Saturday, November 6, 2010

Gushing Endorsement of Naturopathic Efficacy, & Analysis - 'A News Vancouver Island' on Youtube, 2010-11

here, I cite from a 2010-11 Youtube bit from British Columbia, Canada that cannot say enough good things about naturopathy [with not a peep mentioned about its lunacy; see 001., below]; then, I cite from the web pages of the ND who is spotlighted in the video [see 002., below]; and finally, I offer a little bit of British Columbia ND lunacy [see 003., below]:

"naturopathic physicians have for years used nontraditional remedies very effectively to help their patients [] BC naturopaths have been granted the authority to administer drugs to their patients [...] Dr. Neil McKinney, B.SC., ND, naturopathic physician in oncology [...talks of] 'herbal tinctures and homeopathic remedies [...] Chinese medicine [...] I have a broad set of tools to work with [... ] we are very well trained' [...the prescriptive rights do not include] federally regulated drugs with high abuse potential  [...and NDs say they now can] serv their patients better [...and we're told by the reporter] it's not about who is right or wrong, its about what works."

Note: wow, hugely gushing endorsement.  Is this journalism or advertisement?  "Very effectively" and "what works"?  HOMEOPATHY [remedies with nothing in them]?  Fascinating that we're informed that this ND has a science degree [this is a confidence game!].

002. the McKinney, N. (ND NCNM 1985) web site (click here) states, in "Therapies and Services" [vsc 2010-11-06]:

"cancer treatment [...] natural medicines can help cancer patients at any stage. Therapy may include Iscador Mistletoe Therapy (an advanced cancer therapy from Germany) [...] homeopathy: since 1974 Dr. McKinney has been building a foundation of experience and training in classical constitutional and complex homeopathy for acute and chronic illnesses [...] Dr. McKinney offers a gentle homeopathic version of a flu shot that works with your immune system to give excellent protection [...via] Natural Immune Boost Injection (our version of the flu shot) [by] Heel of Germany has created two all natural homeopathic injectable remedies for influenza prevention.  When taken together they form a powerful resistance to colds, flu and other viral diseases.  The ingredients are simple herbs in a very dilute form, they stimulate the immune system to a high state of readiness to meet and defeat whatever strains may come along [...] we [also] offer a homeopathic approach to de-sensitizing allergies and sensitivities [...and] herbal homeopathic injections [...and] electrodermal screening assessment."


Iscador is known NOT to work, according to PubMed, as an antitumor agent in mice. It is one of these anthroposophy/Steiner strange ideas, and as Quackwatch states: "in 1984, the expert working group of the Swiss Society for Oncology concluded that there was no evidence that Iscador was effective against human cancers [...] more than 30 clinical studies have investigated imistletoe as a cancer treatment. The National Cancer Institute has concluded: 'reports of improved survival and/or quality of life have been common, but nearly all of the studies had major weaknesses that raise doubts about the reliability of the findings.'"

Homeopathic flu prophylaxis is ABSURDLY IMPOTENT, according to Science-Based Medicine's "Homeopathic Vaccines" by Dr. Crislip (2010-11-05): "the sad thing is parents will be fooled into thinking that their children are protected from infectious diseases, when, in fact, they are not.  Vaccines do not provide perfect protection; neither do seat belts.  But a vaccine is superior to the nothing of homeopathy and I would bet that parents would not rely on a child car restraint made by the same process as homeopathy." 

Electrodermal screening is what I've termed a pseudodiagnostic, and Science Based Medicine's "Another State Promotes the Pseudoscientific Cult that is 'Naturopathic Medicine' - Part 1" (2008) by Dr. Atwood reminds us that: "the FDA has, for practical purposes, declared such devices illegal."

003. the BCNA and NCNM's lunacy [since ND McKinney doesn't describe naturopathy at all, so one can make an informed decision]:

003.a. the British Columbia Naturopathic Association [BCNA] states in "The Nature of Naturopathic Medicine" [vsc 2010-11-06]:

"naturopathic medicine is science based natural medicine [...] the philosophy of naturopathic treatment [...includes] first, vis medicatrix naturae: the body has the inherent capacity to heal in the proper therapeutic environment [coded vitalism]. NDs believe in the recuperative power of the organism [coded vitalism...] embracing these tenets, on a science-based platform, is at the heart of naturopathic care."

Note: now, there's quite a 'science promise' in that description. The lunacy is that VMN is hugely a science-ejected idea, when you look at what naturopathy essentially means by it - vitalism.  So, the heart of naturopathy is deception and irrationality.

003.b. ND McKinney's alma mater, National College of Natural Medicine [NCNM], exemplifies this irrationality.  In "Principles of Healing" [vsc 2010-11-06] NCNM states:

"the practice of naturopathic medicine emerges from six principles of healing. These principles are based on the objective observation of the nature of health and disease and are examined continually in light of scientific analysis.  These principles stand as the distinguishing marks of the profession: [#1] the healing power of nature, vis medicatrix naturae [...] nature heals through the response of the life force [etc.]."

Note: so, a sectarian science-ejected figmentation [a 'life force'] is falsely labeled 'in fact able to survive scientific scrutiny.'

[And we were to believe -- falsely -- that naturopathy is very effective and about what works].
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