Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Maine Naturopathic Medicine: How to Decode Naturopathy's 'Essential Science-Ejected Vitalism Belief'

here, I cite naturopathy's curt description written into State of Maine law [see 001., below]; and, since that description is SOOOOOO incomplete [to the point of misleading], I then flesh out exactly what it represents FROM WITHIN naturopathy. So, I therefore cite from the clinical practice pages of the chair of the naturopathy board in Maine, who similarly provides an incomplete definition, to further show 'how they do it in Maine' [ see 002.a., below]; but, then her alma mater and the trunk of the naturopathy tree, NCNM, provides a authoritative source for getting to the core premise of naturopathy [see 002.b.] along with sister ND school Bastyr's emeritus president Pizzorno's book "Total Wellness", which is quite an indication of just how supernatural naturopathy's central premise is [see 002.c.]; then, I muse [see 003., below]:

001. the State of Maine states in "Maine Revised Statutes" [vsc 2010-11-22]:

"'naturopathic medicine' means a system of health care for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human health conditions, injuries and diseases that uses education, natural medicines and therapies to support and stimulate the individual's intrinsic self-healing processes [IISHP]."

Note: and that's all you get [coded vitalism].  If taken on face value, this sounds rather mundane.  You would think that this is what it says it is, supporting the physiological processes of the human organism so we can recover from illness or injury.  Wrong -- not for naturopathy, it is not as simple as that.  IISHP is actually a code for a specific sectarian belief, a supernatural belief in an imaginary and science-ejected 'vital force', passed off to the public in quite curt / misleading naturalistic language.

002. Ackerly, S.T. (ND NCNM 1993), chair of the Maine naturopathy board [therefore, a Maine-practicing ND], graduated from NCNM, the trunk of North American naturopathy tree and Rosetta Stone, so to speak, of naturopathy's contents. What does she say?  And comparatively, what does NCNM say?

002.a. well, at her practice home pages, you get coded vitalism:

002.a1. at the homepage [vsc 2010-11-22]:

"Northern Sun Family Health Care provides high-quality, comprehensive naturopathic care and midwifery services to midcoast and southern Maine [...use] complementary therapies that aid the body’s natural ability to heal [BNAH...and this is] nature-based health services."

Note: and that's all you get.  Natural, natural, natural.

002.a2. at her 'definition of naturopathy' page [vsc 2010-11-22], and at her 'why naturopathy' page [vsc 2010-11-22] you get the language:

"the body’s natural healing properties [BNHP]."

Note: and that's all you.....get.  Naturally.

002.b. so, what does NCNM say about IISHP / BNAH / BNHP?  Ah, you get the full monty!  In "Principles of Healing" [vsc 2010-11-06] NCNM states:

"the practice of naturopathic medicine emerges from six principles of healing. These principles are based on the objective observation of the nature of health and disease and are examined continually in light of scientific analysis.  These principles stand as the distinguishing marks of the profession: [#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. The physician’s role is to facilitate and augment this process [...#3] the process of healing includes the generation of symptoms, which are, in fact, expressions of the life force attempting to heal itself."

Note: NCNM sets the 'quality of knowledge' tone for naturopathy here, in absurdly declaring that that which is truly science-ejected somehow [!!!] survives scientific scrutiny.

002.c. ND Pizzorno, the preeminent spokesperson for naturopathy, writes in the book "Total Wellness: Improve Your Health By Understanding the Body’s Healing Systems" (ISBN 0761504338, 1996):

"some important concepts. The healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae). Our bodies have a tremendous ability to heal [...] natural healers refer to this inherent drive as 'the healing power of nature' or the vis medicatrix naturae [...] our underlying healing systems [p.003...] the routes to total wellness. Seven underlying, health-sustaining systems of our body must function effectively to ensure our well-being, prevent disease, and allow a full life [...including] our life-force (or spirit) [thus VFS]. Weakness in any of these seven systems results in susceptibilities that allow most common diseases to develop. Follow the recommendations below, strengthen all of these seven systems, and total wellness is yours [p.024...] live in harmony with your life-force [p.026 ...] live in harmony with the psychosocial/spiritual/life-force [p.317...] prayer's effect on the one who prays are not as mysterious, sharing common ground with the placebo effect. Both give the body's self-healing mechanisms permission to turn on [p.332...] in mind/body medicine, the placebo effect is recognized as a marshaling of our self-healing abilities -- the life-force within each of us, which naturopathic physicians call the vis medicatrix naturae [...] it is increased awareness of and access to this teleological force, the healer within, that is the essence of each of us [p.333...] life force. See spiritual system [p.410]."

Note: I think here I've show how naturopaths use naturalistic language to camouflage a supernaturalistic belief.  This is what I mean by exposure of naturopathy "from the inside".  What is in Maine law curtly IISHP, and Maine clinical practice BHAH or BNHP, at the mother ship, is vitalism in full regalia.  Why don't they tell us this, in law and on their commercial pages? [I muse on this below, at 004.]

003. musing:

Why doesn't naturopathy tell us HPN's actual context transparently? 

Why is naturopathy's 'essential science-ejected vitalism belief' hidden: 

a) by the Maine legislative language;

b) by the naturopathy syndicate overall, usually?

Regarding a), well because people are lazy, I'll muse, and therein easily manipulated, including legislators.

Regarding b), well, trading on false naturalistic pretenses is naturopathy's M.O.
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