Thursday, February 12, 2015

Vermont Mother Chooses Scientific Medicine Over Naturopathy - New England Cable News Video

here, I cite from reporting in Vermont by NECN regarding choosing modern medicine OVER naturopathy [see 001., below]; then, I visit the Vermont Association of Naturopathic Physicians, which is touting homeopathy and homeopathy as a vaccine alternative [see 002., below]:

001.'s Jack Thurston reports in "'I Was Wrong': Mother Changes Mind on Vaccines" (2015-02-11) [my comments are in unquoted bold]:

"Donegan [...] said she used to believe a natural approach to health was better, and she sought out naturopathic care providers for herself and her children [...] she said friends in Oregon [...] made her feel certain that the naturopathic approach was better than a pharmaceutical one [] Donegan said she opted out of getting [...her children] the normally-required immunizations to enter public school [...]";

VERY interesting.  So, Oregon, a bastion of 'science-is-anything' by way of the naturopathy web page that tells us that the unscienceable and the science-ejected are science.  So, like virus, the naturopathic absurdity meme too spreads. 

"[but] Donegan told NECN that her opinions on traditional medicine [aka naturopathy] started to change after her children experienced serious medical conditions, including a bad cut and a double kidney infection, both of which the mother said required the intervention of traditional medicine instead of naturopathic care [...]";

with real problems, time to use what is real!

"then, an outbreak of whooping cough in Vermont a few years ago led Donegan to rethink her stance on vaccines, she said. 'I actually found myself a little bit nervous to take my kids out to very public places like the grocery store or movie theaters where they could be in close contact with people who could potentially give them whooping cough,' Donegan recalled [] Donegan said she did extensive research on the topic of vaccines, which turned around her distrust of vaccines [...] 'at the end of the day, I couldn't deny that the science is there that vaccines are safe,' Donegan said [...] 'I was wrong,' said Sarah Donegan [...] 'I was definitely wrong' [...]";

I think this is a RARE occasion when Dr. Google actually undermines antivaxx pseudoscience.  I'd argue that getting to that wrong position in the first place was fostered by's endorsement of naturopathy.

002. now, the Vermont Association of Naturopathic Physicians:

002.a. on its home page:

 quotes Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy.  Homeopathy is hugely science-unsupported and -ejected.

002.b. has a slideshow:

by ND Udell promoting HOMEOPATHIC alternatives to vaccination [2015 archived].  Such is a MENACE to public health.

002.c. states in "Naturopathic Training and Credentialing":

"naturopathic physicians are trained as primary care practitioners at accredited naturopathic medical schools. Like conventional medical schools, these rigorous four-year doctoral programs provide a solid foundation in the basic medical sciences and in conventional diagnostic and treatment methods [...and it mentions the] Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations [which actually FALSELY label homeopathy a clinical science'...]";

and yet, in spite of these promises and assurances, you get HOMEOPATHY and kind falsely labeled "science" and therefore falsely offered as an efficacious therapy.

002.d. has a VERY OPAQUE version of naturopathy's principles:

because, obviously, we don't deserve to know, so we can then decide in an informed manner.
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