Sunday, May 26, 2013

Changelog 2013-05-26 and ND Video:

here, I summarize recent 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:

[Mission emphasis: I do this continuous exercise to expose the inherent fraud that naturopathy is logically, academically, commercially, legislatively and clinically.  Hugely misleading category labels such as "science based" and "evidence based" "nonsectarian" are being placed upon what truly is science-exterior and even more so disproven sectarian / quack nonsense!  Then, the largest of betrayals toward the public occurs with highly orchestrated '.gov' endorsements of naturopaths as "licensed" and "professional."  Beware, the naturopathic licensed falsehood racket marches on!]

001. added:

the vitalism [science-ejected] claims of:

the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians;

ND Anderson; NDs Armstrong & Beeton;

NDs Badillo, Stevens, J., Stevens, J.M.;
ND Baker, E.;ND Basque;

Bastyr University

ND Brereton; ND Broderick; 
ND Butler;
NDs Bogatch, Ng, Patton;

ND Glidden; 

ND Hallowitz;
ND Hansen;

ND Kao;

the 'science subset naturopathy' category claims of:

the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians;

NDs Daenell, Doherty, Mittman, 
Paddock, Parker, Philhower, Telfair;

ND Glidden;

ND Hallowitz;

the University of Bridgeport;

the 'naturopathy is not science, is pseudoscience and / or quackery' claims of:


MD Gorski's

Steven Salzberg at wrote,
specifically about homeopathy
which naturopathy falsely labels a "clinical science",
"the homeopathy aisle is an organized, state-sanctioned scam"
[hear hear!];

Andy Lewis at The Quackometer, in
"it was distressing to hear this program promote the most 
egregious and dangerous form of quackery as practiced on 
some of the most vulnerable people in the world.  Homeopathy 
is a magical belief system that flies in the face of well established
 and fundamental results of physics, chemistry and biology. Its
 products are so diluted that no active ingredient remains. The 
totality of the evidence base fails to demonstrate any specific 
effects for homeopathy for any condition";

odds and ends:

Canadian naturopath 

science 2.0 talks about 
the travesty of homeopathic vaccines;

Arizona ND /NMD Gear resigns under pressure 
due to "recent criminal charges against him" from 
"the Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board 
and the Arizona Acupuncture Board of Examiners [...]
a grand jury in February indicted Gear on two felony 
counts stemming from a six-month investigation by 
the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office into 
medical-marijuana collective Nature’s Harvest, 
which has offices in Payson and Lakeside"
 is reported to face license suspension;

Orac at Respectful Insolence in
"The Kudzu that is 'Integrative Oncology' 
comments upon "integrative oncology", 
CCNM, and ND Seely stating:

"to call 'integrative oncology' science reveals a gross ignorance of what actually 
falls under its rubric, which can include a hodge-podge that ranges 
from the seemingly reasonable and science-based (such as diet, 
exercise, and other lifestyle interventions) to the interventions 
that are at best highly questionable (such as acupuncture) 
to interventions that are based on nothing more than magical 
thinking (homeopathy, reiki)."
[hear, hear].

002. video of the week link:

this week I do two videos. First up, an ND as an example of the nonsense contents of accredited naturopathy.  Then, the school accreditor for North American naturopathy, the  CNME, with some quite explicit promises from its representative in an AANP-funded video series that poses as journalism:

002.a. Hallowitz, T.K. (ND NCNM 2004) states:

[for a bio., click here:
for his class of 2004 grad. via NCNM, click here,

002.a1. his video:

in "Meet The Doctor: Dr. Toby Hallowitz - Acupuncture and Naturopathic Medicine 101" [vsc 2013-05-09; my comments are in unquoted bold]:
[below, I quote from an NCNM ND who talks long enough and in detail enough to mention (or shows slides of) that central idea that the principles of naturopathy and the activity of naturopathy is primarily focused on: science-ejected vitalism!  Claimed, of course, to be within a science context!  Just as NCNM falsely claims!]

tags:#professionsclaim #scienceclaim #evidenceclaim #vitalism #qi #vitalforceinfact
"the profession of naturopathic medicine [...] naturopathic medicine is the application of the principles of naturopathy within the context of modern scientific knowledge that has evolved throughout the last half of this century [...] current science [...] we're still in Newtonian medicine [...] chemistry, biochemistry [...] it changes when you do acupuncture [...] I'm really big on evidence-based natural medicine [...] what they called science [...] evidence based naturopathic medicine [...]";

ah, that science-expertise-professions claim.  Newtonian medicine?  Huh?  We actually know now through current scientific rigor that acupuncture is an elaborate parlor trick: it doesn't matter if or where you stick the needles. Looking at that web page for NCNM that I've hyperlinked above, it's really an epitome of the ND's oxymoronic term "evidence based naturopathic medicine" aka 'evidence based science exterior.'

"the practice of naturopathic medicine centers on six principles of healing [...] this is like our Hippocratic Oath [...] this is what we abide by [...] these are our true values [...] this is what distinguishes a naturopathic doctor from other doctors [...]";

the true values which are false premises, and who ever heard of a profession based upon falsehood?  This is their oath, by the way, to those premises.

the first and most important [...] this is the belief [...] the healing power of nature [HPN], vis medicatrix naturae [VMN]: the body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain and restore health. The healing process is ordered and intelligent, nature heals through the response of the life force [LF]. The naturopathic doctor's role is to facilitate and augment this process [...#3] the process of healing includes the generation of symptoms which are in fact expressions of the life force attempting to heal itself [...] a fever is an aspect of the life force [...] their vital force [VF] is low [...] the vis medicatrix naturae, the healing force of the body [HFB...] vis medicatrix naturae, the healing power of nature: is the core tenet of nature cure [...] the vis [...] the body's qi metabolism [...] an energetic system [...] one of these concepts is qi [...] qi is considered the vital force or energy [E...] I feel your pulse, I look at your tongue and I say 'your liver qi is out of balance', your spleen qi [...]"; 

so, there's HPN = VMN = LF = VF = E.  as the centerpiece of naturopathic activity.  Falsely claimed "in fact".  And when you are really hip, you just call it 'the vis'. 

"we go pretty detailed on things [...] naturopathic doctor as teacher [...] having access to information and no longer just going to the doctor and just doing what they say [...] I really want to educate you [...] it is about empowerment [...] it is about taking responsibility [...] I like to start with the most basic things first [...]"; 

the sad irony of the teaching of bad ideas to NCNM students, and then those graduated students from the position of practitioner teaching those bad ideas to patients and the public! How are people empowered with things that aren't true?  Ah, the basics, the details, the responsibility. 

002.a2. his practice pages:


in "Naturopathic and Classic Chinese Medicine"[vsc 2013-05-09]:

"the practice of naturopathic medicine centers on six principles of healing: [#1] vis medicatrix naturae, the healing power of nature: the body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain and restore health. The healing process is ordered and intelligent; nature heals through the response of the life force. The naturopathic doctor’s role is to facilitate and augment this process [...] the generation of symptoms [...] are, in fact, expressions of the life force attempting to heal itself [...] the actions of vis medicatrix naturae [...] vis medicatrix naturae, the healing power of nature is the core tenet [...]";

yup, it is.  And a "life force" of whatever aliases is a hugely science-ejected idea.  In fact.  Notice with naturopathy, things that aren't true are claimed as facts.
"traditional Chinese medicine [...] one of these concepts is qi (pronounced 'chi'), which is considered the vital force or energy responsible for controlling the workings of the human mind and body. Qi flows through the body via channels, or pathways, which are called meridians. There are a total of 20 meridians: 12 primary meridians, which correspond to specific organs, organ systems or functions, and eight secondary meridians. Imbalances in the flow of qi cause illness; correction of this flow restores the body to balance [...]";

more of the same.  As real as the Tooth Fairy.  Actual energy, in science, is quantifiable not immeasurable and unnecessary in terms of explaining anything.

in "Acupuncture" [vsc 2013-05-09]:

"Chinese medicine is based on an energetic model rather than the biochemical model of Western medicine. The ancient Chinese recognized a vital energy behind all life forms and life processes. They called this energy qi (pronounced chee). In developing an understanding of the prevention and treatment of disease, these healing practitioners discovered that this energy flows along specific pathways called 'meridians'. Each pathway is associated with a particular physiological system and internal organ. Disease is considered to arise due to a deficiency or imbalance of energy in the meridians and their associated physiological systems. Acupuncture points are specific locations along the meridians. Each point has a predictable effect upon the vital energy passing through it";

more of the same.


in "Naturopathic and Classic Chinese Medicine"[vsc 2013-05-09]:

"Dr. Toby [...] received his Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Master of Science in Oriental Medicine at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine [...] Classical Chinese Medicine [...] is a science in its own right";

the science claim.

in "Acupuncture"[vsc 2013-05-09]:

"modern science has been able to measure the electrical charge at these points, thus corroborating the locations of the meridians mapped by the ancients";


002.b. the AANP-CAND naturopathy consortia:

[minimally "Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine [...] Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine [...] Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine [...] Natural College of Natural Medicine" according to the first program of the series]

states in "Naturopathic Physicians - Show #1, Chapter 4: High Standards (4 of 5)" [vsc 2013-05-22; my comments are in unquoted bold]:

"Daniel Seitz, JD, EdD - Executive Director - Council on Naturopathic Medical Education [which accredits ND Hallowitz's alma mater, where he learned such great nonsense-by-oath ideas like science subset science-ejected commerce...] accreditation is basically a type of quality assurance [...] what we do is we set the standards for naturopathic medicine [...] you have to rely in turn on something like an accrediting agency to establish the standards and also make sure that they are maintained [...] accreditation is one of the key ways that a patient can know whether their practitioner is qualified [...] the great benefit that accreditation has for patients is that it serves as a way to determine whether someone is qualified to practice naturopathic medicine [...] it's important for any type of healthcare consumer to have a means by which to identify qualified practitioners [...]";

yes, so naturopathy's nonsense is now quality-controlled!  What this really is is self-regulation of falsehoods, and how does such a mess like that benefit consumers? 

"I should add that another important aspect of regulation is also the passage of a national exam.  All well-established professions have some sort of comprehensive exam to test the mastery of graduates of professional programs.  In the field of naturopathic medicine there's an examination called the NPLEX exam. That's the naturopathic physicians licensing exam.  And graduates of naturopathic programs take that exam as a way of demonstrating that they have mastered the body of material that is taught in naturopathic medical colleges.  What that means for a patient is that naturopathic medicine like other medical fields has a comprehensive, extensive regulatory process there in place to insure that a practitioner is qualified.  Meaning that the practitioner is competent, effective, and safe in their practice [...]";

oh, the irony!  It turns out that the NPLEX quite falsely labels homeopathy, essential to naturopathy, as a "clinical science."  That's quite the reversal of "competent, effective", "qualified" and "professional".
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