001.a. NMW has been going on in various Canadian provinces for years:
001.a. the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors states in "Naturopathic Medicine Week" [my comments are in unquoted bold]:
"Naturopathic Medicine Week is an annual celebration of the power of naturopathic medicine. Across the province, NDs invite you to open houses, lectures, and practical workshops to learn more about leading a healthy life [...] our main goal during NMW is to bring the profession to light [...]";
ah, the profession claim! Well, my whole publishing endeavor is about bringing naturopathy's often disguised ESSENCE to light! Can you be a profession if you are based on falsehood? No. A falsehood I continue to learn more and more about.
Note: and there's also "Naturopathic Medicine Week in Alberta." An international racket now!
001.b. but the big one that caught my eye was ND Rothenberg at HuffPo who wrote "U.S. Senate Passes Resolution for Naturopathic Medicine Week" [2013-09-12]:
"[she mentions] Jud Richland, the American Association of Naturopathic Physician's CEO [...whose web homepage is] http://www.naturopathic.org [...]";
it is the AANP that falsely markets naturopathy's contents as "science based" while based on the science exterior. I've been tracking that patent absurdity for about twenty years. ND Rothenberg is on the AANP board.
"for those not yet familiar with the profession [..]";
ah, the profession claim. AANP also claims naturopathy is a profession. And again: can a profession be based on falsehood?
"[she mentions] the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Schools [...]";
it is AANMC that, like AANP, falsely markets naturopathy's contents as "science based" while based on the science exterior. Notice a pattern?
"[and she says] NDs work with natural medicine approaches [...] naturopathic practitioners are doctor level expert providers of natural medicine [...]";
I recommend a podcast episode I did on the uselessness and boneheadedness of the label "natural" particularly as it relates to medicine. Also, the kind of logic that naturopathy employs, wherein the patiently science-exterior is falsely labeled science, is something middle-schoolers can't get away with yet this is happening at the doctoral, multiply-accredited University and College level. Nonsense dressed in a tuxedo! Or should I say, nonsense dressed in a doctorate!
002.a. MD Lipson writes at Forbes.com in "Senate Declares Naturopathic Medicine Week: Wizardry Week Still Under Debate" [2013-09-14]:
"the US Senate has declared the second week in October 'Naturopathic Medicine Week'. Even the name is an oxymoron. Naturopathy is a gemish of useless folk medicine and traditional dietary advice dressed up with fancy names. They really, really want to be seen as primary care doctors, despite their obvious lack of qualification [...]";
hear, hear: I applaud the intent, but the contents of naturopathy are not quite that simple!
002.b. MD Gorski writes at Science-Based Medicine in "Naturopathic Medicine Week 2013, or: Quackery Week 2013" [2013-09-14]:
"did you know that the week of October 7 through 13 is Quackery Week in the U.S.? [...] the Senate just passed [...] S.Res. 221 [...] Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) [...] sponsored it [...] it declares the week of October 7 to 13, 2013 to be Naturopathic Medicine Week which is the same thing as declaring it Quackery Week [...] the vast majority of ideas and treatments that make up the 'complementary and alternative medicine' (CAM) specialty known as naturopathy are quackery [...] naturopathy is a veritable cornucopia of pseudoscience and quackery [...] naturopathy is a hodge-podge of quackery mixed with science-based modalities magically 'rebranded' as 'alternative' and 'natural' [...] naturopathy is the ultimate in 'integrative medicine' in which quackery is 'integrated' with science-based medicine [...] it is my opinion based on science, and I’m sticking to it [...] so many different forms of quackery [...] there is no quackery that naturopathy does not credulously embrace [...] traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy [...] herbalism, energy healing, Ayurvedic medicine, the four humors, or whatever [...and] bogus diagnostic modalities, such as applied kinesiology, live blood cell analysis, iridology, tests for imaginary 'food allergies' and 'nutrient deficiencies' that conventional medicine doesn’t recognize, plus an overwhelming emphasis on purging the body of “toxins,” unnamed and named but all unvalidated by science [...] integrating quackery and pseudoscience with real medicine does not elevate the quackery and pseudoscience, but it does contaminate the real medicine with quackery to no good benefit [...] the bottom line is, for all their claims of scientific training, naturopaths are taught a system that includes vitalism, the four humors, and homeopathy as bedrock principles. They base a lot of what they do on prescientific belief systems gussied up with 'science-y' sounding justifications [...]";
hear, hear. As I say: "the epistemic conflation of a school of thought claiming to be scientific."