Monday, March 26, 2012

NDs as "Integrative Oncologists" at Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine's New Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre, and Naturopathy's Inherent Pseudoscience Claimed as Science [Marches On!!!]

here, I cite from a recent Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine [CCNM] press release [see 001., below]; then, I peel back some layers regarding the 'truly naturopathic' in CCNM's own words [see 002., below]:

001. CCNM states in "Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine Opens First Integrative Cancer Center in Eastern Canada" (2012-03-26)[vsc 2012-03-26; my notes are in unquoted bold; I'm using the American English version of centre, too]:

"[2011-03-26] "the Center is governed by the CCNM [...] the Center's clinical practice and visionary research agenda is led by Dugald Seely, ND, MSc, FABNO, the executive director and founder of the OICC [...and] 'the director of research and clinical epidemiology at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM)' [...said] Bob Bernhardt, PhD, CCNM's president and CEO [...and it's] supervised by the OICC's chief clinical medical officer, Leesa Kirchner, B.Sc., ND, FABNO [...] for further information [...they provide] Catherine Kenwell. Director, Marketing and Communications. Canadian College for Naturopathic Medicine. 416-498-1255 ext. 263 . . [...and] Heidi Vincent. .Marketing Communications and Public Relations. The Ottawa Integrative Cancer Center. 613-293-3564.";

ah, so the naturopathic-CCNM connection stated.

"the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Center (OICC) has opened its doors [] a treatment clinic and an integrative oncology research center [] a not-for-profit cancer care and research center delivering whole-person cancer care [...using] integrative methods [] 'integrative oncology' [...]";


"[according to ND Seely they'll be] 'providing complementary therapies in an evidence-based manner'  ['s] a contemporary cancer treatment model ['s] scientifically grounded, evidence-informed complementary medicine [...] the OICC is committed to building the evidence base in the emerging field of integrative oncology [...] the OICC is a not-for-profit cancer care and research center with a mission to deliver whole-person care that includes scientifically grounded evidence-informed complementary medicine [...] the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) is Canada's premier institute for education and research in naturopathic medicine. CCNM offers a rigorous four-year, full-time doctor of naturopathic medicine program. The College educates, develops and trains naturopathic doctors through excellence in health education, clinical services and research that integrate mind, body and spirit. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are primary health-care practitioners. For more information, please visit";

again, that claim of EVIDENCE, contemporary as in current in context, and that broad claim of "scientific."  And RIGOR, EXCELLENCE, and SPIRIT.  I'll take them up on that invitation in 002., below.  Incidentally, if the scientific now legitimately includes the supernatural, which is what they explicitly state here, they've won a Nobel Prize and they've turned all of SCIENTIFIC knowledge from the past few hundred years particularly ON ITS HEAD.  Of course, if they merely mash all these words together and there's nothing LEGITIMATE about these claims, then we are as usual dealing with pseudoscience.

"[they offer] therapies to strengthen the body's inherent healing ability [] support the patient's healing ability [...] the Center offers naturopathic medicine";

now, there's their coded underlying premise coded as ever providing no transparent explanation of naturopathy's primary context, as usual.  This manipulation is one of their best.  You think / you are offered the language is representing a pedestrian idea.  But, it actually codes something very very science-ejected and sectarian.  It's a kind of linguistic bait-and-switch, or camouflaging.

Note: a similar CCNM press release is here.

002.  we are, as usual, dealing with pseudoscience, overall:

002.a. there are CCNM's broad claims of science:

which I've collected here. typified by their language "rigorous scientific foundation."

002.b. there is the inherently science-ejected within that broad science claim:

such as their INSTITUTIONAL vitalism typified by their claims that physiology is run by a "vital force",

and their supernaturalism typified by their publication "Mind, Body, Spirit" creating for them a "whole" person [personally, I'm whole with all the atoms in my body right now and NOTHING ELSE],

003. so:

I expect the same pattern with Canadian naturopathy's extension into something so SERIOUS like oncology: a knowledge-type muddle which really is heinous because it is brainwashing post-secondary students with junk-thought, and it is engaging in COMMERCE in a very unfair manner.

by the way, here's a CCNM ND in action talking about using Mistletoe and Vitamin C for patients with cancer.
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