Skepchick Quickies 4.17


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. It seems to me that if you have to enforce patriotism with literal arm-twisting by the police then something is broken in your political system.

    Of course, I’m one of those damned liberal pinkos.

  2. “Naturopaths would be required to complete a new certification course before being allowed to prescribe drugs including hormones, vitamins, minerals and amino acids, Kind said.”

    The final exam for the certification should contain the question “Does homeopathy work?”. Anything other than a resounding, unequivocal “NO” means they automatically flunk.

  3. Isn’t it part of the Naturopathic “view of the whole person” that drugs are poison to be avoided? Oh the irony! If a Naturopath writes a perscription for a patient, the patient will think he/she is a quack!
    The infernal beauty of this: patients of Naturopath’s may actually get better from the drugs but attribute it to the woo. sCAM will be able to claim demonstrable success by simply downplaying the role actual medicine plays in their practice. That’s flippin’ brilliant! And diabolical! Hats off to the bastards.

  4. It’s highly ironic that people’s actions are restricted while the words, “Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free,” are heard.

    Reminds me of a brief moment of brilliance from Scott Adams (Dilbert guy) regarding flag burning:

    For me, a flag that I’m NOT allowed to burn is a symbol that the government is too intrusive in my life. And it’s an insult to anyone who died to defend freedom. But that’s just me. You might prefer your symbols of freedom to have as many restrictions as possible.

  5. I blush at BC’s, and for that matter, Canada’s contemporary intellectual decline. It seems that the political frontier of this country is bending over backwards to follow in some of America’s footsteps of recent yore.

    However, the pressure placed on federal and provincial Canadian governments to adopt a vast range of “traditional practices” from all sorts of immigrant groups has been enormous, simply enormous.

    So sad.

  6. Allowing the naturopaths prescription privileges is so bat-shit crazy I can hardly believe doctors and scientists aren’t planning public demonstrations. Some parts of the new BC law regarding expanded responsibilities for nurses seemed fairly level headed however.

    I read another article on the ‘cant use the bathroom during god bless…’, which reported the man was quite drunk, belligerent and yelling profanities which will get anyone tossed out of the ballpark.

  7. @James Fox: I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few ticked-off pharmacists in the crowd too. It’s difficult to sift through the maze of degree programs and accreditations, so it’s hard to tell whether pharmacists (Pharm.D.) or naturopaths (ND) require more medical training. You’d hope that the person writing the prescription has more training. Just wait until a pharmacist refuses, for medical reasons, to fill a prescription from a naturopath. That ought to set off some fireworks.

  8. “Dear owners, My name is Benny 11 years old and I live with my cat and my mom and dad. Please tell me where I can buy one of these pigs please because i have always loved animals and I want to have a farm someday. Thank you. Benny.”

    Someone buy this kid a piggy!

    Hell, someone by me a piggy! (Kingsford – cool name)

    PS – Beaut of a Buprestid beetle, Bug Girl.

  9. @Steve: It was my understanding that getting a ND does not actually involve any graduate work whatsoever. Whereas a Pharm.D. was an actual doctorate type graduate degree that involves medical and science education with the commonly accepted amount of post baccalaureate study.

  10. @SicPreFix:

    Ah, I’ve noticed in hindsight, as it were, that my comment looks rather like I am being some kind of anti-something or other. One of those nasty “isms” or “ists”. My thoughts ran ahead of myself, as it were, and I got out the door and on to work before I realized I hadn’t completed my typing.

    So, I want to clarify. What I had actually said in my head was:

    However, the pressure placed on federal and provincial Canadian governments to adopt a vast range of “traditional practices” from all sorts of immigrant groups has been enormous, simply enormous.

    And it seems to me that by beginning the train of appeasing a few cultural “traditional practice” woos, such as TCM for example (which is absolutely huge in BC), seems to have opened the door to a governmental mindset of appeasing any kind of “other” culture’s cultural woo, so long as there is enough money to be brought in, or votes to be curried.

    You know how it goes: It’s election time folks, so, rationality, reality, and honesty be damned. Bring in the marketing and advertising spider spinners and let’s get it on!

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