Monday, June 18, 2018

Naturopathy’s Bullsh!t Doctory Bedfellows: CNMC’s MD Spar

here, one of naturopathy's regulatory bedfellows tasked with oversight of naturopathy while that person permits SO MUCH junk to be tolerated as legitimate [oh, that's why...]:

001. at imperialvalleynews.com, in “Governor Brown Announces Appointments” (2018-06-11)  [2018 archived] we’re told:


“Myles Spar, 51, of Manhattan Beach, has been reappointed to the California Naturopathic Medicine Committee [CNMC], where he has served since 2014 [...he's] an integrative medicine consultant for the National Basketball Association since 2018 and an assistant professor at the University of Arizona and chief executive officer at Tack 180 Southern California Men’s Medical Group since 2016 [...and is] owner of Myles Spar M.D. Integrative Medicine and an integrative medicine physician at Anthony Mills MD Inc. since 2014, director of integrative medicine at the Venice Family Clinic’s Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center since 2002 and a clinical instructor of internal medicine and family medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine since 1998. He was medical director at the Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine from 2009 to 2014 and senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers from 2000 to 2001. Spar is chair of the American Board of Integrative Medicine Fellowship Committee and a member of Integrative Medicine for the Under-served, Consortium of Academic Medical Centers and the Society of General Internal Medicine. He earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Michigan Medical School and a Master of Public Health degree in health services from the University of California, Los Angeles [...]”

integrative, integrative, integrative.  That mixing of...

002. his practice:

002.a. the good doctor's bio.:

002.b. his 2012 proponentry of medicine plus junk in “Off to Cuba” [2018 archived], which states:

"I leave today for Cuba, joining my mentors and colleagues including Andrew Weil, Victoria Maizes and Tieraona Low Dog on an adventure to explore integrative medicine in Cuba. We will be there for 1 week, based in Havana, seeing how resourceful people can be when they need to be. There is amazing primary care on the island – everyone is guaranteed access to care, and there is a real openness to utilize whatever healing methods are available, safe and efficacious. There is also a focus on preventive care that we lack in the United States [...] integrative medicine is about patient-centered care [...] utilizing whatever science-based tools that are appropriate from western medicine to nutrition, botanicals, exercise, homeopathy, Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, energy medicine, stress management techniques";

so, as I read that there's this claim that things like homeopathy are science-based like things like exercise. Wacko. And of course, naturopathy claims science subset naturopathy subset homeopathy. Good bedfellows. Bad regularly standards.

003. the for years California naturopathy grift during MD Spar's watch. That CNMC, a subdivision of the California Department of Consumer Affairs, is naturopathic.ca.gov, and it has these pages up:

003.a. 2007's longstanding "Findings and Recommendations Regarding the Prescribing and Furnishing Authority of a Naturopathic Doctor Presented" [2018 archived]:


"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 [...like] all naturopathic doctors abide by the same six principles: [#1] the healing power of nature: naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent healing process in the person that is ordered and intelligent. The body is capable of healing itself. The role of the naturopathic doctor is to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery and to facilitate and augment this inherent natural tendency of the body [...] beginning with the August 2007 NPLEX Exam administration, the Part II - Core Clinical Science Series will be integrated into a single examination that will include homeopathy [...]";

and of course those principles include the science-exterior and the science-ejected HPN. Then all falsely labeled science-based and clinical science.

003.b. and 2007's longstanding and ironically labeled "A Consumer's Guide to Naturopathic Medicine" [2018 archived] which states:


"naturopathic medicine is a distinct and comprehensive system of primary health care that uses natural methods and substances to support and stimulate the body’s self-healing process. It is distinguished by the principles on which its practice is based. These principles include: 1. The healing power of nature: naturopathic doctors (NDs) trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself [...with things like] homeopathic medicine [...]";


distinctly coded and miscategorized: the way of naturopathy and its proponents. Watch out for bullsh!t doctory, the bullsh!t artistry of naturopathy.

Monday, June 11, 2018

The 2018 Connecticut State Medical Society Position on Naturopathy: A Dangerous Proposition

here, cheers to CSMS for upholding medical ethics and scientific integrity:


"Senator Gerratana, Senator Somers, Representative Steinberg and members of the Public
Health Committee, on behalf of the physicians and physicians in training of the
Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) and the Connecticut Chapter of the American
College of Physicians (CT ACP), thank you for the opportunity to provide this testimony
to you today in opposition to House Bill 5294 An Act Concerning Naturopaths [...] we urge the Committee to reject HB 5294 [...]";

hear, hear.

"with HB 5294, the naturopaths are once again requesting prescriptive authority without
any evidence that they have done anything to correct the deficiencies that were
discovered during the Scope of Practice Review Committee process [...] in closing, we would like to express our concern that the comingling of competing therapeutic philosophies is contrary to the principles of good care. Our naturopathic colleagues openly spurn both evidence-based and science-based knowledge and therapeutics, and yet they feel they are prepared to use medications that can have serious and even deadly side effects. This is a dangerous proposition. We remain concerned that patients will be confused and misled by providers who are neither true believers in naturopathy nor committed practitioners of the science-based medicine that has been the foundation of medical practice for doctors of medicine (MD) and doctors of osteopathy
(DO) ever since Flexner set down his guidelines more than 110 years ago [...]";

oh snap.


Monday, June 4, 2018

Breakenridge on Alberta Naturopathy 2018: Shamefully Exploiting Flaky Snake Oil Pseudosciences

here, great criticism of naturopathy and my comments and expansions:

001. at calgaryherald.com, Rob Breakenridge writes in "Breakenridge: Naturopaths' Practices Must be Reviewed by the Provincial Government" (2018-05-29):

"it would be convenient, perhaps, to simply dismiss the story as merely the product of some flaky West Coast ideas about so-called natural or alternative medicine, but it represents a deeper problem with naturopathy itself: the reliance on the thoroughly discredited idea of homeopathy [...] the profession’s embrace of homeopathy [...]";

homoepathy is mandatory in the ND classroom and ND clinic education, in North America, by the way.  And it is falsely labed a clinical science on their North American licensure exam. In that sense, a naturopathy license is a license to engage in falsehood.

"if Alberta believes that naturopaths should be licensed and accredited as health professionals, then this matter needs to be addressed [...] the Alberta government should insist that naturopaths or any accredited health professional, for that matter shun homeopathy altogether [...]";

hear, hear. And ND licensed falsehood, such as 'science subset homeopathy and kind', is so easy to show.

"[additionally naturopaths'] CEASE therapy [...aka] Complete Elimination of Autism Spectrum Expression [...] it is snake oil of the most outrageous kind [...] is a toxic blend of the pseudoscience of homeopathy and the pseudoscience of the discredited belief that vaccines cause autism. [...]";

and CEASE is perfectly acceptable in the land of naturopathy...until OUTSIDE pressures bring their nonsense to light.

"B.C’s College of Naturopathic Physicians has confirmed that an investigation is underway, noting that their bylaws prohibit marketing or advertising that is false, inaccurate, or misleading [...]";

and that is ridiculous in this sense: it is the long-standing BC naturopathy document by Glenn Cassie "The Nature of Naturopathic Medicine" [2018 archived] that falsely states "naturopathic medicine is science based natural medicine [...] a science-based platform is at the heart of naturopathic medical care".  Yet, long-standing and unbothered. Beware of these monsters.



Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Naturopathy Microcosms: A 2018 Bastyr ND Student’s EENT Notes Equating Quackery With Medicine

here, a typical example of 'throughout ND education is epistemic conflation falsely labeled epistemic distinction':

001. at YouTube, the account “Talk Natural To Me”, of a Bastyr ND student in California, has up the video “Naturopathic Medical School Spring Midterms Week Pt 2” (2018-05-14)[saved 2018-05-28] which shows:
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[tags: #homeopathy #quackery #epistemicconflation #pseudopharmacy #pseudotherapy #BastyrNDstudent #millennialnarcissism]
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her notes for her EENT midterm which includes the language "acute rhinosinusitis […] etiology: virus […] purulent nasal discharge and nasal obstruction […] diagnosis […] facial pain, post-nasal drip, purulent rhinorrhea […] treatment […] intranasal steroid […] antibiotics if no improvement […] amoxicillin […] homeopathy: kali-bi [for] pain / pressure at the root of the nose […]”;

so, on that list equally are legitimate treatments and complete crap, obviously.  So, therein, we have quackery equated with medicine.  That IS naturopathy: epistemic conflation.  And what's really REALLY interesting is Bastyr's label upon all of this as "science".  Kali-bi is potassium bichromate, homeopathy prepared which means diluted to the point of delusion. Now, it's often pointed out that ND students take a few mandatory homeopathy classes.  But, this isn't a homeopathy class. This is one of the supposed clinical sciences, on of the big medical -ologies.  I experienced the same mixture of medicine with crap in ND school 20 years ago.