01. the central premise of naturopathy is of course vitalism, particularly as evidenced by their central textbooks.
002. at naturopathic.org, an internal search for "life force" and "vital force" and "vitalism" reveals...NOTHING. There are no hits! Wow, do they not wish for us to be informed, in order to make informed decisions? But, a synonym does produce 2 hits, "medicatrix":
002.a. in "AANP Awards":
002.b. in "Speakers":
003. so, are they purposely concealing their central concept at this site? Me thinks. Their motto is "physicians who listen", but, do they honestly inform? On their web page "What is Naturopathic Medicine?", which should hit the nail on the head in terms of honest description, we are told:
004. yet, when you go to the BIG consortia statement regarding naturopathy, there's the vitalism overarching all of the supposed profession. Well, actually, you can't go there right now. They've taken that site down. Perhaps it was too honest. But, you can get to it on archive.org:
"the key principle in naturopathic medicine is a major distinguishing element. That first principle is vis medicatrix naturae, 'the healing power of nature', which establishes naturopathic medicine as a vitalistic medicine, a modern inheritor of the vitalistic tradition."
At least paper can't be so easily expunged.