Monday, June 27, 2011

Naturopathy Is More Expensive Than Conventional Care [2010 Pubmed indexed study], Less Expensive and Homeopathy is Science [NYANP assertion]

here, I compare an assessment of naturopathic medical care increased-costs from Germany [see 001., below] with assertions by the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians of supposed cost-savings [see 002., below]:

001. up at Pubmed is the abstract for "A Study of Costs and Length of Stay of Inpatient Naturopathy -- Evidence From Germany" by Romeyke, T. and Stummer, H. [from Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2011 May;17(2):90-5. Epub 2010 Oct 6] which states:

"a total of 918 patients who received naturopathic complex therapy were investigated regarding their clinical picture and the length of their stay in hospital [...] the results showed that the duration of hospitalization was significantly greater than that of the comparison group of patients (cases from 263 German hospitals) receiving purely internal medical treatment [aka conventional!] in hospitals at [the] national level."

Note: sure, there's a lot not specified.  But, I would think, if naturopathy is SO GREAT, and as naturopaths say 'treats the cause unlike regular medicine which only treats symptoms', why apparently do the patients stay sicker longer?  Wait: I would think that if you forgo the best modern medical methods for care, YES, your stay SHOULD be longer and therein MORE EXPENSIVE because you replaced it with INFERIOR methods.

002. meanwhile, the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians states in "Benefit Analysis of Licensing Naturopathic Doctors" (2011-05):

"NDs Prevent Chronic Disease & Decrease Health Costs [...] naturopathic medicaid services are 57.5% more cost effective than MD/DO/NP combined services."

Note: so they claim!  NYANP also claims in the document "naturopathy is a science-based health care practice" and "natural therapies include [...] homeopathic remedies."  Yeah, science.  Yeah, bullshit!

if naturopathy's standards for science are so low as to contain the science-ejected falsely labeled science, I suspect naturopathy's standards for cost-savings are so low as to include what-ACTUALLY-costs-more!
because naturopathy is truly 'the reversal of all values.'
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