Tuesday, December 29, 2015

@eds.b.ebscohost.com: 1928 Time Magazine, Naturopathy, and 'Science Subset Medicine'

here, by way of my State library system online, is an interesting historical snapshot from 1928:

001. my search for "naturopathy" at "iCONN One Search for Public Libraries" [which is soon be become "researchIT CT"], limited to its earliest date, 1928, see SC below, results in two articles, both in Time Magazine, listed in reverse chronological order:

001.a. there's the article "In Minneapolis" of 1928-06-18, which states:

"six thousand doctors signed their names in the registration book of the American Medical Association in Minneapolis last week. The 79th annual get-together was in session; from all parts of the U. S. doctors had come to pool their problems and share their results. Minnesota's governor, the Hon. Theodore Christiansen, gave them hearty welcome, then the 15 scientific divisions went into action, 400 learned papers were presented and earnestly discussed [...]";

science subset medicine.  Good to see, in 1928.

"drug manufacturers no longer work under cover, turn now to the AMA council for endorsement of new medicines, reported Dr. Olin West (Chicago), secretary of the association [...]";

there was NO FDA yet.

"the number of fraudulent devices is decreasing [...]";

sadly, NOW, about 87 years later, we are still seeing "fraudulent devices" being under 'false labels.'  E.g.: electrodermal screening machines like ND Ingels's.

"irregular medical schools, such as schools of chiropractic, naturopathy, optometry, physical therapy, naprapathy, sagliftology, electronic medicine, enerology, divine metaphysics, are falling before onslaughts from the bureau of legal medicine and legislation. The 171 such institutions of 1920 had been reduced to 96 in 1927 [...]";

so, there's the naturopathy mention.  It's interesting to see, from that list, what survived.  And I'd argue, if the filter was science, what didn't survive that didn't deserve to in terms of being "medicine."

"sterilization of persons considered dangerous to society is now legal in 19 states [...]";

and now things get SCARY.  Ethically speaking.

"stomach ulcers may be due to deficiency of vitamins in the diet [...] Dr. Scale Harris who outlined a diet rich in vitamins for use during treatment and convalescence of such patients [...] goiters four years ago were more prevalent in Michigan than were Fords. The condition was traced to lack of iodine in the water; a statewide campaign put iodized salt in every home. Today the condition is not only singularly rare among schoolchildren, but not a single baby has been born with goiter when the mother had been using iodized salt, reported Dr. O. P. Kimball [...]";

so, even back in 1928, regular medicine was looking at diet and lifestyle, and VITAMINS.  Of course, now we know the infective mechanism of most stomach ulcers, H. pylori [according to CDC].  An odd fact: medicine was first looking at lifestyle stuff there, and eventually it fell into ID, infectious disease.  Yet, sCAM is often claiming that medicine doesn't have such on its radar, historically and presently.

001.b. and there's  a letter in answer, in "Letters" dated 1928-07-02, which states, THOUGH NOT specifically regarding naturopathy, in answer to the previous article, defending optometry:

"sirs: shame on TIME! The idea of you allowing your columns to be used as a means of spreading propaganda for the medical profession to the detriment of other schools. It just goes to show that even TIME can be hoodwinked.  In your issue of June 18, under the caption Medicine you say 'the irregular medical schools such as chiropractic, naturopathy, optometry [...] are falling before the onslaught of legal medicine and legislation' [...]";

so, there's mention of naturopathy again.

"optometry is recognized as a separate profession from medicine in every state in the Union as well as in the District of Columbia. Separate Boards of Examiners in Optometry are appointed in the several states to administer the Optometry Laws. Do you suppose, TIME, that any of your readers believe that Universities such as mentioned above would carry courses in Optometry, of four years duration, if, by placing a student in the medical school for the same length of time they could teach him to examine eyes more scientifically or more efficiently? [...]";

so, there again is this idea of scientific filtering.  And a turf war.  I guess medicine wasn't that big at the time, and ophthalmology not yet there.

003. and oh my, how thankfully times have changed culturally speaking and medically speaking:

because involuntary sterilization aka eugenics, is heinous.

and it's good to have an FDA, even if they can't seem to enforce or don't have the will to enforce, naturopaths using bogus diagnostic devices.
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