Sunday, April 17, 2011

Craniosacral Therapy, Homeopathy and a Claim of "Enormous" Naturopathic Efficacy: ND Marinaro

here, I cite from the descriptions of two supposed therapeutic methods used by Massachusetts ND Marinaro, craniosacral therapy and homeopathy [see 001., below]; then, I quote from her web page that claims that naturopathy is hugely effective for some very serious pathologies [see 002., below]:

001. Marinaro, C.A. (ND Bastyr 2009) states:

001.a.  in "Craniosacral Therapy" [saved 2011-04-17]:

"craniosacral therapy: this gentle form of bodywork focuses on the nervous system and the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, known as cerebrospinal fluid.  This fluid, much like blood, circulates through the body and distributes nutrients and oxygen to the cells of the nervous system.  Also like the circulation of blood, the cerebrospinal fluid can become stagnant, resulting in migraine and tension headaches, brain fog, fatigue, body aches, mood swings and other mood disorders. Craniosacral therapy helps to restore the circulation of the cerebrospinal fluid and the well-being of the nervous system."

Note: these claims lack scientific support or even plausibility.  The therapist holds the patient's head on their hands.  That's it.  How does this change CSF circulation?  How is such measured before and after?  An elaborate parlor trick / placebo therapy...

001.b. in "Homeopathy" [saved 2011-04-17]:

"Dr. Corrie has studied constitutional homeopathy extensively [...] the selection of a remedy intended to correct imbalance in the patient’s constitution, including physical, mental and emotional levels of health [...] and often uses it to resolve issues on the mental and emotional planes that prevent the physical body from healing. Homeopathy is a very gentle form of medicine that generally has no side effects but can promote profound healing.  Its gentle nature and delivery in sugar pills make it ideal for use in pediatric patients.  Children also tend to respond more quickly and efficiently to homeopathy as their immune systems are stronger than those of adult [...] homeopathy is one of oldest forms of medicine and was the cornerstone of the practice of medical doctors prior to the invention of pharmaceutical medicines [...they] are diluted quantities of plant, mineral or animal substances delivered in sugar pills.  These remedies can be given for acute complaints such as rashes, food poisoning, muscle sprains, cough and numerous other every-day ailments."

Note: except there's nothing active in the pills, and science has discarded this archaicism.

002. ND Marinaro states in "What Kinds of Conditions can Benefit from Naturopathic Medicine?" [saved 2011-04-17]:

"because naturopathic medicine treats the individual person and not their disease, there is always something to be done for any and all patients. Some specific conditions with which Dr. Corrie has experience and which are known to benefit enormously from naturopathic therapeutics are listed below [...]

fatigue, back pain, headaches/migraines, recurrent infections, allergies, asthma, obesity, flu/colds, depression, anxiety [...] infertility, post-menopausal symptoms, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, urinary incontinence, recurrent yeast infections, recurrent urinary tract Infections, human papilloma virus/abnormal pap smear, polycystic ovarian syndrome, pre-menstrual syndrome, painful/heavy menstruation, endometriosis, acne and other skin conditions, decreased libido, irregular menstruation, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis/osteopenia [...] coronary artery disease/atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, diabetes/pre-diabetes, high cholesterol/high triglycerides, metabolic syndrome, transient ischemic attacks [...] allergies, asthma, eczema, autism, ADD/ADHD, recurrent ear infections/colds, diarrhea, constipation [...] rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Grave’s hyperthyroidism, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, Parkinson’s disease [...] muscle pain, osteoarthritis, temporal mandibular joint pain disorder [...] benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), erctile dysfunction, hernias [...] food allergies, gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), ulcers, hernias, loose stools/constipation, excessive gas, malabsorption, maldigestion."

Note: wow!  I doubt that empty remedies and holding someone's head in your hands can cause patients "enormous benefit".  What's her SECRET?  When will the Nobel committee visit?
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