Monday, August 1, 2011

ND Bethune: Homeopathy, Vitalism, Applied Kinesiology, Detox, Reiki

here, I cite from the web pages of a Connecticut ND who's into typical naturopathy stuff [see 001., below]:

001. Bethune, S. (ND SCNM) states:

001.a. in "Stephanie Bethune, Naturopathic Doctor" [vsc 2011-08-01]:

"Dr. Stephanie Bethune is [...] integrating scientific research with the healing powers of nature [coded vitalism].  She specializes in homeopathy, nutrition, herbal medicine, applied kinesiology [AK], detoxification programs [detox], and stress and weight management.  She is also a reiki master teacher [...] NDs are educated in all the same fundamental sciences as MDs and are qualified to diagnose and treat disease, just as any licensed physician.  Naturopathic doctors are preventive medicine specialists and are able to provide you with safe, effective, affordable health care [...] Dr. Bethune received her ND degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona [...] Dr. Bethune is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Hawaii Society of Naturopathic Physicians [...] call now to set up your appointments with Dr. Bethune.  See how you can be encouraged, educated, and empowered to take charge of your healthcare and your life [...] please also visit"

Note: yes, blending science with HPN, which is, coded here, naturopathy's essential vitalistic context. She's got homeopathy, AK, detox and reiki all under one roof.  A claim of "fundamental sciences", and supposed efficacy. Appointments, plural!  I shall be educated?  Empowered? That, of course, would be predicated on the practitioner actually being rigorously knowledgeable.

001.b. at we're told by ND Bethune:

"our mission is to provide you with primary holistic healthcare that is personalized, safe, and effective."

Note: again, a claim of efficacy.  The homeopathy alone belies this!  But wait, there's more!

001.c. in "Homeopathic Appointment" [vsc 2011-08-01]:

"homeopathy is a gentle and effective system of healing [...that will] re-establish balance [...] homeopathy is a gentle and effective system of healing which views all disease as a disturbance or untunement in a person's life force or vital force.  This particular disturbance produces particular symptoms [...] your case will then be studied and the most appropriate remedy will be prescribed to you.  Homeopathic remedies [...] are prepared in a very unique way so that the final product used in treatment is highly dilute and, therefore, very safe and non-toxic."

Note: effective, effective effective!  Supposedly.  There simply isn't a life force or vital force, scientifically speaking.  Such is science-ejected.  Why aren't we told that?  Why aren't we told that there's nothing in a homeopathic remedy and it lacks, preponderantly, scientific support?

001.d. in "Applied Kinesiology" [vsc 2011-08-01]:

"applied kinesiology (AK) is a form of diagnosis that uses muscle testing as a primary feedback mechanism to examine how a person's body is functioning.  AK encompasses many forms of natural therapies and is an amazing way to experience integrative medicine.  Using AK, Dr. Bethune is able to detect improper function in the organs or within the structure of the body.  This includes emotions, muscles, skeletal alignment and acupuncture meridians.  It is an accurate way to determine the best method of therapy for you.  AK can be used to assess nutrients, foods, and supplements and is also excellent for any kind of pain [...] applied kinesiology (AK) uses muscle testing to examine how your body is functioning. AK detects: improper organ function, skeletal misalignment, sources of pain.  AK assesses: structure of the body, emotions, muscles, acupuncture meridians, nutrients, foods, supplements."

Note: the amazing pseudodiagnostic known as AK.  These claims simply aren't scientifically true.

001.e. in "Why Detox" [saved 2011-08-01]:

"detoxification describes a method of assisting the body to heal by removing some of the toxic burden.  We accumulate toxins from our food, air, water, cleaning products, beauty aides, and numerous other daily contacts [...] detoxification programs should only be done under the supervision of an experienced health care practitioner. Dr. Stephanie Bethune is an expert in detoxification methods.  This is a perfect opportunity to give your body a fresh start for the New Year.  Now is the time to rid yourself of toxins!"

Note: ah, toxin paranoia.

001.f. in "Detox Program: Ohm Cleanse Program" [saved 2011-08-01]:

"a detox is a system of 'cleaning' your body on a cellular level by reducing the toxins that have been stored deep in your tissues.  Detoxing, or cleansing, works by unburdening an overloaded system.  The digestive organs are often overloaded by large or unhealthy meals.  Although these organs will continue to digest the food it is presented with, it is done less and less efficiently unless we 'take out the garbage.'  By giving your body less, or healthier, foods to digest, it is able to devote more attention to the process of healing.   You will also be taking herbs to support your liver.  These herbs will help to keep elimination active to prevent re-absorption of the toxins being released [...] mini boost: 3 weeks, $300, all supplements + weekly naturopathic visits [...] big boost: 6 weeks, $600, all supplements + weekly naturopathic visits."

Note: expensive especially considering how bunk detox is.

001.g. in "Reiki" [saved 2011-08-01]:

"reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing [] involves the placing of the therapist’s hands at various positions over your fully clothed body to unblock energy flow and promote healing [...] reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit [...] many have reported miraculous results [...] it has been effective in helping almost every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect."

Note: that's quite a claim of efficacy for what is known historically as 'the laying on of hands'.  The energy is imaginary, here, of course and the effects, quite -- to put it politely -- exaggerated.
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