Tuesday, January 16, 2018

If You Can: Australian Skeptics Fundraising Campaign for Britt Hermes

here, a means of aiding the legal fund of a skeptic being apparently legally chilled:

001. at skeptics.com.au, the page "Fundraising Campaign for Britt Hermes" (2018-01-13) tells us:

"you may be aware that Britt Hermes [...] an American former naturopath who has spent much time and effort lately in campaigning against naturopathic practice [...and] a noted skeptical campaigner, has been taken to court in Germany by US-based naturopath ‘Dr’ Colleen Huber, claiming that Britt has defamed her [...]";

I think we're going to see another example of the Streisand Effect here.  'Naturopathic oncology', two of the scariest words in any language.

"we are concerned [...] the case may have the effect of silencing [as in chill] a major campaigner against unproven and disproven ‘medical’ practices through the imposition of considerable legal costs [..so] Australian Skeptics Inc is managing a fundraising campaign to assist Britt in her current legal action [...] a defense of a leading campaigner in an area that most skeptics would regard as pseudoscience and pseudomedicine [...] if you would like to support Britt, please go to the donations page to make your donation [which is via PayPal and kind...and] should more funds be collected than required to cover Britt’s costs, they will be held for a period of up to 12 months to ensure the legal risk to Britt has passed, after which they will be donated to Sense About Science or be put into a generalized Skeptics legal defense fund [...]";

good stuff, I you can manage to give. Here's a strange fact about me: in my liberal studies during my B.A., I actually studied enough Australian Film and Literature to nominally have enough credits or almost have enough credits for essentially a minor in area.  Like "Picnic and Hanging Rock" and "The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith."

Saturday, January 13, 2018

CSICON 2017 Britt Hermes Presentation Now Up at YouTube

here, a link to a former-ND's critical and warning lecture: 

001. at the YouTube account Center for Inquiry, there's "The Bloody Work of 'Naturopathic Doctors'" (uploaded 2018-01-12):

[tags: #formerND #criticism #BrittHermes #CSICON2017 #CFI]
"[the description tells us] Britt Hermes is a writer, scientist, and former naturopathic doctor. She practiced as a licensed naturopath in the United States for three years and then left the profession after realizing naturopathy is a pseudoscientific ideology. She now writes to expose issues with naturopathy, the current rising profession in alternative medicine. Britt’s writings can be found at Forbes, Science 2.0, KevinMD, and Science-Based Medicine." 

check it out!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Changelog 2018-01-11 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:

NDs Barlow and Oldberg;

ND Bean;
NDs Blow, Doize, Drake, Mayo,
McQuinn, Walia, Wright;

the International Journal of
Naturopathic Medicine;

ND MacLeod;
MD yes MD Manso;
ND Marcus;
to Appendix B.05.i.d.02.;

ND Mulakaluri; 
to Appendix B.05.i.d.04.; 
ND Wiesner;
ND Willi;
ND Winchester;
ND Zimmerman;

the 'science subset naturopathy' category claims of:

the Association of Accredited 
Naturopathic Medical Colleges;

ND Marcus;
NDs McCarter, McDonald, Niedermeyer;
ND Mudry; 
ND Mulakaluri; 
to Appendix I.05.k.;

ND Racette;
NDs Rau, Vuksinic, Wallace;
ND Rogers;
ND Runde;
NDs Ryan and Wertkin;
to Appendix I.05.n.;

ND Verma-Dzik;
ND Virdee;
to Appendix I.05.p.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Steve Salzberg on Bogus Naturopathy et al. 2018

here, naturopathy and kind honestly appraised:

001. at forbes.com, in "The Bogus Arguments That The Government Uses To Support Quack Medicine" (2018-01-08), Steven Salzberg, the "Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University" writes:

"Chairman Mao would be delighted, if he were alive to see it [...] acupuncture is a scam foisted on the Chinese people by Mao Tse-Tung [...and] he has now got the U.S. government buying into arguments that he used to hoodwink his own people, decades ago [...] the same scam [...] bad medicine [...] snake oil [...] junk science [...] the arguments are all bogus [...e.g,] acupuncture [...] 'battlefield acupuncture' [...] is not only fake but also dangerous, so much so that in 2011 I labelled it the worst quackery of the year [...because] science has shown that acupuncture does not work for anything [...e.g.] doctors in medieval Europe used to bleed their patients, often killing them, in the belief that sickness was caused by 'ill humors' in the blood. Bleeding was popular, but it was a very bad idea. It's not just the VA [...e.g.] today's versions of medieval bleeding include acupuncture, homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, reiki, Ayurveda, healing touch, various 'detox' treatments, and more. Science has figured out that all of these are nonsense, and moved on [...] why is the VA offering [such] quack treatments to veterans? One reason is that these treatments are popular [...] popularity doesn't make something true [...] but it means nothing when we're trying to decide if a medical practice is effective [...] just stop it already. Stop arguing that just because something is popular, it must be true, or at least worth investigating [...] for centuries, most humans believed the Earth was flat, but that didn't turn out to be true, though it was popular. We figured it out and moved on [...]";

hear, hear.  What's interesting is that within the naturopathy cornucopia is: "acupuncture, homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, reiki, Ayurveda, healing touch, various 'detox' treatments, and more."  Aka "quack medicine"...