Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Naturocrit Podcast - Episode 013b1 [s02e03b1] - Script & Annotations

here, in this first half of Part Two of Episode 013, I'll discuss a letter I've sent to the CTDPH, claims by the Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and an apologetic by ND Block regarding naturopathy's central sectarian premise:

001. the Episode 013b1 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 veneers "natural, holistic, integrative and alternative" and improperly embedded in the academic category "science".

Episode Synopsis:

In this two-part Naturocrit Podcast Episode 013, otherwise known as Season 2 Episode 3,

titled "The State of Connecticut and Its Naturopathy: 'Deception, Fraud, Double-Dealing, Subterfuge, and Trickery'”,

I've been looking at a very interesting and new State of Connecticut document published on their '.gov' this 2017!

The document is titled


And, as I've said, Corrupticut looks very CONflicted academically, clinically, and commercially because, by way of naturopathy in Connecticut, truly 'a state of con' exists, wherein we can easily find so much

'Deception, Fraud, Double-Dealing, Subterfuge, and Trickery!'

In this second and last part of Episode 013, I'll discuss:

a letter I've sent to the CTDPH,

claims by the Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians,

an apologetic by ND Block regarding naturopathy's central sectarian premise,

UB naturopathy and kind,

and a conclusion.

I've decided to split this second part into two audio files for the sake of manageability:

they will be called Episode 013b1 and 013b2.

Here, in 013b1, I'll deal with that CTDPH letter, RIANP, and the amazing ND Block.

Part of my eventual conclusion will me sharing the contents of another recent letter I've sent to the USDE, which is me implementing a complaint in the system USDE terms “borrower defense to repayment.”

For what it's worth:

because this just ain't right.

Main Text:

Before I delve specifically into the areas for this Part Two that I'd listed at the end of Part One 

– UB naturopathy and kind, and a conclusion, which will employ, respectively, examples from UB, the CT ND State organization, and the ND national organization and other Report sundries with a dovetailing back to my definitions from the beginning of Part One –

I'd like to highlight two ND sources I've recently been researching and thinking about.

They are, suitably, of that 'and kind' association.

First, there's the Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians then, from NDNR of June 2017, there's ND Block.

But, before do that duo, I'll share a letter I'd written and sent to the CTDPH before I wrote and published Part 1 that I'd forgotten about.


And it goes:

“here, I share a brief email I recently sent to my State government. Another of my complaints, in a long list of complaints, that are ignored though they are about what is quite obvious through CT .gov's own documents […] 'to whom it may concern, I've been watching for years, and collecting for years, the State of Connecticut's involvement with naturopathy, which the State licenses, accredits, endorses, and promotes as 'science' when generally that broad label or category is not true. Yet permission continues from the State for the University of Bridgeport to operate under such false pretenses and inducements, and for NDs to operate in business similarly. And so my question, as a Connecticut taxpayer, blogger, and podcaster, is: when is the State going to get on the right side of this matter? Here's a little snippet of my take on YOUR involvement with naturopathy, and the utter hypocrisy of the State of Connecticut ALREADY knowing about this nonmerchantable academic, clinical, and commercial product known as naturopathy or as is so unique to the State of Connecticut, 'nature opathy'. Enjoy: http://naturocrit.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-connecticut-allied-health-care.html [...] I'd love a response, as I am a citizen of the this State, and I'm soon to publish a podcast episode on this matter. And as always, this communication will be published. Sincerely, Robert Cullen.”

Now at that page I direct Chris to which details that medical and nursing contingent 'not of science or evidence foundation' stake-in-the-heart, there I also wrote:

“who is going to connect the dots and prosecute? Simply in Connecticut [as well as North America in general], naturopathy is engaged in false commerce, false academics, and false clinical encounters. You have Connecticut's University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine embedded within a supposed 'Division of Health Sciences' yet even in this State of Connecticut document AT the Connecticut '.gov' we have the fact that homeopathy for instance is specified as within naturopathy, which completely undermines that naturopathic self-labeling as 'science' commercially, academically, and clinically. My take is that NOBODY will do anything, here in Corrupticut. And that IS prosecutorial misconduct and IMHO a conspiracy."

 Of course, I never got an answer.

The Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians:

You may find it surprising that I am QUITE surprised – even with my long-time naturopathy watching experience – to discover at this organization's recently-concocted web pages such an ADAMANT 'science subset naturopathy' categorization.

Now, Rhode Island is a state naturopaths are trying to get licensure in, so they are choosing self-descriptive language for that purpose.

NDs are in Rhode Island ALREADY, likely doing diagnostic and therapeutic stuff without expressed licensure aka permission.

Can anyone say practicing medicine without a license?

In the RI NDs' licensure push, rianp.org recently appeared and is aimed at presenting naturopathy categorically as SCIENCE obviously as part of their strategy to gain licensure.

In my view that strategy is false marketing:

the RI naturopaths presenting naturopathy falsely, categorically.

I'll first start with RIANP's science claims, which I have collected recently from their web site and pushed into archive.org.

There's homeopathy falsely posed as science, and that is patently a false categorization.

For instance their page "Licensure" [2017 archived] states:

"NPLEX is the standard examination used by all licensing jurisdictions for naturopathic doctors in North America. It includes 5 basic science exams (anatomy, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, microbiology and immunology) which are taken after the first two years of medical school. The clinical science examinations are taken following graduation after the fourth year of school. They include: clinical and physical diagnosis, laboratory diagnosis and diagnostic imaging, botanical medicine, pharmacology, nutrition, physical medicine, homeopathy, minor surgery, psychology and lifestyle counseling, and emergency medicine. Individual jurisdictions may give additional examinations in jurisprudence and acupuncture."

Similarly, there's the page "NPLEX (Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination)" [2017 archived] which states basically the same 'clinical science subset homeopathy' bullshit.

Because there's no bigger clinical bullshit as homeopathy pseudopharmacy.

And there's no holier cow in naturopathy than homeopathy.

Even more broadly or categorically 'of science' as a claim, there's their page "Naturopathic Medicine" [2017 archived] which states:

"naturopathic medicine is an art, science, philosophy and practice of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness. Naturopathic medicine is distinguished by the principles which underlie and determine its practice. These principles are based upon the objective observation of the nature of health and disease, and are continually reexamined in the light of scientific advances [...] naturopathic doctors are general practitioners, whose diverse techniques include modern and traditional, scientific and empirical methods [...] the naturopathic medical profession’s infrastructure includes accredited educational institutions, professional licensing, national standards of practice, peer review, and a commitment to state-of-the-art scientific research [...] naturopathic medicine is a scientifically proven and tested system of (successful) healthcare."

So, such an ADAMANT broad or categorical science claim!

Similarly, we're told in "Meet the Board" [2017 archived]:

"naturopathic medicine is a scientifically proven and tested system of (successful) healthcare."

Oddly, with that adamant 'scientifically proven' false label is 'successful' in parentheses.

It's just plain odd to do that.

Just by way of its homeopathy, but there's so much other junk like homeopathy within naturopathy, this claim that naturopathy's homeopathy is science is so false that I term it a reversal of values.

And the last rianp.org page I'll use for an example of naturopathy's false categorically science claim is the page "Naturopathic Physician Education" [2017 archived] – a URL with naturopathic spelled wrong – which states:

"after completion of standard premedical undergraduate coursework, a 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. or D.O. […] the training consists of comprehensive study of the conventional medical sciences including: anatomy, physiology, pathology, microbiology, immunology, clinical and physical diagnosis, laboratory diagnosis, cardiology, gastroenterology, gynecology, etc. [...] AANMC Member Schools [...include] National University of Health Sciences [...and the] University of Bridgeport – College of Naturopathic Medicine Health Science Center."

Now, if nonscience is labeled science by naturopathy – which it is -- then naturopathy's “basic science” is NOT the SAME as other healthcare doctorates.

And in NOT knowing THAT truth, naturopaths are therein NOT of a “comprehensive study of the conventional medical sciences.”

Yet you see there at both NUHS and UB, naturopathy embedded within a program or school or location with science in its name.

FFS, feds lock someone up here!!!

Last, regarding RI NDs, there's the article written by their President ND Feibelman at providencejournal.com.

She tells us about the RI NDs' legislative thrust in "Marcy Fiebelman: Licensing Naturopathic Doctors in R.I." (2017-06-27) [2017 archived] wherein she writes:

“Marcy Fiebelman is a naturopathic physician and president of the Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians […] the Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians (RIANP) has worked for more than 10 years to license naturopathic doctors (NDs) in Rhode Island. In this legislative session, RIANP is hopeful that House Bill 5474 and Senate Bill 327 will become law […] to ensure the passage of the ND licensing bills, please urge your Rhode legislators to support H-5474 and S-327. For more information, visit www.RIANP.org […] there are several reasons why the licensing of naturopathic doctors is important and would be beneficial to Rhode Islanders.”

Let's say 'for more misinformation' visit the RI NDs' .org.

And how is falsehood “beneficial”?

But that's how naturopathy gets licensure:

'Deception, Fraud, Double-Dealing, Subterfuge, and Trickery'.”

But, in spite of all this, apparently the RI ND bill has already passed their House and Senate.

I'm going to retrieve some of the language of that HB5474 which is sponsored by Representatives Keable and Blazejewski.

The bill tells us “this chapter shall be known and may be cited as 'License of Naturopathy Act of 2017.'"

It has the root 'naturop' in it at least 65 times, but no instances of the root "scien".

It states “'approved naturopathic college' means a college which grants a degree of doctor of naturopathy […and] is accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME).”

And as we've seen in the past too abundantly, it is CNME that states that basically within an ND degree, anything is science in terms of their allowed standards.

"Homeopathic" is in the bill twice and the bill says:

 "doctors of naturopathy [...shall] be subject to oversight by the director of the Rhode Island department of health."

And so there again we see a state getting into bed with quackery and pseudoscience, just like my state Connecticut.

And the bill warns:

"Rhode Island does not recognize doctors of naturopathy as primary care providers and a doctor of naturopathy is not responsible for the overall medical care of any patient [huh?  They claim to be primary care physicians, nationwide...] naturopathic care is intended only as an adjunct to, and not a substitute for, medical care from a physician, physician assistant [...] or advanced practice registered nurse."

So obviously, right now they are willing to get ANY amount of practice permission, a foot in the door, which one usually sees an expansion upon with future amendment to the pertaining ND law.

Now, let's talk about unprofessional conduct.

The bill states:

“unprofessional conduct […] the following conduct, and conduct set forth by the department of health, by a person licensed under this chapter or an applicant for licensure constitutes unprofessional conduct […including] willful misrepresentation in treatments […] harassing, intimidating, or abusing a patient.”

Now, I'd say that posing so much of naturopathy as scientifically supported is such misrepresentation and abuse.

And that's naturopathy's daily behavior.

The RIANP is guilty of misrepresentation when it states “naturopathic medicine is a scientifically proven and tested system of successful healthcare.”

But, of course, the act has naturopaths' behaviors compared to other naturopaths and as I've said in the past, why would absurdity have a problem with itself?

Because the act states:

“acts of gross misconduct in the practice of their profession or gross or repeated malpractice or the failure to practice naturopathy with the level of care, skill, and treatment [...] recognized by a reasonably prudent similar doctor of naturopathy as being acceptable under similar conditions and circumstances.”

So, complaints about these thieves will be judged by the thieves guild.

Procedurally, regarding complaints of unprofessional conduct, we're told in the bill:

"upon receiving a credible complaint or report concerning a licensee, or on its own motion, the division of professional regulation may investigate any evidence that appears to show a licensee may be medically incompetent, guilty of unprofessional conduct, or mentally or physically unable to engage safely in the practice of naturopathy [...] the burden of proof in a disciplinary action shall be on the state to show by a preponderance of the evidence that the person has engaged in unprofessional conduct [...] the division of professional regulation of the department of health may, after notice and hearing, in its discretion, refuse to grant the license provided for in this chapter to any doctor of naturopathy who has violated any of the laws of the state affecting the ability of any doctor of naturopathy to practice naturopathy, or who had been guilty of unprofessional conduct or conduct of a character likely to deceive or defraud the public, and may, after notice and hearing, revoke or suspend any license issued or granted by it for like causes or for any fraud or deception committed in obtaining the license.”

Isn't it all so ridiculous.

The naturopaths lie to get their bill passed, concerning the inherent epistemic nature of naturopathy, and within that bill are sanctions against that very behavior, per “deceive and defraud […] fraud or deception”, and that's the stuff that got them licensed!

ND Block's NDNR Article from June 2017:

You'll likely also be QUITE surprised to hear that I am QUITE surprised regarding what ND Block thinks is so adamantly scientifically supported, and important, when such isn't IN THIS DAY AND AGE.

He reminds me of how truly rock-bottom ND miseducation is, or how it's a place to go with crank beliefs and then be given the empowering white lab coat of supposed scientific physicianship to argue for those beliefs:

aka metaphysicianship.

I imagine often that if you opened up naturopaths' heads, you'd find an unnecessarily contorting befuddlement of wrestling weasels.

ND Block is Moshe Daniel Block, ND, HMC and according to his bio. at the end of his NDNR article, he's a 2000 CCNM ND graduate.

That bio. also tells us that “HMC” stands for “homeopathic master clinician” – which reminds me of the job title 'expert unicorn wrangler' – and that:

“he specializes in autoimmune illness and myasthenia gravis, a disease from which he healed himself [...see] his private practice website […] myasthenia-gravis-cure.com.”

By the way, webmd.com has the article up “How Is Myasthenia Gravis Diagnosed and Treated?” and in it we're told:

“there is no cure for myasthenia gravis.”

The Mayo Clinic also shares this view.


“with treatment, most individuals with myasthenia can significantly improve their muscle weakness and lead normal or nearly normal lives […] some cases of myasthenia gravis may go into remission — either temporarily or permanently — and muscle weakness may disappear completely so that medications can be discontinued. Stable, long-lasting complete remissions are the goal of thymectomy and may occur in about 50 percent of individuals who undergo this procedure.”

So, a nonsurgical remission of the disease is not uncommonly impossible and I mention this because with such kinds of spontaneous reversals, it's easy to falsely attribute the remission to an unrelated 'cause'.

Like, say, inert pills aka homeopathy and kind. And ND Block apparently has done such.

At myasthenia-gravis-cure.com, ND Block speaks of his own m.g. curing process.

He writes:

“I have found many answers, and they do not lie in conventional medicine […] this disease is only incurable when only conventional medical means are taken […] Louis Klein, a skilled homeopath and first rate teacher, with over 25 years practicing, has cured several cases of myasthenia gravis which are verifiable and continue to be symptom free years after the homeopathic treatment […] psychotherapy, counseling, homeopathy, acupuncture, meditation, core-belief work, and other forms of healing medicine that can address the root of the disease will therefore be very beneficial and can single-handedly, without conventional treatment, lead to the improvement and eventual cure of the myasthenic person […and at the end of that article there's the link] m.g. cases cured with homeopathy and counseling.”

Promises, promises.

Homeopathic promises!

Which are very empty, I hate to pun, promises.

And disparagement of conventional medicine obviously drips from this article because naturopathy is truly saturated in such.

Such as when ND Block writes:

“there are horrendous numbers of people dying daily at the hands of conventional medicine [...which he terms] suppressive allopathy [...and] a sclerotic prejudice [...with its] aggressive, invasive, suppressive, and/or toxic treatments [...and] the zombie response for allopathic doctors reiterating [their] utter nonsense […] conventional medicine itself is only slightly evidence-based […] conventional medicine has already long demonstrated that it should no longer be the authoritative representation of medicine for our society […and just to emphasize my take on this article as an apologetic, ND Block even states] the false gods in conventional medicine […] the falling-apart jalopy of conventional medicine.”

Now, what's more likely:

homeopathy and kind works, from the secret naturopathic wisdom-trove that has been somehow perpetually overlooked worldwide but that a few know about, or that a not-so-uncommonly impossible remission occurred?

Well, in sum, I haven't seen any news of a Nobel Prize for ND Block or Mr. Klein in light of their homeopathy specifically treating m.g.

As a long-time watcher of sCAMs, one observes, and I didn't originate this observation, that the practitioners of not-efficacious therapies tend to pick conditions to specialize in that wax and wane.

They take credit for the waning, which is often due to regression to the mean since the patient has sought-out help at their worst-so-far point.

That's not just merely placebo, mind you, regression to the mean is a very good friend of sCAMs.

Its more potent than placebo, and it is often mistakenly bundle up with placebo.
Ironically, the very net ND Block uses to catch up his patients in, he may have caught himself up in.

Anyway, the NDNR article that ND Block has written, and that I have termed an apologetic, is “The Days the Music Died: Part of the Cure or Part of the Disease?”

He opens with this warning to his ND peers:

"the path that the profession is taking is doing humanity a great disservice, and it is heartbreaking to witness […] a cancer has taken hold of the profession […] this insidious problem has been around for some time, but it is worsening at an alarming rate […] to phase out the heart, soul, and light of naturopathic medicine is a catastrophic mistake.”

This sounds dire, but it may surprise you what is upsetting him so much.

He states that the “cancer”:

“involves the phasing out of the more vitalistic elements in naturopathic medicine such as […] homeopathy and other vitalistic approaches in favor of strictly 'evidence based,' materialistic medicine [...and a] trend away from [...naturopathy's] vitalistic principles."

I'd argue that the “disservice” that naturopathy does is its promoting as science what isn't, and its trampling of belief in that process.

That “vitalistic” is what I have termed naturopathy's sectarian core, which is science -ejected or -exterior, depending on which facet of vitalistic we're talking about:

respectively, the idea of vital force or the idea of dualistic spirit.

Then it's all falsely posed as science-vetted when in fact belief, and there's the core of naturopathy.

Quite a disservice, but not like ND Block intends.

For ND Block, that “cancer” is actually the process of naturopathy, in a small way, dumping its pseudoscience sectarianism.

So, the 'emergency' is one of naturopathy improving its standards, in some small way!!!

The disservice of stopping their typical disservice.

This has GOT to stop, ND Block essentially implores, or it will destroy us!

Truly, this is a reversal of values.

It's obviously a defense of the vitalistic-figmentatious-sectarian at the heart of naturopathy and it is obviously antiscience with “evidence-based materialistic medicine” really a synonym for 'scientifically-vetted medicine in idea and practice'.

He complains:

“there appears to be a sharp decline and phasing out of the programs at the [naturopathic] colleges of homeopathy and holistic, vitalistic, mind-body education.”

Now, those equations are odd in this sense:

mind-body has sciences all its own, which is not akin to homeopathy, holistic, and vitalistic.

So, this is a false-equivalence because scientific mind-body encompasses, roughly:

anatomy, physiology, neurology, psychology and kind.

Vitalistic is exterior to science.

So, mind-body here for ND block is SOMETHING BESIDES THOSE SCIENCES akin to the pseudoscience homeopathic and the science-ejected vitalistic.

“Mind” is in fact within the article 15 times as:

mind-body medicine, mind-body education, mind-body connection, mind-body departments and mind-body vitalism.

So, with “mind-body vitalism” I think we truly are NOT deliberately being scientific.

Or even psychological-physiological, because they are sciences that preclude the vitalistic.

Speaking of the 'not scientific', NDNR also has the 2014 ND Block article up titled "Holism in Autoimmune Disease: Working in Harmony with the Healing Power of Nature" [2014 archived] wherein he writes, regarding naturopathy's vitalism:

"removing the fundamental cause of illness allows the vis to do the healing [...] the ever-present healing power of nature, the vis [...] homeopathy, unlike very few other modalities of naturopathy, holds true to the holistic principles of naturopathy and works in harmony with the vis [...] the authority of the healing power of nature [...] a small disturbance in the vital force of the person, can lead to a whole cascade of blockage of flow and, finally, disease in the body [has there ever been such a distinct belief system, as what I just stated...] removing the disturbance and blockage in the vital force and allowing the healing power of nature to restore its presence in the patient [is the goal...getting] to the deepest, most core mental block in the free-flow of their vital force."

And in "Making Important Choices in Medicine – To Be or Not to Be" [2017 archived] at the Natural Path which is the website thenatpath.com ND Block writes:

"when we choose not to be what our soul truly is, we become misaligned with that bright flame and parts of ourselves fall into darkness. It is like by choosing not to be who we are, we are declaring a stoppage or a blockage to the flow of life itself. As a result, the chi, prana, orgone cannot flow into the parts of ourselves that are normally supplied by this universal life force that emanates from the soul [again, have you ever heard so many details of a specific belief system?]. This is the essence of what leads to illness. The illness, in all its symptoms and effects on the body, manifests there as a result of the blockage in our life force."

Just looking at orgone, we're told at Wikipedia:

“orgone is a pseudoscientific and spiritual concept described as an esoteric energy or hypothetical universal life force, originally proposed in the 1930s by Wilhelm Reich.”

So, again as I've said in the past, naturopaths apparently want to wear the exterior white lab coat of the clinician, and beneath, the black vestments of the ministry.

And they are so poorly trained at both.

So, ND Block truly is of 'the wooful vitalistic fantastical' and is upset that naturopathy has factions within it that don't adhere to his metaphysical orthodoxy.

Because, ND Block writes, in that 2017 NDNR apologetic, about the 'kinds' of naturopathic students he sees:

“I estimate that around 30% of students in any given college are medical-doctor-hopefuls and carry the package of ideologies that pertain to conventional medicine. These students scoff at homeopathy and other vitalistic aspects of naturopathic medicine, are materialists, view the body mechanistically, and overuse the word 'pseudoscience.' They will surely become allopathic naturopaths or 'green MDs.'”

I believe Torquemada has found his deviants.

So, Block perceives that about a third of ND students are actually looking through a science lens, and delineate actual science from fake science, in some manner.

That minority of sanity is, to me, VERY VERY disheartening yet quite in opposition to the claim, for instance at ND Block's alma mater CCNM where he has taught and presumably acquired this impression, that naturopathy is:

the natural healing science of naturopathic medicine”  [2017 archived].

Now, to cut to the chase regarding SCIENCE topically in that apologetic, ND Block writes:

"there are entire countries grounded in studies from very reputable bodies of scientific research that recognize homeopathy as an official medicine of their country.”

But the most reputable science, from the likes of say Australia, does not support the idea that homeopathy either works OR can work.

Sorry.

But ND Block righteously goes on:

"those who target and condemn homeopathy as pseudoscience [...] are not looking at all the existing scientific evidence, research, and published significant historical successes of homeopathy in times of major epidemics.”

Well actually, homeopathy's supporting materials have been ranked in terms of quality within the 'rigorous not-science' findings that damn it.

It's ND Block who is cherry-picking.

ND Block insists, and perhaps this is where I use my pun Block-headed:

“the evidence for homeopathy is undeniable […there are] lots of scientific, validating studies [...] how can anyone deny it? The ignorance of these facts is not scientific. It's not even logical [so much umbrage...] the sad part is that, instead of leading humanity into healthier pastures, we are kowtowing to unscientific, willfully ignorant, and hateful prejudices."

Ah, no:

it is naturopathy that is “not even logical”, as in my term naturopathillogical.

So, a massive reversed accusation:

'those who apply RIGOROUS science to homeopathy and find it unscientific are in fact IGNORANT and standing in the way of scientific progress by way of "hateful prejudices".

That's quite a tantrum and it's a beyond-weak argument in defense of pseudomedical sectarianism.

ND Block speaks of:

“a method 'based in evidence' should not have to only resemble the myopic and restrictive formula that has been spawned from Big Pharma biomedical sciences.”

Well, science sits apart from “big pharma”, as science of all kinds across many subjects.

And science applied to “big pharma” is what helps catch fraudulence in terms of the pharmaceutical industry.

And need I remind, the AANP just did a webinar with 'big homeopathy' [2017 archived] wherein they brought out homeopathic manufacturers to defend, from the FTC and FDA, the fake pharmacy known as homeopathy.

That is truly “myopic and restrictive” and in the sense of vested interest, “big.”

And most ironically, ND Block writes:

“true science is open to discovering all of reality […] we need to have rigor, certainly […] there are many other channels of evidence available to us, the best one being the inner knowing and experience that each human being is gifted with in this life.”

Well, welcome to the middle ages wherein science is ANYTHING particularly personal revelation bound-up merely in subjective preference and imagining.

ND Block also asserts:

“as a graduating naturopathic student, I took to heart the vow to serve humanity.”

I think we're talking about the ND Oath, the Oath that claims allegiance to sectarian preferences while posing those preferences as science.

So isn't it suitable that ND Block also writes, in this article:

"isn't that horribly ironic?”

I think so.

Serve humanity, or serve a specific set of sectarian assumptions, preferences, and biases first?

Oh the horror, the horror.

And ND Block insists:

“if homeopathy and other core naturopathic principles are phased out of the naturopathic programs, students will never have the opportunity to study homeopathy or discover how important and effective a medicine it is. Homeopathy is like the barometer of vitalism in a naturopathic college. Its removal from a program is a sign that a good part of the intelligence and wisdom of nature has left the building.”

Not effective, not intelligence, not wise:

both have left the building, the jalopy of a building that naturopathy calls professional, scientific, and so important.

For this Episode 013b1, I've detailed two sources, RIANP and ND Block, that are SO ADAMANT about naturopathy's scientific status.

But I offer this gross observation about this grossly false labeling:

naturopaths are NOT QUALIFIED to place such a label upon naturopathy.

The sadness of their miseducation is that they think they are so righteously qualified.

That is a DELUSION.

And obviously their methods of advancing naturopathy are:

'Deception, Fraud, Double-Dealing, Subterfuge, and Trickery'

aka false marketing.

As I've said, naturopathy is 'rock-bottom' and naturopathy is cranky, and "the disservice that naturopathy does is its promoting as science what isn't, and its trampling of belief in that process."

It is such a "unnecessarily contorting befuddlement of wrestling weasels."
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