Friday, April 12, 2019

British Columbia's Naturopathy Regulatory Structure Needs Ripped Up and Replaced: Health Professions Act Assessor

here, bad news for a self-regulating naturopathy stronghold:
001. at cbc.ca, Bethany Lindsay writes in "Rip Up Current System and Start Over, Recommends Review of B.C.'s Professional Health Colleges" (2019)[2019 archived]:

"the College of Naturopathic Physicians of B.C. is [...] conducting a crackdown on improper advertising by its registrants [...after] CBC reporting on a small number of naturopaths who were offering a homeopathic treatment that falsely claimed to provide 'complete elimination' of autism [...and there's] the case of Anke Zimmermann, a former naturopath who made headlines around the world after she treated a small child with a homeopathic remedy made from rabid dog saliva [...]";

meanwhile, the ND-granting schools in Canada are left alone, as well as their NPLEX board exam, which are blatantly engaged in pseudoscience and the false-crazy.

"an independent expert [...] appointed in March 2018 in response to numerous concerns [...] Harry Cayton, the former chief executive of the U.K.'s Professional Standards Authority [...] says many of B.C.'s professional health colleges have demonstrated 'a lack of relentless focus on the safety of patients,' and he's recommending the province rip up the current regulatory system and start from scratch [...] to draft new legislation to replace the Health Professions Act [...as pertains to the] College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. [...and] Cayton's report goes far beyond the dental surgeons' college, recommending a complete overhaul for all professional health regulators in B.C. [...]";

you know, wherein the regulator is called a "college" and it is staffed by the members of the profession being regulated.

"[he said] 'the current model of professional regulation will not be adequate to protect patients and the public or to represent the interests of citizens in the future [...including] a lack of relentless focus on the safety of patients [...and] their governance is insufficiently independent [...and there's no] competency framework [...or] a way of managing skill mix or clear accountability to the public they serve' [...he recommends too] asking the colleges to agree to a single code of ethics and conduct [...]";

good luck with that: regarding the unethical sectarian pseudoscience known as naturopathy, where values are reversed.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

BCNA President ND Fraser Says 'There's More to Naturopathy' - Oh Yeah.

here, musings upon absurd naturopathy assurances:

001. BCNA President ND Fraser ( ) writes at theprovince.com, in "Dr. Janine Fraser, ND: There's More to Naturopathic Medicine Than Recent Controversies"  (2019-04-08):

"if you have heard anything in the media recently about naturopathic medicine, the odds are it hasn’t been positive [...]"; 

something I agree with.  The truth about naturopathy isn't positive.  Naturopathy doesn't compare positively.

"there have been stories about allegedly anti-vaccination naturopaths and, before that, a naturopath in Victoria who treated a child for aggressive behavior with lyssinum — a homeopathic product made from rabid dog saliva.  But naturopaths are not anti-vaccination, nor do we accept bizarre remedies that lack science-based evidence [...]";

well, I disagree with the science categorization / science self-labeling.  All of naturopathy's homeopathy is science-ejected, and so much more.  For instance, naturopathy's requisite vitalism is science-ejected.  So, bullshit on the "science-based" categorization.  Truly bizarre.

"in the Victoria case, the B.C. Naturopathic Association filed a complaint against that naturopath — who was not a member of our organization — with our regulator, the College of Naturopathic Physicians of B.C. It resulted in her leaving the profession [...]";

of course, the regulator is the naturopathic community populating the 'College' aka oversight board.  Yet, why doesn't BCNA and CNPBC have any problem with BCNA itself stating such falsehoods as the classic, and I mean classic, 'naturopathic false science categorization' that's in the BCNA hosted document "The Nature of Naturopathic Medicine" which states this whopper of a false categorization: "[naturopathy] is simply primary health care, in the same scientific fashion of allopathic care [...] naturopathic medicine is science based natural medicine [...] embracing these tenets, on a science-based platform, is at the heart of naturopathic medical care [...] here is a wealth of research, both controlled and double-blind clinical studies, showing the scientific basis and validity of naturopathic protocols."  So, dig deeper and you find much much more...wrong with naturopathy.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

A Letter to the CT Post Critical of Their Not-Critical Naturopathy Coverage

here, a CT Post letter critical of their quite noncritical coverage of naturopathy:

 001. at ctpost.com, an A. Tiktinsky writes in "Calls Coverage of Naturopathy Degree ‘Irresponsible’: Letter" (2019-04-09):

"I find this paper irresponsible in its recent coverage of the closure of the University of Bridgeport naturopathy program [...] the Post has glossed over large problems inherent to naturopathy itself [...] there has been broad medical consensus on the unscientific nature of naturopathy for at least a decade [...]";

I agree.  Except, of course, as I've pointed out, the CT Post has never been critical of naturopathy in all the years as far as I could find. 

"naturopathy is a form of alternative medicine with a central emphasis on 'the healing power of nature' [...] many of its most common practices range from pseudoscience to outright consumer fraud. The University of Bridgeport curriculum includes, for example, three semesters of homeopathy — a sham that is overwhelmingly unsupported by clinical evidence [...]";

I agree.  HPN of course is coded vitalism.  Homeopathy, pseudoscience, fraud.  One thing I'd argue is that clinical evidence can be quite weak as a standard, and scientific evidence is a larger more rigorous category.  Here, though, I get the gist that rigorous studies show no effect greater than placebo.  I'd actually argue that pretending to objectively cover naturopathy over the years has been the CT Post's sham.

"naturopathy can come at senseless human cost, and its practices have been condemned by the American Medical Association as 'unethical' and 'blatantly unsafe' [...causing] unnecessary suffering or preventable death [...and] waste[d] time and money on bogus health care [...] the consequences can be lethal [...] it is wrong to promise a practical education in an fraudulent discipline [...]";

hear, hear.

"if evidence emerges that the university has been negligent or misleading on this point in recruitment, its students may deserve reimbursement for tuition and related debts [...]";

true that.  I've said for years that embedding naturopathy at UB within a "division of health sciences" places UB among the pantheon of modern heath education robbers.  Not only did UB hurt people with false categorizations since their ND program started in 1997, they diverted them from incomes which weren't fraudulent.  The harms are massive.  And never did the CT Post report on these criticisms, on their front page especially, where they'd instead basically elevate naturopathy through rose colored glasses.

Cheerleading Snake-Oil: CT Post Has Never Objectively Presented 'The Naturopathic'

here, a survey of some articles from the past several years at the Connecticut Post as it covered naturopathy, which quite obviously it had a huge soft spot for journalistically speaking: 

001. so, for example, at ctpost.com, there's [reverse chronology, via news.google.com archives]:

001.a. 2019 Linda Conner Lambeck's "Alternative Medicine Program to End at UB, Leaving Students in Limbo" (2019-04-07):

with nothing critical concerning naturopathy, categorically;

001.b. 2019 Linda Conner Lambeck's "University of Bridgeport Drops Popular Majors" (2019-04-06):

with nothing critical concerning naturopathy, categorically;

o01.c. 2019 [?] "Bill to License Idaho Naturopathic Doctors Signed into Law" (2019-03-28):

with nothing critical concerning naturopathy, categorically;

001.d. 2019 [?] "Bill to License Idaho Naturopathic Doctors Heads to Governor" (2019-03-19):

with nothing critical concerning naturopathy, categorically;

001.e. 2018 Linda Conner Lambeck's "UB Academic Reorganization Draws Questions" (2018-08-10):

with nothing critical concerning naturopathy, categorically;

001.f. 2018 Linda Conner Lambeck's "UB’s Garden of Medicinal Wonders" (2018-07-23):

with nothing critical concerning naturopathy, categorically;