Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Changelog 2013-06-04 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:

NDs Burruss and Lawrence;
ND Butler;

ND Campbell;

ND Chan;
ND Chodosh;

NDs Koch, Richards, Sachdev, Slipacoff;

ND MacLeod;
ND Marcantel;
ND Martalog;
ND Matteucci;
ND McCarvill;
ND McClintock;

the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy 
Naturopathy [Ontario];
the Manitoba Naturopathic Association;
the New York Association of
Naturopathic Physicians; 

the 'science subset naturopathy' category claims of:

the American Association of 
Naturopathic Physicians;

Bastyr University;

ND MacLeod;
ND Maloney;
ND Martin;
ND Matteucci;
ND McCarvill;

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

MD Crislip 
at sciencebasedmedicine.org 
in "SCAMlandia"(2013-01-11):
"'the city is home to three nationally revered institutions:
the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM), the 
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and the University 
of Western States' [...] all three institutions offer a 
curriculum that is not based on reality but upon a
 fictional understanding of the human body in 
health and disease. The underlying silliness of 
naturopathic education has been discussed at length
 on the blog, but I will reiterate that (as always, in my
 opinion) homeopathy, chi, hydrotherapy, acupuncture
and chiropractic are a phantasm. I find the fact the 
Oregon is home to three such institutions an  
embarrassment [...] our major medical centers are
embracing non-reality based medicine at a depressing
rate [...] the fantastical alternative modalities [...] they
do not mention that all of the above have no basis in 
reality and none have benefit for any objective findings
[...] naturopaths are trained in ineffective therapies [...] 
do you use homeopathy? If the answer is yes then the
practitioner is divorced from a science based practice
 of medicine and should be avoided";
to Appendix K.00.; 

odds and ends:

some guy Enozia Vakil at itechpost.com states 
"naturopathy in particular, is being used as a treatment 
for cancer all over the world, which is why  
skeptics have probably lost interest with this one [...]
naturopathy works on the basic principle that the
vital life force energy, which flows through all 
living beings and keeps us all alive, is responsible for
the health or disease of an individual. A healthy 
 life force energy keeps the body functioning 
properly and keeps one fit and healthy. 
A disturbance or interruption in the flow of the 
energy, on the other hand, causes disease 
and imbalances in the body [...] naturopathic practices
are often used to restore the healthy flow of
  vital life force energy flowing within the body, thereby
 strengthening the immune system, and helping the 
body naturally fight cancer[...] yet another approach, which 
most modern scientists particularly believe is that naturopathy 
works by aiding the elimination of toxins from the body, 
thereby lowering the risk of individuals having a family 
history of cancer, and also strengthening the body from within 
and naturally stimulating the body to fight cancer [...] 
most of these therapies already have a valid scientific basis
and have caused a positive change in many cancer patients";
oh, we haven't lost interest, not with 
absurd contents like that! 

at guardian.uk.com the article
had a great quote:
"I carried on out of desperation [...and he says at one point]
simply to put science first";

I was reminded of the 
colonic irrigation nonsense I used to 
have to do in the UB naturopathic
clinic by the greenwichtime.com article
 Nice to see the
Connecticut Medical Examining Board 
actually interested, by why oh why 
is it a problem for someone not an ND
to do nonsensical colonic irrigation
but it isn't a problem in Connecticut
to falsely label the whole thing 
health science as UB naturopathy does
and have them done at the campus?
Oh, yeah, the state is an accomplice to 
naturopathy's licensed falsehoods
in terms of academics, clinics,
legislation, and commerce;

sciencebasedpharmacy.com states in 
Where’s the Evidence?"(2013-05-13):
"a 2011 survey by Caulfield and Rachul observed
that that IV therapies are among the most popular 
services advertised by naturopaths. If it’s not 
'Myers’ cocktail', (the intravenous version of a 
multivitamin pill), it’s high-dose vitamin C, 
which is explicitly marketed to cancer patients 
(One naturopath even recommends a video 'Vitamin C
 better for cancer than chemo'.) Nothing subtle about it.
 Like Myers’ cocktail, vitamin C infusions
are also touted as a panacea for the prevention or
 treatment of pretty much everything. As noted above, 
naturopathy organizations explicitly endorse the 
practice, and have even created a certification for 
the service. Given naturopaths argue that naturopathy 
is scientific and that the services they offer are 
science-based, I took a closer look at the scientific 
evidence supporting these services [...] with so 
many purveyors of vitamin infusions, one would 
hope the practice was grounded in good science. 
But it isn’t, and that shouldn’t be a surprise 
[...there's a] lack of good evidence [...]
in the absence of a deficiency, vitamin infusions
don’t do much of anything [...] a harmless panacea
that just succeed in enriching the revenues of
 the purveyor";

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

002.a. Slipacoff, S. (ND CCNM 2005) states in "Susan-KIH.flv" [vsc 2013-05-31]:

#treatingthecause #homeopathicinjectiontherapy #homeopathy #efficacyclaim
"I'm the clinic director [...] one of the major differences between naturopathic medicine and conventional medicine is that naturopathy seeks to identify and uncover the cause of disease instead of just treating the symptoms [...and speaks of] health concerns effectively treated with naturopathic therapies [...and we're show] homeopathic injection therapy [...and] homeopathy [...and] Chinese medicine and acupuncture [...] it's very important not to delay";

so, there's the BIG accusation, that it is naturopathy and its failed medieval paradigm and not modern medicine of this scientific age that truly works!  This isn't true, particularly broadly, in terms of naturopathy's premises and therapies as compared to the reality-basis of modern science-based medicine.  But, I can see how this could mislead the common person, who would then believe that the answer ONLY lies with naturopathy and not modern medicine.  Now, since naturopathy's solution is FAKE, e.g. treating a toxin-distuned vital force figmentation / qi etc. with placebo remedies like homeopathy and acupuncture, I've often said that this is a fake solution to a fake problem.  And, being that naturopathy is creating the fake problem and worry that they can then solve, I've also termed this racketeering.
Note: this video, in better resolution, is also at her practice page "Kleinburg (Vaughan) Naturopathic Doctor Dr. Susan Slipacoff B. Kin, N.D. Clinic Owner and Director, Kleinburg Integrative Health" [vsc 2013-05-31; archived since 2011].

002.b. the ND's other practice web pages:

002.b1. science claims galore:

we're told an "art and science",  "a science-based, objective approach", and  "following scientific steps".  Science, science, science.

002.b2. in "Treating The Whole Person" [vsc 2013-05-30] we're told:

"the healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae)  [...] the healing power of nature is based on the concept that both the body and nature are capable of self-regulation, and if given the right opportunity, are capable of healing themselves [...] this self-regulating process [...]";

so, there are some coded expressions of naturopathy's central premise.

"Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917) was the father of osteopathic medicine and he referred to this power as the life force [LF...] this life force is referred to in many different ways by naturopathic modalities as well. In traditional Chinese medicine it is called the qi [Q], homeopathic medicine refers to it as the vital force [VF], and in chiropractic medicine it is called the body's innate intelligence [II...]";

and there it is uncoded, LF = Q = VF = II: that science-ejected idea that 'life' is a substance or spirit or force or mind in-itself what biology abandoned minimally several decades ago and counting.  Science?  I think not.  One thing to note here: this idea of "whole person", for naturopathy, must include this vitalistic principle.  The practice even shows us this in recounting the ND oath which simultaneously lists that principle and falsely labels it science.

Note: we're also told on the practice page I cited in 002.a.:

"she is one of the few naturopathic doctors in Ontario with a specialty in injection therapy and biopuncture [...] biopuncture treatments [...aka] homeopathic injection therapy [...since] naturopathic doctors use homeopathy as one of several treatment tools [...] what treatments does Dr. Slipacoff do? [...it includes] homeopathy [and we're shown a picture of the ND about to inject a patient...] these skills allow her to effectively treat injuries including ligament sprains, muscle tears/strains, low back pain and osteoarthritis, as well as cosmetic concerns like cellulite and fine lines [...]";

I would think that homeopathy, whether orally delivered or injected as biopuncture, is still an inert empty remedy delusion.  Effective?  I think not.  So, lets go there.

002.b3. in "What is Biopuncture?" [vsc 2013-05-30] we are told:

"biopuncture is a therapy whereby specific locations are injected with natural homeopathic substances [...]";

yes, go on.  When a placebo that's oral has plateaued, I guess it's time to up the ante and add more trick to the parlor trick.

"biopuncturists always inject cocktails of natural products [...] products commonly used include Traumeel  [...] Lymphomyosot [...] and Spascupreel [...]";

at Science-Based Therapy, Kim Hebert wrote in "Slipping Through The Cracks: Health Canada, Traumeel, and Homeopathy"(2010): "Traumeel has a listed range of dilutions between 1X (1/10) and 8X (1/100,000,000). Typical homeopathic remedies are diluted to something nearer to 30C, which is 1/1060, a dilution of 1 in 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. Homeopaths believe 30C is a 'moderate' potency. But if Traumeel is considered homeopathy at such 'weak' dilution, and it’s effective, the major premise of homeopathy is invalidated. Why are 30C dilutions even necessary when something is effective at 1X?  It’s probably more likely that neither dilution is meaningful. The most likely way Arnica could be said to be equally effective at 1/1000 and 1/1060 would be to recognize that they’re both providing placebo effects only. That’s a far more simple and probable explanation for Traumeel, as opposed to rejecting the physical laws of the universe [...] while it is possible the diluted ingredients in Traumeel could have drug-like effects, there’s no evidence to suggest any component will have meaningful therapeutic effects, even at much higher amounts. And that’s probably a good thing, because you don’t want to be rubbing mercury into your skin or ingesting nightshade, when all you want to do is treat a sports injury. If there was real interest in evaluating Traumeel's efficacy, a clinical trial comparing it to placebo and relevant drugs would be straightforward. Unfortunately, no such research exists." Wow!  Nothing like being a part of an ND's unauthorized human clinical trial with a mystery compound likely inappropriately categorized.
 "the homeopathic injectables stimulate the immune system (i.e. your defense system) [...] small doses of the right product can have an important effect on the defense systems of your body [...like] vaccination [...] biopuncture produces its clinical effects because it stimulates your immune system to restart its innate healing capacities [...and it is] very successful [...] to advance her skills she received training and certification through the Naturopathic Academy of Therapeutic Injection";

but, of course, homeopathy either orally or injected hasn't been shown to do such, and these terms are codes for naturopathy's life force figmentation, in essence.  So, in essence, pseudoscience and pseudotherapy aka the naturopathillogical.
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