Sunday, October 7, 2012

Changelog 2012-09-23 through 2012-10-07 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 Logan in ISBN 1118106741 978-1118106747;
ND Lipscomb & Nissen;
ND London; ND Lock;

ND Lambert; ND Lavallee;
NMD Lee; ND Larrow;

ND Dengler;

ND Francis;

ND Iverson; NDs Janel & Knutson;

the science claims of:

ND Mundeir; ND Martlew;

ND Parmer; ND Pun; 
ND Pendleton; 

the State of Washington

the 'vitalism is science-ejected' claim of:

Brahmia, Lindenfeld
 in "Physics: The First Science" 
(2011; ISBN 081354937X 9780813549378) 

Langley, Moore, J.T. 
in "Biochemistry for Dummies"
(2011; ISBN 1118021746 9781118021743)

002. video of the week link [not to pun]:
National University of Health Sciences [the pseudoscience gift that keeps on giving?] states in "National University of Health Sciences - Defining the Future of Integrated Medicine" [uploaded 2012-09-24; vsc 2012-10-06; my comments are in unquoted bold]:

#nationaluniversityofhealthsciences #sciencesubsetnaturopathyclaim #truemedicalprofessionals
#uncompromisingrigor #scienceandfactbasedevidencebasedmedicine

"[from the description] National University of Health Sciences is the nation's premier institution for health science education, offering you unparalleled preparation in expanding health care professions such as chiropractic, naturopathic, and oriental medicine, acupuncture, massage therapy, biomedical science, and more. National University is a leader in the growing field of integrative medicine. We set the standard in training for careers in health care [...]";

so, we have the science subset naturopathy and integrative medicine claim.  Other-wheres, NUHS defines integrative medicine in "Our Philosophy"[vsc 2012-10-06]:

"at National University, we believe a superior education in health care starts with an evidence-based, broad-scope curriculum emphasizing integrative medicine. In addition, our university is committed to preparing health professionals dedicated to patient-centered care [...] integrative medicine: we believe in bringing together professionals from a broad range of medical specialties for the benefit of patients and the health care industry as a whole [...]";

so, the claim of superior educating, evidence, patient-centeredness, and this weird 'get many people on board so we all benefit' I'm guessing particularly FINANCIALLY.  Sounds like EXPENSIVE health care, wherein the patient is financially 'pecked to death by chickens'.  Or at least pecked to a bruised pulp.  Wikipedia has a rather more honest description of what integrative medicine is, speaking of being broad in our knowledge.

"evidence-based: the diagnostic and healing modalities taught at National are based in sound science and backed by clinical research [...]";

quite a promise.  I wonder if I can easily find anything at that is a patently science-ejected practice but taught 'as if science' in their curriculum?   Well, there's the post "Miravone's Blog Experience as an Observer Tuesday, April 03, 2012" [vsc 2012-10-06] wherein we are told: "I spent this past week at an integrative medical practice observing a medical doctor provide 'natural' injection therapy for patients with anything from trigger points to osteoarthritis of the knee [...] he was injecting a homeopathic remedy called Serapin [actually Sarapin], which is similar to what we learn in school as Traumeel (contains mainly Arnica) as a potent anti-inflammatory [...a] 'homeopathic remedy' [...] he has admitted that he has 'converted' to a believer in non-invasive and gentle therapy such as homeopathy! What a huge accomplishment for us as naturopaths!"  Yet we know homeopathy is bunk, in terms of sound science and evidence.  And I am not surprised that the label science subset naturopathy subset homeopathy is happening at NUHS.  It's part of a sector of dyseducation that has been rapidly growing in North America.

"[...from the video, a science-y beginning] Dr. James Winterstein, NUHS President [says...our motto is] is to be, rather than to seem to be [...] National University of Health Sciences [...] rewarding professions [...] to produce true medical professionals [...] chiropractic medicine, Oriental medicine,  acupuncture and naturopathic medicine [...] uncompromising rigor [...] the curriculum here is rigorous [...] being on the forefront of research [...] science and fact-based evidence based medicine [...] I'm defining the future of integrated health care";

and absurdity marches on. 

003. overall note:

 and just to emphasize the 'science subset nonscience' nonsense that NUHS embodies, there's their page "What is AOM?" [vsc 2012-10-06] which tells us:

"in AOM, we believe everyone has 12 primary meridians that correlate with 12 organs. According to AOM teachings, by treating the meridians through acupuncture, dysfunctions with a patient's physical organs can also be treated [...] each meridian is a pathway for 'qi' to flow. Qi can be thought of as the energy or life force in one's body.  When the qi is flowing properly, there is balance between yin and yang, and the person is functioning in a state of well-being and harmony [...] when yin and yang become imbalanced, AOM works with the meridians and qi flow to balance yin and yang [...] each meridian has several acupuncture points [...] the acupuncture points serve as transmitters for moving, tonifying or sedating the body's qi. By using a combination of points based on an AOM diagnosis, the points are punctured and able to help qi return to natural state of well-being. This in turn helps restore the balance between yin and yang."

life force meridians and points, and a life force itself, scientifically speaking, are COMPLETELY WITHOUT FACTUAL SUPPORT.  This is disgusting, this is exploitative, and I honestly think it is a kind of unfair trade.

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