Wednesday, January 19, 2011

ND Roush on Homeopathy - "Science Based" [not!]

here, I cite from a recent article gushing over naturopathy [see 001., below]; that then led me to the web site of the ND in that article [see 002., below]; whose claim that homeopathy is science-based -- as well as vitalism -- is bunk [see 003., below]:

001. Montana's Independent Record states in "Naturopaths Look Beyond the Symptoms" (2011-01-19) [vsc 2011-01-19]::

"[written by Sara Groves] over the course of the last several months, I’ve learned a lot about taking care of myself [...] to see for myself what naturopathic medicine is all about, I visited Dr. Jeff Roush [ND Bastyr] with Natural Medicine Plus here in Helena [...] an N.D. [...] a naturopathic doctor receives education that is, in many ways, similar to what a conventional M.D. receives. In fact, the first two years of a naturopath's education are nearly identical to the coursework that an aspiring M.D. takes, such as anatomy, physiology, microbiology, histology, biochemistry and immunology [as in science!...] 'naturopathic physicians should be every person's front line defense to guard their health,' said Roush. And I agree."

Note: wow, gushing endorsement.

002. Roush, J. (ND Bastyr) states:

002.a. along with Aagenes, N. (ND Bastyr) -- a former AANP President and Physician of the Year -- in "Naturopathic Medicine" [vsc 2011-01-19]:

"the practice of Naturopathy emerges from six underlying principles of healing [...]  based on the objective observation of the nature of health and disease, and are continually reexamined in light of scientific analysis [...] these principles forms the basis of all treatment. They are [#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. The physician's role is to facilitate and augment this process."

Note: wow, that's vitalism claimed as able to survive scientific scrutiny.  Not true.

002.b. in "Family Medicine for Every Body" [vsc 2011-01-19]:

"Dr. Roush offers healthcare for the whole family.   As a primary care physician, he evaluates, treats, and manages a variety of acute and chronic conditions using the least toxic therapy and science based naturopathic medicines.  Some of the therapies Dr. Roush may use include: clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, and pharmacology."

Note: ah, so homeo. is science-based?

if that's science, all is suspect in naturopathyland!  I disagree with the above endorsement of naturopathy.  The first line of defense of one's health shouldn't be pseudoscience.
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