they make their health decisions, they get better. It's that simple."

Promise, promises by naturopathy, which is not that simple.

On the page “Naturopathic Medicine” [2015 archived] we're told that 'the essentially naturopathic' survives scientific scrutiny by way of:

“[as] a distinct system [...as a system that's] distinguished […] naturopathic medicine is defined primarily by its fundamental principles. Methods and modalities are selected and applied based upon these principles [...including] homeopathy […naturopathy's] principles are based upon the objective observation of the nature of health and disease, and are continually reexamined in the light of scientific advances […including principle #1] the healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae): the healing power of nature is the inherent self-organizing and healing process of living systems which establishes, maintains and restores health. Naturopathic medicine recognizes this healing process to be ordered and intelligent. It is the naturopathic physician's role to support, facilitate and augment this process […] naturopathic physicians respect and work with the vis medicatrix naturae.“

So, again and again and again, we see NCNM graduates NOT USING so much of the language that NCNM provides at NCNM when NCNM defines naturopathy.

And I call this 'manipulative opacity or coding':

the vitalism and “life force” that dare not speak its name.

They “respect” that VMN, but they don't respect the public enough to be transparent about it.

We're told “total health also includes spiritual health”, so, therein within this science claim, is supernaturalism.

Line them up for their Nobel Prizes.


Homeopathy is as ahead of its time as phlogiston, in my view.

The page states:

“homeoprophylaxis offers another way […] Edgewater Natural Family Medicine offers a free 15 minute phone consultation to discuss your questions about your children's suitability for this alternative and researched program. If you decide to proceed we will enroll your children in both the research project and also take them on as a patient, which allows us to help you manage all aspects of your child's health as they grow as physical, mental, and spiritual beings.”

Ah, 'we will manage your child's spiritual aspects'.

Again, how would you know?

I don't even think the believer KNOWS, the believer BELIEVES.

And an EXPERIMENT:

a homeopathy vaccination alternative.

Is there an IRB and such in place to insure the ethicality of this homeopathic vaccination misadventure?

Of course, how could such a misadventure get of the ground in the first place once it is initially posed, if we are going to be ethical?

ND Aberle has a page on highly debunked IgG food allergy testing titled “Food Allergies

“IgG food allergy testing: most of our clients choose to do the IgG food allergy test to help determine what their allergies are. The test we use is performed using a few drops of blood from a finger stick or from a blood draw. The IgG antibodies test for delayed sensitivity reactions, which means they may not have a reaction for 24-72 hours after exposure to the offending substance […] you will have the option of simply doing the IgG test only as these reactions are much harder to detect without the help of labs.”

As Scott Gavura of sciencebasedmedicine.org states in “IgG Food Intolerance Tests: What Does The Science Say?”:

“these tests lack both a sound scientific rationale and evidence of effectiveness. The lack of correlation between results and actual symptoms, and the risks resulting from unnecessary food avoidance, escalate the potential for harm from this test.”

And just as an aside, I have to say THANKS to Scott for linking to my Naturocrit blog on his blog roster, at his very excellent science-based pharmacology blog.

ND Barkeim:

The ND is another NCNM graduate, and we're told, on her bio. page [2015 archived]:

“I searched high and low for a career that involved helping people address their health physically, mentally, and emotionally.”

Wait:

ND Aberle talked of “body [...] mind [...] spirit” and ND Barkeim MERELY “physically, mentally, and emotionally."

And she is an NCNM graduate, a school that states when defining naturopathy, that supernaturalism survives scientific scrutiny and is inherent to 'the essentially naturopathic.' 

She is either not encompassing the essentially naturopathic or she is coding that supernaturalism.

The emotional and the spiritual are NOT the same things, unless one of them is naturalistic CODING of that supernatural 'spiritual' thing.

Because I don't think it's too hard in terms of modern healthcare to find a career that addresses what is physical, mental, and emotional: as in the biopsychosocial model that modern medicine and modern psychology embraces.

But it is naturopathy and not modern medicine that contains the supernatural, as a fundamental idea, so therein, me thinks we've got coded supernaturalism here by way of the ND.

Like so many THINGS, I guess emotions and spirits are callously categorized as 'just about the same thing' in naturopathyland, and that's when I wonder about naturopathy's callousness regarding, especially, freedom of belief and informed consent.

Contextual granularity and transparency be damned, in naturopathyland.

Her bio. page also states she has a “bachelor of science in school and community education.”

Yet, even at the bachelor's level, patent nonscience is patent nonscience.

Hell, even at the elementary level, patent nonscience is patent nonscience.

ND Barkeim's homepage [2015 archived] states:

"naturopathic medicine is based on science and rooted in nature. I offer natural, holistic, and integrative care. I believe in treating the root cause of illness […and ] I use natural therapies that are safe and effective."

A science claim, an efficacy claim, the holistic, root causes – that dog whistle, that kind of says 'hey, we're not like regular medicine, we don't just treat symptoms' – and natural.

On the ND's page “Frequently Asked Questions” [2015 archived] we're given what I like to call 'naturopathy's superscience claim', wherein ND Barkeim compiles the science hours of NDs and MDs, and claims NDs have as much if not more SCIENCE.

As is typical:

that superscience of naturopathy claim.

But quantity does not guarantee quality, in so many ways.

Also, ND Barkeim states:

“naturopathic medicine uses a holistic approach [...] homeopathy is a safe and effective treatment […] naturopathic physicians use safe and effective natural medicine.”

Right, bullshit.

And there's:

“craniosacral therapy […which is supposedly] a gentle therapy that is effective for adults, children, and infants.”

So I say:

holistic 'safe and effective JUNK.

And we're told:

“the 6 core principles of naturopathic medicine include […] the healing power of nature. Our bodies have a powerful instinct to heal themselves. Our job is to help you identify obstacles and ways to overcome them.”

And that's all you get.

Again, isn't something that's scientific supposed to be transparent?

And that horrid label is used by the ND, by way of:

“conventional (allopathic) medical doctors.”

That's what I call 'the reverse sectarian accusation', which is as true as calling modern chemistry alchemy.

Her page “Our Mission and Vision” [2015 archived] states:

“we are dedicated to providing quality healthcare […] the best care […] we strive to motivate, inspire, and empower each patient.“

As if.


ND Barrett:

The ND's bio. [2014 archived] tells us she is an SCNM ND graduate, and the vice president of the MNANP, and that:

“Dr. Barrett has also studied under various internationally renowned homeopathic experts, including Dr. Stephen Messer, ND, DHANP, and Dr. Andre Saine, ND, FCAH.”

DHANP is “diplomate of the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians” and FCAH is “fellow of the Canadian Academy of Homeopathy.”

On her homepage, the ND speaks of [2015 archived]:

“redefining healthcare with natural, holistic care for the whole person […] NDs work with science-based health and wellness practices […such as] homeopathy.”

Definitely the idea of what is “science-based” is truly 'redefined' by this ND, as she was taught in naturopathyland.

As if:

'science is whatever we want it to be, because, we pretend that we can decide what science is'.


In “Frequently Asked Questions” [vsc 2015-07-26] we're told:

“homeopathy is a distinct form of medicine […] homeopathy can treat both acute and chronic ailments […] homeopathy is one of the many modalities used by naturopathic doctors […] naturopathic doctors incorporate herbal medicine, diet, supplementation, homeopathy and other treatment modalities to best suite their patient's needs.”

And I would argue:

the best placebo's around.

The ND also writes there:

“a naturopathic doctor has completed a four year naturopathic medical education, passed the NPLEX board exam and holds a license to practice naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic doctors treat patients as a whole person and look for the root cause of their concerns. Naturopathic doctors believe in the body's innate ability to heal itself and work with their patients to stimulate that healing process.”

So much coding, and that NPLEX is the licensure exam that falsely labels homeopathy a “clinical science.”
 
In “Naturopathic Medicine” [vsc 2015-07-26], we get that categorical false claim of 'science subset the naturopathic', since we're told:

“naturopathic doctors cooperate with all other branches of medical science […] naturopathic and allopathic practices are based on the same basic biomedical science foundation […] naturopathic education includes […] homeopathy […regarding] doctorates in naturopathic medicine […one school is] National University of Health Sciences […] naturopathic medicine uses therapies that are safe and effective.”

How FALSE!

And we're told there:

“the six principles that guide the therapeutic methods of naturopathic medicine include […] the healing power of nature, vis medicatrix naturae: the human body possesses the inherent ability to restore health. the naturopathic doctor's role is to facilitate this process […] vis medicatrix naturae, 'nature is the healer of all diseases.'"

Again, coded vitalism.

And we're told:

“naturopathic medicine blends” yet, to be science, you must be an epistemic distinction and transparent, not an epistemic muddle and opaque.

The ND also has the blog post “Boost Your Immune System for Fall” [vsc 2015-08-07].

And she has a Youtube video up titled “Meet Dr. Barrett” [vsc 2015-07-26] wherein she talks about having:

“attended a four-year medical school [...being] board-certified [...and that what she does is] empowering [...and she refers us to the AANP at] naturopathic.org.”

Usually, in medicine, if you are board-certified you are a highly trained and competent specialist, but in naturopathy, it merely means you've passed the NPLEX, and that you are licensed, and that you think science is anything, like homeopathy and kind.


NDs Champion:

Both NDs are SCNM ND grads [here; 2015 archived].


“our practice provides holistic, natural medicine for the entire family. Join the many others who are turning to naturopathic medicine to enhance their quality of life and achieve optimal health. Here at CNH we utilize safe, gentle, and effective therapies that work to stimulate your body’s amazing ability to heal itself. We do not believe in merely treating or suppressing symptoms. Our goal is to identify and treat the underlying cause.”

So, holistic, natural, effective, coded vitalism, and that dog whistle 'not just doing cookie-cutter allopathic medicine'.

In “Our Practice FAQs” [2015 archived] we're told:

“naturopathic doctors (ND’s) attend four-year graduate-level naturopathic medical schools and are educated in the same basic sciences as in conventional medical school. The ND program features a wide variety of effective natural therapies with a strong foundation in biomedical sciences such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pathology along with physical, clinical, and laboratory diagnosis […] in addition to being licensed naturopathic doctors [...NDs Champion] attended SCNM and received one of the best homeopathic medical educations available. They completed many additional clinical training hours [...] in studying the art and science of homeopathy from some of the world’s leading homeopaths, including Dr. André Saine, ND, DC and Dr. Stephen Messer, ND, DHANP. They have also completed post-doctoral classes/training through the Canadian Academy of Homeopathy, taught by Dr. André Saine.”

So, science, effective, natural, homeopathic, and a specific science claim upon homeopathy.


“naturopathic doctors (ND’s) are primary care physicians clinically trained in natural therapeutics and whose philosophy is derived in part from a Hippocratic teaching more than 2000 years old: vis medicatrix naturae, nature is the healer of all diseases. Their practice is based on the same basic bio-medical science foundation that allopathic practice is […] 6 principles: the six principles that guide the therapeutic methods and modalities of naturopathic medicine include […] the healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae): the human body possesses the inherent ability to restore health. The physician’s role is to facilitate this process with the aid of natural, nontoxic therapies.”

So, a science claim upon what's contextually essentially naturopathic, allopathic, natural, and coded vitalism.


“homeopathy is a scientific method of treatment.”

Really, in this day and age, this 2015, that HUGE FALSE POSITION.


ND Christianson:

The ND is an SCNM graduate [here; 2015 archived].

At the practice's homepage, we're told:

“[naturopathy] it is a practice of medicine that addresses the basic fundamentals of health and encourages the body to heal from within […] to understand naturopathy one should know what principles it was founded on […] the pillars founding naturopathic medicine […] vis medicatrix naturae: to act in cooperation with the healing power of nature […] the treatment plans work on the body as a whole and are designed with holistic intent […] the training includes both western medical practices and the best of the natural healing systems from around the world.”

Ah, coded vitalism, holistic, and best.

In “Services” [2015 archived] we're told:

“[therapeutic] modalities include but are not limited to […] homeopathy.”

And the ND has a “Homeopathic Intake Form” [2015 archived] which basically asks such important medical questions as:

'which shoe to you put on first in the morning?'

As far as I can tell, by the way, the ND does not use the words science, sciences, or scientific on his web practice pages.

The ND has a supposed 'informed consent' in his document “Brief Intake” [2015 archived] which states:

“the purpose of this document is to inform you [...regarding] naturopathic therapeutic modalities […] the choice to receive naturopathic care is your independent decision […] an informed decision […] I, the undersigned, have been informed of, and understand, the nature [how ironic], risks, and possible complications and consequences of naturopathic treatment.”

But, as far as I can tell, the ND does not explain on his web pages 'what is epistemically essential about naturopathy':

pseudoscience, like the pseudoscientific status of the homeopathy he offers, wrongly terms “best”, and makes a living from.

He couldn't even transparently communicate what HPN essentially is.

I'll provide a link to SCNM's catalog [2015 archived], his alma mater, stating that a central therapeutic goal of naturopathy is:

“tonify weakened systems [...e.g.] harmonize life force”, an iteration of the science-ejected concept of vitalism, falsely posed as a scientific system within the body.

Overall, I can't see how someone who read all this stuff would be informed enough to consent in an informed manner.


ND Corazzo:

The ND is an SCNM graduate [here; 2015 archived].


“providing alternative treatments using holistic health care to address the root cause of disease.”

So, there's holistic and that idea that 'naturopathy gets to the essential cause'.

In “Naturopathic Medicine” [2015 archived] we're told:

“naturopathic doctors (ND) attend a 4 year post-baccalaureate medical school. Naturopathic doctors look for the underlying cause of disease and use the least invasive, cutting edge natural therapies for treatment. The heart of naturopathic medicine is diet and nutrition, but it also provides a variety of tools such as herbs, supplements, homeopathy, and hydrotherapy. Naturopathic doctors feel its important to spend an adequate amount of time with each patient in order to treat holistically, provide individualized care and to discover the cause of disease […] naturopathic doctors practice under the 5 naturopathic principles [...including] co-operate with the healing power of nature trusting the body’s ability to heal itself.“

So, “medical school”, homeopathy, holistic, underlying cause, and coded vitalism.

In “Naturopathic Education” [2015 archived] we're told:

“naturopathic doctors attend one of the 6 accredited naturopathic medical schools throughout the US and Canada. The first two years involve basic science courses […] naturopathic doctors must pass 2 sets of boards to become board certified doctors. The first set is before their third year and covers the basic sciences. The second set is following graduation.”

So, as if “basic” science as in 'based upon science', and that NPLEX.

In “Natural Remedies” [2015 archived] we're told:

“food is a powerful medicine […] detox / cleanse […] by cleaning out the toxins in your body with Dr. Katie’s 21 Day Detox Program. There are numerous health benefits and a detox can help you improve your health and lifestyle for the long run […] we are exposed to toxins in our air, food, and homes daily. Reducing our toxic burden is one way to prevent disease. When toxins have reaped havoc on our bodies naturopathic medicine uses the most advanced testing to determine where the imbalance lies. Detoxing is one way to help reduce the burden and often times treat the underlying cause of imbalance in the body […] homeopathy is the use of a very small amount of medicine. There are thousands of different remedies and it is truly an art to find the most effective remedy for the patient.”

So, there's that huge overstatement regarding 'food as if medicine', detox and toxins -- what I like to call 'the Toxin Bogeyman' -- and homeopathy as if effective.

In “Homeopathy” [2015 archived] we're told:

“naturopathic medicine['s…] homeopathy is a form of natural alternative medicine with the use of diluted medicines given mainly in tablet form to aid the body in its natural healing process. Homeopathic remedies are prescribed based on the 'like treating like' theory […] modern homeopathy has been used for the past 200 years. Naturopathic doctors receive extensive training in homeopathy and Dr. Katie uses homeopathic remedies with many of her patients […] homeopathy can be used for a wide variety of conditions, because there are thousands of remedies covering a range of symptoms and constitutions. Dr. Katie has found homeopathy to be very effective at treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, insomnia, colds, digestive complaints, pain, and more. Homeopathic remedies are diluted through a very precise method making them much safer than pharmaceutical medications. Homeopathy is very effective when used with adults or children […as] holistic medicine.”

So homeopathy, again, as if effective.

In “Detox / Cleanse” [2015 archived] we're told:

“do I need to detox or cleanse? A 14 or 21 day detox is a time to cleanse the body of toxins and waste and allow the body to heal. We ingest toxins from our food, water, and air every day therefore its important to give you body a break periodically. Dr. Katie has designed a 14 and 21 day detox program that can be tailored to your needs and goals. A detox or cleanse generally results in weight loss, increased energy, improved digestion, clearer thinking, disease prevention, and decreased pain and inflammation. Dr. Katie’s detox program focuses on supporting the liver and elimination pathways – intestinal tract, skin, lungs, and kidneys. Eliminating unhealthy habits and replacing them with health provoking habits is the ultimate goal you can expect to achieve after the 21 day detox. Have you ever thought about doing a juice or water fast? There is an option to try one during the detox […] alternative medicine: a detox can jump start your weight loss, reduce cholesterol, improve insulin sensitivity, decrease blood pressure, reduce joint pain and inflammation, and much more. Dr. Katie’s Detox Program is safe and will help you reach your health goals. Holistic medicine: this detox is your chance to give your body a deep cleaning.”

Toxins, toxins, toxins.


“homeopathy is the primary treatment I use because it is safe, easy, affordable, and very effective.”

So, let's torture people with psychological issues, by giving them empty remedies aka homeopathy.

In “What to Expect” [2015 archived] we're told:

“Dr. Katie does a lot of research for her patients and takes the time to create effective treatment plans.”

Like the use of homeopathy.


ND Darragh:

The ND is an NUHS graduate, as she tells us she did her ND stuff in Illinois and a Linkedin page [saved 2015-08-07] tells us she graduated from NWHSU with a DC and NUHS with an ND.

It also tells us she writes questions for the NPLEX.


“Dr. Darragh was an instructor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at National University of Health Sciences in Illinois, teaching clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, women's health and naturopathic clinical theory.”

She also states there:

“Studio Within is the creative culmination of her experiences and intention to incorporate a practice paradigm of preventive and holistic healing oriented medicine which takes into consideration all factors that influence health, wellness and disease, the whole person interconnection (body, mind, spirit and community) […] she emphasizes the therapeutic patient-practitioner relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative, with an emphasis on facilitating the body's innate healing response and the use of natural, effective, less-invasive interventions whenever possible. She wants to make sure you get the care you need, whether it is from her or in combination with other practitioners. She recognizes that good medicine must use the broader concepts of health promotion, prevention of illness as well as the treatment of disease, be inquiry driven and open to new paradigms and possibilities.”

So, there's supernaturalism, yet “natural […] effective therapies”, and medicine launched apparently into the, shall I say, extra-mundane, as “new paradigms and possibilities.”

Whatever that means.


“naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage an individuals' inherent self-healing process.”

So, there's distinct and coded vitalism.

How ironic.

We're also told:

“the practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific and empirical methods.”

That's blending, essentially, though we were told distinct.

Then we're told:

“naturopathic philosophy [...includes] acknowledge, respect, and work with an individuals' self-healing process the healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae): naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic doctors act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.”

And that's all you get: coded vitalism.

Then, the ND writes:

“ND scope of practice: depending upon the legislative jurisdiction the scope of the naturopathic practice can differ. The most extensive scope of practice includes the use of […] homeopathy[…] NDs that have graduated from an accredited four-year residential naturopathic medical school and have passed a set of extensive board examinations can be registered as naturopathic doctors in the State of Minnesota by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. This legislation is very important, as it ensures preservation of the naturopathic profession through a continuity of high academic standards and clinical training, proficiency of medical knowledge, the maintenance of yearly continuing education and most importantly provides for the safety of the public. If you would like to learn more about naturopathic medicine, please visit the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians website.“

So, homeopathy, a professions claim, a “high academic standards” claim, a proficiency claim, a safety claim, and referral to the AANP.

In “FAQs” [2015 archived] she states she is a:

“functional medicine specialist.”

And in “What is Functional Medicine?” [2015 archived] we're told:

“functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms […] functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual […] many physicians are not adequately trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease […] the acute-care approach to medicine lacks the proper methodology and tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease [...and] functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention and treatment of complex, chronic disease […] an integrative, science-based healthcare approach […] the unique [...] makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.”

So there is an accusation that 'conventional medicine is negligent', and naturopathy knows better, and obviously, a 'science subset naturopathy subset functional medicine subset supernaturalism claim'.

And in “Services” [2015 archived] she speaks of “MTHFR genetic testing."

At sciencebasedmedicine.org, Jann Bellamy writes in “Dubious MTHFR Genetic Mutation Testing”:

"on the one hand, you could take the advice of [actual] geneticists with advanced degrees who’ve spent their careers researching genetic mutations and their effects on human health, plus several medical organizations and other reputable research sources. They think testing [such as MTHFR] is unnecessary and [instead] offer lower-cost options where there is genuine concern. On the other hand, you could listen to a naturopath with no particular background in anything, who never published a single article in a reputable journal [on genetics, yet] who has fashioned himself into a genetics expert, who tells patients to get online testing then sells them dietary supplements to treat their 'condition,' who promotes a number of dubious organizations and products [...and] lectures with notorious anti-vaccination cranks."

I can see why so many naturopaths are doing this.


ND Devgun:

The ND is a 1995 CCNM ND graduate.


At NWHSU, her bio. page “Amrit Devgun” [2015 archived] states she has:

“special interests” in practicing such things as “ayurveda […] iridology [...and] detoxification.”

And she speaks of:

“physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually […] my goal is to empower patients […] I’ve been working at the Natural Care Center at Woodwinds since 2001 [that's an NWHSU clinic...] prior to this, I had a private practice in St. Paul.”

I have yet to find any archived web pages from this ND's private practice from 2001 or earlier, and I may talk more of that bio. page when I cover NWHSU.

And must I remind:

that “S” in that school name abbreviation stands for, supposedly, “science” and yet we have iridology of all things there.

Now I've been saving web pages of naturopaths for two decades, so historically speaking, I have had for some time, in the Naturocrit database, the 1999 archived 1996 published article “A Comparison Between Allopathic and Naturopathic Medicine” which is attributed to ND Devgun.

There she writes:

“in allopathic (orthodox) medicine […] disease is identified as the result of a imbalance in chemical and physical reactions. Such disruptions are thought to be caused by the interference of a […] microbe […] hence, if the signs, symptoms, and the said morbific agent can be eradicated [...] then the disease can be controlled. This is the philosophical foundation of orthodox medicine or mechanistic medicine. Mechanistic medicine views the human body as a complex machine made up of many parts […] this is where the vitalistic perspective fits in. Vitalism views the whole as greater than the sum of its parts. It takes into account the mental, emotional, spiritual, genetic, environmental, and physical aspects of an individual in the assessment of disease. The more information a practitioner can get about these planes, the better the understanding of the disease process, since disease is believed to be multifactorial in nature […] in vitalism, the primary goal of treatment is not only to eradicate the morbific agent, but to simultaneously stimulate, strengthen and support the terrain or the defense mechanisms […] I am a vitalist. I believe that involving yourself in self-responsibility for health and well-being is the first step towards healing […] Dr. Amrit Devgun is a naturopathic physician practicing at Present Moment on Fridays.”

So there's vitalism admitted explicitly, supernaturalism and kind, that misleading label of allopathic placed upon conventional medicine, and this straw-man representation of conventional medicine.

The Present Moment practice page “The Philosophy of Present Moment”, as archived in 2003, stated:

“what distinguishes natural medicine from modern medicine (otherwise known as allopathic medicine) is that natural medicine has the advantage of still possessing the spirit which is the true healing agent. When drugs are manufactured by pharmaceutical drug companies, the spirit (or the electrical charge) vanishes from the substance resulting only in a cure on the physical level and not at all on a spiritual level. For one to heal completely, we need to heal on all levels because most health problems are the result of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances of the patient […] we all hope to serve you as best as we possibly can in maintaining and healing your body, mind and spirit.”

So, obviously again, allopathic, and supernaturalism, and the strange idea that spirit is also known as electrical charge.

[The ND's other articles: 1999 article list].


ND Healy

This ND is a 1983 NCNM graduate and founding AANP member [here; 2015 archived].


“naturopathic medicine blends centuries-old natural, non-toxic therapies with current advances in the study of health and human systems […] naturopathic physicians cooperate with all other branches of medical science […] the principles of naturopathic medicine: the healing power of nature: naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in the person which is ordered and intelligent […] homeopathy is a powerful system of medicine that is more than 200 years old. This medical system uses highly diluted substances to cure illness. Homeopathic remedies act to enhance the body's innate immune response and rarely have side effects.”

So, there's blending, the huge categorical science claim, coded vitalism, and homeopathy as a powerful therapy that cures.

On her page “Services and Policies” we're told:

“we welcome you as a patient and appreciate the opportunity to provide you with our professional services […] Dr. Healy's areas of focus are oncology, women's health, and general family practice […and] supervision of metabolic detoxification programs […] heavy metal detoxification as it relates to neurological disorders, weakened immune response and exposure to chemicals,and mercury dental amalgams […] vaccination alternatives and information for those choosing to not vaccinate […] Wellspring offers a full OTC dispensary for natural health care including: nutritional supplements, herbs, homeopathic and Bach flower remedies, medical food, and detoxification products […] you do not have to be a patient to purchase products. If you wish, we can mail your order to you.”

Ka-ching.

 ND Horek:

This ND is an NCNM graduate [here; 2015 archived].

In “Approach to Care” [2015 archived] we're told:

“Dr. Horek uses nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy and mindfulness-based techniques to address chronic disease and health, and holistic mental health [...] homeopathy is its own system of diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic medical conditions that works with the body’s natural healing ability, rather than fight against it. With a focus on building health to eliminate symptoms, the purpose of homeopathy is to restore the freedom of a flexible response to a person’s environment – physically, mentally and emotionally. Composed of over 200 years of empirical evidence systematically organized for the best possible long-term outcome, homeopathy is the personalized natural medicine approach that speaks the body’s language of health and healing […] detoxification: from the individual cell to the human body as a whole there are very specific physiological mechanisms for getting rid of toxins. When we don’t support detoxification our organs and cells begin to accumulate waste and their natural function diminishes. Using a gradual approach and methods that speak the body’s language – such as homeopathy, hydrotherapy and nutrition – Dr. Horek ensures that the natural balance of ‘nutrients in, waste out’ gets restored from every single cell to the whole person. This means a more sustainable, balanced solution that supports your body’s needs.”

So, homeopathy, coded vitalism, and detoxification.

In “Naturopathic Medicine” [2015 archived] we're told:

“naturopathic medicine offers safe, effective natural therapies as a vital part of your health care needs […] naturopathic principles […] your body’s innate wisdom […] naturopathic doctors are clinically trained experts in the field of holistic health and natural medicine. Holistic health views the human body as a whole system composed of mutually interdependent parts […] naturopathic medicine uses a variety of modalities in order to approach disease holistically.”

So, the claim of efficacy, coded vitalism, holistic and natural.

In “Detox with Dr.Horek” [2015 archived] we're told about:

“a 7-day science based detoxification program.”


“this is what drove Hahnemann [the founder of homeopathy] to his science of homeopathy.”

And that is totally bass-ackwards in terms of modern categories.


“as long as we are still scientific in understanding what is happening and why, of course.”

That's very rich.


"a qualified healthcare professional [...] should (1) refer for services (2) present a standard of care explanation (3) use science and (4) communicate with other health care providers."

So there is the claim of professionalism and science.

And standard of care?

Naturopathy does not have to abide by the standard of care of conventional medicine.

I don't know what standard of care here is being talked about except for naturopathy's strange internal standards like 'homeopathy is powerful and effective and science-supported', which is a reversal of values:

an unstandard of care, or a standard of uncare.


"to do this, I use tools that I, and my colleagues, have found the best long-term success with: UNDA numbered compounds, gemmotherapy, gammadyn minerals, homeopathy, nutrition, western botanicals, specific diet prescriptions […] and focused nutrients."

Wikipedia tells us in "Gemmotherapy":

"gemmotherapy, like many other alternative therapies, lacks an evidential basis and is not accepted as an efficacious treatment by the scientific community."

How surprising.


NDs Hughes, Aberle, and Dotson:

ND Hughes is an NCNM graduate who practices with ND Aberle, also of NCNM, and ND Dotson of Bastyr University [here; 2015 archived].


“we do not treat disease directly, but rather strengthen the body's vital force and stimulate true healing of the body.”

Really, explicit vitalism.

What a relief, from a naturopathy observer:

it may be a figmentation, but at least its transparently communicated.

And in “Acupuncture” [2015 archived] we're told:

“acupuncture is a complex branch of ancient Chinese medicine, but its practical principal and methods are easily understood: fourteen major energy channels called meridians course through the human body [...] subtle energy called chi or qi […] circulates via the meridians to all parts of the body, even the most remote cells. Chi is the vital force, the presence of which separates the living from the dead. Its balanced, unimpeded flow is critical to sound health. Any misdirection, blockage, or other derangement of the amount, flow, or balance of chi may result in pain, dysfunction, and ill health. With acupuncture needles, or other means, the acupuncturist stimulates certain points (acupoints) along the course of the meridians. Such stimulation helps restore the normal balance and flow of chi so organs and bodily systems can work together in harmony as intended. This sets the state for the body to repair itself and maintain its own health.”


Now, you COULD be picky and say:

why is chi EVERYWHERE in Chinese medieval metaphysics, when, if it is VITAL FORCE, then it should only be in that which is LIVING.

But, you'd be thinking.

You'd be thinking that rocks aren't full of life force being that they are dead.

This is what I mean by ontological conflation:

as if life properties are EVERYWHERE, even in the hugely 'not with those properties'.

It's just 'big stupid':

like how naturopathy can be 'a distinct system that blends' and 'the science-based supernatural'.

In “Naturopathic Medicine” [2015 archived] we're told:

“naturopathic medicine is a system of medicine founded on an honored medical principle: nature heals. The body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health. The naturopathic practitioner's role is to facilitate and support this process. Naturopathic practitioners can help the body's innate healing process by identifying and removing obstacles to health and recovery through treatment that enhances healing.”

That's coded vitalism, this time.

We're also told:

“a well-informed client and skilled health care practitioner form a partnership for effective health care, health promotion, and disease prevention. The root meaning of the word 'doctor' is teacher. You are likely to receive more information about your condition and its treatments from a naturopathic practitioner than you would in any other setting. When both the practitioner and the client understand the disease process, they are better able to work together and find a permanent solution.”

Your ideas would have to be sound, of course, in order to be a GOOD teacher:

anyone can teach nonsense.

Speaking of nonsense, in “Homeopathy” [2015 archived] we're told:

“homeopathy is a powerful system of medicine that is more than 200 years old. This medicinal system uses highly diluted natural substances to relieve symptoms and treat illness. The active ingredients in homeopathic medicines are diluted plants, animals, and minerals that relieve the same symptoms they cause at full strength [...] homeopathic remedies act to enhance the body's innate immune response and rarely have side effects.”

Homeopathy as powerful and active, and able to do 'anything' as in acting, is simply not true, scientifically speaking.

In “Functional Medicine” [2015 archived] we're told:

“functional medicine involves understanding the cause, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic diseases. It is an integrative, science-based health care approach.”

Ah, a science-based categorical label, again.


ND Hulsing:

The ND is an NCNM graduate [here; 2015 archived]

In “Philosophy” [2015 archived] we're told:

“partnering science with nature: integrative medicine combines the best of conventional medical therapies and natural therapies shown to be safe and effective by scientific evidence. It neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts natural therapies uncritically. Integrative medicine is unique in that it bridges the gap between conventional and natural medicine to benefit the patient’s health […] guiding principles: the healing power of nature: naturopathic doctors identify and remove obstacles to healing and use therapies which facilitate the body’s innate healing response.”

So, blending yet CATEGORICALLY science, a claim of analysis and efficacy, and coded vitalism.

In “Education and Training” [2015 archived] we're told:

“after completing pre-medical undergraduate studies, naturopathic doctors train to be primary care providers at accredited institutions where they complete a four year doctorate level medical program.The doctorate of naturopathic medicine (ND) degree involves the study of basic sciences (anatomy, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology), clinical sciences (cardiology, gynecology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, etc.) as well as clinical physical diagnosis. While the basic course work is similar to allopathic medical school, naturopathic doctors have additional training in natural therapeutics with a strong emphasis on preventative care.  In Oregon, naturopathic doctors must pass a rigorous professional board examination (NPLEX) to be licensed as primary care doctors overseen by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners. Please see the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical College’s 'Professional Competency Profile' for more information.”

So, doctoral level “medical”, science, allopathic, rigor and the NPLEX, and a reference to AANMC's document which claims professionalism.


"[an ND must] effectively provide and manage patient care [...must] compassionately, ethically and safely provide patients with naturopathic medical care [...must] effectively utilize naturopathic therapeutics, which include but are not limited to botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, physical medicine, clinical nutrition, naturopathic counseling / health psychology, nature cure, traditional healing arts and pharmacology as they relate to patient care and case management."

So there's the posture that homeopathy is effective, and ethics.

In the document, vitalism is coded and homeopathy is a form of deception.

How ETHICAL is that?

Naturopathy's unethical is ethical, ineffective is effective:

reversed values continue.

In “Services” [2015 archived] we're told:

“homeopathic medicine: homeopathy was introduced by a German physician Dr. Samuel Hahnemann over 200 years ago. The system views the body as a synthesis rather than individual organ systems. Homeopathic remedies, which consist of very dilute plant and mineral substances, are chosen based on a combination of an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional symptoms. When a correct remedy is taken the body is stimulated to heal itself and return to balance. Homeopathy defines health as not merely the absence of disease, but as our ability to reach the highest goal of our existence. It is especially effective for use in children and individuals who cannot tolerate other types of therapy as it is gentle and free of side effects.”

So, homeopathy claimed as effective again.

On her bio. page [2015 archived], we're told:

“she holds a certificate in homeopathic medicine from the New England School of Homeopathy [...and she mentions] highly effective […] rigorously trained, qualified and committed to excellence.”

How is treating people with homeopathy excellent?

ND Litchy:

The ND is a graduate of NCNM [here; 2015 archived].

A bio. states:

“Dr. Litchy […] strives to incorporate and utilize modern medical science with effective natural treatments while never forgetting the individuality of his patients.”

So, a kind of blending, and an overarching claim of efficacy. 


“at Neighborhood Naturopathic, we strive to identify and resolve disturbances to your health by supporting your body’s inherent capacity to maintain optimal function. By combining the latest research and evidence base with time-tested natural approaches to healing, we offer solutions to your health concerns. Together, we will address your health and individuality. The goal of the naturopathic approach is a complete resolution of illness, feeling wonderful, and cultivating personal empowerment and satisfaction in your life. This is possible!”

So, blending again, coded vitalism, research and evidence base, and promises promises.

And appealing to people's vanity of individuality.


“naturopathic physicians are trained in four-year nationally accredited institutions and must pass national board exams to be eligible for licensure. NDs share a comprehensive physician level education in modern physiology, biochemistry, and pathology with their doctorate educated peers, but also complete extensive training integrating this modern scientific knowledge with the age-old wisdom of natural healing techniques […] they offer diet and lifestyle counseling; prescribe botanicals, homeopathics, and supplements; perform in-office procedures like bodywork; and teach lifestyle techniques such as meditation, qigong, and healthy routines […] naturopathic medicine is based on a philosophy of medical care emphasizing the individuality and innate healing capacity of the person […] naturopathic philosophy: the naturopathic philosophy of practice is succinctly stated in the six principles of naturopathic medicine […] the healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae): the body has an inherent capacity to maintain health, treatments guide and support this capacity.”

So, NPLEX, comprehensive, blending, science, doctoral-level, homeopathy, qi, and coded vitalism.

And in “Modalities” [2015 archived] we're told:

“the healing process occurs in you. Below is a list of modalities I find effective […] homeopathy: homeopathic preparations are diluted and potentized FDA approved medicines. Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic, and free from side effects. They must be carefully chosen to be fully effective, but the correct remedy can result in great positive changes. These medicines are inexpensive, effective, and can be used simultaneously with pharmaceuticals, botanicals, and other treatments.”

So, a claim of homeopathy efficacy.

ND May:

She is an NCNM graduate [here, 2015 archived].


“bridging the ancient wisdom of nature with modern science.”

That is blending.

In “Philosophy” [2015 archived] we're told:

“naturopaths integrate the wisdom of nature with modern medical science […] principles of naturopathic care: the following six principles are the founding tenets that define and guide the practice of naturopathic medicine […] use the healing power of nature […] Chinese medicine […] this system is based on the idea that pathways of energy, or 'qi', run in regular patterns through the body. These channels, called meridians, flow like rivers to irrigate and nourish the body’s tissues, blood and organs. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up, creating imbalances and pain. Energy can also become depleted as a result of stress, overwork, or chronic illness and this may cause the energetic stream to dry up and eventually stop flowing.”

So, there's integrating or blending, coded vitalism and then qi, and the medieval model of irrigation, apparently, and the misappropriation of the scientific term energy as a synonym for qi:

that figmentation.

In “Modalities” [2015 archived] we're told:

“homeopathy is a very gentle and effective way of treating the whole person physically, mentally, and emotionally […] this very individualized treatment is very safe and effective for children, and adults […] biotherapeutic drainage is a deep acting therapy that has been used in Europe for over the past 100 years. The plant and mineral based remedies, along with lifestyle modifications, assist the body’s individual systems to eliminate toxins that interfere with the body’s normal physiology, thus leading to chronic disease. This in combination with other therapies provides a deeply effective way of getting to the root cause of disease to then repair and restore that physiology back into balance.”

So, again homeopathy claimed as effective, and the Toxin Bogeyman.

And in “FAQ” [2015 archived] we're told:

“naturopathic doctors are licensed primary care providers in the state of Minnesota; trained with an emphasis on holistic assessment and treatment that focuses on the vitality and well being of the whole person. Our goal is to stimulate the body’s power to heal itself […] naturopaths are comprehensively trained in holistic assessment and treatment modalities including […] homeopathy.”

So, there's holistic, coded vitalism, and homeopathy.


ND Oppitz:

This ND is an NCNM graduate, according to her. bio.page [2015 archived].

In “What Is Naturopathy?” [2015 archived; also here] we're told:

“a licensable naturopath has attended an accredited four-year post-graduate naturopathic medical school. The curriculum includes two years of basic sciences and two years of clinical sciences; similar to an M.D. (or allopath).”

Ah, a science claim and that weird sectarian label naturopathy uses upon conventional medicine:

allopathic.


“naturopaths cooperate with all other branches of medical science […] the naturopathic profession is committed to on-going scientific research and development. Today’s practitioners add to the growing body of research by incorporating modern scientific methods that expand the understanding of the mechanisms of natural healing and therapeutics. Ongoing research immunology, diagnosis, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, psychology, and other clinical sciences contribute to the development of naturopathic medicine […] scientific research has shown that many medical conditions can be treated as effectively with food and nutritional supplements […] a resurgence of scientific research in Europe and Asia […] NDs are trained in medical sciences.”

So, there's the grossest of science categorical claims, and a claim of profession.

And we're told there too:

“the principles of naturopathy: the healing power of nature: naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in the person which is ordered and intelligent. Naturopaths act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process […] homeopathy is a powerful system of medicine that is more than 200 years old. This medical system uses highly diluted substances to cure illness. Homeopathic remedies act to enhance the body’s innate immune response and rarely have side effects.”

Ah, coded vitalism and homeopathy as powerful.

There's the ND's article “How Do Homeopathy and Naturopathy Compare?” [2015 archived; also here] wherein we're told:

“homeopathy […] a medicine that is completely non-toxic, has no side effects, is individualized for you, and is an effective treatment for mental, emotional, and physical ailments.”

So there, a claim of homeopathy's efficacy.


“naturopathic medicine emphasizes and utilizes the body's inherent ability to protect and repair itself. At Itasca Naturopathic Clinic, we help you support these mechanisms […] naturopathy is not 'alternative' medicine, but truly integrative medicine providing a comprehensive approach to the best of traditional and conventional medicine. NDs welcome and encourage people to become educated and involved in their healthcare decisions because knowledgeable patients are more successful in attaining their health goals.“

So, there's coded vitalism as a supposed “mechanism”, integrating, a claim of best, a claim of educating and knowledge.

With homeopathy falsely claimed as science, do you now feel empowered and knowledgeable?

It is truly amazing how averse NCNM graduates toward using the actual language NCNM uses to describe naturopathy.

NDs Orchard, Montgomery and Vilensky:

ND Orchard and ND Montgomery are NCNM graduates, and ND Vilensky a Bastyr graduate.

The three are listed practitioners at “Be Well Natural Medicine” [2015 archived].


“naturopathic medical care [...] combines the most cutting-edge medical science with time-tested natural therapies.”

So, there's blending.

The page “Naturopathic Medicine” [2015 archived] states:

“ND’s are required to complete training in natural and holistic therapies such as [...] homeopathy […] after passing national board exams, they are licensed to perform natural primary care medicine […] homeopathy is a powerful energetic form of medicine that matches the vibrational patterns of an individual with the most resonant homeopathic remedy […] biotherapeutic drainage: A form of homeopathy, biotherapeutic drainage is a gentle yet very deep healing modality. Different than a cleanse or detoxification protocol, biotherapeutic drainage works much deeper, on both a cellular and energetic level to enhance the natural routes of elimination so proper functioning of cells, organs, and body systems can be restored […] naturopathic principles: naturopathic doctors use these 6 principles of naturopathic medicine as their guides [...including] the body has an inherent wisdom to heal.”

So, there's holistic, homeopathy, natural, NPLEX, and coded vitalism.


ND Pharis:

The ND's bio. tells us [2015 archived; also here] she's an NUHS graduate: 

that's a science subset naturopathy claim of the grossest, most categorical kind.

NUHS stands for National University of Health Sciences, with an ND program within that label.


“naturopathic doctors work in conjunction with all other branches of medical science […] above all, naturopathic medicine honors the body’s innate wisdom to heal […] naturopathic medical students receive training in the same basic sciences as conventional medical students with additional coursework in holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy.”

Ah, that categorical science claim, coded vitalism, and holistic.

And displayed are homeopathic remedies, though science was promised categorically.


“naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in each person. Naturopathic doctors work to support this by recognizing and removing obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process […] naturopathic doctors are trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities including […] homeopathy.”

So, there's coded vitalism and homeopathy, and there's a page at the practice that lists the diseases naturopathy can improve which also has a picture of homeopathic lactose pellets.

“Ayanna Quamina received her naturopathic medical degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona and [her] bachelor’s of science in psychology. She strongly believes in the the body’s innate ability to heal, and utilizes methods via botanicals, nutrition, hydrotherapy, and homeopathy to help guide it.“

So, SCNM, coded vitalism, homeopathy, science.

In “Services List” [2015 archived] we're told:

“holistic services […] naturopathic medicine is a holistic approach to health care that blends the medical training of primary care with time-honored natural therapies. All acute and chronic conditions result from the natural interplay between multiple body systems. A naturopathic approach looks to integrate these systems into a cohesive whole […] naturopathic medicine satisfies your health care needs for a holistic and empowering medical approach.”

So, holistic, natural, blending, integrating, and empowering.

Also on this page we're told:

“acupuncture […] chiropractic […] ear candling […] homeopathic care […] homeopathic remedies are recommended which stimulate your body’s own immune system […] a few of the many things homeopathy can help with include pain relief, depression, chronic disease, skin issues, anxiety, insomnia, headaches and constipation […] homeoprophylaxis […] HP offers a gentle, natural alternative to vaccination. The goal of homeoprophylaxis (the use of homeopathic nosodes for disease prevention) is to introduce into the human system the energetic components (nosodes) of particular diseases in order to stimulate the immune system to produce immunity […] antibody titers draws are not a required aspect of this program [because nosodes don't work, by the way…] all participants undertaking the program will be a part of a long term study on the efficacy of homeoprophylaxis […] program includes […] remedy kit with sufficient remedy doses for 44 months of homeoprophylaxis […] reiki uses light touch or hand movements on or above the client’s body to clear, energize and balance the human energy system. Restores harmony and balance to the client’s energy system placing them in a position to self-heal. Energy work treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being. Many have reported miraculous relief from physical, emotional and spiritual symptoms. Performed through clothing.”

So, there's weird stuff, coded vitalism, FAKE immunization with fake remedies, and laying on of hands.

As of 2015-02, the ND was on the providers list of the practice sparkwellness.net.


ND Svobodny and NDs Ferguson:

ND Svobodny practices with NDs Todd and Molly Ferguson at prairiend.com.

Their homepage [2015 archived] tells us:

“naturopathic medicine is a distinct profession of primary health care, emphasizing prevention, treatment and the promotion of optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and modalities which encourage the self-healing process. In other words, it is a system of medicine that stimulates the body's innate ability to heal itself with the use of natural therapeutics […] our doctors work to identify and remove your obstacles to cure while supporting your innate process of healing.“

There's the claim of being distinct and yet CODED vitalism, how ironic and opaque.

Their page “About Us and Naturopathic Medicine” [2015 archived] tells us they are all Bastyr graduates and:

“board certified naturopathic doctors attend four years of post-graduate medical training at an accredited naturopathic medical school where they are trained as primary care physicians integrating traditional healing methods with modern scientific medicine.”

So there is knowledge blending.

They state:

“naturopaths receive training [...which includes] homeopathy […and] the naturopathic doctor must pass a set of science boards taken after the second year and a set of clinical board exams taken after the fourth year.”

So there's homeopathy and NPLEX.

And they tell us:

“naturopathic medicine has six basic principles that serve as a foundation for all naturopathic care [...#1] the healing power of nature (vis medicatrix nature): we recognize your inherent healing ability. We identify and help you remove obstacles to recovery and support your healing ability.”

That's coded vitalism, again.

How NOT distinct.

In “Treatments” [2015 archived] we're told:

“NanoSRT (Stress Reduction Therapy) optimizes your response to stressors […] utilizing FDA-cleared galvanic skin response testing and laser stimulation of acupuncture points.”

There's a Youtube video by the maker, apparently, which seems to state:

the “biofeedback device” that “emits frequencies” for a “100 point inspection” that is used to measure the “stress” of these substances on the body based on “bioelectric medicine principles” which are “scientifically proven” to measure the unique “energetic frequency” of all substances and then the machine transmits by “LED light” frequencies to “various meridian points on the body."

Huh?

The maker's web page “FAQ” [2015 archived] states:

“what is stress reduction therapy? […] SRT is a remarkable new procedure that combines the disciplines of acupuncture, biofeedback and homeopathy with laser light technology. A computerized scan or test is done to see what your body is sensitive to, and how it is out of balance, then help it learn not to be [...] substance specific frequencies converted to a digital format, and presented in the form of sound and light, are what allow for patient assessment and therapy down to the molecular level. The frequencies are what make it possible to assess thousands of substance sensitivities in mere minutes, then allow the brain and nervous system to record a new association that is positive or neutral instead of the inappropriate ones that were previously stored in memory. This breaks the link between the stimulus and response, makes symptoms unnecessary, creates balance and harmony, from dis-ease and disharmony, and allows the body to function better […] because the Nano SRT / BioScan is a non-invasive and painless therapy it falls under the scope of practice for many types of physicians, including but not limited to medical doctors (MD), doctors of chiropractic (DC), doctors of osteopathy (DO), homeopathic doctors, naturopathic doctors and acupuncturists.”

How woo-ful.

Also on their page “Testing” [2015 archived] they tell us they do:

“digital cardio analysis (DCA) [which] utilizes heart sounds to detect nutrient deficiencies and organ dysfunction [...and] bioimpedance analysis (BIA) [which] tests body composition […] toxicity and cellular health […and] heart rate variability (HRV) [which] analyzes the flexibility and adaptability of the autonomic nervous system and the circulatory system.”

Really: more reading of tea leaves for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes, essentially.

How woo-ful as well.


ND Torres:

The ND is an SCNM graduate [2015 archived].


“naturopathic medicine encourages the body's innate self-healing process by blending centuries-old knowledge of natural therapies with current scientific advances in healthcare […] naturopathic students must master all the basic and clinical sciences required to graduate from a conventional medical school.”

So, therein is coded vitalism, blended knowledge, and YET a claimed science MASTERY.


“Dr. Torres has an in-depth understanding of and training in both conventional and holistic approaches to healthcare. She is well-versed in natural supplements and prescription pharmaceuticals, as well as potential herb / drug interactions [...] what is the difference between homeopathic medicine and naturopathic medicine? Both homeopathy and naturopathy are [...] effective and gentle healing modalities that treat almost every medical condition […] homeopathy uses solely homeopathic remedies, while naturopathy uses a variety of medicines, including homeopathy.”

So, holistic, natural, and a claim homeopathy is effective.

Not.

As if:

the ND understands pharmacology and science.


ND Vilensky:

There's a strong categorical science claim by this 1998 Bastyr ND graduate on two pages.

First there's “Resources” [2015 archived] where we're told:

“accredited naturopathic medicine schools [...include] National University of Health Sciences.”


“naturopathic physicians cooperate with all other branches of medical science [...naturopathy has] a commitment to state-of-the-art scientific research […NDs study] the same basic sciences as a medical doctor.”

We're also told there:

“the principles of naturopathic medicine [include]: the healing power of nature: naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in the person which is ordered and intelligent. naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this self-healing process […] the education of a naturopathic physician includes [...] homeopathy […] naturopathic medicine encourages the self-healing process, the vis medicatrix naturae, and blends centuries-old knowledge of natural therapies with current advances in the understanding of health and human systems […] naturopathic medicine is a unique profession.”

That's coded vitalism, homeopathy, blending, and a professional claim.

In “Services and Therapies” [2015 archived] we're told:

“therapies used [...include] homeopathy [and] cleansing / detoxification.”

On the homepage [2015 archived] of the ND's practice, we're told:

“the Minnesota Valley Naturopathic Clinic is a holistic medical practice […] whole-person wellness […] I'm a licensed doctor of naturopathic medicine […] integrating complementary, alternative, and conventional therapies […] my goal is to provide the highest quality patient-centered care […] by counterbalancing the often-negative effects of conventional approaches.”

So, that's holistic, integrating, highest quality, and a swipe at conventional medicine.

Now, what's most fascinating is the ND's page “Informed Consent for All New Patients” [vsc 2015-08-07] which states:

“Dr. Vilensky, to the best of her ability, will present treatment facts and options accurately, and will make recommendations according to standards of good naturopathic medical practice.”

Now, if those standards are:

LOW and CRAZY, which they are and as a standard GOOD, then that assurance is an assurance of CRAZY and LOW, and BAD.

We're told:

“the scope of practice of a registered naturopathic doctor in the State of Minnesota includes, but is not limited to, the following services [..including] homeopathic medicines […] Dr. Vilensky passed all NPLEX examinations and received her Washington license in 1999 to practice as a naturopathic doctor. She maintains this license as well.”

Like I said, LOW and CRAZY standards, because it is NPLEX that labels homeopathy a “clinical science.”


ND Waldron-Trapp:

According to the NWHSU 2011 catalog [2015 archived; here's the 2008 catalog with her in it, too], the ND is a 2005 UBCNM ND graduate who works or worked for NWHSU as an assistant professor.

She lists, this 2015-07, on the directory of the the school [2015 archived] with an @nwhealth.edu email address and her department being “Bloomington Natural Care Center.”

Her own practice bio. page [2015 archived] at naturalfamilydoc.com states:

“I focus my efforts on treating the foundational causes of health conditions. This allows me to provide support for your body’s innate ability to heal itself through [...] holistic combination [...which includes] homeopathy […part of her] safe and effective natural therapies for the whole family [...by way of] genetic testing, detoxification programs and education […] conventional medicine throws drug after drug at symptoms, not causes […] I learned how effective naturopathic medicine is, thanks in most part to its holistic approach and numerous options.”

So there's holistic, coded vitalism, detoxification, homeopathy, in a dog-whistle sense 'supposedly able to do what conventional doctors supposedly don't, treat the foundation or cause'.

That's quite a claim from someone who, quite falsely, thinks homeopathy is efficacious as part of naturopathy's “safe and effective natural therapies.”

The 'better-than-MDs dog whistle' continues on the page “What is Naturopathic Medicine?” [2015 archived] which states:

“naturopathic medicine’s philosophy embraces the idea that the body has an inherent ability to heal itself when given the right tools for optimal health [coded vitalism...] naturopathic doctors [...work by] identifying and treating the cause of health conditions, instead of merely treating the symptoms […] it gets to the root of the problem: naturopathic doctors utilize functional medicine labs to identify the foundational cause(s) of health conditions […] naturopathic doctors like me are trained in a variety of treatment methods to meet the individual needs of their patients. These treatment options include [...] homeopathy.”

So there's coding of the essentially naturopathic as usual -- its vitalism -- and the not so subtle not so dog whistle of 'not negligent like MDs', functional medicine, and homeopathy.

In “Natural Treatment Options” [2015 archived], ND Waldron-Trapp tells us:

“homeopathic remedies: homeopathy […] this form of medicine uses extremely small doses of substances. It is an energetic medicine designed to restore balance within our bodies.”

As if.

Now, ND Waldron-Trapp is a BIG, and I mean BIG proponent of replacing vaccines with homeopathy.

We're told in “My Naturopathic Medicine Services” [2015 archive] that the ND offers:

“vaccination information: this includes a consultation to acquire information on individual vaccinations. The goal of this consultation is to educate you about the pros and cons of vaccinations so you can make an educated decision for yourself and/or your children. In Minnesota you have a right to refuse vaccinations for philosophical, medical or religious reasons. If you refuse vaccinations, however, it is important to be educated about the different diseases. You may also be interested in homeoprophylaxis […] homeoprophylaxis (HP): I am an HP supervisor. I offer tailored consultations to begin an individualized homeoprophylaxis program for yourself and/or your children. Homeoprophylaxis is a program in which homeopathic nosodes are given to induce an appropriate immune response. This provokes immunity to a particular disease. It can be used to educate / prepare the immune system on how to respond to a particular disease before exposure, during exposure or after exposure. Visit the free and healthy children website to learn more about homeoprophylaxis, the schedule / status sheet, and fees. Appointment times range from 30-60 minutes; fees are based on actual time taken.“

And that's CRAZY.

And on the page “Great Reads for Improved Health and Wellness” [2015 archived] we're told:

“here is a list of great books for you to read to improve your understanding of naturopathy, healthy eating and healthy living [...including]

Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines, by Dana Ullman [here it is at amazon.com, which is a] step-by-step guide on picking the right homeopathic remedy for you and your ailment. Contains information on many remedies for common ailments and when medical care is necessary […and also recommended]

The Complete Homeopathy Handbook: Safe and Effective Ways to Treat Fevers, Coughs, Colds and Sore Throats, Childhood Ailments, Food Poisoning, Flu, and a Wide Range of Everyday Complaints, by Miranda Castro [here it is at amazon.com]. A complete a-z listing of common internal and external remedies and tips on how to correctly assess your symptoms. Includes dos and don’ts for treating more than 70 conditions […and also recommended]

Homeopathic Alternatives to Immunization: A Guide For Travelers And Parents Looking For An Alternative To Being Immunized, by Susan Curtis [here it is at amazon.com]. Gives tips to parents on which homeopathic remedies are good for prevention and treatment of certain diseases that hold a higher risk for communicability when traveling […and also recommended]

Vaccine Free: Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Contagious Disease with Homeopathy, by Kate Birch [here it is at amazon.com]. The philosophy and practical applications of homeopathy described in this book offer an alternative or conjunctive path to the use of vaccination for the treatment and prevention of infectious contagious diseases […and also recommended]

There Is a Choice: Homeoprophylaxis, by Cilla Whatcott and Dr. Isaac Golden [here it is at amazon.com]. A personal account of current research on vaccine safety, how the immune system is meant to function, the history and application of homeoprophylaxis, and advice about how to make critical decisions regarding your children's health […also recommended]

The Solution: Homeoprophylaxis: The Vaccine Alternative Paperback, by Kate Birch and Cilla Whatcott [here it is at amazon.com]. A parent’s guide to educating your child’s immune system using specific homeopathic remedies […and finally on the list, recommended]

HP Program, by Kate Birch and Cilla Whatcott [here it is at amazon.com]. A step-by-step guide to the homeoprophylaxis program.”

I will provide Amazon.com links to all those books.


“the body has an inherent ability to heal itself [coded vitalism] when given the right tools for optimal health. There are fundamental principles that naturopathic doctors use to bring about these healing properties within the body. These include the following: the healing power of nature: when sickness prevails, it is due to an imbalance within the body. Treatment includes restoring this natural balance so the body can heal itself once again.”

Again, HUGELY coded vitalism.


“an individual can practice medicine without a license in Minnesota.”

Really?

Have they lost their minds there?

She goes on:

“the advantage is that it allows naturopathic doctors to practice under a registration number, like myself. It also allows other qualified health care providers, such as homeopathic doctors and massage therapists to practice in this state. The disadvantage is that an individual can call himself or herself a naturopath without ever having obtained the appropriate education […] my recommendation to anyone seeking naturopathic medical advice is that you should always consider your potential naturopath’s education and background […I have] formal training […] this formal training involves a four-year education in a program accredited for naturopathic medicine […] please ensure you [...] compare the education and experience of each doctor you are considering. Look for someone who is registered with the state of Minnesota as a naturopathic doctor, like myself.”

Quite advantageous, but I'd argue that “appropriate” is not the right adjective to describe an ND education:

I'd lump it all together as miseducation.

And coincidentally she obtained her ND from the same ND-granting school I attended, UBCNM.

It was nonsense, formalized.

She tells us her school's:

“courses include[d...] homeopathic medicine […the] training culminates in national board exams that enable those who pass to practice as a primary care physician […] in Minnesota, those that have passed these national board exams are registered with the state and practice under Statute 147E for naturopathic doctors.”

Now, UB, at her school, tells us naturopathy is within a “division of health sciences” and therein science subset naturopathy subset homeopathy.

Which is bullshit.

And the national exam, the NPLEX, falsely labels homeopathy, as I often say, “clinical science.”

How reassured are you now, as a potential patient, knowing about formalized nonsense and formalized falsehood?


Regarding Homeoprophylaxis in Canada:

On July 31, 2015, by the way, cbc.ca published the article "Nosode Homeopathic Labels Must Read 'Not Vaccines or Alternatives to Vaccines:' Health Canada".

The article states:

"homeopathic products promoted to parents will need to be clear they are not vaccines or alternatives to vaccines, Health Canada says. The department announced Friday it is introducing label changes for certain homeopathic products. Nosodes are ultradiluted forms of diseased tissue, pus, blood, or excretions from a sick person or animal that some homeopaths and naturopaths sell, often in a pellet form. The new statement for nosode products is required to be: 'this product is neither a vaccine nor an alternative to vaccination. This product has not been proven to prevent infection. Health Canada does not recommend its use in children and advises that your child receive all routine vaccinations.' Health Canada said it will also no longer allow companies to make specific health claims on homeopathic products for cough, cold, and flu for children 12 and under, unless those claims are supported by scientific evidence [...] a separate investigation by Marketplace revealed how little scientific evidence is required by Health Canada to license homeopathic remedies. Marketplace created a children's fever and pain remedy called Nighton, which claimed to provide 'effective relief from fever, pain, and inflammation' for children and infants. Health Canada granted a license to sell the product, despite no scientific proof that the product works."

On August 4th, 2015, the National Post in Canada published "Labeling on Homeopathic Products Must Make Clear That They Are Not Vaccines: Health Canada", which stated:

"responding to widespread concern in the medical world, Health Canada has ordered new labeling that makes clear homeopathic 'nosodes' are not vaccines, contrary to how they’re often marketed [...] nosodes are a type of homeopathic solutions promoted by natural-health practitioners and anti-vaccine advocates as an alternative to vaccines [...] Health Canada also says that it will no longer approve claims that homeopathic remedies can treat cold and flu in children unless there is scientific evidence to support the assertions [...] over the last decade or so, the regulator has certified 8,500 homeopathic products of all sorts, while admitting they 'are not supported by scientific evidence' [...] 'it’s a joke, is what it is,' said Prof. Joe Schwarcz, head of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society. 'Homeopathy has no legitimacy. It’s a scientifically bankrupt idea and it should not be promoted in any way.'"

Agreed.

Naturopathy and its homeopathy: quite on the wrong side as usual.

Two Non-AANP-CAND Naturopaths:

Now, apparently, ANYONE in Minnesota – with a little bit of credential or a lot, as in degrees or certificates from mail-order / distance to in-residence – can practice as a doctor of naturopathy, which means practicing medicine legally.

If even medicine that's false and fake!

Aka things like homeopathy therapy, and weirdo diagnostics.

The AANP-type NDs would have us believe they are science-based and therein what's within that broad label as activity and belief are of such RIGOROUS filtering.

The AANP-CAND types -- and I'll include Canada because there's quite a reciprocity in North America among the AANMC schools -- would have us believe that their position is not absurd, but academically top-tier.

My answer to that is bullshit.

And one reason is because non-AANP-CAND naturopaths, who may not be allowed to say 'naturopathic physician' in Minnesota but who can say 'naturopathic doctor' and apparently ND, QUITE COMICALLY, are doing so much of the same stuff as those AANP 'clowns in tuxedos.'

And so I include two examples here, to show how similar naturopaths ALL are, what all naturopaths have in common:

bogus therapeutics and diagnostics, and weirdo beliefs when you tease out what's essentially naturopathic from what is generally decent health knowledge.

Naturopathic Doctor Boraas:

Now, this 'ND' does NOT on his web pages use those initials, and he spells for shit.

I've made corrections in my transcript for the sake of my own sanity.

In “A Student of Nature” [vsc 2015-08-08] – a page whose banner is “Center for Natural Healing, Minneapolis's Naturopathic Doctor” – we're told:

“in 1977, Dr. Boraas founded the Center for Natural Healing in the Twin Cities […] he was certified with the American Naturopathic Medical Certification and Accreditation Board in Washington, DC in 1999.”

We're also told there:

“homeopathy […is] treatment of disease by very small, energetic doses of natural substance that in a healthy person would produce symptoms of disease […] Dr. Boraas practices both classical and clinical homeopathy at the Center For Natural Healing […] iridology: examining the iris to determine information about a patient's systematic health […] the science and application of iridology [...] Dr. Boraas continued his studies with the National Iridology Research Association under Harry Wolfe and Bill Carodonna ND […] sclerology: interpretation of the red lines in the whites of the eyes for health evaluation […] reflexology: a system of points on feet, hands and body linked to every organ. When stimulated, they help relive tension and treat illness […] acupressure and energy balance: using a combination of deep shiatsu pressure with lighter touch to restore body's energy balance.”

So there was homeopathy, the misuse of this term energetic, iridology and a claim of science upon iridology, sclerology, reflexology and acupressure.

The homepage [vsc 2015-08-08] states:

”Center for Natural Healing founded by naturopathic doctor Bruce Boraas in 1977 […] the longest established naturopathic doctor practice in Minneapolis. Patients with a variety of health conditions come for treatments and restore their bodies to health. Dr. Boraas focuses on gentle natural treatments, including herbs and food programs, homeopathic remedies and acupressure / reflexology energy work to activate your body's healing ability. In addition to the traditional naturopathic methodologies, Dr. Boraas is the only practitioner in MN who is trained in iridology and sclerology, the methods of evaluating health patterns by looking closely at your iris and sclera.”

So there also was coded vitalism.

In “Top Ten Reasons Patients See Dr. Boraas” [vsc 2015-08-08] we're told:

“Dr. Boraas brings over 25 years of experience in practicing loving natural healing to every patient he sees. There are natural or naturopathic alternatives available for most health problems. Given the proper natural care and lifestyle changes, the body restores to balance and health […] natural holistic care and healing: natural diagnostics, nutritional analysis, iridology, pulse and tongue diagnosis, healing herbs, homeopathic remedies, whole food nutrition, acupressure and reflexology energy healing [...conditions treated include] PMS, irregular or painful periods [...] menopause, symptoms of fatigue, loss of interest, hot flashes […] gas, indigestion, feeling full, bloating, constipation, leaky gut syndrome, yeast or candida, irritable bowel […] irritability, persistent sadness, insomnia, adrenal weakness, low thyroid, coping with life’s challenges […] circulatory weakness, heart weakness and irregularity, lack of joy […] arthritis [...] back and neck soreness, joint stiffness, motion pain, sore feet […] susceptibility to colds and flus, recovery from serious systemic illness […] affects all of the above and treated with herbal, homeopathic and glandular remedies.”

So there was natural, alternatives, weirdo diagnostics, holistic and homeopathy again.

In “Health Program” [vsc 2015-08-08] we're told:

“your health program might include:natural food recommendations for your specific conditions, as well as instructions about vitamin-dense foods we often miss in our diet, cleansing and detoxification through the liver, lymph and colon cleanses with herbs, diet and therapeutic juices, vitamin, mineral, enzyme and herbal remedies that cleanse, feed and heal the body, homeopathic remedies that gently stimulate healing and balance on physical and emotional levels, reflexology and acupressure treatments to reduce symptoms of pain and to help move body’s energy into a pattern of health, therapeutic stretching instruction, breath awareness and standing chi gung postures are recommended when needed, lifestyle counseling as our actions affect our health and our thoughts, attitudes and feelings affect our physiology and can be a powerful transformational tool. Dr Boraas says work on one virtue each day, and 'find a better feeling!'”

So there was cleansing and detoxification, also.

The page naturalhealingstore.com is the naturopathic doctor's retail outlet.

Dr Boraas's Credentials:

Now, I don't see a school listed for this naturopath, but we were told of “the American Naturopathic Medical Certification and Accreditation Board.”

Perhaps that is the “American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board“ at anmcb.org and the “American Naturopathic Medical Accreditation Board” at anmab.org.

They have a set of schools listed at anmab.org [vsc 2015-08-08] which include, presently:

“American Fitness Professionals and Associates, Inc. […] International Institute of Original Medicine […] International Quantum University for Integrative Medicine […] Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education […] Trinity School of Natural Health […and] The University of Natural Medicine.”

At one of these schools, Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education, we're told in "Homeopathics" [vsc 2015-08-08]:

"homeopathy is extremely effective."

In their "Iridology and Sclerology" [vsc 2015-08-08] we're told:

“your eyes reveal the health of your body. With iridology, we look at the iris, or the colored part of the eye. The fiber structures that make up the iris are actually nerve fibers, and these nerves reflex to every part of the body. So, by assessing the fibers and colors that show, we can determine which areas of the body lack balance and need nourishment. With sclerology, we are looking at the sclera, or the whites of the eyes. The different red lines and markings that appear in the whites also relate to parts of the body. Generally, the iris reveals more long-standing imbalances, while the sclera reveals areas of concern right now. Learn all about yourself through your own eyes! We give you a photo of your eyes and show you every detail that your body is illustrating!"

Really.

In "Therapy Room" [vsc 2015-08-08] we're told:

"detoxing foot soak […] this ionic soak helps to pull impurities from the body."

Really!

So, homeopathy claimed as effective, bogus diagnostics, and detoxification, just like AANP-CAND NDs and NMDs.

And at anmcb.org, we're told about naturopathy in "American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board Code of Ethics" [2015 archived], which states:

"I will […] practice the healing power of nature [...] perform in a professional manner [...] constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself to my chosen profession."

So, like AANP-CAND type NDs, there's coded vitalism and an of-the-professions claim, in a document purportedly detailing naturopathic “ethics.”

And we've seen this with AANP-CAND naturopathy as well.

Similarly, and I really mean that, SIMILARLY, AANMC, the AANP-CAND type ND school organization, also has a set of schools listed that include, presently:

“Bastyr University […] Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM) […] Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) […] National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) […] National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) […] Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences (SCNM) […] University of Bridgeport - College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM).”

Those two lists of schools, in spite of all their supposed differences, as naturopathy-containing schools, share SO MUCH in common.

ND Fjerstad:

This ND does use those initials on his web pages.


“since 1993, the Back To Nature Wellness Center, in Litchfield, Minnesota, has been providing naturopathic medical care to people in west central Minnesota […] the center was founded, and is still served by Dr. Steven Fjerstad, N.D., a trained and certified naturopathic doctor […by way of] Clayton University of Natural Health.”

On the page “Homeopathy” [2015 archived] we're told:

"the term homeopathy comes from the Greek words homeo, meaning similar, and pathos, meaning suffering of disease. Homeopathy seeks to stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself by giving very small doses of highly diluted natural substances that come from plants, minerals, or animals […] the treatments are used for a wide range of health concerns, from wellness and prevention, to the treatment of diseases and conditions such as allergies, asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, digestive disorders, ear infections, headaches, and skin rashes. The naturopathic doctor and staff at Back to Nature Wellness Center is fully certified in homeopathic medicine and capable of administering any treatments they deem beneficial to their patients."

And on the page “Naturopathic Medicine” [2015 archived] we're told:

“naturopathic medicine is an alternative medical system based on natural remedies and the body’s innate ability to heal and maintain itself. It has its origin the nature cure movement of Europe. With its emphasis on safe and effective therapies […] naturopathic medicine has proven to be particularly effective in treating chronic health problems such as: fibromyalgia, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, attention deficit disorder, dementia, various allergies, dermatological issues, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and many digestive issues.”

So, there's alternative, natural, coded vitalism, and a claim of efficacy.

We're also told on that page:

“the practice of naturopathic medicine is based on six core values [...including] recognize, respect and promote the natural self healing power of the body. Naturopathic Medicine seeks to eliminate those things that block or inhibit the body’s innate and incredible ability to heal and maintain itself […] the board certified naturopathic doctor at Back to Nature Wellness Center practices these core values.”

So, there again is coded vitalism and that claim of board certification.

And:

"we focus on natural self healing and have available a wide variety of naturopathic treatment modalities from electrodermal screening, colon hydrotherapy, Ondamed [...] lymphatic drainage, therapeutic massage and homeopathy.”

In “Electrodermal Screening“ [2015 archived] we're told:

“electrodermal screening is performed by a naturopathic doctor or a trained technician [...EDS] is an instrument-based method for gathering information about the health and well-being of the body via electrical measurements of the skin along various points of the hands and feet […] with its focus on the function of the body’s internal organs, [EDS] provides a wealth of information about what is affecting the body […] this highly effective and revealing method of assessment is a product of time honored ancient Chinese medical principles, and 21st century computer technology. Traditional Chinese medicine learned that a form of bodily energy which they called 'chi,' is generated by internal organs and circulates throughout the entire body, forming pathways near the surface of the skin called 'meridians.' This whole-body network is called 'the meridian system,' and this system carries with it information about internal organs that can be used in diagnosis […] all the systems of the body such as liver kidneys, lungs, etc., are checked for stress.  A graphic printout shows which organs are doing well and which organs might need nutritional support to improve their natural function. The entire body is then scanned for toxic substances such as chemicals, viruses, bacteria, heavy metals, etc. Toxic substances are often the source of disease or inhibition of natural body function. Once these are determined and remove the body enjoys a greater state of function and well being. With the information gathered in an electrodermal screening a naturopathic doctor will recommend a natural remedy such as herb, vitamin or homeopathic specific to your health need [...] electrodermal screening has proven especially effective in helping patients suffering from among other things: asthma and various allergies, sensitivities to foods, pollen, mold, etc., irritable bowel syndrome, colitis and Crohn's disease, chronic and acute infections, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, heavy metal and chemical toxicity, ADD, ADHD, multiple sclerosis, seizures, migraine headaches, hormone and nutritional imbalances.”

Really.

What is Ondamed, you ask?

Another non-AANP naturopath's practice, Bärbel Aldridge of Jamestown, NC, has the page “Ondamed Bioenergetic Therapy” [2015 archived] which explains:

“if you are ailing or aging, Ondamed therapy can help you rebuild your health [...] through biofeedback scanning, the peerless Ondamed system enables us to select frequencies to apply as 'energy therapy.' And then Ondamed delivers these tissue-specific frequencies therapeutically, precisely targeting your issues [...] Ondamed safe, gentle electromagnetic energy waves could help you postpone the pathology of aging as well [... ]specific frequencies address common conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, pain relief, stress, sleep disturbance, addictions and candida infections, among many others [...] almost everyone can benefit from Ondamed therapy. Ondamed can be beneficial alone or it can complement other therapy. If you are recovering from trauma or disease, dealing with chronic pain, fatigue, or bone loss, or if you are generally healthy and want to increase vitality, Ondamed can help you build up your resistance and stamina and feel better. Clinical studies, as well as our experience at Healing Ways, show that pulsed electromagnetic therapy can help to reduce pain, inflammation and edema, facilitate cellular repair and regeneration, slow or reverse bone loss and support skeletal health, improve blood circulation and activate lymphatic drainage, support elimination of toxins, promote absorption of nutrients and minerals, improve sleep patterns and mood, and increase vitality, reduce the harmful effects of geopathic and environmental stress [...] during an Ondamed session at Healing Ways, the client sits or reclines comfortably in a chair, fully clothed, and the session typically takes up to an hour. The practitioner places applicators appropriately and scans the body with a range of supportive frequencies to determine which ones are best as therapy [...] programs addressing chronic conditions usually work best with repeated applications over weeks or months.”

Ka-ching.

And we're promised on that homepage of ND Fjerstad:

“most of our patients receive appropriate treatments and therapies, make the required lifestyle changes and then move on to live a well and healthy life.”

Promises, promises.

Reflections So Far at the End of This Episode 10 Part 2a:


Well, I've spend a lot of time here looking at naturopaths themselves to kind of create a preponderance.

So you have AANP-CAND-type naturopaths, and then you have the ones who are not part of that structure and they're quite similar, obviously.

Take naturopathy's homeopathy:

not for medicinal purposes, please, because there aren't any, and especially not as a vaccine replacement!

That's crazy.

How about getting these homeopaths, who practice homeoprophylaxis, to use themselves as subjects in a highly controlled smallpox homeoprophylaxis trial!

That would be interesting.

Homeopathy, for me, when analyzing naturopathy, is a very interesting kind of, shall I say, biopsy or microcosm of the whole naturopathic thing.

Now, I wouldn't reduce naturopathy down to a small subsection of its expanse when thinking about it as, ironically, a whole, but I think homeopathy's presence and promotion by naturopathy is quite a useful indicator in terms of analysis.

AANP, even now, this here year 2015, even with Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council's report out, still promotes homeopathy as efficacious and somehow profound, as opposed to the junk that we know it is.

For instance, there's the AANP and ND Sharif -- a 2003 Bastyr ND graduate -- video "Dr. Sharif’s Interview with AANP Speaking on the Subject of Homeopathy" (vsc 2015-08-04), up at Youtube, telling us:
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"I'm Dr. Sharum Sharif [...] I'm a naturopathic physician [...] my specialty is homeopathy [...] today I'm here to talk to you about homeopathy [...] pharmaceutical drugs, as a rule [...] are palliative [...as in] covering up the symptoms without really addressing the root cause [...homeopathy] hold[s] the promise of curing symptoms and diseases [...] they truly do provide that deep core healing that we all want [...] the remedies can provide a fundamental shift in your health on all levels [...] and they often do provide cure [...fixing] that deep, underlying imbalance [...] it's the most impressive branch of medicine I have ever come across [...] homeopathy is phenomenal [...] we see profound changes every day [...] almost miraculous [...] homeopathy is the best kept secret when it comes to treating psychiatric / psychological problems [...] of all types [...] homeopathy's phenomenal for treating psychological problems [...and all other kinds of] disorders."


So, there's a claim of homeopathy's efficacy and a swipe at conventional medicine.

At the ND's practice, where the above video is embedded on the homepage, in "Naturopathic Medicine" [2015 archived], we're told:

"many of the individual therapies used in naturopathic medical practice have been scientifically validated, especially in the areas of [...and he includes, ISYN] homeopathy."

That epistemic claim is FALSE.


And at his practice, conveniently, ND Sharif has the May 2015 blog post "Is Homeopathy Scientific?" [2015 archived] which states:

"the most common assertion made by skeptics of homeopathy is that they cannot possibly be effective [...] that they are simply sugar pills that work only by means of placebo [...] since homeopathic remedies [...] are so extremely diluted that there is indeed hardly anything of the original substance left in the remedies, skeptics assert that the remedies must be completely void of any medicinal powers. It turns out, however, that the remedies work not due to any biochemical content, but due to the 'memory' that the water molecules retain within them once exposed to a substance, any substance [...] water molecules actually remember what has touched them! Since every substance changes water molecules in a unique fashion (i.e. creating a unique memory that water molecules can apparently store), each can lead to a unique remedy. Thus the large number of homeopathic remedies in existence."

Most homeopathics are given as sugar pills.

So, we're only half way there, if water has memory:

how does water's memory transmit to the structure of a sugar crystal?

Why is that not talked about?


This mention of water memory returns me to my Part 1 list of terms I'd identified, particularly the term WOO:

how WOOFUL to state that water has memory.

ND Sharif goes on:

"skepticism is important, but pathological disbelief is unhealthy."

I agree:

there is a distinction to be made between skepticism which asks you to 'show them the money', and cynicism which says 'nothing will change my mind'.

And making such a distinction is quite ironic, I think, for a naturopath to do because there is also a quite "unhealthy" issue with naturopathy itself and its naturopaths:

what I'll call 'pathological belief' or shall I say 'homeopathillogical belief.'

As in homeopathy, that Holy Cow that is cooked into naturopathy's DNA.

So ND Sharif ends by insisting:

"indeed homeopathy cannot be more scientific [...and informs] I have given talks on homeopathy at statewide, regional, and national associations (i.e. the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians). Over the years, I have taught homeopathy at various naturopathic schools in North America, and have seen it work on countless numbers of patients."

At his other practice page, "Visual Homeopathy", ND Sharif quotes a homeopathy proponent in the slideshow "Homeopathy In The Treatment Of Psychiatric And Psychological Disorders: Safe and Effective Medicine With A 200-Year History" [2015 archived].

That person states: 

"disease is primarily a morbid disturbance or disorderly action of the vital force. Since homeopathic drugs correct the vital force [...] the entire organism automatically becomes corrected, including the mind [...and then ND Sharif states] toxicity (from the food, the environment such as radiation, and even internal toxicity due to poor organ function) can most definitely disrupt our mind, especially in chemically sensitive individuals. In my practice, in the cases of mild depression and/or anxiety, often patients feel significantly better by simply undertaking a simple naturopathic 'detox / cleansing' program [...and] healing always follows Hering’s Law of Cure, from emotional to physical, inside out, top to bottom, and in reverse order in time of appearance of the different symptoms."

Right.

The AANP is actually appealing to the U.S. Federal government for continued 'special protection' of homeopathy's remedies this year.

The AANP states in "AANP Stands Up for Homeopathic Medicines" (2015-04-27) [2015 archived]:

"AANP Board member Amy Rothenberg, ND, DHANP, provided expert testimony at a recent FDA hearing intended to assess whether or not the agency should change its regulatory approach to homeopathic products [...] Dr. Rothenberg is board certified by the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians. She and her husband, Dr. Paul Herscu, founded the New England School of Homeopathy [...] 'AANP believes that FDA's current approach is working well,' Dr. Rothenberg commented.'"

This is because homeopathy is exempt from pre-market SCIENTIFIC vetting before retail sale.

The ND reminds us in this post:

"FDA could decide to regulate homeopathic products the way it does over-the-counter drugs. If that were to occur, the makers of homeopathic medicines would have to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of their products before they could be sold in drug stores and natural food shops."

WHY is AANP comfortable with how things are NOW?

Shouldn't we know what works BEFORE we sell it, in a 'scientifically know-it' kind of way?

ND Rothenberg then states:

"'the low cost of these medicines, as well as the consistent quality of product, make them appealing to both physician and patient.  Over decades of use, we have not found problems or variability with quality of the homeopathic product, and no toxicity has been reported.'"

Quality sugar pills which have been consistently nontoxic and cheap.

This sounds not like pharmacy but the production of:

CANDY. 

There is though ONE HUGE difference as compared to their nonAANP-CAND counterparts:

money.

The AANMC apparatus is a money vacuum.

On the web page "Naturopathy / Naturopathic Medicine" [vsc 2015-08-07], the Princeton Review tells us:

"selected schools:

Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine New Westminster, BC  $17,950 Tuition 154 Enrolled;

Bastyr University - School of Naturopathic Medicine Kenmore, WA $31,789 Tuition 591 Enrolled;

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine Toronto, ON $20,100 Tuition 542 Enrolled;

University of Bridgeport - College of Naturopathic Medicine Bridgeport, CT $25,370 Tuition [with no enrollment number];

National College of Natural Medicine Portland, OR $24,150 Tuition 422 Enrolled."

Now, UB doesn't have there an enrollment number, so I'll guess a number, 150.

There are, actually MORE ND schools than what is listed:

such as NUHS and SCNM.

So, let's do some math:

(average tuition) X (4 years) X (total enrollment of these 5 schools) =

$23,600 X 4 X 1859 =

$175,489,600.

And I think I've low-balled it.

Now, this has been going on since the late 1970s, by the way.

I'm only covering four years with that number.

That's A LOT of money being spent on an area that claims categorically to be "science" and yet contains huge swaths of what is PATENTLY science-exterior.


HOW are they allowed to process SO MUCH money under an obviously FALSE position, and likely mostly through Title IV?

 Now, my overarching episode question for this Naturocrit Podcast Episode 010 is:

“what does the abundant CATEGORICAL false labelings of naturopathy's contents as science, as demonstrated by Minnesota post-secondary academic institutions, indicate regarding the ethicality of contemporary U.S. higher education, and its regard for consumer protections and patient informed consent?"

I can't answer that directly until I cover the other school.

But, from this Part 2a, you can quite easily see NDs themselves in Minnesota engage in "false labelings", and I'd argue that 'they got there through where and how they were miseducated.'

The NDs are the products or the outcomes of the 'ND schools' falsehood apparatus' -- aka products of The Education Robbers -- with the AANP-CAND part of that 'they' being:

FULLY accredited, in-residence, '.gov' sanctioned.

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