Sunday, February 2, 2014

WSDH: ND Suspended for Misleading Patients [yet itself doesn't present naturopathy in an informed manner]

here, I cite from a press release from the Washington State Department of Health and comment on its selective enforcement of facets of naturopathy:
001. "Snohomish County Naturopathic Physician Suspended for Misleading Patients" [2014-01-29; my comments are in unquoted bold]:

"a Snohomish County naturopathic physician was immediately suspended for allegedly duping cancer patients into treatment with an unapproved experimental vaccine [...ND] Catanzaro didn’t disclose the experimental nature of a cancer treatment to his patients, who thought the vaccine he gave them was effective and that his research was approved [...]"; 

wow, "duping."  Is that kind of like the duping that happens in Washington State naturopathy when naturopaths claim to be "science-based" and then load stuff in their like homeopathy, cransiosacral therapy, the supernatural, and blood-type diet [I've linked to Bastyr University in those links, Washington State's naturopathy school]?  Duping is inherent to naturopathy / riddles it: an most of it is already approved by Washington State's departments of health and education.

 "the Board of Naturopathy and the Washington State Department of Health took the action against the license of John A. Catanzaro (NATU.NT.00000769) [...] the legal documents can be seen online by clicking 'look up a health care provider' on the Department of Health website [...] the Department of Health website ( is your source for a healthy dose of information."

ah, the partnership, the partnership.  So, the issue, in part, concerns a lack of "informed consent", a lack of INFORMATION.

002.  the lack of information:

002.a. WSDH should suspend themselves, in my view, because when you search by way of > naturopathic medicatrix< you get NOTHING.  The State of Washington doesn't transparently communicate naturopathy's essential, science-ejected, underlying premise.  Lies of omission? 

002.b. but you can find such information at Washington State naturopaths practice pages with the search parameter >washington naturopathic "life force" medicatrix<.  


002.b1. the NDs Stevens  page "Naturopathic Medicine" which states:

"the practice of naturopathic medicine centers on six principles of healing. Principles of healing: [#1] the healing power of nature, vis medicatrix naturae: 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 [...#3] first do no harm, primum no nocere: the process of healing includes the generation of symptoms, which are, in fact, expressions of the life force attempting to heal itself [...] one’s actions can support or antagonize the actions of vis medicatrix naturae." 

Yes, that in fact "life force" that doesn't exist.  Would be nice if Washington State would dose us with some information on that instead of the omission.

002.b2.  There's ND Chan in "Vis Medicatrix Naturae":

"what is the vis medicatrix naturae? This is Latin for the healing power of nature and one of the naturopathic principles [...] one must trust that the body has an innate ability to heal [...] a goal to support the healing power of nature which we will call 'the vis'.  Someone with a stronger vis will be able to recover with much more ease than someone with less vis, given the same condition. But this does not mean that someone with a weaker vis cannot build that up. This is one of the goals of naturopathic medicine. The vis is not just a physical life force, or strength. It is also emotional and spiritual."

Wouldn't it be great to be told by Washington State these things in order to inform its population concerning its partner naturopaths.
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