Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Naturopathic Irrationality Microcosm: Ontario's ND Esposito and 'Scientific Science-Ejected' Commerce!

here, I cite from an invitation from Ontario, Canada's ND Esposito to 'get to know naturopathy' [see 001., below]; then, I share with you quite-the-irrationality of the naturopathic -- as I know it well -- a science label falsely placed upon the science-ejected and science-exterior and then used for commerce purposes as gleaned from the ND's web pages [see 002., below]:

001. the Lake Superior News columnist and naturopath Esposito, C. (ND CCNM) writes in "Naturopathic Medicine Week 2011" (2011-05-09) [saved 2011-05-09]:

"today marks the first day of Naturopathic Medicine Week [NMW...] naturopathic doctors across Canada hold free events to talk about their unique, more natural approach to health. The goal is to teach members of their community about natural medicine, health promotion and disease prevention [so get to know them!...] naturopathic doctors are regulated in Ontario, are highly trained primary care providers, are covered by most extended health insurance providers, promote health and address the root cause of disease using natural therapies."

Note: so, NMW. And teaching, as in 'get to know naturopathy'.  Yes, regulated and highly trained, and root cause.  What exactly is the context of that "root cause"?  See below, for there is a claimed context [science] and an actual context [the science-ejected falsely labeled science].

002. now, I'd like to highlight what ND Esposito has written on her own web pages, which I've archived and which are incompatible claims [science is not nonscience; something does not contain what it excludes]:

002.a. the overarching claim / commerce label that naturopathy and its contents is scientific [from my archive]:

002.a.i. in "FAQ: Naturopathic Medicine" [vsc 2011-01-13]:

"naturopathic medicine [...] blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine [...and is a] science of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention [...] the four year program incorporates over 4,500 hours of classroom training in basic medical science courses [and] clinical sciences [...] is naturopathic medicine scientific? Many naturopathic therapies [...] have been validated by scientific research [...] the research supporting naturopathic medicine continues to grow and incorporate new scientific findings [...] training during medical school [...includes] basic and clinical sciences [...] naturopathic physicians [] 224.50 [credits...] medical doctors [] 186 [the ND superscience claim!]."

Note:  yes, naturopathy blends.  But science isn't a blended kind of knowledge: science does not, for instance, contain the nonscientific -- as naturopathy irrationally claims it does.  And naturopathy claims to be more versed in science than actual medicine -- 'the ND superscience claim'.

"naturopathic medicine [...] blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine ['s a] science of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention."

Note: science, science.

002.a.iii. in "Doctor Oath: Naturopathic Doctor's Oath" [vsc 2011-01-13]:

"I dedicate myself to the service of humanity as a practitioner of the art and science of naturopathic medicine."

Note: how is humanity served by falsehood?  This same oath obligates naturopaths to vitalism and supernaturalism, and a claim that such is science [the 'ND sectarian creed'].

002.a.iv. in "Energy Medicine" [vsc 2011-01-13]:

"energy medicine is the science and the art of optimizing your energies to help your body and mind function at their best."

Note: well, we know that "energy" here is not being used in the scientific science.  Here, it is being misappropriated as a coding for vitalism and spiritism.

002.a.v. in "Homeopathic Consult" [vsc 2011-01-12]:

"one of the most common criticisms of homeopathy is that it is not scientific. However, more and more research continues to supports its efficacy."

Note: no, actually.  This is the exact opposite of what is actually happening.  Naturopathy: the reversal of all values. in "Lose Weight Permanently" [vsc 2011-01-13]:

"Dr. Esposito offers a cutting edge, scientific approach to weight loss."

Note: more science claimed. 

002.b. the reality that naturopathy and its contents is based upon vitalism [from my archives]:

002.b.i. in "Acupuncture for Neck Pain" [vsc 2011-01-13]:
"in acupuncture theory, pain is said to be caused by the stagnation of either qi (energy or life force) [Q = E = LF...] pain that is due to qi stagnation [...] it has the unique ability to regulate the circulation of qi [...] acupuncture works by regulating the flow of qi in meridians [...] that distribute qi through the body [...] the qi tends to get stuck around the point bladder 10 at the nape of the neck."
Note: so, Q = E = LF.
002.b.ii. in "Constitutional Hydrotherapy" [vsc 2011-01-13]:

"it is strengthening and healing to the digestive system, helps to normalize circulation, soothes the nervous system, stimulates eliminative and detoxifying processes, and stimulates the vital force [VF]."

Note: ah, ye auld VF.

002.b.iii. in "Acupuncture For PTSD" [vsc 2011-01-13]:

"acupuncture works by regulating the flow of qi or life force [Q=LF] in the body. In the case of PTSD, there is often what is called a qi wild condition, in which one's life force / vital energy [LF=VE] have become chaotic, disturbed, or grossly inconsistent. Acupuncture is a powerful way to settle such energetic [E] disturbances and return the body and mind to a state of balance and peace."

Note: so, Q = LF = VE = E.

002.b.iv. in "Acupuncture For Depression" [vsc 2011-01-13]:

"acupuncture works by balancing the flow of qi, or internal life force [Q = ILF], in the body. Depression is typically a byproduct of weak qi in the heart or kidneys."

Note: so, Q = ILF. "Acupuncture For Stress Management" [vsc 2011-01-13]:

"perhaps one of the last truly holistic forms of healthcare remaining on the planet, acupuncture works with the qi (life force) of the body in order to induce a variety of therapeutic effects."

Note: so, Q = LF. in "Acupuncture For Immune Health" [vsc 2011-01-13]:

"acupuncture works by regulating the flow of qi (life force) [Q = LF] through 14 major meridians on the body. Immune weakness is typically due to deficient qi of the lungs and spleen. When these organs are weak, symptoms such as allergies, diarrhea, fatigue, cough, and recurring infections are commonplace. For these issues, acupuncture points are chosen on the lung and spleen meridians to supplement the qi, thereby strengthening immune function."

Note: so, Q = LF.

"traditional Chinese medicine: Asian medicine is based on the principle of balancing the body's vital energy or chi [VE = C]. The chi of the body is connected in meridians or channels running just under the skin. Energy [E] is balanced through the use of herbs and acupuncture."

Note: so, VE = C = E.

002.b.viii. in "Acupuncture For Fatigue" [vsc 2011-01-13]:

"the majority of patients who complain of fatigue suffer from a deficiency of vital energy (qi) [VE = Q]. Qi is the basic energy [BE] that creates optimal physiological and neurological function. Aside from fatigue, other signs of qi deficiency are diarrhea, pallor, easy bruising, excessive sleep, scanty menses or amenorrhea, frequent urination, low libido, and shortness of breath."

Note: ah, those qi magic beans / unicorn tears.  In Ontario, traditional Chinese medicine is within a naturopathy practitioner's naturopathy scope.  So, VE = Q = BE.

003. overall note:

so, when is what is science-ejected -- a vitalism root-cause figmentation / archaicism codified into North American naturopathy [as supernaturalism is] -- falsely claimed as scientific [as suepernaturalism is]?
Naturopathyland, of course, which to me is regulated nonsense and a kind of commerce that, when licensed / regulated, leaves the consumer with little recourse to remedy the false labels that naturopaths use in their commerce.

naturopathy's supernaturalism is usually fruit I consider too low-hanging to bother blogging about.  Yet, it too is claimed as within "science".  Searching ND Esposito's site with this web search parameter " spirit" [without the exterior quotes] reveals these pages [all vsc 2011-05-11]:
and her co-written ebook "How to Thrive in the Modern World: A Layperson's Guide to Chinese Medicine" where we're told "as explained within this e-book, Asian medicine is based on the principle of balancing the body's vital energy or chi [...] the main point when trying to grasp the concept of qi is to consider the possibility that there is an immaterial level of reality that Western science cannot quantify or categorize [...yet, contradictorily] Eastern cultures have long understood what Western science is finally beginning to accept" and that is quite the microcosm of the 'science that ain't science'.

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