Saturday, June 20, 2015

Sacramento Bee, Shallow Journalism, and the Naturopathillogical's "Push For Mainstream Recognition"

here, my criticism of puff-piece / shallow journalism PROMOTING naturopathy in California:

001. Sammy Caiola reports, regarding ND Godby, in "Naturopathic Doctors Push for Mainstream Recognition" (2915-06-15) [my comments are in unquoted bold]:

"Dennis Godby’s office looks a lot like that of a typical doctor – stacks of books, chairs for patient conferences and a bench for taking vitals. But the diplomas and certificates on the wall behind him reveal a small variation – an N.D. after his name rather than an M.D. [...]";

this is NOT a SMALL variation.  Unless, something like 2+2=4 and 2+2=5 is considered to similar that there is no difference.  So, from the get-go, we get a huge amount of CHARITY towards naturopathy.  For instance, MEDICINE is obligation to scientific integrity, whereas naturopathy is based upon falsely posing what isn't science as science.  This is EXCEPTIONALLY EASY to show.  Here's medicine preponderant ethical obligations, here's ND Godby's alma mater NCNM posing as science what isn't science.

"[the] naturopathic doctor, a health care provider trained in healing therapies, herbal medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy and lifestyle counseling, in addition to many of the same basic sciences as a conventional physician [...]':

to pose as "science" homeopathy is to engage in FRAUD because homeopathy is no better than placebo and kind.  Studying some science is NOT SUFFICIENT to make something NOT SCIENCE science.  That would be a kind of magical thinking. 

"this branch of health care professionals [...]";

how can one be a professional if one is based upon falsehood and deception?  Better yet, how can one be a journalist if one isn't objectively informing? 

"N.D.s [...] must pass a national licensing exam [...]";

EXCEPT that licensing exam, the NPLEX, FALSELY poses such things as homeopathy as efficacious and "clinical science."  Let's UNPUFF this crappy article and print a retraction!  And as for the conventional physician who says "there's a place for naturopathy in healthcare", well, DO YOUR HOMEWORK TOO.  Is there a place for deception and falsehood in our healthcare system?  Really!
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