here, I cite from a recent article regarding an Oregon ND who has had his license suspended [see 001., below]; then, I point out the falseness that is at the heart of Oregon naturopathy overall [see 002., below]:
001. the Mail Tribune's Sam Wheeler reports in "State Levels Penalties on Medford Naturopath" (2010-12-18) [also, see Casewatch's page:
"Dr. Alan K____, the head naturopathic physician at Center of Health, 2612 E. Barnett Road, violated Oregon law by falsely advertising his practice and himself in 15 different instances, and preparing to administer a method of medicine that he was not certified to use [...] the board's investigation determined that from 2006 through 2009, K____ had made 'untrue, improper, misleading, or deceptive statements in advertising by representing that he is a medical specialist or practices a medical specialty' [...K____ has been] ordered to pay $15,000 in civil penalties and will have his license revoked for one year, the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine concluded last week [...] the practice will remain open under the direction of naturopathic physician Dr. Zack Allen [...] in addition to the false advertising, K____ was also disciplined for preparing to administer chelation therapy to one of his patients."
Note: so, false claims in commerce are penalized by OBNM. Interesting, considering how false and irrational naturopathy is overall.
002. Oregon's '.gov' web site is actually HUGELY FALSE:
OBNM should suspend all of naturopathy -- clinically and educationally -- until they fix 'that big boneheadedness called naturopathy' so that people can make informed decisions regarding the naturopaTHICK.
For instance, OBNM's web page "Naturopathy" states:
"naturopathic medicine is a distinctively natural approach to health and healing that recognizes the integrity of the whole person. Naturopathic medicine is heir to the vitalistic tradition of medicine in the Western world, emphasizing the treatment of disease through the stimulation, enhancement, and support of the inherent healing capacity of the person. Methods of treatments are chosen to work with the patient’s vital force, respecting the intelligence of the natural healing process. The practice of Naturopathic medicine emerges from six underlying principles of healing. These principles are based on the objective observation of the nature of health and disease, and are continually reexamined in light of scientific analysis."
That is: the hugely science-ejected vitalistic survives scientific scrutiny. In other words, the falsehood at the heart of naturopathy is that the for-one-hundred-years science-ejected can right now survive scientific scrutiny.
Somehow, this is conveniently overlooked as an issue. If the premise of naturopathy is that 'something is what it is not' [vitalism is science], then why are they able to make discrete judgments about false advertising?
If science and nonscience are the same thing, then so too is truthful and false advertising!
It's all wacko, improper, misleading, deceptive.