Monday, August 8, 2022

Public Radio and Abject Pseudoscience Promotion: Naturopathy and Wisconsin Public Radio

here, same old unchallenged uninformed promotion:

001. at, Mackenzie Krumme writes in "Wisconsin’s Naturopathic Doctors Prepare for Expanded Duties" [2022-08], without an ounce of counterpoint reflecting the scientific consensus :

"Wisconsin is in the early stages of integrating naturopathic medicine into its health care safety net [...]";

let's think about that: naturopathic and safety.  How safe can a system be that claims the science-ejected is instead the science-based?  The better 's' word is scary, and add in exploitation.

"Gov. Tony Evers signed a bill earlier this year allowing naturopathic doctors to get licensed [...]";

therein, licensed falsehood marches on.  State-sanctioned pseudoscience.

"naturopathic doctors attend accredited naturopathic medical schools and specialize in clinical nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine and counseling [...]";

so there's where the falsehoods are kept.  Like science subset homeopathy [and kind].

"creating regulations over naturopathic medicine will take at least two years, said Jill Crista, a Naturopathic Medicine Examining Board member and past president of the Wisconsin Naturopathic Doctors Association. The timeline includes establishing rules, creating a licensing exam and continuing education requirements [...]";

so, the miseducated now regulating their peers.  Sounds quite unsound and unsafe.  Why the special falsehood without penalty status when everyone else in healthcare has to abide by actual ethics?

"at least 16 naturopathic clinics exist around the state, according to the Wisconsin Naturopathic Doctors Association [...] Katarina Meister is a naturopathic doctor who works at Lakeside Natural Medicine in Milwaukee's Shorewood neighborhood [...] she is encouraged by the state creating standards and regulations around naturopathic medicine [...] 'for that license, people will need to take a national licensing exam, they will have to apply for licensure and will have to continue education,' she said. 'It will be safer for patients to seek out naturopathic care'"; 

what an amazing carve-out for such a small amount of vested interests impervious to integrity from a science point of view.  Posing falsehoods IS the naturopathic standard and that's what will be regulated for conformity.  The safety is for the false provider. 

002. the Wisconsin Naturopathic Doctors Association:

ah yes, "science-based";

science-based homeopathy;

003. Lakeside Natural Medicine:

7 invocations of science and within, coded vitalism and homeopathy [and kind];

004. the national licensing exam and its falsehood: 

of a licensure exam that falsely categorizes homeopathy as a clinical science.

Friday, July 15, 2022

Who Watches the Watchers? Wisconsin’s New ND Board Members

here, how to game the system:

001. Heather Poltrock writes at in “Gov. Evers announcesappointments to newly established Naturopathic Medicine Examining Board”:

"Gov. Tony Evers has appointed seven people to the Naturopathic Medicine Examining Board [...which] regulates the practice of naturopathic medicine. The board was recently established under 2021 Wisconsin Act 130 [...] said Gov. Evers 'I am confident in this board and these members’ ability to lead on initiatives that help support positive outcomes for patients, naturopathic doctors, and the field of naturopathic medicine across our state’ [...]"; 

so, if mainly this sounds like 'for naturopathy', I'd agree. 

"the board is comprised of four licensed naturopathic doctors, one licensed primary care physician, and two public members, each appointed to staggered four-year terms. Members of the Naturopathic Medicine Examining Board include: Dr. Allison Becker of Evansville, naturopathic doctor [...] Dr. Robert Coleman of Fond du Lac, Naturopathic Doctor – Appointed for a term ending July 1, 2023; Dr. Jill Crista of Janesville, Naturopathic Doctor – Appointed for a term ending July 1, 2024; Robyn Doege-Brennan of Janesville, Public Member – Appointed for a term ending July 1, 2023; Dr. David Kiefer of Madison, Primary Care Physician – Appointed for a term ending July 1, 2025; Kristine Nichols of Whitewater, Public Member – Appointed for a term ending July 1, 2024; Dr. Paul Ratté of Viroqua, Naturopathic Doctor – Appointed for a term ending July 1, 2023." 

let's take a look at them. 

002. each ND member's site:

002.a. ND Becker:

002.a1. is an NUNM 2005 ND grad;

002.a2. whose definition of naturopathy page:

002.a2.i. codes naturopathy’s central vitalism premise as:

“6 principles of naturopathic medicine […] 3. the healing power of nature: I will use natural medicines to stimulate your own body's ability to heal itself";

and as I often say, that's all you get.

002.a2.ii. as compared to her alma mater NUNM which states :

“naturopathic principles of healing. The practice of naturopathic medicine emerges from six principles of healing. These principles are based on the objective observation of the nature of health and disease and are examined continually in light of scientific analysis [...]";

a science rigor claim for naturopathy's core concepts.

"these principles stand as the distinguishing marks of the profession. The healing power of naturevis medicatrix naturae. The body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health. The healing process is ordered and intelligent; nature heals through the response of the life force. The physician’s role is to facilitate and augment this process [...];

so not only is the vitalism hidden by the ND overseer, the nonsensical science-claim upon the science ejected is, too.  That which does not stand up to close examination! So, who watches the watchers?  Ah, the foxes and the henhouses… And this is typical as the decades have demonstrated.

002.b. ND Coleman:

002.b1. is a Bastyr ND grad; and the head of the state association;

002.b2. and his practice pages similarly code naturopathy's vitalism premise and claim science broadly;

002.c. ND Crista is an NUNM grad;

002.d. ND Ratté is an NUNM grad;

002.d1. and his practice page also codes naturopathy's essential vitalism while claiming science;

003. their State association site states that naturopathy is a science and of course codes that fundamental vitalism premise while listing a bunch of quackery.

same as it ever was, same as it ever was...Again, I have to ask, who watches the watchers?



Saturday, July 9, 2022

Changelog 2022-06-27 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:

 NDs Reis, Segal, Steyr;

to Appendix B.05.i.h.06.;

the University of Bridgeport;

to Appendix B.01.a.99.;

ND Wannigman;

ND Wawrzyniak;

ND Wertkin;

ND White;

to Appendix B.05.i.L.b.;

ND Zeff;

to Appendix B.05.i.L.d.;

the 'science subset naturopathy' category claims of:

the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges;

to Appendix I.01.a1.;

Castleman, Jarine, Lee, Luck, Lush;

to Appendix I.05.c.;

McKnight in the Van Sun: Naturopathy Unscientific at Its Core [of core-se!]

here, more of the obvious same for an area that wants both the benefits of appearing as science and the benefits of not actually having to do that work and impose those rigors:

001. Peter McKnight writes at the Vancouver Sun in “Peter McKnight: Naturopath's Lawyer Offers Unusual Defense After Ban on Fecal Transplants to Treat Autism” (2022-07-08):

"the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia [in the UK sense of regulatory body] has been cracking down on its members in the past few years, and naturopath Jason Klop is the latest [...] at issue is Klop’s use of fecal microbiota transplants [...] to 'treat' autism in children [...]";

yes, improbability alert.  But as is later discussed, there's even more glaring improbability at the core of naturopathy.

"naturopathic organizations have long gone out of their way to emphasize their medical and scientific bona fides [...yet] the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors details numerous approaches offered by naturopathy, some with little scientific evidence to support them, including 'botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, naturopathic manipulation and traditional Chinese medicine.' [...] Klop’s lawyer Jason Gratl [...] seized particularly on homeopathy, stating that it’s 'certainly non-scientific at its core' [...and Gratl] questioned what it would take to act in a manner unbecoming a naturopath given that naturopathy 'is so broad and open to interpretation' [...and argues] that a lack of scientific evidence for Klop’s treatments shouldn’t prevent him from offering the service because naturopaths 'are not bound by science' [...]";

they certainly do.  It certainly is.  They certainly aren't Because ANYTHING does go.  Basically, 2 +2 = 7 in naturopathyland and then they pretend they do math just like everybody else.

"this portrait of naturopathy as a freewheeling, unscientific, undisciplined discipline raised the hackles of the [regulating] College [...]';

ah, I think they protest too much! Caught in the act of a reversal of values.

"[and now the author] naturopathy [is] non-scientific at its core. Virtually every naturopathic organization [unless they intentionally hide it!], including the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, identifies as the core principle of naturopathy the doctrine of 'vis medicatrix naturae' — the healing power of nature [...the] theory of vitalism, the theory that living matter is animated by a 'vital force.' This mysterious, non-material force has been known in different cultures at different times by a variety of names including elan vital, chi or prana. Illness was conceived of as the result of an imbalance of vital forces, and the healer was therefore responsible for restoring balance and harmony [...] naturopathic literature remains riddled with vitalist language. The Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors website for instance stresses that homeopathic remedies are 'designed to stimulate the body’s ‘vital force,’' and that naturopaths use traditional Chinese medicine 'to regulate and release chi in order to bring the body into balance' [...]";

ah, yeah. 

"modern medicine and biology dispensed with vitalism long ago [...] any non-material forces are the province of metaphysics or religion and therefore cannot occupy a place in the scientific canon [...]";

yes, naturopathy's central Oath-bound premise is science-ejected and basically medieval / prescientific.

 "[and now the authors BIG question] for all the naturopathic protestations to the contrary, this reliance on vital forces is no more science than is providing fecal microbiota transplants to treat autism. And if the former is OK with the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia, then why not the latter? [...]";

ah, that return to plausibility. Some may argue because they have no ethical structure.  What they have is a deliberately built disguise.