Saturday, February 12, 2011

Naturopathy At Griffin Hospital (Derby, CT), Transparent Definition, and Suggestions For Research

here, out of curiosity, I searched the web pages of Griffin Hospital [GH] regarding naturopathy and these are the findings [see 001., below]; then, I tell you what Griffin doesn't tell you about naturopathy, because I value informed consent [see 002., below]; finally, I suggest some research items [see 003., below]:

001. GH writes:

Note: I searched their site per " naturopathic" and " naturopathy", without the quotes, via

001.a. in "Diagnostic Services" [vsc 2011-02-12]:

"Integrative Medicine [IM] Center.  The IMC offers dual evaluation by physicians, trained in internal and preventive medicine, and naturopathic physicians [NP] with expertise in a wide array of natural [N], complementary and alternative [CA] therapies. We produce treatment and referral recommendations across the full spectrum of natural and conventional care. For more information contact: 203-732-1370."

Note: there's IM subset NP / N / CA.

001.b. in "The Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital presents 'Naturopathic Approaches to Pain Management'" [vsc 2011-02-12]:

"on Thursday, June 24, 2010 [...] the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital will present Naturopathic Approaches to Pain Management, presented by naturopathic resident, Dr. Barbara Siminovich [...] a first-year Integrative Medicine resident at Griffin Hospital and the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, and serves as a research assistant at the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center [...who] graduated in 2009 from the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine in Bridgeport, CT. She is licensed by the Connecticut Department of Public Health ['s] free and open to the public [...] naturopathic approaches to pain management that are alternative or complimentary to conventional methods, including the use of herbal remedies and supplements, following an anti-inflammatory diet, hydrotherapy, exercise, acupuncture, massage, chiropractic and craniosacral therapy [CST]."

Note: so, mention of their partners UBCNM and CDPH, plus some therapeutic nonsense like CST.  Who knew that pharmacognosy, medical nutrition, diet, massage and exercise are CAM.  I'll bet their efficacy claims have been hokey'd up, CAM-style.

001.c. in "Meet the Staff" [vsc 2011-02-12]:

"Ather Ali, ND, MPH.  Assistant Director, CAM Research/Co-Director, Integrative Medicine Center [...] he oversees naturopathic care and education. He is an associate research scientist at the Yale School of Medicine [...] Dr. Ali completed a [...] doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, residency in Integrative Family Medicine from Griffin Hospital and the University of Bridgeport, and a Masters of Public Health in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from the Yale School of Public Health. He completed a NIH/NCCAM National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship and is part of the leadership board of Integrative Medicine at Yale."

Note: ah, that claim of science upon the naturopathic.  Poor Yale, how they slum.  Ah, Bastyr.  And UB naturopathy again.  And the NCCAM.

001.d. in "April Showers Bring May Flowers...and Allergies" [vsc 2011-02-12]:

"on Thursday, May 20, 2010 [...] the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital will present 'April Showers Bring May Flowers…and Allergies,' presented by naturopathic resident, Dr. Lisa Rosenberger [...] both naturopathic and Chinese medicine principles and approaches will be brought to the discussion [...] Dr. Rosenberger is a second-year Integrative Medicine resident at Griffin Hospital and the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine and a research assistant for the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center. She is a graduate of the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR [...] Dr. Rosenberger is a licensed naturopathic physician by the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine."

Note: so, there's naturopathic principles mentioned, NCNM, OBNM. Those will come in handy to help explain what GH doesn't publicly  mention.

001.e.  in "Time Change for Free Cooking and Nutrition Class for Cancer Patients Beginning June 2" [vsc 2011-02-12]:

"the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital is offering a free four-week Cooking and Nutrition program [...] the program is team-taught by a chef, a clinical dietitian, and a naturopathic physician."

001.f.  in "The Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center Newsflash July 2010" [vsc 2011-02-12]:

"Ather Ali, ND, MPH, Assistant Director of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research at the PRC and Co-Director of the Integrative Medicine Center [...] Chronic Disease Prevention: Research Review of Naturopathic Approaches on May 22nd at the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians CME Conference."

Note: so there's mention of the NYANP.

"on Thursday, July 22, 2010 [...] the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital will present [this talk...] this talk will be presented by  [ part] Dr. Lisa Rosenberger [...] both naturopathic and Chinese medicine principles and approaches will be brought to the discussion [...] Dr. Rosenberger graduated in 2008 from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR."

Note: naturopathic principles and NCNM again.

001.h. in "The Campaign for Breast Wellness" [vsc 2011-02-12]:

"Integrative Medicine Center - as a supplement to traditional treatment, the Center offers a variety of non-traditional therapies to help ease possible pain, nausea, and stress. A team of physicians, nurse practitioners and naturopathic physicians work directly with you to develop treatment plans based on your needs and preference."

Note: seems to demand informed consent, upon the 'team' preponderance.

002. a transparent definition of naturopathy's context via:

Note: I don't find a definition of naturopathy at the GH site.  The CDPH and NCCAM aren't all that helpful either.  But, there's UBCNM, NCNM, Bastyr, NYANP and OBNM.

002.a. UBCNM:

you can find naturopathy's essential science-ejected vitalistic premise archived here, and their current opaque definition here, and a science label upon all this science-exterior sectarian crap currently here.

Note: the actual context of naturopathy is pseudoscience: the quite irrational position of falsely claiming as science what EASILY isn't science at all.  GH didn't mention that, by the way.

002.b. NCNM:

on a single web page labels the hugely science-ejected as scientific.  Again, pseudoscience.

002.c. Bastyr:

in a single sweep labels as science the supernatural, coded vitalistic therein equating all knowledge types irrationally.  Superpseudoscience.

002.d. NYANP:

has in the past transparently related naturopathy's vitalistic essence, though now codes it.  This manipulative opacity / dysinformation is inherent to naturopathy's cultic nature.  I think they want licensure in NY this year, so vitalism has been swept under the rug.

002.e. OBNM:

of course takes the prize for being the '.gov' Rosetta Stone that reveals all of the nonsense that is essential to naturopathy.

Note: you could, also, use naturopathy's printed textbooks, like:

the 3rd ed. of the Textbook of Natural Medicine

or Lloyd's History of Naturopathic Medicine.

That's not just cyberspace nonsense, it's nonsense bound and here in meatspace.

003. research suggestions:

principally, I'd like to see naturopathy establish the scientific basis of what's profoundly nonscientific.

yes, it is THAT absurd -- akin to claiming it's a scientific fact that the world is flat.

so, we ask simply, now prove it naturopaTHICKists.  It's quite a challenge to undo logic, and somehow get something to be what it can never be.  Naturopathy should start with its vitalism and supernaturalism -- the essentially naturopathic.

you've got huge science claims upon that nonscience and what I see in it all is:

licensed falsehood, unprofessionalism, and false trade.
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