Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bastyr of the "Science-Based" Swallows AOMA of the "Qi Energy Life Force"

here, same old 'naturopathic misrepresentations' of that which is called science but categorically isn't:

001 at facebook.com, we're told by the account "Bastyr University California":
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"welcome AOMA to the Bastyr University community";

and that links to a main BU post:
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Monday, April 24, 2017

AANP's Press Release: "Providing Safe, Effective, and Affordable Health Care" Ruse

here, same old false posture by the AANP:

001. in the press release "The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians to Urge Congressional Support for Insurance Nondiscrimination" (2017-04-23):

"the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) [...] the AANP [...] is working to educate members of Congress about the role licensed Naturopathic Doctors play in providing safe, effective, and affordable health care [...] the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) is the professional association that represents licensed naturopathic physicians [...] learn more at http://www.naturopathic.org [...]";

and when you go to naturopathic.org, you find a categorical science label upon naturopathy while within naturopathy is science-ejected stuff like vitalism and homeopathy.  That's the ruse: how is nonsense falsely posed as sense "safe, effective, and affordable health care"?  It's not even merchantable.

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Colorado RND Bill and What Could That Stand For?

here, since N.D. in skeptical circles means 'not a doctor' for abundant reasons, and a bill in the Colorado legislature proposes that NDs be registered in the state as RND, I muse on what snarky things a skeptic may imagine RND stands for:


001. former-ND Britt Hermes had written at forbes.com in "Naturopathic Doctor Attempts Character Assassination Of Colorado Senator" [2017-04-20]:

"the Colorado senate unanimously passed [...] Senate Bill 106, which [...] continues the registration of naturopathic doctors until 2020 with added restrictions. If the bill succeeds in the House, naturopathic doctors will be required to use the title 'registered naturopathic doctor' or 'R.N.D.' Colorado could become the only state to mark them as different from licensed medical practitioners."

I'm all for that bit of distinction and for much more 'accurate distinguishing' of what NDs truly are, in thought and action.  Of course, this is Colorado still partnering with falsehood, the essence of naturopathy, in the sense of giving approval or vetting of nonsense and fraud.

002. my 3 proposals for what RND could signify:

Retarded Naturalness Dumbassedness;


hmmmm.  Perhaps too much.  Yet, I spent a whole Naturocrit Podcast episode on what I term 'the naturalness fallacy.'

Reconstituted Nocturnal Diarrhea;

too graphic maybe?  But that's what I consider 'naturopathic thought' e.g. "a distinct system that blends..."

Raging Neurologic Deficiencies;

because, come on, look at what they consider to be science-supported.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Deceptively Simplistic Representations of Naturopathy: AP via WABI.tv 5

here, a lazy / b.s. characterization of naturopathy by the Associated Press:

001. in "Maine Naturopaths Rally Behind Bill To Guarantee Insurance" (2017-04-19)[2017 archived] the AP tells us::

"naturopaths in Maine are rallying behind a bill designed to prevent insurers from discriminating against health care providers who are licensed by the state.  Sen. Justin Chenette, a Saco Democrat, submitted the bill on behalf of the Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors [...] the bill will go before the Legislature’s Committee on Insurance and Financial Services on Thursday "; 

lobbying for a special interest group that is fundamentally based upon deceptions. For lawmakers to push this stuff, and for insurers to cover such, is to become a party to such.

"naturopathy’s an alternative medical system that focuses on diet, herbs and vitamins instead of pharmaceuticals [...]";

let me show you something in Maine that belies that characterization: a naturopath that uses pharmaceuticals not INSTEAD but ALONG WITH. 

002. in "Naturopathic Medicine" [2017 archived], Maine NDs Moskowitz and MacDonald list their practice's therapies including:

"pharmaceutical medicine is the use of prescription and/or over-the-counter medications to treat illnesses. Early pharmaceutical medicines were commonly derived from natural substances, like plants, whereas many newer medications are derived in a laboratory setting to create novel drugs. Pharmaceutical medications require animal and human research studies prior to approval by the Food and Drug Administration."

and they even have a "pharmacy manager."  What are we being taken for by AP, idiots?  The naturopathic MO is to pretend to be one specific thing, but truly they are a BLEND.  And that is their ultimate misrepresentation.