Saturday, August 7, 2010

ND Amell's "Natural" Delusional Exceptionalism = Jail Time!

here, I cite the recent convition of a Canadian ND for tax evasion [see 001., below]; then , I wonder what else 'the natural' could be used as cover for [see 002., below]:

001. Canada's Chronicle Herald reports in "Naturopath Jailed For Failing to Pay Taxes" [vsc 2010-08-07]:

"a naturopathic doctor in Saskatchewan who claimed he didn’t have to pay taxes because he was a 'natural' person was sentenced Friday to 16 months in jail. Douglas Amell, 42, of Moose Jaw was also ordered to pay $190,000 — the amount of tax he should have paid on income of $683,000 from 2003 to 2006 [...] a pre-sentence report showed Amell was earning $18,000 a month from his naturopathic clinic [...yet he was deliberately receiving money from] 'government programs designed to assist poor children and poor families' [...such was] 'a crime against every Canadian.'"

Note: perhaps naturopathy suffers from what may be called "exceptionalism."  This ND seemed to believe that "natural" is a magic, stay-out-of-jail card.

002. the delusion of naturopathy's "nature":

002.a. it is quite common for naturopathy to call itself "natural medicine."  For instance, a web search >"natural medicine"< returns as a first hit NCNM which used to be called National College of Naturopathic Medicine but now is called Natural College of Natural Medicine.

002.b. and looking at NCNM's description of naturopathy, which I believe is thoroughly fraudulent, delusional and insane [particularly the idea that the science-ejected "healing power of nature" vitalism & science-exterior supernatural survives scientific scrutiny], I believe that all North American naturopathy suffers from a kind of cultic / exceptionalist thinking which, like Amell, leads to the delusion that what they are doing isn't a problem / that the rules are different for them!
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