Dave Gorski reports the disturbing fact that the U.S. Senate has declared the second week of October to be Naturopathic Medicine Week in order to “recognize the value of naturopathic medicine in providing safe, effective, and affordable health care.” His reaction:
Well, one out of three ain’t bad, I suppose. Naturopathy is probably affordable (most of the time, anyway), but safe and effective? Not so much. Of course, it’s just a Senate resolution, allegedly passed unanimously; so it’s not as though it has the force of law or anything, but—wouldn’t you know it?—naturopaths are going nuts over it. Indeed, I first learned of this resolution, apparently passed the evening of September 10, at that wretched hive of scum and quackery, The Huffington Post, in an article by a naturopath named Amy Rothenberg who blogs over there entitled “U.S. Senate Passes Resolution for Naturopathic Medicine Week“. Rothenberg, apparently, is President of the Massachusetts Society of Naturopathic Doctors and a Board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Hilariously, she edited a journal entitled the New England Journal of Homeopathy. I guess it’s just like the New England Journal of Medicine, only without all that pesky science.
The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians put out a statement:
Passage of this resolution is an historic achievement for naturopathic medicine. The Congress has now officially recognized the important role naturopathic medicine plays in effectively addressing the nation’s health care needs as well as in addressing the increasingly severe shortage of primary care physicians.
Yeah, if we don’t have enough doctors doing real medicine, let’s get a bunch more quacks to do “ear candling” and Reiki therapy to rid the body of “toxins” and “restore the body’s balance” — it’s a chakra thing, you wouldn’t understand — and make sure our bodies are “vibrating” at the right “frequency.” That’ll work.