Tuesday, October 6, 2015

ND Simmonds of PEI Says "Ask For Evidence." Hypocrisy Alert!

here, beside the fact that 'naturopathic oncology' are the two most-scary words in healthcare, is the glaring hypocrisy of naturopathy's 'evidence stringencies':

001. Simmonds, K. (ND CCNM 1998) writes in "A Naturopathic Approach to Breast Cancer Treatment" (2015-10-06):

"until conventional treatment can offer a guarantee of being cancer free I would use the support of natural evidence-based therapies with the guidance of a licensed ND covered by most health plans [...] if you want to combine conventional and naturopathic treatments but naturopathic therapy is discouraged by your oncologist because it may interfere with treatment, then ask for evidence of this harm before passing on naturopathic support that has been shown to help [...]";

yes, the hilarity of a naturopath asking for evidence.  But do they care about evidence WITHIN what's termed naturopathic and scientific?  No.  So should you trust them?  Look:

002. at her practice pages:

002.a. we're told in "Questions":

"naturopathic medical therapies have a long history of safe, effective use that is supported by strong evidence based research [...] the evidence base supporting the safety and effectiveness of naturopathic medicine continues to grow daily as new scientific findings are included [...] naturopathic doctors complement and enhance health care services provided by other health care professionals including your family doctor. They cooperate and refer to other branches of medical science [...]";

so those are some strong science and evidence categorical claims upon 'the naturopathic'.  And then comes the hypocrisy!  We're told:

"natural therapies including botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, acupuncture and lifestyle counseling [...] naturopathic doctors are general practitioners of natural medicine. They are trained to diagnose, treat and prevent disease using a variety of natural therapies including botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, lifestyle counseling and homeopathy. A naturopathic doctor may use homeopathy as one of their approaches to treatment [...]";

so that's the claim science subset evidence subset homeopathy.  And that's batshit crazy.  And add oncology to that mix and that's batshit scary.
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