Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Trove of Naturopathic Science-Ejected Thought - Hoyt, F.W. (ND NCNM)

here, I cite from the web pages of ND Hoyt regarding, particularly, naturopathy's science-ejected vitalism premise [see 001., below]:

001. Hoyt, F.W. (ND NCNM) [for a resume, click here, or here] states:


"naturopathic medicine focuses on the vitalistic tradition of medicine, emphasizing the treatment of disease through the stimulation, enhancement, and support of the inherent healing capacity of the person [IHCP]. Methods of treatments are chosen to work with the patient's vital force [VF], respecting the intelligence of the natural healing process [INHP (a teleological process)…#1] the healing power of nature, vis medicatrix naturae [HPN-VMN...] nature heals through the response of the life force [LF...#3] first do no harm, primum no nocere. Illness is a purposeful [that is, teleological] process of the organism. The process of healing includes the generation of symptoms which are, in fact, an expression of the life force [LF] attempting to heal itself. Therapeutic actions should be complimentary to and synergistic with this healing process [THP]. The physician's actions can support or antagonize the actions of the vis medicatrix naturae [VMN]."

Note: so, the terms that encompass naturopathy's essential vitalistic context include "vitalistic", IHCP, VF, INHP, HPN-VMN, LF, THP.  And this is "in fact."

001.b. in "Principles of Naturopathic Medicine" [vsc 2010-11-03]:

"naturopathic medicine represents the 'vitalistic' tradition of medicine [...] it treats disease through the stimulation, enhancement, and support of the patient's inherent healing capacity [IHC...] powerful and effective treatment modalities are chosen to work with the patient's vital force [VF], respecting the natural healing processes of nature [NHPN...] the following principles make naturopathic medicine different from all other medical approaches: [#1] first do no harm, primum no nocere: illness is a purposeful [teleological] process of the organism. The process of healing includes the generation of symptoms, which are, in fact, an expression of the life force [LF] attempting to heal itself [...] the physician's actions can support or antagonize the actions of the vis mediatrix [sp., 'medicatrix'] naturae -- the healing power of nature [VMN-HPN...#2] the healing power of nature, vis mediatrix [sp., 'medicatrix'] naturae [...] the healing process is ordered and intelligent [teleological]; nature heals through the response of the life force.  The physician's role is to facilitate this process [TP]."

Note: so, the terms that encompass naturopathy's essential vitalistic context include "vitalistic", IHC, VF, NHPN, LF, VMN-HPN, TP.  This is "in fact" again, and "in fact" "powerful and effective."

001.c. in "Frequently Asked Questions" [vsc 2010-11-03]:

"the philosophy of naturopathic medicine: living things have an innate ability to heal themselves.  The human vital force [HVP] promotes self-cleansing, self-repair, and therefore self-healing [...] homeopathic medicine [...] stimulates the patient's vital force to help resolve the disease."

Note: so, the terms that encompass naturopathy's essential vitalistic context include HVF, VF. You can see how wed naturopathy is to homeopathy, sharing the same vitalistic underpinning.

002. vitalism, in the land of scientific literacy, is hugely science-ejected  [I won't even go into their particular 'naturopathic supernaturalism', which is likewise SUPERBLY science-ejected]:

One of my favorite quotes about vitalism goes like this:

"[Richard Dawkins] life is the execution of programs written using a small digital alphabet in a single, universal machine language. This realization was the hammer blow that knocked the last nail in the coffin of vitalism and, by extension, of dualism. The hammer was wielded, with undisguised youthful relish, by James Watson and Francis Crick [p.030...] for me, the greatest achievement of Watson and Crick was to turn genetics from a branch of wet and squishy physiology into a branch of information technology, in the process slaying, as I suggested above, the ghost of vitalism [p.226]."

Note: that is from "The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing" edited by Richard Dawkins (ISBN 0199216800, 2008).

003. so, it's amazing, in this here 2010 [and 14 years from when I was first induced into this stupidity by the naturopathy hierarchy]:

you go to a school labeled science, and you get a bunch of junk you are obligated to by oath that is HUGELY science-ejected.  Naturopathy claims professionalism, but BLATANTLY can't even meet the lower standards of basic fair-commerce.
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