Sunday, June 17, 2012

Changelog 2012-06-17 and ND Video:

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:

001. added:

the vitalism of:

the naturopathic journal 
Naturopathic Doctor News & Review [NDNR]

the science claims of:

the naturopathic journal 
Naturopathic Doctor News & Review [NDNR]

the 'naturopathy is pseudoscience and quackery' claim of:

of Orac / MD-PhD Gorski 
at National Geographic's Science Blog
Respectful Insolence 

002. video of the week link [not to pun]:


"[...from the video] do you suffer from physical ailments? Do you suffer from emotional ailments? Anxiety, depression, insomnia. There is hope. Nature has the power to heal. Naturopathy provides whole body treatments. Treating ailments, teaching healthy living, providing preventive care. Dr. Gary S. Gruber, licensed naturopathic physician [...] [...and from the description]";

so, there's HPN and teaching.  And an invitation to visit the ND's site.  Lets do that.
002.b. ND Gruber's site includes the PDF page "Patient Consent for Clinical Kinesiology" [vsc 2012-06-16] which is a page on what is known as applied kinesiology, which is hugely scientifically discredited, yet ND Gruber writes:

"biomedical research conducted worldwide in the fields of biophysics and the related sciences has established that energy-related processes play an important role in the maintenance of normal physiology of cells in the living [...] clinical kinesiology testing in general, and as it is conducted by Dr. Gruber, utilizes this phenomenon of physics among other components that may or may not be fully explicable by modern science at the present time [...]";

so, overall, I think the impression is that AK is clinically useful, and though hedged, scientific.

"the working principle behind this is based on a well-known phenomenon of physics that all matter in the universe, including the living and harmful agents, etc., exist in a dual form, one of matter itself (i.e., solid, liquid or gaseous substance) and one of energy field. This energy field is strictly specific for each substance and may be likened to its 'fingerprint' [...AK] is carried out in the following manner: a person, while in the supine or sitting position, is exposed to the energy fields of sealed glass vials that contain various body organs and tissues [yuck], harmful agents, foods and other substances related to medical issues. This exposure occurs when the vials are placed on a metal platform that conducts the energy field of the substance through a cable that connects a small metal hand bar held by a patient at one end to a platform at the other. Once a patient senses the energy field of a vial (or any substance for that matter) that bears some clinical relevance to his health, positive or negative, he/she may display a corresponding muscle response reaction of a relaxing or contracting nature [...];

ah, the 'vitalistic-spiritistic figmentatous' woo runs strong here.

"it is formally considered an experimental test in the U.S. [...]";

it is nice to be able to experiment on people with implausible nonsense, take money for it, and not have to answer to an institutional review board.

"I was informed that toxins often reside deep in the body and elude detection [...]";

kind of like fairies under the garden, they're so damn evasive.

"the revealed pollutants, infectious agents and others can be addressed by appropriate homeopathic remedies, as many studies have indicated that homeopathy can be efficacious in combating a variety of toxic, infectious or other health-impairing agents or conditions [...]";

nothing like using bogus testing and following that up with bogus therapeutics.

Note: so, there's crap diagnostics that rely on fictional energies, there's wires and metal plates and vials, and there's the ideomotor effects of muscle testing.  And then there's the icing upon it all, homeopathy's empty remedies. 
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