Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Problem With Naturopaths' Explanations: Opacity, Distortion, Disparagement & ND Zimmer

here, look at how bad naturopaths are at explaining naturopathy while disparaging mainstream medicine :

001. at, we're told in "Dr. Britta Zimmer, Common Questions, Naturopathic Doctor Difference"
" I understand you are a naturopathic doctor.  How is that different from an MD? [...the ND] I understand that there's a lot of confusion out there  [...yet her title on the video is] medical director [...]";

well, that's a little confusing.  Medical school is not naturopathic school.  So why the conflation?  That's CONFUSING.  And it obviously benefits naturopathy.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Kansas's "Impermissible Practices" Includes Naturopathy, and Kansas Licenses Naturopathy

here, quite a contradiction:

001. at, the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts:

001.a. assures on their home page:

"the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts [...] is the licensing and regulatory Board for many health care providers in Kansas [...] mission statement: safeguard the public through licensure, education and discipline of those who practice the healing arts in Kansas [...] we license and regulate 16 different health care professions [...including] doctors of naturopathic medicine (N.D.) [...] the Board affirms that safeguarding the public is their primary responsibility"; 

so, permission.  And the public trust...supposedly. 

001.b. has up the document "Kansas State Board of Healing Arts Index of Guidance Documents" (2016 archived), with 'naturop' in the document at least 33 times, which states:

"evidenced based professional practice is the conscientious and judicious use of current best evidence, integrating clinical proficiency and judgment with external clinical evidence derived from systematic research. Research should be based upon the science of the profession and reported in learned publications [...] a licensee should possess and be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the scientific knowledge connected with any service the licensee offers or uses in professional practice [...]";

so evidence, and science science science.  And yet naturopathy's completely DON'T accede that naturopathy's component therapy homeopathy is science-ejected.  It's a basic understanding that naturopaths to not accede.

"impermissible practices include quackery, treatments not based upon scientific principles, experimental treatments not pursued within these guidelines, and the use of a drug or medical device that cannot be lawfully marketed in the United States without the approval of the Food and Drug Administration when such approval has not been granted [...] the Board has previously disciplined licensees for the use of the treatments listed below because licensees either deviated from the standard of care of the profession, or they did not have sufficient scientific proof of the efficacy of the treatment [...] 'quackery' - includes questionable, deceptive, fraudulent practices, or those based on unproven theories but not complying with these guidelines [...] some statements often used to promote quackery include [...] treatment based on unproven theory [...] promoters of the treatment attack the medical or other established professions";

so, WOW.  Sounds like naturopathy's constituent 'modalities', like homeopathy.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

California's DCA "Naturopathic Medicine Committee" Meeting Video 2017-05-15 & Hypocrisy

here, the boring veneer upon the consumer exploiting:

001. first, there's a California Department of Consumer Affairs 3-hour-long YouTube video "Naturopathic Medicine Committee Meeting - May 15, 2017" [saved 2017-06-18]:

[I haven't watched this but I have read its agenda]

Saturday, June 17, 2017

"Naturopaths are Taught Pseudosciences":

here, I excerpt:

001. at, in "Letter: Naturopath Bill is Irresponsible" (2017-06-15), we're told:

"both the Oregon House and Senate have passed Senate Bill 856, granting naturopaths many of the powers of scientifically trained medical doctors and osteopathic doctors [...] naturopaths are taught pseudoscience like homeopathy [...] per Wikipedia, the ideology and methods of naturopathy are based on vitalism and folk medicine, rather than evidence-based medicine";

it's actually worse than this language: naturopaths are taught and are obligated to falsely presenting such things as homeopathy as "science-based."  

"naturopaths do not do residencies upon graduation. Most have never practiced in a hospital or specialty clinic. Yet SB 856 gives naturopaths the authority to make critical decisions on serious health matters [...] naturopathic practitioners generally recommend against modern medical practices, including but not limited to medical testing, drugs, vaccinations, and surgery. It was a mistake to put the public at risk by giving naturopaths authority to make medical judgments they are not properly educated and trained to make";

sadly yes.  And the essence of naturopathy's knowledge and thinking are quite mistaken.