Friday, July 23, 2010

ND Maloney, Homeopathy, and Coded Vitalism - The Baloney He Doesn't Transparently Reveal

here, I survey the web pages of ND Maloney.  First, there are his claims that homeopathy-naturopathy are scientific, along with NABNE-NPLEX's [see 001., below]; then, his coded vitalism as well as use of NCNM to decode it [see 002., below]; then, the irresistible [see 003., below]:

001. homeopathy is thoroughly enmeshed / melded with naturopathy [thus homeopathy-naturopathy here] and claimed to be science:

001.a. Maloney writes in "Homeopathy":

"homeopathy should be considered both scientific and validated."

Note: here [vsc 2010-07-23] it is live. It is archived c2004 here [vsc 2010-07-23].

001.b.  here [vsc 2010-07-23] is Maloney describing the ND-requisite and elective homeopathy he studied at NCNM [8 courses total]; here [vsc 2010-07-23] is the NPLEX ND board exam similarly labeling homeopathy "science" many times.

001.c. "Who Am I?" [vsc 2010-07-23]:

"I am a doctor [...] my education [miseducation!...] four year medical degree [false, he has a naturopathic degree] from National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, Oregon; national science boards and clinical medicine boards [false, the national science standards do not include the science-ejected]."
Note: science, science, science supposedly.

001.d. and to be scientifically clear about homeopathy, to quote a recent post by Dr. Novella at Science-Based Medicine (see here):

"homeopathy is having a bad year. From a scientific point of view, it has had a couple of bad centuries. The progress of our scientific understanding of biology, chemistry, and physics has failed to confirm any of the core beliefs of homeopathy. Like does not cure like (this is a form of superstition known as sympathetic magic, with no basis in science). Diluting substances does not make them stronger – a notion that violates the chemical law of mass action and the laws of thermodynamics. And countless clinical studies have shown that homeopathic preparations are nothing more than placebos. That homeopathy cannot work and does not work is settled science, as much as it is possible for science to be settled."

Note: not science, preponderantly.  I'm sure naturopathy will ignore this fact, and continue to live in their own private Idaho, wherein the science-ejected and -unsupported is falsely labeled science and fraudulently traded upon.

002. the coded vitalism of ND Maloney and vitalism in its full ugliness at his alma mater, NCNM:

002.a. several Maloney pages describe naturopathy without actually transparently describing naturopathy's essential, science-ejected, vitalistic 'healing' context:

002.a1. "Who Am I?" [vsc 2010-07-23]:

"I believe the body can heal itself [coded vitalism] if given the proper support."

Note: and that's all you are told.

002.a2. "What Will I Do?" [vsc 2010-07-23]:

"I acknowledge and work with the body's ability to heal [coded vitalism...] naturopathic treatment philosophy [...#6] the body, supported, heals itself [coded vitalism]."

Note: and that's all you are told.

002.a3. his ND Sectarian Creed, along with its coded vitalism, also occurs in the archived page, "Services" wherein we're ONLY told, again:

"naturopathic philosophy of practice [...#6] the body, supported, heals itself."

Note: and that's all you are told.

002.b. but here's the Rosetta Stone, so to speak, of all this opacity / coding. NCNM states in "Principles of Healing":

"these principles stand as the distinguishing marks of the profession: [#1] the healing power of nature, vis medicatrix naturae: the body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health. The healing process is ordered and intelligent; nature heals through the response of the life force."

Note: but, there simply isn't a life force aka 'purposeful life spirit' even though NCNM on the same page states it survives scientific scrutiny per "these principles are based on the objective observation of the nature of health and disease and are examined continually in light of scientific analysis."  

Q: when is a sectarian figment 'objectively observed' and a scientific fact?  

A: in naturoland, the pseudoscience, the pseudoprofession.

003. lets call this whole thing [as it is irresistible, I must admit]:
Maloney Baloney.

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