here, I summarize this week's additions to my public naturopathy database. I also link to an ND's video each changelog, quote from, and tag the video in some detail:
the science claims of:
AANMC at the Foundation for Alternative and Integrative Medicine
to Appendix I.02.;
to Appendix I.02.;
ND Yates to Appendix I.05.p.;
the 'vitalism is science-ejected' claim of:
Farndon, J. in "The World's Greatest Idea"(2010)
ISBN 1848311966 9781848311961 to Appendix C.06.b.;
002. video of the week link [not to pun]:
Smith, M. (ND SCNM) states in "Watch WTVI Healthwise Show 'A Natural Approach To Your Health' featuring Dr. Michael Smith" (2008-02-10)[vsc 2012-04-14] (the show's homepage is here; a PBS affiliate I guess; my comments are in unquoted bold):
[video not an embeddable link, so click on the above]
#homeopathy #codedvitalism #Gerson #acupuncture #reversalofvalues
JP: "[the channel is] WTVI [...in] Charlotte [host is] Joey Popp [JP...] this week we explore a natural approach to your health. Naturopathic physician Michael Smith [MS] from Carolinas Natural Health Center of Matthews is here along with medical doctor Matt Brown [MB] of Boone who practices internal medicine [...to address] natural medicine, nutrition and supplements [...]";
Brown kind of chaperones Smith in this video.
JP to MB: "is it interesting that a medical doctor would appear next to an ND, a naturopathic physician? Are you respected by your colleagues for standing by his principles?" MB: "I think so. I think this is hopefully the wave of the future [...] more comprehensive medical care [...] I think my colleagues respect that [...]";
hmmm. So Brown stands by naturopathy's principles, such as their claim that, basically, nonscience and science are the same thing. Wow. Huge WOW. I don't see much of a future in that. And if absurdity earns respect these days...
and MB mentions "Dr. Max Gerson [...and] juicing [...] I think that is possibly one name to Google is the Gerson Institute just to find out what they do [...]";
now, the Skeptic's Dictionary states in "Gerson Therapy": "although the Gerson regimen has been around for 60 years, the empirical evidence in its support is astoundingly thin. The evidence consists mostly of testimonials and subjective reports from Gerson himself or other Gerson practitioners. There has yet to be a study that meets the basic criteria set forth by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for evaluating clinical benefit."
JP: "you brought some slides [...slide is 'Principles of Naturopathic Medicine: the healing power of nature [HPN], identify and treat the cause, treat the whole person, doctor as teacher, prevention in the best cure, first do no harm'...MS:] these six things here are actually the principles of our medicine [that] we very much follow. The healing power of nature [...] really means that we utilize what's available to us in nature, what god has given us in this world to help to stimulate the body's own healing [...]";
so we are not told by either the ND or the MD that that HPN concept is TRULY the science-ejected concept of vitalism. We get a little theism and some OTHER explanation...neither of which suffice to make us truly informed. Shame. The vitalism that dare not speak its science-ejected name.
JP: "what is homeopathy? [...MS:] homeopathy is a whole system of that is based on the laws of similars [etc....MB:] as I heard him talk about homeopathy I though 'how eloquent' [...]";
so, a system of healing based on absurd notions and inert remedies that basically DECEIVES the patient is now eloquent to an MD. That is not the word I would use.
MS: "acupuncture, similar to homeopathy, they both work on helping to simulate the body's own healing [coded vitalism...] what do we need to do to help to stimulate that healing that's within us [coded vitalism]. And that's what acupuncture can do as well has homeopathy or nutrition or botanical medicine. They're all encompassing the same thing [...]";
and there you go, something glues them together, but it's not particularly mentioned: figmentations. Acupuncture has its figmentatious meridians and chi [and effect!], homeopathy has its figmentatious 'like cures like' and vital force [which is similar to chi; and effect!], and with such figmentation-credulous standards it makes any supposed effect from supplements and herbs HIGHLY SUSPECT.