Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Arizona's State Press Article on Naturopathic Flu Treatment: No Vaccine Mentioned, "Instead" Use...

here, WEIRD naturopathic advice for "flu" as in NO VACCINE mentioned:

001., Helena Wegner writes in "Jump-Start Your Healthcare Routine in Preparation for Flu Season" (2019-11-19):

so, nowhere in the article about "flu season" near the 'naturopath mention' do we get the best thing usually done to prevent flu in the population, a flu vaccine.  Thought he article shows a vaccine administration, the naturopath part instead states:

"naturopathic Dr. Sayre Limburg from Journey Natural Medicine in Chandler treats patients through natural remedies focusing on healing the mind and the body. Limburg said her clinic treats the flu through the immune system. Unlike conventional medicine, Limburg focuses on treatments that include diet, exercise, lifestyle changes, herbs, acupuncture, chiropractic care and homeopathy. She will prescribe pharmaceuticals if it becomes necessary. 'I connect the mind and body in order to find optimal health for patients, not necessarily (only) treating a condition,' Limburg said. 'I treat the whole person.' Instead of traditional flu and cold medicines, Limburg finds unique alternatives that serve as treatment. Once already sick, she recommends 'warming socks.' First, get your feet warm with a hot shower. Second, put wet, cold socks on. Lastly, put a pair of dry wool socks over the wet socks. In the morning, Limburg said the symptoms will be gone. Another measure Limburg said students can take is by drinking a natural remedy every day called fire cider — a mixture of apple cider vinegar, white onion, horseradish, honey and cayenne. Fire cider can alleviate flu and cold symptoms and work as a preventative measure. 'Everybody is so different that no treatment plan is the same for any individual,' Limburg said [...]";

huh?  so, natural remedies, and whatever it means to heal the mind and body / connect the mind and the body.  Why is it that naturopaths claim to be wholistic but are always using the language of dualism? I think we're all walking around with a mind emanating from our brains in a unitary way.  It's called biology. I take it that "her clinic treats the flu through the immune system [...] instead of" is not by way of a vaccine, which PREVENTS the flu through the immune system.  What is actually implied here is that first you have to get the flu for the ND to then treat it.  Not very wise.  Not very preventative.  Actually, for many populations...dangerous.  As per "diet, exercise, lifestyle changes, herbs, acupuncture, chiropractic care and homeopathy", well, here's an observation: when all those things are presented basically as equals, and on the list is the bogus pharmacy knows as homeopathy and the bogus Chinese medievalism known as acupuncture, well, what does that say?  And warming socks, of course, are silly and it is reckless to say that miraculously they cure.  And PROVE TO ME that the "fire cider" is anything like the preventative effect of a flu vaccine that is tuned to the seasonal strain!  And to then have every plan different, well, that may appeal to ego and boutique but actually we're much more similar than we are different.  In biological terms... And it's interesting that everyone is so different but all those therapies are considered equals...  And standard of care highly vetted medicine is posed as equal to her alternatives...otherwise, whey would they be offered "instead"?  By the way, the article links directly to the ND's practice.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Changelog 2019-11-17 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 Asplin;
to Appendix B.05.i.a.02.;

ND Darley;
ND Doyle;
ND Drobin;
NDs Eagle, Lang, Murphy,
Van Couvering;
NDs Fitzpatrick, Mendelsohn,
ND Fong;
NDs Fuller, Lamont-Mitchell,
ND Furtado;

NDs Kelly, November, Richardson, Sorvan;
 NDs Khaira and Rizza; 
NDs King and Rodriguez;

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Quebec Naturopath Acquittal: Held to "Reasonably Prudent Naturopath" Standards

here, some news on a very long-running case against a Quebec naturopath:

001. at, Sean Fine reports in "Supreme Court Clears Naturopath of Criminal Responsibility in Death of Patient" (2019-11-14):

"the Supreme Court of Canada has cleared a Montreal naturopath of criminal responsibility for the death of an 84-year-old man in a ruling that clarifies how criminal law applies in provinces where alternative-medicine practitioners are unregulated [...] the court acquitted Montreal naturopath Mitra Javanmardi of criminal negligence causing death and unlawful act manslaughter [...the ND] gave Roger Matern an injection of nutrients in 2008. Bacteria in the nutrient solution killed him. While the injection was illegal under Quebec’s law governing health-care professions, the charges were laid under the Criminal Code of Canada [...] Isabel Schurman, a member of Ms. Javanmardi’s legal team, called the 11-year saga a 'misuse' of the criminal law. 'This is an unfortunate example of our tendency to criminalize things that are not crimes,' she said in an interview. Evidence showed, she said, that there was no way Ms. Javanmardi or anyone else could have detected the bacteria in one of the vials that went into the solution [...] in Ms. Javanmardi’s case, the court elaborated on that ruling, saying the activity in question (the injection) matters, and so the standard was that of 'the reasonably prudent naturopath' [...]";

wow, not general knowledge, NATUROPATHIC knowledge. Ok.  Let's think about the elephant in the room: injections don't seem that NATURAL.  And naturopathy is an irrational sectarian pseudoscience.

"Ms. Javanmardi, a science graduate from McGill University, had extensive training and experience. She has a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Ore. [...] Anil Kapoor, who represented the Criminal Lawyers Association, said the ruling could also be applied when police officers are charged with criminal negligence causing death in cases involving substance abusers, as occurred in two recent cases in Ontario and Nova Scotia. A key consideration would be whether officers took all the steps that their training tells them they should take in the circumstances [...]";

so wow.  So much sympathy.  And that invocation of science. Yet, of course, if you go to NUNM's web pages [formerly NCNM] you'll find patent pseudoscience. So, yeah.  It would be nice to hear in reporting that naturopathy is what it is, pseudoscience.  So, extensive training in pseudoscience means one now is off the hook.  Now naturopaths perhaps have been given license to be naturopaths, as judged naturopathically, which means as judged based on fake science, as judged on reversed values.  So, even if you are WRONG and HARM someone, you are off the hook so long as you are part of a false institutional apparatus kind of peer-review standard.  This is akin to stating that I'm not responsible for robbing a bank because I took 'Bank Robbery 101' in college and met the standards of that course.  'Hey, I got an A in bank-robbery'.  Ok sir, you're free to go...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Ernst on sCAM's Placebo Sham

here, some writing on how placebo is not a selling point for sCAM:

001. at, Professor Edzard Ernst writes in "Does the ‘Placebo Effect’ Justify the Use of Alternative Medicine?" (2019):

" placebo effects may be real, but, as a justification for so-called alternative medicines, they are hopeless [...] placebos never cure any disease [...] many studies show that the apparent benefit SCAMs rely heavily, if not entirely, on the placebo effect [...] unable to produce convincing evidence that their treatment is effective beyond a placebo effect, many SCAM practitioners now admit that their therapies work mostly or entirely via a placebo effect [...] placebo effects are not ‘just in the mind’ of the patient; they are real and lead to quantifiable changes in our bodies. This is music to the ears of those who advocate the use of so-called alternative medicine (SCAM) such as acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, reflexology or Reiki [...] crucially, they claim that such evidence proves that their SCAM is effective [...] all treatments, also of course conventional therapies that work beyond placebo, generate placebo effects when given with compassion, empathy and understanding. If a clinician administers an effective therapy (one that works beyond placebo), her patients benefit from the specific effect of this treatment plus from a placebo effect. If a clinician administers a SCAM that only works via a placebo effect, her patients lose out, as they cannot not benefit from arguably the more important part of any medical treatment: its specific effect";