Saturday, January 22, 2011

Naturopathy's Bold and Absurd Push Into Oncology - The "New Hope" That They Promise

here, I cite from a recently posted Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges [AANMC] web page that talks about naturopathy's science competence in regard to cancer yet offers fairy dust / homeopathy amongst other things as treatment plus without disclaiming such remedies' inertness [see 001., below]; then, I provide example as to why those science competencies are a joke [see 002., below]; and finally, I caution [see 003., below]:

001. the AANMC states in "CAM Offers New Hope in Cancer Treatment An Interview with a Naturopathic Oncologist" (2011-01-21)[vsc 2011-01-22]:

"CAM treatment [sCAMs!] typically involves guidance from naturopathic oncologists [...] combining conventional medical therapies and surgery with CAM therapies such as [...] homeopathy [...] can increase tolerance and decrease the side effects of conventional treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, while promoting healing and improving overall outcomes [a promise of benefit...] one such practitioner is Chanchal Cabrera, medicinal herbalist and faculty chair in botanical medicine at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM) [...] 'people are turning to naturopathic medicine because we are not winning the war on cancer' explains Cabrera. 'More and more people are recognizing that the drugs don’t always work' [...] Dr. Cabrera is quick to note that while patients often get excited by the potential benefits of CAM, they should always seek the advice of trained professionals who understand the science."

Note: so, there's the naturo-sCAMs recommended such as homeopathy [which we know is inert!] for someone very vulnerable and seriously ill, the promise of benefit, and just because we're not making the huge gains against cancer we'd like we're recommended fairy dust without disclosing its fairy dustness, and ironically we're told that the 'other drugs' don't work.  Disgusting.  And to top it all off, a 'science expertise' position is claimed.  Sounds as empty as those hoemopathic remedies.  The other science claim is the upper right corner of the web page, which lists one of the ND / NMD granting schools: "National University of Health Sciences."

002. a short glimpse of AANMC absurdity: they are the North American naturopathy-school consortia who claim that:

002.a. naturopathy is a branch of science

002.b. while based on the science-exterior vitalistic and supernatural, and hugely implausible [CST is a 'laying-on-of-hands' mindf*ck, essentially].  Of course all within their label of science.

003. this sounds dangerous:

the reversal of values is striking.  This new hope is old crap, posing as science and viable, rigorously vetted treatment.  Remember, the North American ND / NMD licensure exam labels homeopathy as "clinical science."

if such things as homeopathy is what science is within naturopathy -- and they strongly claim it is science -- people with cancer who go to an ND / NMD may be in for absurdity and trouble of a very serious nature.
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