Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Maine: Naturopaths' Insurance Access Shot Down

here, a summary of some recent reporting from Maine regarding naturopathy:

001. there's [from 2018-03-19; via AP]:

001.a. the Miami Herald in "LePage Vetoes Bill to Give Naturopaths Insurance Access":

"AUGUSTA, Maine. Maine Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill to require insurance carriers to provide coverage for services provided by naturopathic doctors. Naturopathy's an alternative medical system that focuses on things like diet, herbs and vitamins instead of pharmaceuticals. The Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors used social media on Monday to urge residents to request an override of the veto. LePage's veto message says the bill would restrict insurance carriers from constructing provider networks that 'deliver quality and cost-effective services.' Some mainstream medical groups oppose granting naturopaths access to insurance, or licensing them to practice at all. The Massachusetts Medical Society issued a statement last year opposing the licensure of naturopaths in that state, saying the field 'lacks rigorous medical training and standards of care.'"

hear, hear.  What's disturbing is that therein, with a veto, the legislators FAILED to catch the nonsense!

001.b. also at:

002. I'd say not becoming an accessory to naturopathy is a good thing.  After all, it is fellow New England state Connecticut's allied healthcare consortia that recently concluded in "Report to the General Assembly: A Report Based on the Committee on the Practice of Naturopathy Convened Pursuant to Special Act 16-3 Raul Pino, MD, MPH, Commissioner February 17, 2017" [2017 archived]:

"naturopaths trained in this state, or any state, do not have sufficient education and training at this time to safely prescribe the medications they have requested. They do not have the scientific foundation, nor even the commitment to evidence-based therapy that must be the cornerstone of all practice, let alone practice that involves risk to life and limb."

true that.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The State of Alaska Legislates Naturopathy's Homeopathy as a Science, ISYN

here, amazing 'junk thought' through legislative misuse, and ACSH criticism of naturopathy as evidence-less scam:

001. a definition of "dietetics" through a general search is:
"dietetics: the branch of knowledge concerned with the diet and its effects on health, especially with the practical application of a scientific understanding of nutrition." 

so, science subset dietetics. ESPECIALLY.  

002. the State of Alaska states in "Statutes and Regulations Naturopaths" [2018 archived]:

"Sec. 08.45.200. Definitions. In this chapter [...] 'naturopathy' means the use of hydrotherapy, dietetics, electrotherapy, sanitation, suggestion, mechanical and manual manipulation for the stimulation of physiological and psychological action to establish a normal condition of mind and body; in this paragraph, 'dietetics' includes herbal and homeopathic remedies."

REALLY. So, science subset dietetics subset homeopathy.  While, as is well-known, homeopathy is indeed science-unsupported and generally considered implausible and its claims bogus.

003. there are four other instance of homeopathy in the PDF, FYI:

"AAC 42.030. EXAMINATIONS. (a) An applicant who graduated from a school of naturopathy after December 31, 1987 shall document having passed the basic science, clinical, and homeopathic sections of the NPLEX examination [...] 'homeopathic remedy' means a remedy defined in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States Abstracts 1993, revised as of December 1992, and adopted by reference, except for a prescription drug, poison, or controlled substance [...] Editor’s note: A copy of the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States Abstracts 1993, revised as of December 1992, and adopted by reference, may be obtained from the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing, State Office Building, 9th Floor, 333 Willoughby Avenue, P.O. Box 110806, Juneau, AK 99811-0806; Phone: (907) 465-2695."

so, mention of 'naturopathy in North America' standardizing the homeopathic-bogus in their licensure exam, the NPLEX. This is LEGISLATED false commerce, IMHO. 

004. also, the American Council on Science and Health has up the recent Alex Berezow article "Alaska Should Shut Down Naturopaths Instead of Allowing Them to Prescribe Medicine" [2018-03-19] which states:

"naturopathy is a scam, and naturopaths are modern-day witch doctors [...] in Alaska, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner describes how naturopaths are fighting for the right to prescribe medicine [...] the scientific consensus on naturopathy Is unequivocal. There is no evidence in support of naturopathy. The scientific consensus has been clear for a very long time [...] make no mistake: naturopaths are dangerous frauds [...]"; 

strong!  I think NDs terming something like homeopathy as effective and "dietetic" is quite enough reason to deny them prescriptive rights.  It's a microcosm of their 'pathillogical nature'.

Saturday, March 17, 2018 versus INM: 'Food As Medicine is Not True'

here, contesting claims regarding nutrition and pharmacology, e.g. 'food versus drug', by way of the Institute for Natural Medicine and a PhD in a nutritional biochemistry:

001. at, Reena Mukamal writes for INM in "Naturopathic Doctors Complete 155 Hours of Nutrition Education in Medical School" [2018-03-15; 2018 archived]:

"WASHINGTON, March 15, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Naturopathic doctors (NDs) recognize nutrition as a cornerstone of health and receive an average of 155 classroom hours of nutrition education during medical school [...]";

what's not mentioned here is that the NDs wrongly believe that because one can suffer from malnutrition which has signs and symptoms, therefore such are fixed by nutrients and diet.  Not true.  Another thing: naturopaths go to naturopathy school, not medical school.  That's a subtle bait and switch.

"naturopathic doctors' understanding of food as medicine allows them [etc....]";
see below.
"'thanks to their rigorous education and training, NDs provide individualized nutrition assessment and guidance utilizing evidence based recommendations,' said Michelle Simon, PhD, ND and Chair of the INM Board of Directors [...] a close partner to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians [...]";

well, how RIGOROUS is education that poses as science what is patently science-ejected and science-exterior?  Duh, homeopathy and kind.  And of course it is the AANP that still to this day states falsely that homeopathy is a "medicinal science." Evidence me arse.
002. at, Dylan MacKay writes in "Hey, Hippocrates: Food Isn’t Medicine. It’s Just Food" [2017-08-07; 2018 archived]:

"[the author is] Dylan MacKay, PhD, is a nutritional biochemist at the Richardson Center for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals in the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg and an expert adviser with [...] Hippocrates supposedly said, 'Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.' I disagree. Food is not medicine [...]";

categorically!  Naturopaths also quote [and abuse, IMHO] the big H for other things.  But here, it's food we're focusing on.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Changelog 2018-03-15 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:

the AANP;

NDs Aresco, Barbiero,
 Opoku Gyamfi, Pierre;
to Appendix B.05.i.a.02.;

NDs Brady, Breiner, and Sokolova;
ND Breiner and Sokolova;
to Appendix B.05.i.a.05.;

NDs Campitelli, Dodd, Demian;
 to Appendix B.05.i.bb01.;

ND Chhun-Lum;
NDs Collings and Ellis;
to Appendix B.05.i.bbb.

ND Cremanaru;
to Appendix B.05.i.bbbb.;

NDs Egenberger and
ND Ehrler;
ND Engle;
NDs Espinol, Rodriguez,
Skinner, Skinner;
NDs Fashana, Hanan, Hempstead, 
Kloos, Principe, Treatwell;
ND Fisel;
ND Franc;
ND French; 

to Appendix B.05.i.bbbb00.;

ND Groves;
to Appendix B.05.i.c.00.;

ND Haabala;
ND Hara;
NDs Hartz, Lutack,
Taggart, Winston;