Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Salzberg at Forbes on Homeopathy: 'Countlessly Debunked Patently Absurd Pseudoscience'

here, 'true-that':

001. at forbes.com, Steve Salzberg writes in "Russian Homeopathy, Hiding In Plain Sight" (2018-12-10):

"as I've written many times before, homeopathy is one of the most patently absurd forms of pseudoscience, and although it's been debunked countless times, it remains popular due in part to commercial interests that profit handsomely from selling ineffective but expensive sugar pills";

hear, hear.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Changelog 2018-12-01 and ND Video

here, I summarize recent additions to my public naturopathy database.  I also link to an ND's video each changelog, quote from, and tag the video in some detail:

[Mission emphasis: I do this continuous exercise to expose the inherent fraud that naturopathy is logically, academically, commercially, legislatively / politically and clinically.  Hugely misleading category labels such as "science based" and "evidence based" "nonsectarian" are being placed upon what truly is science-exterior and even more so disproven sectarian / quack nonsense!  Then, the largest of betrayals toward the public occurs with highly orchestrated '.gov' endorsements of naturopaths as "licensed" and "professional."  Beware, the naturopathic licensed falsehood racket marches on!]

001. added:

the vitalism [science-ejected subset naturopathy] claims of:

ND Arnold;

ND Cardwell;

ND Chaijinda;
ND Chan;
ND Chavez;
ND Chay;

ND Clifford;
ND Corradetti;

NDs Dalili and Krumbeck;

ND Gattuso;
ND Georgousis;
NDs Good, Lafreniere, Morello;

ND Neff;

ND O’Connor;
ND Ojeda;
ND Olsen;

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Naturopathy's Vitalism and Wet Socks Treatment: From a Sectarian Premise, a Nonsense Therapeutic

here, a truly naturopathic point of view:

001. at dailyevergreen.com, Maggie Quinlan writes in "Wet Socks Might Cure Your Cold This Flu Season" (2018-11-28; 2018 archived):

"Kathleen Ojeda [a Bastyr ND graduate], co-owner of the Nest Birth & Wellness Center in Pullman, said the fundamental differences between naturopathic and conventional doctors allow naturopaths to treat a wider variety of illnesses [...]";

and what could those differences be?  By the way, to be fundamentally different is to not be 'like' or 'equivalent'.

"'in a conventional model, if something doesn’t feel good, we get rid of it,' Ojeda said. 'In the naturopathic model, we recognize those powerful forces of the body and support them so they can do even better and clear us out into a resolution' [...]";

so, I think the mischaracterization here of modern medicine is this: if it feels bad, remove it.  That's crazy, and not true.  But here we have a naturopath claiming basically that modern medicine is incompetent and naturopaths have some kind of different, better knowledge and ways.  And "powerful forces of the body" is a coding of naturopathy's vitalistic premise.

"in response to my early symptoms, I tried Ojeda's suggested 'warming socks' technique. To do this, Ojeda said to take a hot bath with Epsom salt, sauna or soak your feet in hot water to raise your body’s temperature. As soon as you dry off, place a pair of wet, wool socks on your feet. Then you’ll cover those up with thick, dry socks and go to bed. 'Let’s kick the vital force into gear,' Ojeda said [...]";

ah, and now we get the Full Monty.

"vital force, Ojeda said, is a concept in naturopathy of an abstract life force energy that organizes our body and drives healing [...]";

and there you go, that sectarian premise at the heart of naturopathy. Now, this is science-ejected and therein to still pose it as existent is, in my view, an article of faith.  Isn't it polite to call such "abstract."  How polite.

"if we have a cut, the body knows to how to reorganize and heal it. If we have an infection in the body, a foreign invader, the body knows how to spike a fever to get rid of the infection. 'It’s this beautifully orchestrated process to get everything into balance,' Ojeda said [...] the 'warming socks' technique supports a natural fever response and stimulates vital force, Ojeda said [...] the cold and wetness on your feet is a little push on your vital force [...] Ojeda said [...]";

well, the argument isn't that the body has mechanisms of healing.  It's HOW it heals.  For naturopathy, it's based upon a sectarian premise that has been science-ejected.  Biologically, there are mechanisms, but since naturopaths are dualists, they need an inhabiting ghost as an explanation because biological physicalism is not enough for them.  Oh, sorry, I'm not being polite: an inhabiting abstraction.  That is induced, supposedly.  Quite the shamanistic.  Quite the immanent.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

When You Regret Voting For An Undeclared Naturopath in Canada

here, deception?

001. at cbc.ca, we're told in "'I Feel Like I've Been Misled': Surrey Community Organizer Regrets Voting for Naturopath" 2018-11-26):

"Grant Rice [...recommended] Safe Surrey Coalition's Allison Patton [...] the day before this fall's civic election [...believing her labels of] 'community physician.' A campaign video referenced her 'medical practice.' [...]";

it's very interesting where this is going, in Canada.  The vagueness that naturopaths prey upon is being upended.

"'I want smart people on council, so I thought if somebody has applied themselves for 10 years and become a doctor, then that's probably a very smart person,' said Rice, founder of the citizens' group Surrey Community Leaders. He'd assumed she was a medical doctor. It wasn't until after she was elected to council that he learned Patton is really a naturopath [...]";

oh snap: 'she is not of the smart that I thought she was of'.  And I must say, in all my experience, I have not met any geniuses in the land of naturopathy.   Grifters yes, geniuses no.
 
"[and he goes on] 'I feel like I've been misled [...] I think one of the problems is that when people were assuming she was a medical doctor, she didn't correct them,' Rice said";

well, that's what naturopathy is all about, a kind of parasitism.

"earlier this month, a member of the public filed a complaint against Patton with the College of Naturopathic Physicians of B.C., pointing to the college's advertising policy. That document says naturopaths can call themselves doctors or physicians, but they must make it clear they practice naturopathy [...]";

looking for ethicality from Naturopathyland is absurd since they are fundamentally a reversal of values.