Monday, September 28, 2015

@wildcat.arizona.edu: Former ND Hermes on U. of Arizona's Naturopathy "Quackery" Ties

here, some 'from within' criticism of naturopathy, also 'from without':

001. at wildcat.arizona.edu, in "Column: UA College of Public Health Irresponsibly Tied to Quackery" (2015), former ND Britt Hermes and husband Taylor Hermes write:

"quackery is a term that should be used judiciously. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines quackery as 'the methods and treatments used by unskillful doctors or by people who pretend to be doctors.' A quack doesn’t need to be deceptive; a quack may not know any better [...]";

yup.  Those people would be called delusional or ignorant.

"the state of Arizona licenses quacks. There is a Board of Homeopathic and Integrated Medicine Examiners, which licenses doctors who have lost their medical licenses in other states, who, in Arizona, can then practice without much limitation. The scientific consensus on homeopathy is that it is useless [...]";

agreed.

"[and] there is the Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board, which licenses practitioners claiming to be just like medical doctors but better [...]";

and they are very keen on stating that they treat the cause while medical doctors only treat symptoms.


"last week, the UA’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health announced a new partnership with the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Students at SCNM will be able to earn a naturopathic doctorate while earning a master’s degree in public health through classes online and at the UA’s Phoenix campus [...]":

and I'm AMAZED, at the cognitive dissonance that and science of epidemiology and the junk within naturopathy would create as one tries to sit the two together in one mind.  It was, truly, the science I learned BEFORE naturopathy school and the BMS from naturopathy school that made me realize that so much in naturopathy which is essentially naturopathic is BUNKUM.

"naturopathic medicine is not effective [...] given what is known about naturopathy, how could the UA have decided to partner with SCNM? [...] students at SCNM and the other naturopathic schools are required to 'master' homeopathy [...] along with other old-timey, folk and pseudoscientific methods, like hydrotherapy, herbology, acupuncture and energetics, homeopathy is taught as legitimate medicine [...] their content is inferior and often scientifically invalid [...]";

yes, homeopathy is baked-in to naturopathy.  I left naturopathy school because I considered naturopathy's homeopathy, amongst other things essentially naturopathic, to be unethical and undoable: pseudosciences falsely labeled "health science" by UB to this day.

"UA is being academically disingenuous, hindering the scientific process and tarnishing its reputation [...] UA needs to drop its collaboration with SCNM and tirelessly support the highest standards in health sciences [...]";

hear, hear.
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