Thursday, March 5, 2009

Bastyr University's 1986 Vegetarian Times Ad -- 23 Years (& Counting) of Naturopathic Pseudoscience:

here, I cite naturopathy's 'self-labeling as science' [see 001., below]; and then point out that naturopathy is self-defined preponderantly as centered around vitalism & supernaturalism [see 002. below]; and finally, I link to what science says preponderantly about vitalism & supernaturalism [see 003., below]:

001. Vegetarian Times (1986-09; p.109) has this Bastyr University ad, stating:

"Bastyr University is an internationally recognized independent university of natural health sciences [...per] the science of nature [...including their degree program in] naturopathic medicine."

Note: this 23 year-old statement is viewable now through books.google.com. I suggest the search > bastyr science date:1986-1986 <, specifying magazines. 12 years later, I began naturopathy school at the University of Bridgeport, particularly due to their labeling of their naturopathy doctorate as nonsectarian "health science."


002. the Federation of Naturopathic Physician Licensing Authorities states in "The Philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine" :

"six principles of healing form the foundation for naturopathic medical practice: [#1] the healing power of nature. Vis medicatrix naturae. The body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health. The healing process is ordered and intelligent; nature heals through the response of the life force [...] methods of treatments are chosen to work with the patient's vital force, respecting the intelligence of the natural healing process [...] symptoms [...] in fact [are] an expression of the life force attempting to heal itself [...] causes may occur on many levels including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual [...] the physician must also make a commitment to his/her personal and spiritual development in order to be a good teacher [...] the whole organism [...is] a complex interaction of physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors."

Note: the vitalistic and supernatural foundations / essential premises of naturopathy.

003. meanwhile:

vitalism is SERIOUSLY science-ejected;

supernaturalism is SERIOUSLY science-ejected.
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