Tuesday, September 26, 2017

ND Pizzorno's "The Toxin Solution" - A False Necessity?

here, some musings on ND Pizzorno's 2017 book "The Toxin Solution" ISBN 9780062427458:

001. ah, there's that perpetual claim of science and science expertise, such as:

"[from the dust jacket] Joseph Pizzorno, N.D., is one of the world's leading authorities on science-based natural / integrative medicine [...] he travels worldwide, consulting, lecturing, and promoting science-based natural medicine [...] a truly science-based approach [...] from my earliest years, I've had a strong orientation to evidence-based medicine.  Everything I will recommend in this book, based on years of clinical experience, is scientifically validated [...] the latest scientific research in The Toxin Solution reveals environmental toxins as the primary driver of our current health crisis, including life-threatening diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and dementia [...] Chapters 1 and 2 present in-depth scientific explanations for the necessity to avoid and eliminate toxins to support your health [...] without carefully looking at the scientific data, it is very hard for anyone to connect today's toxic exposure to long-range health effects [...] the landmark Textbook of Natural Medicine [...] showed the scientific basis of naturopathic medicine [...] with my very strong background in science and commitment to research, I was exceptionally skeptical at first [...]";

so, a claim of "science" authority and a "very strong background in science."  Well, ND Pizzorno is a 1975 NUNM graduate, and even now you can find at NUNM a science label put on contents that are not scientifically supported [here].  So, BEWARE and be SKEPTICAL.  Because when we're told basically "carefully looking at the scientific data", I almost fall on the floor laughing.  As for toxins being the "primary driver of our current health care crisis", I think Science Based Medicine's Scott Gavura said it best: "if anyone suggests a detox or cleanse to you, remember that you’re hearing a marketing pitch for an imaginary condition."

002. ah, and there's of course CODED vitalism:

"naturopathic medicine is built on the profound belief that the body has a tremendous ability to heal, if we just give it a chance [...] Dr. Pizzorno delivers a scientifically proven program to immediately release our toxic burden and restore the body's natural ability to heal [...]";

so, no overt vitalism, just codings. But, if you go to that NUNM link above, ND Pizzorno's alma mater and the trunk of the US naturopathy tree, we're told there: "these principles stand as the distinguishing marks of the profession: [#1] the healing power of nature, vis medicatrix naturae: the body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health. The healing process is ordered and intelligent; nature heals through the response of the life force. The physician’s role is to facilitate and augment this process."  That is science-ejected vitalism.  But, ND Pizzorno doesn't think you should be told transparently, apparently: that vitalism is science-ejected, and that naturopathy's definition of science is so broad that that is why naturopathy's science includes what science has ejected.  ND Pizzorno speaks of "the necessity".  Well, honesty, transparency and scientific integrity are what are truly necessary first and foremost.
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