Sunday, August 17, 2008

Naturopathy's Essential Vitalism & Spiritism - In Their Own Words (2001; SCNM's Kim, Poorman, Mittman) per ISSN 1533-2101:

so, here we have -- published in a CAM journal, ISSN 1533-2101, currently edited by Susan A. Gaylord, PhD -- naturopathy's luminaries stating their vitalistic, spiritistic, teleological science-ejected obligation / premise that is 'the essentially naturopathic' {falsely labeled as scientific}:

01. in "Naturopathic Medical Education: Where Conventional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine Meet" {here's the abstract; Complementary Health Practice Review, vol. 7, no. 2, 99-109 (2001)}, authors Kim (ND ?), Mittman (ND NCNM, DHANP AANP), and Poorman (PhD ?) -- all, at the time at least, of AANP-FNPLA-AANMC's Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences -- state:

01.a. naturopathy's essential vitalism:

"[naturopathy is] based on a philosophy which acknowledges and encourages patients to actively participate in their health care [...] using a holistic approach [...our] principles of naturopathic medicine [...are] emphasized through a naturopathic physician's training [...and are] the foundation of this distinct health care practice [p.101...#1] first do no harm [...] illness is a purposeful [teleological!] process [...] the process of healing includes the generation of symptoms that are, in fact, expressions of the life force [...] the physician's actions can support or antagonize the actions of [this] vis medicatrix naturae, the healing power of nature [...] naturopathic physician's respect and and work with the vis medicatrix naturae in diagnosis, treatment, and counseling [...the] self-healing process [...#2] the healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae) [...] the healing process is ordered and intelligent [teleological]; nature heals through the response of the life force [...] naturopathic medicine recognizes this healing process [...] the naturopathic physician's role is to facilitate and augment this process [p.102...] the philosophy and principles of naturopathic medicine, introduced in the first week of school, are embedded and interwoven throughout the entire fabric of the program [p.108]";

01.b. naturopathy's essential spiritism-supernaturalism:

"causes may occur on many levels including [...the] spiritual [p.102...] health and disease are conditions of the whole organism [...including the] spiritual [...] since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physician's encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development [...] the physician must also make a commitment to his/her personal and spiritual development [p.103]";

01.c. naturopathy's false overarching 'science claim':

"graduates take national board examinations in both basic and clinical sciences to become licensed as general practice naturopathic doctors [p.100...] naturopathic medicine is a [...] science [...] as primary care practitioners, naturopathic physicians [...] as in other medical schools, [have] a solid foundation [...in] conventional medical sciences [p.101...] the degree of doctor of naturopathic medicine requires four years of graduate level study in the medical sciences at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences [p.104]";

02. meanwhile, upon the preponderance: science does not support vitalism; science does not support supernaturalism; science does not support teleology.

what to take away from all this: they are science-illiterate, and deceptive. And, labeling something what it PROFOUNDLY isn't -- is absurd.
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