Sunday, July 22, 2012

Changelog 2012-07-22 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:

ND Pyne; ND Pryce; ND Pun;
ND Powell; ND Pilgrim;
ND Picard; ND Park;
to Appendix B.05.i.f.;

the science claims of:

ND Zeitlin 

the venerable 
State of Connecticut

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

002.a. Duncan, L. (ND ?), whose bio. page doesn't tell us what school he went to [isn't that ODD?], states:

002.a1. in "Dr. Lindsey Catches himself on TV on the Plane" [vsc 2012-07-21]:

tags: #naturopathiconcology #NDDuncan #DrOzwoo #promotionofnaturopathy
"[from the description] Dr. Lindsey Duncan flips the channel and sees himself on The Dr. Oz Show. It was a re-air of his segment, the best supplements to support cancer prevention";

Note: ah, the naturopath as oncologist.

002.a2. in "How Do I Cleanse My Body of Toxins?" [vsc 2012-07-21]:

tags: #cleanse #NDDuncan #fakeproblem
"[from the description] Dr. Lindsey Duncan explains his 3-7 day cleanse program to completely cleanse every organ in the body [...from the video] 3, 5, 7 -day cleanse [...] I take fiber, I take bentonite clay, I take super-fruit juices [...] I take pancreatic tablets, and I take greens [...] this is if you want to cleanse [...] if you are sick or you have a disease go talk to your doctor [...] if you are just tired and toxic, that is the best thing.  That will change your body so fast";
Note: promises, promises.  Meanwhile, the Wikipedia article has a 'big ouch' for fans and proponents of detox junk:

"body cleansing and detoxification have been referred to as an elaborate hoax used by con artists to cure nonexistent illnesses [...] medical experts state that body cleansing is unnecessary as the human body is naturally capable of maintaining itself, with several organs dedicated to cleansing the blood and gut. Professor Alan Boobis OBE, Toxicologist, Division of Medicine, Imperial College London states that:

'the body’s own detoxification systems are remarkably sophisticated and versatile [...] it is remarkable that people are prepared to risk seriously disrupting these systems with unproven ‘detox’ diets, which could well do more harm than good.'

The apparently satisfied testimonial and anecdotal accounts by customers can often be explained by disguised employees companies or individuals creating false anecdotes, legitimate customers who are experiencing the placebo effect after using the products, natural recovery from an actual illness that would have occurred without the use of the product [regression to the mean], psychological improvements on illnesses that are psychosomatic or the result of neurosis, or the lack of a larger number of dissatisfied customers not posting equally applicable anecdotes about their poorer experiences."

003. an ND Duncan page that really raises alarms:

"what has the media and the scientific community so excited about Green Coffee Bean Extract [GCBE] is that people don’t have to do anything different when taking this food supplement, they don’t need to exercise, they don’t need to diet, they just appear to drop pounds!"

Note: but, there has been quite a bit of GCBE debunking done by people-in-the-know.  at Science-Based Pharmacology, Scott Gavura writes in "Green Coffee Beans for weight loss: Dr. Oz loves it, but where’s the evidence?":

"green coffee bean supplements have the characteristics of a bogus weight loss product. The supplement lacks plausibility, the only published clinical trial is tiny, and it appears to have have some serious methodological problems. Ignoring all of this, Dr. Oz has instead embraced it as the newest panacea for weight loss. Obesity is a real health issue, yet Dr. Oz seems quite content touting unproven products instead of providing credible, science-based information. In the real world, permanent weight loss is difficult, and there are no quick fixes. But not in the Land of Oz."

003.b. and we are advised by the Federal Trade Commission, regarding diet scams:

"when it comes to evaluating claims for weight loss products, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends a healthy portion of skepticism. Before you spend money on products that promise fast and easy results, weigh the claims carefully. Think twice before wasting your money on products that make any of these false claims [...including] 'lose weight without diet or exercise!'"
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