here, I cite from a Bastyr ND's Youtube video [see 001., below]; then, from Peterson's College Guide where Bastyr advertises [see 002., below]:
001. Ferguson, T.M. (ND Bastyr 2007) states in "Science Supports Naturopathic Healing" (posted 2008-12-12)] [vsc 2010-12-10]:
"[the video's textual description] Dr. Todd Ferguson on how science and research shows naturopathic methods are effective ways of healing [...from the video itself, narrator] 'are treatments in naturopathic medicine supported by scientific research?' [Ferguson] 'Ah, yeah [..] it sort of depends on how you define science [...] 3000 years of trial and era would be considered, in my mind, science. But I think what you're getting at is more the modern type of science, and yes [...] many naturopathic concepts actually have a lot of research in them [...] yes there is a lot of research if you look in the right place."
[here's the link as a Youtube embed]
Note: science, science, science. Wow, so, this product of Bastyr University states, basically, that knowledge and habits from the prescientific era are INDEED scientific. That is quite generous. It is also quite wrong. Hmmmm: 'the Earth to me seems flat' said the cave man, 'therefore that is as scientific to naturopathy as the actuality that by modern methods we know the Earth to be round [roughly].' Such is naturopaTHICK thought.
002. Peterson's College Guide 2009 [which I consider to be a form of 'false advertisement / commerce inducement'] states in "Bastyr University School of Naturopathy" [vsc 2010-12-11]:
"Bastyr’s fully accredited four- to five-year Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.) program is internationally renowned for its rigorous, science-based curriculum [...] a distinct multidisciplinary, science-based approach [...] students receive a thorough foundation in the basic medical sciences [...] basic science studies [...] the field of natural health sciences [...] scientifically trained naturopathic physicians [...] science major-level chemistry [...] science major-level biology [...] with an emphasis on understanding the mind, body, spirit, and nature."
Note: so, we're told that within science is the supernatural. This isn't true. And it hasn't been for a couple hundred years. But, we can see from Ferguson's example, in naturopathyland, ANYTHING is science [including especially the supernatural].
003. what "nature" is contextually in naturopathy:
Broadly speaking, in naturopathy, "nature" is the "healing power of nature". Bastyr explains this foundation-to-naturopathy in "Principles of Naturopathic Medicine" [vsc 2010-12-11]:
"[the first and foremost] the healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae): naturopathic medicine recognizes the body's inherent ability, which is ordered and intelligent, to heal itself. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to recovery, and to facilitate and augment this healing ability."
Note: and that's all you get. You have not been properly informed, along the lines of professionalism.
But, if you go to Oregon's .gov site which is the 'trunk of the naturopathic tree' [Bastyr is an offspring of Oregon's NCNM], you'll get some transparency [along with absurdity]. There you will see that "nature" for naturopathy, in its principles, is the science-ejected concept known as vitalism [ejected from science for, charitably, 100 years and more].
004. so what to make of this:
the pattern is obvious: person educated wrongly / vitimized by an institution goes on to Youtube and espouses that institutions huge falsehoods / errors for the world to see. Said institution continues its racket through advertisement via college guides.