Senate Declares ‘Naturopathic Medicine Week’

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.

25 comments on this post.
  1. theschwa:

    So will Obamacare now cover my costly audits at my local CoS?

  2. Doubting Thomas:

    Oh fuck. It’s bad enough when real doctors can’t tell you what’s wrong with you, but when the crackpots chime in with all the crap they swear will cure you, you just want to smack them.

  3. jeffwoodhead:

    The “New England Journal of Homeopathy” would have to basically be a bunch of blank pages, right?

  4. Gregory in Seattle:

    Why not? The Senate has been engaging in naturopathic leadership for almost 20 years.

  5. zero6ix:

    I don’t know why these homeopaths get so angry when no one takes them seriously. The less serious we take their claims, the more powerful they should become, right? Or did we not shake the jar properly?

  6. Gregory in Seattle:

    Meanwhile…. Homeopathy can’t cure erectile dysfunction’ .

    You would think this, alone, would make the Senate rescind its proclamation.

  7. Pieter B, FCD:

    It’s as if the naturopaths want medicine here to go the way of China under Mao, with themselves as the barefoot doctors.

  8. Michael Heath:

    American Association of Naturopathic Physicians put out a statement:

    . . . the important role naturopathic medicine plays in effectively addressing the nation’s health care needs . . .

    Cite requested.

  9. zero6ix:

    @8

    It is in five books, each over 1,000 pages long, and divided up between seven different paragraphs

  10. alanuk:

    Don’t blame me. I didn’t vote for them.

    You did though.

  11. CaitieCat:

    @3: The “New England Journal of Homeopathy” would have to basically be a bunch of blank pages, right?

    Well, almost. They take their desktop publishing programme, and write out the scientifically provable parts of homeopathy (a couple of pages on the placebo effect). Then they use an algorithm that spreads out the letters of the explanation randomly into a 700-page tome, in no particular order.

  12. Modusoperandi:

    A whole week? Clearly the senate is in the pocket of Big Herb.

  13. freemage:

    alanuk: Unless you didn’t vote at all, a unanimous vote means that both parties were responsible for this travesty. In an era when a symbolic vote honoring mothers on Mother’s Day failed because of GOP obstructionism, this is significant.

    That said, it’s fair to note that the Senator specifically responsible for this drek is a Democrat–Sen. Mikulski, Barbara A. [D-MD] is listed as the sole sponsor of the bill.

  14. bushrat:

    Naturopathy…faith healing for hippies.

  15. democommie:

    Does this mean that the House and Senate will be eschewing their traditional medical coverage?

  16. otrame:

    This shit pisses me the fuck off.

  17. alanuk:

    These jokers got elected because Americans voted for them. I am not an American.

  18. Sastra:

    Same here. I wonder how many of the Senators actually know what Naturopathy is? I think the general public tends to equate it with the benign use of natural home remedies like rubbing a bit of aloe vera on a cut or sipping peppermint tea for a tummy ache — along with proper nutrition, exercise, and giving up smoking, of course. Regular medicine wouldn’t include that.

  19. neuroturtle:

    Come on, Mikulski. You’re Senator to a state with a HUGE percentage of the population involved in medicine and medical research, and you sponsor this crap?

  20. colnago80:

    Re neuroturtle @ #16

    Ole Barbs is not the sharpest knife in the draw, although in fairness, in comparison with James Inhofe, she looks like a genius.

  21. grumpyoldfart:

    Even when their kids start dying they’ll still swear by naturopathy. What’s a few sprogs here and there when you’re a brave little naturopath battling against the the mean old proper doctors.

  22. Brain Hertz:

    Well, almost. They take their desktop publishing programme, and write out the scientifically provable parts of homeopathy (a couple of pages on the placebo effect). Then they use an algorithm that spreads out the letters of the explanation randomly into a 700-page tome, in no particular order.

    Wouldn’t it be more effective if they deleted everything except for every millionth letter?

  23. democommie:

    The only way I can think of to absorb the knowledge from that book is to put it in a missiles nose cone and shoot it into the sun.

  24. thebookofdave:

    @jeffwoodhead #3

    The “New England Journal of Homeopathy” would have to basically be a bunch of blank pages, right?

    Pretty much. It is actually filled with articles from the New England Journal of Medicine, finely shredded and mixed thoroughly with 100x its mass in shredded blank paper. A portion is removed and the process repeated with fresh shredded paper, through ten stages of dilution. For more in-depth content, the process is extended to 20c.

  25. maddog1129:

    Not sure if they even have one out of three. Not all quack treatments are “affordable,” and since all of it is money down the drain, not sure that qualifies.

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