Thursday, September 29, 2016

CAND's New National Ad Campaign 2016 and My Comments

here, some thoughts on naturopathic propaganda.  Beware, there be 'unethical sectarian pseudoscience' here:

001. the YouTube channel for the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors has 7 new videos up about naturopathy.  There's:

001.a. "Naturopathic Doctors are Regulated Health Care Professionals" [vsc 2016-09-28]:
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oooo, a stethoscope, gloves, white coat and caduceus.  Looks competent. 
But the strict regulation of nonsense doesn't make nonsense sense.  Featured is ND Marr, who tells us on his bio. page he's "known for his charisma and enthusiasm."  On his page "What is Naturopathic Medicine?" [2016 archived] we're told about naturopathy's central premise: "the role of the naturopathic doctor is to facilitate the body’s ability to heal itself by identifying and removing obstacles to cure, then, to support and nurture the maintenance of optimal health.  This inherent ability of our bodies to heal themselves is often referred to as the 'healing power of nature' (vis medicatrix naturae), but I do not believe it is intended to represent a magical force, but instead encourages us to remove the obstacles to cure, provide the appropriate support, and allow the body to heal itself."  Similarly, his overseeing regulator in British Columbia, the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia, also isn't clear about what the HPN-VMN thing is.  But the CAND, whose current homepage features ND Marr, is quite clear, them who made these videos.  In "Common Questions About Naturopathic Treatments" CAND tells us: "homeopathic remedies are minute dilutions of plant, animal and mineral substances designed to stimulate the body’s 'vital force' and strengthen its innate ability to heal."  Homeopathy and vitalism are quite magical.  That's a great contradiction.  The video says "it's time for a second opinion on your health."  Well, if magical vital forces and empty remedies science has ejected are such, that opinion is WORTHLESS and to pay for it is practically CRIMINAL.

001.b. "Naturopathic Doctors Can Order Blood Tests" [vsc 2016-09-28]:
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well, I question naturopathy's abilities to truly understand the world and how it works when they think homeopathy and vital forces are active within it.  Featured is ND Tebruegge, who tells us on his web page "Frequently Asked Questions About Naturopathic Medicine" [2016 archived]: "in order to be licensed naturopathic doctors must Pass NPLEX board exams that are written after the 2nd year and 4th year of study. NPLEX is the standard examination used by all licensing jurisdictions for naturopathic doctors in North America."  What we're not told is that that exam falsely labels homeopathy a "clinical science" and that means that for naturopathy, 'science is anything.'  Like homeopathy, like vital forces.  And offered again in the video is "a second opinion."

001.c. "Naturopathic Doctors' Services are Covered By Extended Health Insurance" [vsc 2016-09-28]:
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ND Yik is featured, whose practice's explanation of naturopathy [2016 archived] just like the other two NDs', doesn't transparently detail that magical vital force figmentation at the heart of naturopathy. Even the practice's acupuncture page [2016 archived] refuses to say chi / qi.  Her regulator in Alberta, the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta, on the page "General Questions" [2016 archived], isn't transparent about what's at the heart of naturopathy: VMN-HPN as vitalistic figmentation.  Bad for business.

001.d. "Naturopathic Doctors Can Order Lab Tests" [vsc 2016-09-28]:
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features ND Jiwani.  She DOES give us that magical force, on her acupuncture page [2016 archived].  She states there: "qi: an energy which is both physical and spiritual.  The essential life - force or vital energy that animates all forms of life in the universe.   Means 'breath' and 'air'."  Ah, Chinese medievalism.  It's quite naturopathic. 

001.e. "Naturopathic Doctors Treat Underlying Causes" [vsc 2016-09-28]:
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features ND Wiggins who has a treatment page "Homeopathic Medicine" [2016 archived] which states: "homeopathy is a nontoxic system using minute amounts of plant, mineral and animal substances to stimulate the inherent ability of the body to heal itself. Homeopathic remedies are designed to stimulate this internal curative process rather than suppress the symptoms. Homeopathy is an energetic form of medicine, and may not be suitable for everyone. However, groups of people such as infants, children and pregnant women, safely find relief from both acute and chronic conditions from homeopathic treatment."  But there's no greater medical incompetency, in my view, than thinking homeopathy is efficacious. 

001.f. "Naturopathic Doctors are Medically Trained" [vsc 2016-09-28]:
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features ND Forgeron, whose clinic has such great therapy pages as "Reflexology" [2016 archived]: "when the reflexes are stimulated, the body's natural electrical energy works along the nervous system to clear any blockages in the corresponding zones. A reflexology session seems to break up deposits (felt as a sandy or gritty area under the skin) which may interfere with this natural flow of the body's energy."  Doesn't sound very medical to me, or sound.  It's loony.  And perfectly naturopathic.

001.g. "Naturopathic Doctors Can Help You Stay Healthy" [vsc 2016-09-28]:
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features ND Fleury. Her practice's "Programs and Services" [2016 archived] page includes homeopathy, and it states: "homeopathy works to promote the body’s innate healing ability (or vital force) through gentle yet curative means. Homeopathic remedies are made from specific dilutions of plant, animal and mineral substances and are prescribed based on acute or long-standing symptoms. Based on the principle that 'like cures like', a substance that may cause certain symptoms in a healthy person can also cure similar symptoms in an unhealthy person. This safe yet powerful system of medicine is more than 200 years old."

002. now, the videos all start "true or false."  So, let me ask this question, "true or false: naturopathy permits almost any lunacy to be termed 'medicine'":

TRUE THAT.






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