Today is the first day

Originally published at the normality factor. You can comment here or there.

I got my first shipment of schoolbooks today.

I haven’t gotten my first course yet, but I did get my schoolbooks.

Of course, I’m already reading them.

A few days ago, I’d gotten a wild hair to start writing for Suite101 again.  It’s nice work, if a little boring, but it’s a great chance to research specific topics.  I focused mainly on herbs and natural methods.  I’ll probably start that up again sometime soon, but first, I’m still struggling with another topic of rage – or at least a topic of intense irritation.

I know that training to practice as a naturopath is my calling, and that to be a healer and physician is the perfect profession for me.  I also know that I never went into allopathic medicine because the evidence piled up from a young age that those people are nuts, wrong, and dangerous, but that they win by “majority” – their consensus of what the medical profession is supposed to be wins and stands in the face of the overwhelming proof that 95% of what they do causes more harm than good, in direct violation of the Hippocratic Oath – “First, do not harm.”

But, naturopathy is kind of behind the curve when it comes to “proving” itself out because most researchers who want to study naturopathic methods are using allopathic models – and that’s like trying to measure the amount of orange juice contained in a single apple.  So, the studies come out – muscle testing is bunk, feverfew has no discernible affect on migraines, Essiac might relieve chemo symptoms but it doesn’t actually help the cancer – and we’re left looking back at literally thousands of years of clinical records, saying, “Well, hell – does that mean all those people in the past are wrong, or does it mean that these punks in the labs are wrong?”

The answer is obvious, of course, but the onus to defend ourselves from “young upstarts” (historically speaking) is both annoying and disappointing – and sometimes even dangerous because those young upstarts are the ones making the laws that can endanger our livelihoods.

Yes, I’ve been on this rant before – and I’ll probably go over it again.  It was specifically triggered by a little research into Applied Kinesiology (muscle testing).  I was thoroughly troubled equally by the lack of scientific or non-marketing presentation from the AK sources as I was by the irrational dismissive attitude of the quack-watch sites.  It’s a similar problem that I have with EFT sites: the technique is absolutely mind-blowing and amazing and effective, but SO MANY sites and resources work SO HARD to sell you on it that it’s easy to dismiss it as bunk.

A similar problem exists with almost every other type of non-allopathic modality or new “natural” treatment.  This Miracle Mineral Supplement thing by Humble concerns me.  People are buying ito it, I even have the book on it (though I haven’t had a chance to read it yet), but immediately I am suspicious and wary because it violates every single major rule of credibility: it claims to be something of a “cure-all”, most of the supporting evidence comes from patient testimonials, and nearly all of the various sites discussing it are owned by the same guy (or a small group of people).

For all I know, it could be the answer to several ills, but the appearance of credibility is at least as, if not more, important as the material evidence to back up the validity of the original claim.  If you’re walking down the street, and some shady character in an alleyway calls you over and offers to sell you the cure for cancer for $40 while furtively glancing over his shoulder, are you really going to buy it from him?

More later.  I’m going to go put pants on and go back to reading my school books.  <3

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