Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Problem With Naturopaths' Explanations: Opacity, Distortion, Disparagement & ND Zimmer

here, look at how bad naturopaths are at explaining naturopathy while disparaging mainstream medicine :

001. at vimeo.com, we're told in "Dr. Britta Zimmer, Common Questions, Naturopathic Doctor Difference"
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" I understand you are a naturopathic doctor.  How is that different from an MD? [...the ND] I understand that there's a lot of confusion out there  [...yet her title on the video is] medical director [...]";

well, that's a little confusing.  Medical school is not naturopathic school.  So why the conflation?  That's CONFUSING.  And it obviously benefits naturopathy.

"I understand that there's a lot of confusion out there about what it means to be a naturopathic doctor versus a holistic medical doctor versus an integrative physician or a homeopathic doctor and I think this confusion is due to a lack of education about how naturopathic doctors are trained [...] naturopathic doctors go to a four-year medical school [...] we take licensing boards just like medical doctors [...] we are trained in the management and treatment of acute and chronic diseases [...] you're gonna get the same physical examination that a medical doctor would do [...] we order the same laboratory tests [...] we're using the same diagnostic codes [...] ";

again, that conflation that medical and naturopathic are the same thing.  I think that the ND is confused: the basis of medicine is science while the basis of naturopathy is not.  Yet, naturopaths falsely claim their basis is science.  That's truly a "lack of education."

"where we differ is in our philosophical approach and also the modalities which we practice [...]";

well, what I can say about the "philosophy" is that naturopaths are horrible thinkers and learners.  Their philosophical approach is to label anything 'science and effective'. 

"philosophically we want to identify, remove and treat the cause of disease rather than just treat symptoms [...]";

so here is where the ND impugns regular medicine as incompetent, as not 'doing it right', yet it is regular medicine that has rigorous epistemic standards unlike naturopathy.   Therein: disparagement.

"we also look at the body as a whole rather than cutting it up in pieces.  We look at the totality of the condition [...]";

well, regular medicine has its biopsychosocial model which does just that though the ND claims this as a distinguishing characteristic of naturopathy.   Therein: distortion.

"at the same time we support the body's innate healing process [...] all of our bodies want to get back to a state of homeostasis.  As a naturopathic doctor, we are taught how to establish this state rather than disrupt it [...] in terms of our philosophical approach, we use the healing power of nature.  What that simply means is that we use natural, safe, nontoxic alternatives [...]";

so there is coded vitalism, naturopathy's central premise, because we don't deserve to know.  Therein: opacity.  And the false promise of unlimited healing.


002. at her alma mater and State '.gov':

you can find the vitalism and nonsense therapeutics like homeopathy, at the heart of naturopathy, falsely stated as able to survive scientific scrutiny. Not very "same" as regular medicine.

003. at ND Zimmer's practice:

003.a. her bio. tells us she is an NUNM graduate and:


"naturopathic Physicians (N.D.s) are trained to serve as primary care practitioners who are experts in the prevention, diagnosis, management and treatment of both acute and chronic health conditions";

ah, the claim of expertise.

003.b. there is her practice page "Naturopathic Doctors" which tells us: 

"a licensed naturopathic doctor (N.D.) attends a four-year graduate-level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an M.D. [...]";

so there's the false posture of we're science.

"the naturopathic physician is required to complete four years of training in clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, and counseling [...]";

so there's the bunkum, homeopathy, as if 'from a science base.'

"naturopathic physician takes rigorous professional board exams so that he or she may be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care general practice physician [...]";
and in the sense of these fake things within science, naturopathy is licensed falsehood.
"naturopathic physicians combine the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science [...]";
so, 'wise nature' things like homeopathy nonsense combined with science.
"naturopathic physicians help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health [...]";
so there's coded life force.
"qualified naturopathic physicians undergo rigorous training before they become licensed health-care practitioners [...]";
bull.  When patent science-exterior stuff is falsely labeled as science, that's not rigor.

"the six naturopathic principles [...include #2] trust the healing power of nature: recognize, respect and promote the self-healing power of nature inherent in each individual human being [...]";
again, coded vitalism.  Same at it ever is.
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