Friday, February 24, 2006

 

[in process]

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"freedom is what you do with what's been done to you" - J.P. Sartre.
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I recognize that there are few who will find the language I've chosen as all that comfortable:.
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[what's in orange I've somewhat now described:
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epistemic conflation, fiduciary duty, academic duty, scientific medicine, national science standards, sectarian, non-sectarian / nonsectarian, evasive, misleading, manipulative, exploiting, direct, transparent, honest, socially responsible, spiritual development, non-spiritual / nonspiritual, mystical, confabulating, oxymoronic, practical, parsimonious, rational, logical, antique, modern, nonvitalistic / non-vitalistic, naturalistic, vital-force-spirit (VFS), supernatural, secular, animatistic New Age pantheism, otherworldly, doctrine, dogma, a priori, a posteriori, conflating, delineating, non-rigor, high rigor, mental, belief, conjecture, teleological, immateriocentric, sensuous, physicalistic, evidence, causalistic, materiocentric];
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(Perhaps an explanation: in weighing the prosaic unwieldiness of converting all to vernacular -- wherein phrases and sentences replace terse polysyllabic Romano-Hellenic language -- I err on the side of specificity and brief 'mouthfulness.' Yet, and though, trying to be as semantically specific as possible, I feel I must roughly flesh-out what I mean -- here. I tend to enjoy terminology as a functional tool, but it's only useful if it's explained adequately. Otherwise, it's just an impediment. Simultaneously, naturopathic concepts are essentially of 'desiccated fuzzy-wuzzy woo-woo doctrine,' blather of the mystical etherworld that one may delusionally entertain after having evaporated all intelligence from a brain...while pretending to be coherent and MOIST;).
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First, the title "the epistemic conflation of a school of thought claiming to be scientific" is as 'to the matter' as I can get. And, since science is an epistemic delineation, I'm explicitely indicating misrepresentation. For those who have no idea what this title summates, please read on. Recent polls indicate that our society is extremely science illiterate, and I think often people are deferent to complicated, unfamiliar language of any type, particularly the scientific or philosophical. Second, 'mouthfulness' as I call it, and abstraction, are not automatic signs of intellectual soundness. So, you will be the judge in this matter, ultimately. There is no special academic background necessary to understand my point -- it is rather pedestrian, in the end, and rather obvious once a few facets are illuminated. Third and nowadays, the naturopathic (non)intellectual field of debris is so easy to sift through that I can't help saying "duh" to myself. That's some kind of acquired expertise: I'd say that I've spent roughly ten years of my life preparing for, going to school for, and further researching "naturopathy." And I don't plan to stop. I find the specific kind of lie that naturopathy embodies to be fascinating. I regard this blogging as a mapping of a minefield -- and it would be a shame for others to be induced toward trekking this same exploitative hazard. Advice: it's rather easy {or the most difficult thing ever} to defend yourself from becoming "a swine at the trough of naturopathic ideology," as I call it; in the end, strategically -- don't stop thinking, don't be gullible, be good. And remember, as the old maps warned, when considering naturopathy and other sCAMs -- 'there be monsters here.'

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I. vocabulary and concepts:

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epistemic conflation:

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(click here, http://epistemicconflation.blogspot.com)

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fiduciary duty:

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[roughly] client must come before personal gain or agenda; especially for healthcare, wherein people are exceptionally vulnerable;

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(one definition) (another);

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[Donnell, R.W. (MD ?) states: “[concerning] the invasion of pseudoscience into mainstream medicine [...per the] unscientific health methods under the rubric of ‘complementary and alternative medicine’ […] it is a violation of fiduciary duty to betray patients' expectations by offering or promoting scientifically unsound treatments. Medicine has devolved away from rigorous standards of science”; (“Roundtable Discussion: What Are the "Top 3" Changes Needed to Improve US Healthcare?” Medscape Med Students, 2006;8(2); click here, for the whole article http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/546795 or specifically here for the section http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/546795_3 {registration is free})].

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academic duty:

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in my view, a higher education institution must responsibly weigh the necessity of academic freedom and their obligation toward academic duty; they are not just a business, there are higher 'educational ethics' obligations;
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(here yahoo) (here google) (here msn)
(here per University of Washington School of Medicine's 'Ethics in Medicine');

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'animatistic New Age pantheism':
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'the naturopathic New Age animism-animatism-patheism-vitalism' continuum mannerism and agenda; what I call ANAP, to play off the naturopathic national org. AANP - animatistic New Age pantheism; not perfect as an acronym but so what; and usually I'll say VFS [vital-force-spirit] for short.
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I have to admit that the label "vitalism" per VFS is not satisfying enough as a descriptor for naturopathic belief --- no single term alone is, because there is some variety to naturopathic VFS -- i.e. VFS is not merely confined to living bodies, in naturopathy...the inanimate is also VFS imbued...and sometimes the VFS is generic, sometimes unique, sometimes tied to a pantheistic world religion.
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Therefore, we have:
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animism - per individual spirit types
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animatism - per generic spirit type, like metaphysical Euros
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pantheism - when, particurly, Hindu prana and the like is invoked
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Yet, I don't think animism, animatism, and pantheism can be uncoupled, and specifically when in regards to the living it's 'vitalistic' but also in regards to the inanimate and as a cosmic worldview it becomes pantheism, animism-animatism, in my view.
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Also, in regards to manipulating spirit forces -- this is a non-no in Christianity. The idea I think is that mortals are easily misled (!) by immortal types, and particularly by the Lucifer types (!). Christian apologetics, which I find an interesting 'other body of criticism of CAM,' across the Christianity spectrum, warn of this. But, manipulating your own VFS or the VFS of others is what naturopathy's umbrella therapies are all about -- and budging the supernatural is rather Godly, in my view. But, don't distress, and as I was taught in naturopathy school, you have God-like divinity, you have superpowers, VFS manipulation is accomplished by harnessing the "God power within," which is also everywhere i.e. prana. So, pantheism is requisitely in the mix -- as Ayurveda prana as pantheism has become a requirement at Bastyr; while, TCM qi as animatism and Homeopathy dynamis and vital life principle as animism have a longer lineage of being required in the moder (!) naturopathy curriculum. Though pantheism itself is a mix, and that's one reason why Ayurveda has flourished in naturopathic curricula -- Hinduism is quite a conglomeration, as is naturopathy. I can't see how VFS is compatible with Western Judeo-Christian transcendent supernaturalism monotheism idealism, wherein there is the secular and the supernatural; it is immanent pre-Enlightenment nonsecular nondelineated nature-is-supernatural pantheistic all contains God-power idealism. It's a rather fascinating soup, which obviously exists outside of science and what science supports. It's like a soup made from EVERYBODY'S leftovers on the block. Because naturopathy BLENDS. And calls it all scientific, science-based, and nonsectarian..."the horror, the horror."
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"this is not a contract"
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['we have no obligations to you or society'; 'citizen, give us your money, time, effort and it's up to us to later decide what (and if) you'll get something in return'; 'even if we describe ourselves in a certain way to get you here (inducement), it's all up in the air (expressed unfair trade)' -- quite an ideology in-itself]:
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from the UBCNM catalog describing their ND program's obligations, also read by a UB lawyer at a deposition; they construct or project a relationship with their students which is even lower than the ethical relationship or obligation standard of 'business' or trade; this sounds like a complete stripping away of a citizens' basic contractual civil rights, that I thought are intractable -- a right to some kine of basic parity in agreements; so, I feel, if you engage in their program as a student you have permitted yourself to take part in quite a unique kind of abridgement of your rights: an ethics-less[lower than trade commerce rights], unprofessional [well below the fiduciary and academic duty standards of regular medical school], non-parity [i.e., in essence they're saying 'for this relationship, there are special rules: we must have all the marbles, lets play marbles, but first give me all your marbles, I will now lend you marbles and you can pretend you can win some but remember that when I treat you unjustly during the game and when the game ends, all the marbles were mine to begin with so you can't complain that the game in the ends leaves you with nothing'; that is, 'you have no civil rights per fair trade' up-front, 'we can do whatever we want at any time'] (shouldn't a higher education institution such as a 'medical school' at a university be held to actual institutional 'fiduciary duty' stringency!? well above mere 'fair trade' standards, which they are BELOW -- obviously);
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"prophets facing backward" [with respects to Meera Nanda's work]:
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etymologically Greek, pro- is forward and -phetes is to speak; to basically speak of what is to come; naturopathy calls themselves 'future-medicine' and a NEW paradigm[model], but since science is where it is NOW and their project isn't based upon new SCIENTIFIC findings but instead is all about the UNLIMITATION of science, essentially naturopathy and CAM in general is all about a REVERSION to a pre-modern worldview and what once was scientific but is now science discarded; if anything, the idealistic [including the vitalistic and supernatural] and metaphysical have intractibly diverged from what is now the scientific and the science-based; to create explanations and models of the world NOT based upon a parsimonious interpretation of the data [or even moreso in the case of naturo., TO NOT HAVE ANY DATA and still make 'scientific' statements and create 'scientific' explanations], in other words, explanations "not ascribed by the data" to quote physicist Victor Stenger, is quite ARCHAIC;
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II. future topics:
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a) the handmaiden of naturopathy / naturopathic medicine's vitalism, animatism-animism-pantheism, metaphysical-holism New Age syncretism etc. : teleology.
[excellent example -- Lange, A. (ND Bastyr) here, archived here 2002]);
also, see "The Textbook of Natural Medicine" 3rd ed. (p.390)]
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aa) "natural medicine, supernatural obiligations."
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b) science texts that do not contain vitalism, teleology, metaphysical holism, or animism-animatism-pantheism;
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c) naturopathic 'epistemic fraudulence' through 'epistemic unificationism,' and its relation to academic and clinical fiduciary duty: the mannerisms and accreditation status of naturopathic programs as indicative of an ethical sickness within higher education;
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d) the concept of academic duty and its overall breach by regionally & Federally accredited , State and Province sanctioned North American naturopathy / naturopathic medicine programs (and who is involved).
[regulatory and academic entities in relation to present-day "graduate-level" naturopathy: who failed as gatekeepers as concerns this education fraud];
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e) who has been informed: State of CT AGO, State agencies, Fed. Dept. Ed., Fed. agencies, NEASC, UB (its President, lawyers); AND this paper was submitted to the AANP 2006 but they don't seem to think it's good(good); and the Journal of Family Practice, but they say its confusing(good) and I deferred summarizing it;
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f) the naturopathic hijacking of physics - pseudoscience per working outside your discipline's expertise: why the 'support' misappropriated / manipulated from a) quantum mechanical theory toward 'CAM quantum mysticism immaterialism idealism' is a form of wayward mechanistic-reductionist-physicalistic-monistic thinking (an oxymorony by those purporting nonmechanistic-immaterialistic-'holism'-dualism), b) thermodynamics' 2nd law toward 'evolution proves life life is vitalistic and teleological and therefore defines natural law by defying the second law of thermodynamics' ["Textbook of Natural Medicine" 3rd ed.: i) p. 81-82 "life's antientropic quality"; ii) p.81 "the third argument in favor of a vitalistic view of life is evolution"] (ha ha ha, this pseudoscience is so bad you can't help but WINCE);
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g) the future Australian higher ed. scandal, the Bachelors in [Applied] Health Science - Naturopathy; the future American higher ed. scandal, 'Naturopathy and its Kindred Delusions' (CAM / pseudoscience 'science' degrees);
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h) the future "Elsevier Science Health Science" publishing division's scandal: how their "Textbook of Natural Medicine" 3rd ed. 2005 is naturopathic pseudoscience;
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i) 'how this has sickened me, how this still sickens me.'
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j) how 'ethically,' paying back student loans towards this whole naturopathic fraud is like paying war reparations TO the war criminals -- i.e. getting a bill for room and board for internment in Auschwitz -- ethically indefensible, ethically untenable.
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k) when a body and mind (here, here), are a bodymindspirit (here, here);
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"and I can't go on...so I'll go on."

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