001. Zach Benoit reports at billingsgazette.com in "Billings Woman Named 2016 Naturopathic Physician of the Year" (2016-08-27) [2016 archived]:
"earlier this summer, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians — a professional society with 1,500 members nationwide and affiliates in 43 states — named her its 2016 Physician of the Year [...who says] 'naturopathic physicians are some of the most phenomenal people I have met [...] people think about it as something that's sort of fringe, but it's really not' [...] at Bastyr University [...] she earned her doctorate in naturopathic medicine [...] 'Dr. Beeson embodies exceptional values that we believe should be continuously recognized in this unique field,' said Ryan Cliche, AANP executive director [...]";
so, let's look at her practice briefly and Bastyr.
002. at ND Beeson's practice, you'll find the page "What is Naturopathic Medicine?" [2016 archived]:
"naturopathic doctors use minimally invasive and nontoxic remedies, proven safe and effective by research and clinical practice [...] naturopathic doctors draw upon a wide range variety of therapies. Each is supported by clinical experience and scientific, peer-reviewed research on efficacy and safety [...including] homeopathy is based on the philosophy that 'like cures like.' Ill persons are treated using tiny doses of substances that can produce, in a healthy person, symptoms similar to those of the illness. Normally, remedies are taken in extremely diluted form – such as one part remedy to around 1,000,000,000,000 parts water. Similar principles are used in conventional allergy treatment, where the allergic substance is given in a small dose, and in vaccines, where an impotent form of a virus is given to bolster the immune system against the virus [...and] Chinese medicine [...which] achieves health by balancing the body’s energy pathways [...] naturopathic treatment is guided by six principles [...#2] recognize the healing power of nature. The human body has the capacity to heal itself and maintain homeostasis. Naturopathy works in harmony with nature to restore and support the body’s natural healing systems [...]";
it is patently false to categorize homeopathy as scientific and efficacious. And allergy treatment and vaccination actually have scientific support. It's like saying a flat earth and a round earth are similar. Except one isn't true. Pure and simple. And the energy of Chinese medicine isn't energy in the scientific sense, it is imaginary qi. And, that HPN on the page isn't transparently communicated as the vitalistic spiritistic imaginary force that naturopathy's at their core content runs physiology. So, falsehood and opacity. And these the AANP considers "exceptional values" because naturopathy is bullshit. And why would bullshit have a problem with itself? But is it any wonder that 'that without evidence' is considered science-vetted, when you look at Bastyr's fringe epistemics and ontologics and metaphysics below.
003. at Bastyr you'll find the mission statement, the framing statement:
"Bastyr's international faculty teaches the natural health sciences with an emphasis on integrating mind, body, spirit and nature."
now, that's the claim 'science subset nonscience' galore. So naturopathy is QUITE FRINGE, ND Beeson. Quite. And this lunacy is not phenomenal. This is a reversal of values.