Monday, May 3, 2010

Canada's 12th Naturopathic Medicine Week via Pincott-the-Vitalist!

here, I quote from the regular column authored by ND Pincott published at Canada's North Island Midweek mentioning this week's Naturopathic Medicine Week [see 001., below]; then, I visit the ND's own web page to point out 'the essentially naturopathic vitalistic' [see 002., below]; finally, I quote from a 2009 article by the same ND in the same publication that claims naturopathy is 'the same science' [see 003., below]:

001. Pincott, I. (ND NCNM 1984) states in the North Island Midweek's "Acceptance of Naturopathic Physicians Keeps Growing" [vsc 2010-05-03]:

"this year marks the 12th year that Naturopathic Medicine Week (NMW) has been proclaimed in Canada! This is an annual awareness initiative to educate the public [...] naturopathic physicians (NDs) are primary health care providers with 7-8 years post secondary education who practice safe, effective, science-based natural health care [...] across Canada there are more than 1,500 registered NDs and in B.C. there are 328 practicing NDs and last year there were 45 new licenses granted [...] there are two schools in Canada: Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto) and Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (Vancouver). CAND is the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and is recognized as a stakeholder with the federal government participating in consultations on scientific panels and expert advisory committees [...] it is the role of the ND as educator to sift the wheat from the chaff when the media paint a negative view of natural therapies [...] naturopathic medicine week is to help educate the public about the extensive expertise of naturopathic physicians in their role of promoting health and preventing disease for the citizens of Canada, using safe and effective therapies. Dr. Pincott, naturopathic physician, welcomes you to drop into her Campbell River office[...] for more information call 250-286-3655 or visit"

Note: wow, that huge "science" claim!  It must be great to have free license to engage in commerce under false pretenses.  So, these experts label naturopathy science, yet, what I cite in 002. refutes NDs' science-expertise claims.

002. the vitalism of ND Pincott is evident in her "Dr. Ingrid Pincott, N.D." page [vsc 2010-05-03]:

"Dr. Pincott [...attended] the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon [...] naturopathic medicine [...includes] homeopathy [...] and detoxification programs [...] Dr. Pincott believes [quite literally, this is a belief as opposed to a scientific fact] that in most cases, the body has an inner ability to heal itself when obstacles to cure are removed and therapies are given that stimulate the vital force (the healing force of the body) [explicit vitalism...] naturopathic principles: 1. the healing power of nature [that vitalism, coded]."

Note: ah, that essential, science-ejected, sectarian premise / belief known as vitalism.  The presence of homeopathy should send up sirens alone!  And detoxification!  What naturopathy has done is turn the healing ability of the body into a purposeful-life-spirit controlled 'magical-superstition imbued' phenomenon THAT IT AIN'T!  For the full NCNM vitalism-as-science nonsense, see here.

003. the science-ejected philosophy overarching / behind / contextualizing naturopathy is quite evident in ND Pincott's "Bargaining for the Right Prescription" [vsc 2010-05-03] in the North Island Weekender (2009-03-18): 

"the scientific education and training that naturopathic physicians receive is no different than the scientific training medical doctors receive. It is the philosophy behind the application of that science that differentiates NDs and MDs."

Note: man, oh man.  So, 'our science is no different so we call ourselves science, except for the nonscientific context we place all our science within, so we're still science even though the context of it all is a science-ejected or -unsupported philosophy / belief system.'

I think naturopathic lunacy keeps grown, instead.  I really appreciate the pseudo-journalism and blatant self-promotion all wrapped up nicely in nonsense / falsehood.
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