Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Oz ND Bunkum: Naturopathy's "Way" is Based on the "Scientifically Determinable"

here, a classic naturopathy pseudodiagnostic, applied kinesiology, something I was taught in my ND school miseducation:

001. at, in the opinion piece "A Naturopath's Interpretation of Applied Kinesiology" (2017-03-29), I assume naturopath Lewis writes:

"applied kinesiology is a system that was developed by a chiropractor, George Goodheart, in America.  The system has been considered an assessment tool in apparently looking at physical challenges, chemical challenges or mental challenges [...]";

hey, I had to buy Goodheart's book in ND school.  Wikipedia has a GG entry.  And Wikipedia's AK entry tells us "according to their guidelines on allergy diagnostic testing, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology stated there is 'no evidence of diagnostic validity' of applied kinesiology."  True that.

"according to applied kinesiology there exists a complex array of energy circuits and nervous system pathways and circulatory pathways and Chinese acupuncture meridian system pathways that requires consideration [...]";

which are as existent as fairies under a garden.  This is the misuse of "energy" as an alternate for a vitalistic force or spirit, aka qi or chi, aka chiropractic's innate intelligence or naturopathy's vital force.

"it becomes obvious to me that the naturopathic way is clearly based on scientifically determinable nerve endings [...]";

so, a science claim, of a kind, as usual, from naturopathy.  And I got AK in ND school, which claimed upon such "health science", yet AK is a fake diagnostic.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Another Naturopathic Senseless Tragedy: California Woman Dies When ND Allegedly Administers IV Tumeric

here, a tragic example of naturopathic clinical harm:

001. reports in "Tumeric Solution Through IV To Blame, in Part, For Women's Death: ME" (2016-03-24):

"a popular spice and supplement known for its healing properties is responsible, in part, for the death of a San Diego-area woman, the medical examiner's office has ruled.  Jade Erick, 30, passed away on March 16 after she took a tumeric solution through an IV, leading to a heart attack, according to the ME's office. The full autopsy has not been completed yet. Friends and family, mourning the loss of their loved one, say Erick was a beautiful woman with an infectious personality. The ME's office has ruled her death an accident. The Indian spice is used by naturopathic doctors as a supplement to treat things like arthritis [...]";

nonsense leading to tragedy. 

002. the American Council on Science and Health writes in "A Naturopath's Human Experiment Ends In Death" (2017-03-23):

"it is one thing for a naturopath to push turmeric, the latest fad in fancy snake oils, as a cure all for everything from your bad sex life to diabetes [...] it is another thing entirely for naturopaths to hook a healthy person up to an IV and pump turmeric into their veins.  That is, unfortunately, what happened to Jade Erick, a 30 year-old woman who is dead because she opted for 'holistic health' to treat her eczema [...] the San Diego County Medical Examiner [...] ruled that the cause of her death was 'anoxic encephalopathy due to prolonged resuscitated cardiopulmonary arrest due to adverse reaction to infused turmeric solution' [...] Mark Stengler, a naturopath, was interviewed regarding the use of IV turmeric in naturopathic practices. He said, 'there are some doctors who use turmeric extract in IV form to try and heighten the physiological effects, so the anti-inflammatory effects of the turmeric [...] it hasn’t been well studied. It’s more theoretical, so it’s more investigational' [...] investigational? The definition of investigational is 'a drug or medical procedure that is not approved for general use but is under investigation in clinical trials regarding its safety and efficacy' [...] or, something that you can get at a quack clinic in Encinitas [...] why are naturopaths able to perform investigational procedures (otherwise known as experiments) on people? [...] it's no news that naturopaths don't play by the same rules as physicians and don't have the same oversight [...] if you swallow snake venom, you'll be fine. But, if you get bit by a snake - your dead. And, the fact that naturopaths can't understand the difference between these two means that they are not qualified to put a band aid on someone, let alone treat people for disease. The Medical Examiner is calling Erick’s death an accident, although it is still being investigated. How many needless deaths will it take to stop naturopaths from being allowed to kill people? [...]";


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Changelog 2017-03-21 and ND Video

here, I summarize recent additions to my public naturopathy database.  I also link to an ND's video each changelog, quote from, and tag the video in some detail:

[Mission emphasis: I do this continuous exercise to expose the inherent fraud that naturopathy is logically, academically, commercially, legislatively / politically and clinically.  Hugely misleading category labels such as "science based" and "evidence based" "nonsectarian" are being placed upon what truly is science-exterior and even more so disproven sectarian / quack nonsense!  Then, the largest of betrayals toward the public occurs with highly orchestrated '.gov' endorsements of naturopaths as "licensed" and "professional."  Beware, the naturopathic licensed falsehood racket marches on!]

001. added:

the vitalism [science-ejected subset naturopathy] claims of:

the AANMC;

NDs Babin & Lapointe;
ND Barbiero;
ND Barlow, B.;
NDs Barlow, R. & Zamecki;

NDs Jaswal & Yu;
ND Jensen;

Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine;

ND Nelson;

Monday, March 20, 2017

Center for Inquiry at the UN 2017: the True Role of the State is "to Protect Freedom of Conscience"

here, a reiteration of one of the founding principles of the United States of America, at the United Nations, as presented by the Center for Inquiry's Michael De Dora:

001. CFI's Michael De Dora is featured in the brief video "Beliefs, Individuals, and Rights: Center for Inquiry at the UN Human Rights Council" at YouTube (2017-03-13):

"[from the description] at the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, the Center for Inquiry's representative Michael De Dora discusses the rights given to beliefs over individuals, and states, 'the role of the state is not to protect beliefs; it is to protect freedom of conscience' [...and from the video] Mr. President, various special repertoires [?] this session have articulated and illustrated an important point regarding human rights.  Religions, convictions and beliefs are not rights-holders, individuals are.  Not all states accept this position, which was made evident during an interactive dialog when a distinguished state representative asked 'is it possible to separate the two?'  For human rights to survive, it must be.  Individuals and beliefs are distinct objects.  Beliefs are the result of a complex interaction between an individual and the world around them.  Over the course of their lives, individuals change their beliefs often, yet they do not fundamentally change because their beliefs have changed.  In fact, beliefs cannot be rights-holders.  How could an intangible concept which could not appear before a court of law or a jury of its peers to explain or defend itself hold a right equal to that of a living, breathing person?  How could this possibly allow for a coherent system of law?   Which beliefs deserve rights, and which to not?   Is there a universally agreed upon list of beliefs which deserve protection?  Shall only religious beliefs receive protection?  If so, which ones?  And what of the beliefs of religious dissidents, and atheists?  The true role of the state is not to protect beliefs, it is to protect freedom of conscience, including the rights to freedom of religion, belief and expression.  We urge states to recognize these central truths.  Thank you."

hear, hear.  Some interesting body language in the video, and eyeballing in response!