Thursday, March 8, 2012

A 1993 Long-Ago Promise Regarding Naturopathy, Quackery and Common-Sense from the Spokesman-Review:

here, I share and annotate a 1993 archived article by J.L. Eng regarding naturopathy [see 001., below]:

001. the Spokesman-Review shares J.L. Eng's report "Natural Medicine Not For Quacks Anymore" (1993-01-10) [vsc 2012-03-08] which states [my notes are in unquoted bold]:

“'Natural Medicine not for Quacks Anymore' [...] James L. Eng, Associated Press [...] The Spokesman-Review.  Sunday, Jan 10, 1993.  Spokane, Wash. [...]";

ah, so it's almost 20 years since this was first published.  And lots o'money has been exchanged in those two decades!.

“[patient] Natasha Puffer [...] turned to a naturopathic physician [...] at the Natural Health Clinic in Seattle [...] naturopathy or the practice of natural medicine [...] most naturopathic physicians think of themselves as family doctors [...]";

ye old "physician" / "family doctor", "natural health", "natural medicine" labels.

"naturopathy [is] a drug-free, holistic approach to medicine that emphasizes the healing power of nature [HPN] to prevent and treat illness [...]";

here's where it gets interesting: if "drug-free" then why the recent push towards prescriptive rights?;  if holistic [truly! -- a rather undefinable junk word, by the way, overall - IMHO], then why the ignorant sectarian belief system that IGNORES so much modern scientific ejection of naturopathy's archaic belief in a vital force / animistic force that actually is what HPN is to naturopathy?  That is science-ejected HPN [and science-exterior sectarian supernaturalism!!!] stated as vital force and able to survive scientific scrutiny at a school this article mentions!

"their therapies [...include] acupuncture and homeopathy [which is] treating a disease by administering tiny doses of a remedy that would in a healthy person produce symptoms of a disease [...]";

and HERE WE ARE, at the guts of the naturopathic 'things-they-do'.  Quackupuncture and homeopathic nonsense.

"naturopathic physicians [...] in Washington, they can't treat cancer [...]";

"John Weeks [was then] executive director of the Seattle-based American Association of Naturopathic Physicians [...says] 'it's time to acknowledge the real value that profession has' [...]";

ye old AANP.  Still at it: labeling nonsense as science [vsc 2012-03-08].  Valuable?  Professional?  Nope.

"Bastyr College [...] president Joe Pizzorno [...says] 'many of the things they were calling quackery 20 to 30 years ago, they're now coming to say, 'Gee, these are right' [...]";

actually, at the heart of naturopathy IS QUACKERY, still.  Not right, wrong.  Here's Pizzorno's own article labeling the science-ejected as science-based.

"Ron Hobbs, director of admission at Bastyr [...says] 'over the last 100 years we've really focused on technology and really separated our connection with nature [...] this kind of medicine is basic, common-sense medicine.  It's low-tech.  It's connected with nature.  It's a lot of things that this culture has forgotten";

well, surely "nature" is that vitalistic science-ejected context they keep falsely engaging in trade upon!  Yet, in almost twenty years of researching naturopathy I've yet to see the "common-sense" in falsely labeling nonsense sense, and particularly the common-sense and professionalism of labeling absurdity "science-based".  

as history illustrates: the naturopathillogic MARCHES ON, adding to its ranks.
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