Sunday, October 26, 2014

ND stands for No Distinctions, NMD for Never Make a Distinction.

here, I use upon the credentials ND and NMD, both a which signify 'naturopathic doctor' [see 001., below].  At the the heart of naturopathy is the science-ejected [see 002., below], and placed upon that core is the false label of scientific [see 003., below]; I mention that this absurdity happens because naturopathy defines itself as "blended" [see 004., below]; but science is a kind of knowledge DISTINCTION, not conflation / blending [see 005., below]; then I conclude this muse [see 005., below]:

001. that ND and NMD credential:

in all states, like my own of Connecticut, the credential is ND according to the CNMEHere's where naturopaths in CT are allowed by their DPH to practice.  Here's where the State of CT echoes the NDs-NMDs and states that their licensure exam is "Basic Sciences (Part I) and Clinical Sciences Examination (Part II) of the Naturopathic Physician Licensing Examination (NPLEX)" even though this includes patently nonscientific subjects and practices such as homeopathy.  Therein, don't expect help from the State of CT regarding naturopathy, they are abetting falsehood.

in Arizona, the credential is also NMD according to CNME.

002. that science-ejected heart of naturopathy:

I've covered this in the Podcast Episode 1b.  The vitalism and such.

003. the false label of science upon this:

so no further than the University of Bridgeport, my neighbors.  It is claimed there, quite broadly, "science subset naturopathy."

of course, what's quite interesting about UB is that they DISGUISE what the ND in the podcast talks about directly because we don't deserve to know, so then we can freely choose.  Here's UB with Sensenig, that ND, on campus this 2014-10, speaking about the same science-ejected garbage he did when I was his student in 1998 [archived here 2014].

004. so, WHY does this happen?

I believe it is summed up in the naturopathic description of its approach to knowledge, "naturopathy blends."

004.a. UB's naturopathic clinic, the Center for Excellence in Generative Medicine  [archived here 2014  ] states:

"our facility blends time-honored natural healing techniques with state-of-the-art [etc.]."

004.b. the naturopathy school consortia AANMC tells us naturopathy by definition blends:

"a naturopathic doctor (ND) practices a form of medicine that blends centuries-old, natural, non-toxic therapies with current advances in the study of health and human systems."

005. science as a knowledge distinction not blending / conflation: 

"NSES Content Standard G History and Nature of Science: Nature of scientific knowledge. Grades 9-12, page 201. Science distinguishes itself from other ways of knowing and from other bodies of knowledge through the use of empirical standards, logical arguments, and skepticism, as scientists strive for the best possible explanations about the natural world."

006. so, in conclusion, epistemically speaking:

ND = no distinctions.

NMD = never make a distinction.
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