Tuesday, October 21, 2014

'Radio Naturopath' at the University of Connecticut: UCONN Abets Academic Absurdity.

here, I delve into a naturopathy podcast / radio show by NCNM alumnus ND Storch which happens at UCONN's radio station in Connecticut:

001.  Radio Naturopath's home page is at the University of Connecticut's radio station WHUS here and the host is Fran Storch, ND.  Historically, we're told in "Radio Naturopath 8/21/13 Recap!" [archived here 2014]:

"Radio Naturopath is a radio show that I have been hosting since 1999. It was born at WELI in Hamden / New Haven, CT, for a short lifespan of 5 weeks. Then I had a lively call-in show at WBLQ in Westerly for two years. I finally found a long-term home at WHUS, 91.7 FM at the University of Connecticut."

002. ND Storch's practice pages are at franstorchnd.com:

002.a her bio there states [archived here 2014]:

 "I discovered the field of naturopathic medicine [...] I attended the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR, and received my degree as a doctor of naturopathic medicine in June of 1995 [...]";

so, she graduated NCNM in 1995.  That is VERY helpful.
" I truly believe in the power of naturopathic medicine and its central belief, the healing power of nature, in that we can access our own inner ability for healing [...]";

ah, but this is vitalism CODED.  So, perhaps she doesn't believe in transparency. 

002.b. her motto is:

"naturopathic medicine: the healing power of nature in body, mind and spirit [...]";

I will deal with this in 004., below. Coded vitalism and supernaturalism.

002.c. naturopathy is OPAQUELY defined as:

"naturopathic medicine holds that we have it within ourselves to heal [...]";

which is coded vitalism, which I will decode by way of her alma mater NCNM in 004. below.

"a naturopathic physician is trained to employ nutritional counseling, botanical and homeopathic medicine, hydrotherapy, traditional Chinese medicine, physical medicine (including Bowen Therapy, Massage Therapy) and energetic medicine. A regular part of practice also includes more conventional methods such as ordering lab-work and other diagnostic testing."

so, there's that mixture of medicine with quack nonsense like homeopathy, with epitomizes naturopathy's "blendedness."

002.d. we're also told:

"the goal of naturopathic medicine is to search for the cause of the problem [...] caring for and educating the patient  [...] we engage the patient as an active participant [...] naturopathic medicine works.  At any age, naturopathic medicine can help you access your own power to treat and prevent illness [...]"

so, the search for a problem, a REAL problem I assume.  With care and education involved, and patient activity.  And that claim that things work in naturopathy.  And your "power."   Here's the problem: is it caring to miseducate and attribute problems to FAKE causes, and to code that fake cause?

003. one available episode is "Radio Naturopath 10-8-2014 Episode 1" which I haven't bothered listening to.

004. NCNM as a Rosetta Stone for decoding this naturopath's alma mater's academic absurdity:

*because we DO deserves to KNOW, so we can then CHOOSE.  Even if NDs typically don't agree with that statement and would rather CODE, keeping us from KNOWING, and therein MANIPULATING us.

004.a. so the NCNM page "About Naturopathic Medicine":

"the practice of naturopathic medicine emerges from six principles of healing. These principles are based on the objective observation of the nature of health and disease and are examined continually in light of scientific analysis. These principles stand as the distinguishing marks of the profession: [#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 physician’s role is to facilitate and augment this process [...] the physician must also make a commitment to her/his personal and spiritual development."

so, there you go: complete academic absurdity abetted by the great UCONN.
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