Friday, June 18, 2010

Peterson's Bastyr U. ND Program Profile: The Label of Profession and Science, The Reality of Nonprofessionality and Nonscience

here, I cite from Peterson's "Graduate Programs in Business, Education, Health, Information Studies, Law and Social Work 2004" (ISBN 076891146x) [below, I will simply call this source "Peterson's"] which falsely labels naturopathy 'professions-level science' [see 001., below]; then, I use my alma mater's own web page to show naturopathy's underlying essential nonscience context [see 002., below]:

001. Peterson's states in "Bastyr University School Of Naturopathic Medicine" [you can search much of it at]:

001.a. per "profess":

"Bastyr University offers a four-year program of professional education leading to the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine N.D. degree. The naturopathic medical profession [etc. p.2107]."

Note: professional, professional, professional.  Supposedly.

001.b. per "scien":

"the goal of the program is to educate future physicians in the tradition of medical science and the art of natural healing […by] providing a comprehensive understanding of the basic medical sciences […] students receive a thorough foundation in the basic medical sciences […] the University’s mission includes the pursuit of scientific research […] Bastyr University was founded as a naturopathic medical college in 1978 to meet the growing need for scientifically trained naturopathic physicians […via a] comprehensive education in the natural health sciences [p.2107]."

Note: science, science, science.  Supposedly.

002. underneath these labels, you can see what the actual context of naturopathy is:

Note: nonscience, at its core.  Truly. By oath, though often the context is coded in naturalistic language. While only one large aspect of the naturopathic belief amalgam, vitalism is thoroughly science-ejected.  

So WOW!  A book that declares itself "the authority" is full of false nonsense.  It is likely that MANY people were induced by Peterson's and Bastyr into studying naturopathy through false labelings.  Seems to me that the pages of this book should be regarded as false-advertisement space.  Unfortunately for the unknowing trusting public, e.g. the Bastyr entry, naturopathic commerce is unfair.

003. the professions:

adhere to the highest of ethical standards, credat emptor [let the buyer have faith].  But, obviously, naturopathy is so academically and institutionally science-illiterate, incompetent and unethical / false / lacking in integrity and rationality that the buyer shouldn't have any faith / trust in naturopathy at all.  The buyer should run, instead: be that buyer a clinical patient or an academic customer. 

Naturopathy cannot meet the laxer standard of caveat emptor [let the buyer beware].  Used car dealers are held to higher standards than naturopathy, which is allowed to basically be legalized robbery.
This misreference book has a prized place on my bookshelf.
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