Saturday, January 3, 2015

Changelog 2015-01-03 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 / politically 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 subset naturopathy] claims of:

ND Camp;
NDs Campagna, Gallegos, Moss;
ND Catanzaro;

NDs Croll, Rotulo;

ND Winchester;
ND Woodyard;

the 'science subset naturopathy' category claims of:

the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians;

the California Naturopathic Doctors Association;

ND Hinchcliffe;

ND Ma;


the 'scientific rejection of vitalism':

Craig Venter;
to Appendix

'naturopathy blends':


odds and ends:

NUHS Science Claims;

revised Appendix I.01.a5 -
NCNM Science Claims;

revised Appendix O.00. -
Naturopathic 'Profession / 
Professional' Claims;

revised Appendix C.06.e. -
No VFS in Sci. - 
Acad.s & Authors (S-Z);

002. video link and commentary [this is a juicy one!!!]:

002.a. Ontario, Canada's very pretty but ultimately unimpressive ND Falkowski, who used the credentials "HBSc, N.D." on her bio. page, in "Day In The Life of a Naturopathic Doctor" [saved 2014-12-29; my comments are in unquoted bold], states in this seventeen minute video [which is a promotional video / ad / puff-piece lacking ONE ounce of criticism / counter-opinion]:

[tags: #NDscienceclaim, #NDvitalism, #corephilosophies, #primarycareclaim, #cupping, #acupuncture]
[from the description] 

"explore a day in the life of Dr. Anna (naturopath) at Vitality for Life Health Center in Barrie, Ontario. Learn about naturopathic medicine and how patients can benefit from this complete approach to good health [...]";

I DO hope we are transparently told about 'what's up with naturopathy'!  The ND uses the credentials 'honors bachelor of science', so in that vein, I DO hope for science and transparency! 

[from the video]

"[the ND says] naturopathic medicine is thousands of years old [...]";

bullshit.  The term was coined around 1900.  And if anything from the past is naturopathy, to therefore get to the idea of thousands, well, good luck with that prescientific knowledge.

"[the host says] welcome to 'A Day in the Life', I'm Tara-Dawn Windstone [...] some things in life are simple [...] when you are not feeling well, you go to the doctor [...] sometimes those simple solutions don't work, and we're forced to find alternative solutions [...] we're spending the day with Dr. Anna Falkowski [...]";

ah, the facilitator of this 'alternative' doctor.  But, is what's being offered a TRUE alternative choice?  Scientifically vetted methods and claims are FAR superior to hokey, ancient, discarded methods and claims, I think we'd all agree.  In order to choose, we need to be knowledgeable, we need to know the details, the details need to be provided.  So, my biggest question is that again: of transparency.  Will we get transparency?

"[the host says] what many people don't know about naturopathic doctors, is that although the content of their education is different, they must complete the same amount of schooling that a traditional doctor would [...]";

NDs COULD be POORLY EDUCATED, and though quantitatively their school education is numerically 'the same', the NDs' academic quality COULD BE vastly inferior.   For instance, take my ND education: four years of doctorate-level "science" as labeled by the University of Bridgeport, yet containing a patent obligation to the 'science-ejected.'   So, take warning.  And ND education is quite NOT the same as most doctoral-level "science" labeled  academic categories in North America. 

"[the host says naturopathy is] based largely on ancient philosophies [...] the core philosophies of naturopathic medicine and traditional medicine are very different [...and a graphic asks the question] 'what are some of the core philosophies you follow? [...and the ND tells us] prevention [...and] doctor as teacher [...] the basic common sense principles of naturopathic medicine [...] because I'm so passionate about the core philosophies of naturopathic medicine [...]"; 

and, I'm disappointed.  Such OPACITY!  No transparency of naturopathy's actual principles, like "vis medicatrix naturae" / "vital force spirit" as communicated by ND Falkowski's own provincial ND organization, OAND, which is an entity she mentions.  Now, she also mentions CAND, the national Canadian organization wherein: science is claimed as a broad label, upon the science-exterior. 

"[the host says] Dr. Falkowski is quick to point out that it's a combination of both that can add up to optimum healthcare for her patients [...]";
now, what if the ND side of that combination is bullshit?  Like: we're shown the ND doing cupping on a patient's back an few times, and Wikipedia currently states: "it may be that cupping is more a traditional act of 'faith healing' rather than an act of medicine."  Bullshit plus the legit doesn't sound optimal to me [epistemic conflation alert!].  To equate such is a reversal of values.  And more like that from this ND to come below.

"[the ND says] I always wanted to be a doctor [...] in the medical field [...] I really respect and admire the human body and how it functions.  And so I just had a natural curiosity for medicine [...] I went the naturopathic medical route [...] it does really respect the human body and what it can do [...]";

so, there's this mention of what I'll call 'medical physiology' / what the body does and form or 'anatomy' / the body.  But, are these SCIENTIFICALLY filtered and supported KINDS of knowledge?

"[the ND says] this profession [...] a naturopathic doctor is a primary health care provider [...who can care for] their general family's healthcare needs [...using] natural methods to promote healing in the body [...] the time-tested, proven, traditional remedies [] homeopathy [...and] acupuncture [...which works on] meridians or the energy channels that run through the body [...and] qi or the vital energy of the body [...] that smooth flow of qi [...]";

hmmm.  As we've see, cupping itself has already been insinuated as religious / faithy /  supernaturally associated and the like.  So, I'm beginning to doubt that 'natural' for a naturopath means what a lot of people think it means.  And in terms of the "time-tested, proven, traditional remedies", I am reminded that before science, there were something like 1600 years of Galenic medicine that was TRUSTED yet now is known, after scientific filtering, to be FANTASY-BASED.

"[the ND says] one of the biggest challenges in naturopathic medicine is constantly having to fight for your profession [...] and that comes from, I think, a lack of awareness and understanding [...] a lack of knowledge out there [...] a lot of people thing that we practice voodoo [...] voodoo medicine [...we overcome this with] greater understanding and education [...and the host states] one of the greatest misconceptions of naturopathic medicine is that it involves a lot of voodoo and witchcraft [...]";

how IRONIC. Loving it. 

"[the ND says] in combination with the latest in scientific research [...] I have a four-year degree in honors physiology [..and then did] CCNM [...and in answer to the graphic 'what is your educational background?'] in order to attend naturopathic medical college, you have to take premedical studies at a university level [...a] science background [...] a lot of what we do is science-based [...voodoo medicine is] completely inaccurate [...] we are very largely scientifically based [...] we take a scientific approach to many of our methods [...]";

and now we know how shitty those science courses are for developing a scientific point of view.  We all know science as method isn't taught, what is taught is shallow memorization of facts. Because if reiki, as we'll see below, is considered MEDICINE, something hugely has gone off the rails.  And it has.  CCNM, the ND's alma mater, states that the science-ejected, such as CCNM naturopathy's homeopathy, is "science-based." The ND called naturopathy a "profession".  But have you ever heard of a profession that cannot be trusted?

"[the ND says] in naturopathic medicine, we do rely heavily on nature for our medicines [...] we often don't know what the active ingredients are [...] or why they work in the way that they do [...]";

I'd just LOVE to be part of naturopathy's unethical / improperly structured human experiment.

002.b. at her practice, the page "Naturopathic Medicine" states [archived here 2014]:

"naturopathic medicine is a distinct form of primary health care that combines the most relevant and recent scientific research with time-tested and honored traditional remedies [...]";

so, I think we have the 'naturopathy blends' claim here.  And if you are a blend, then how are you DISTINCT?  Science + old crap = naturopathy.

"treating each person [...] with customized treatment plans that treat the root cause of disease and not merely masking symptoms [...]";

so, there's that typical swipe at regular medicine, obliquely.

"naturopathic medicine takes a safe, gentle and effective approach to supporting the bodies own unique ability to heal [coded vitalism!...]";

and that's ALL you get.  So, I'm disappointed: coded vitalism and a claim of efficacy on such therapies at the practice as what I list below in 002.c.  I guess we don't deserve to know, so we can then CHOOSE.

002.c. the ND's practice's therapeutics includes these gems [and remember, we were told about "basic, common sense principles of naturopathic medicine"; and so much for a HBSc]:

002.c1. homeopathy [archived here 2014]:

"developed in the 17th century by a German Physician named Samuel Hahnemann, homeopathy is thought by some to be the highest form of medicine [...]";

because naturopathy truly is a reversal of values, wherein sugar pills known not to be effective are now dressed up in the same garments  as a naked emperor.

"homeopathics are made from plant, animal or mineral substances diluted many times over, leaving virtually no trace of the original substance [...]";

I'll say.

 002.c2. detoxification [archived here 2014]:

"our body is exposed to toxins everyday – from the environment, the foods we eat, exogenous hormones, house-hold cleaners, pesticides etc. They can over-burden the organs of elimination, be stored in body fat and trigger certain disease processes. Your naturopathic doctor can help you optimize your body’s natural ability to eliminate toxic waste and build-up, which tends to have a negative impact on your health. We tailor a detoxification program suitable to your needs and lifestyle [...]";

the toxin manipulation gambit.

002.c3. acupuncture [archived here 2014]:

"acupuncture is the use of very fine needles in various locations on the body. From a Chinese perspective, Acupuncture helps the bodies vital energy flow properly through the meridians, or channels, in the body. Blockages of these channels can lead to pain, imbalances or disease processes [...]";

a figmentation.

002.c4. cupping [archived here 2014]:

"cupping [...] focuses on the movement of blood and lymph fluid, and the energy (chi) that flows through the body [...] and pulls ‘toxins’ out through the skin. It is a beneficial treatment for muscular pain (especially back pain from injury or stiffness), clearing congestion in the chest (ie. bronchitis), stress reduction, or part of a general whole-body cleans [...]";

right.  Except this is a myth and bullshit.

002.c5. cosmetic acupuncture [archived here 2014]:

"acupuncture is an effective way to remove fine lines and wrinkles from the face [...] by inserting very fine, hair-thin, disposable needles into specific acupuncture points on the face, there is a rush of blood circulation. The skin becomes nourished, oxygenated and moisturized, from the inside out. When there is more circulation, the body produces more collagen and this, in turn, gives the skin more tightness and elasticity, helping to reduce and/or eliminate sagging skin, wrinkles, double chin, etc";

I doubt it. 

002.c6. reiki [archived here 2014]:

"Vitality for Life is excited to be adding reiki to our ever broadening menu [...a] powerful healing practice [...] reiki is the Japanese word for 'universal life‐force energy'. It [...] reestablishes a normal flow of life‐force energy throughout the body [...] by gently placing my hands on or over the body energy is drawn, redirected and given to help rebalance and revitalize the body on a physical,emotional, mental and spiritual level [...]";

woo-hoo! Voodoo?
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