here, I quote from ND Murray's 2009 book [see 001.a., below]; then, I provide some transparency regarding the essentially naturopathic [see 001.b., below]:
001. the book and a partial analysis:
001.a. Murray, M.T. (ND Bastyr 1985) writes in "What The Drug Companies Won't Tell You and What Your Doctor Doesn't Know" (2009;ISBN 9781416549338):
"[the dust jacket tells us Murray is] one of today’s leading authorities on natural medicine [...and states he is] drawing on more than thirty years’ worth of scientific research [...and he] provides clear guidance [...and his web site is] www.doctormurray.com [...the prologue tells us] conventional wisdom is established if it is simple, convenient, comfortable, and comforting -- though not necessarily true [...] people want to believe conventional wisdom because it is indeed so simple, convenient, comfortable and comforting, even if it may not be true [...] change [...] we are in the midst of it [...] a new paradigm [...] a model used to explain events [...] is emerging [...] as our understanding of the environment and the human body evolves, new paradigms -- new explanations -- are developed [p.001...] the era of self-empowerment is beginning [...] by definition and philosophy most conventional medical doctors M.D.s practice allopathic medicine, the system of medicine that focuses primarily on treating disease rather than promoting health [...] you may have noticed the N.D. after my name on the cover [...] I am a naturopathic doctor [...a degree from] Bastyr University [...] naturopathic medicine is based on seven time-tested principles [...#2] employ the healing power of nature [HPN, coded vitalism]. N.D.s believe that the body has considerable power to heal itself [coded vitalism]. The role of the physician is to facilitate and enhance this process [coded vitalism, p.002...#3] causes can spring from physical, mental-emotional, and spiritual levels [supernaturalism...#4] an individual as a whole, composed of a complex set of physical, mental-emotional, spiritual [supernaturalism], social, and other factors [...#7] 'health' is defined as the state of optimal physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual [supernaturalism] well-being [...] I am a proponent of what I like to describe as rational medicine [p.003...] a more rational and truthful approach to health care is needed [p.004...] I also hope that you can all become advocates of change [...#5] the physician is a teacher. The word 'doctor' comes from the Latin docere, which means 'to teach.' N.D.s view our roles as primarily those of teachers: to educate, empower, and inspire our patients to assume more personal responsibility for their health [p.005]."
001.b. analysis & commentary:
001.b1. regarding the dust jacket:
001.b1. regarding the dust jacket:
"leading authorities", well then I think we can take ND Murray's methods of communicating naturopathy as 'the typical way they do it' / their M.O.;
"scientific", well, lets apply science to the contents of what is 'essentially the naturopathic' [more on that below regarding naturopathy's principles' context];
"clear guidance", well, I'll show you how naturopathy codes its essential science-ejected principles and doesn't inform concerning the science-exterior status of said, and you'll see that instead of clarity we get camouflague, instead of the clear we get the opaque;
001.b2. regarding the prologue:
"conventional wisdom", well, the conventional wisdom regarding licensed naturopathy is that it makes sense and reflects truth, but it doesn't and that is actually easy to show [more below];
"change" and 'the evolution of knowledge', well naturopathy missed the boat regarding the progression of scientific knowledge as regards naturopathy's contents;
"self-empowerment", well, what ND Murray fails to realize is that it is exceptionally paternalistic and disempowering not to be transparent about where naturopathy lies [literally, as in falsehoods];
"allopathic" as "treating disease", well, that's bullshit. For example, pediatrics deals with prevention of disease HUGELY. It's simply false to claim that medicine is locked in to 'the pound of cure' view as opposed to prevention. Vaccines anyone?;
"seven time-tested principles", well, two aspects of these principles' context, when you really boil it down, are 'time-ejected figmentations' in terms of science, vitalism and supernaturalism [more on that below]. Humans tens of thousands of years ago -- without language, soap, and culture overall -- surely beat each other over the heads with sticks to solve their everyday problems in a very time-tested manner, but today I hope one wouldn't argue about the 'time-testedness' of such barbarity;
'HPN', oh, you dissembling dissemblers when it comes to communicating your context, NDs across North America! This is their racket: don't disclose this context in full, use naturalistic language that disguises what you REALLY are talking about -- vitalism, that science-ejected concept naturopathy is defined by, and defined by falsely representing it as able to survive scientific scrutiny!;
'the supernaturalism', well, I'm all for people believing as they so desire, but naturopathy claims that these supernaturalisms and vitalisms survive scientific scrutiny, which is false;
"teacher" and "educate", well, this isn't teaching and educating, it strikes me as manipulative propaganda. In order for people to 'be responsible' they have to be in command of the facts, and naturopathy is quite dysfactual and dyseducational!;
"inspired", well, if naturopathy has done anything it has demonstrated to me how a bunch of cultic yahoos can legalize their racket and disguise themselves as an overall M.O.
002. ND Murray's web page, mentioned above, is not up right now. Random House states in "Michael T. Murray, N.D.":
"Michael T. Murray, N.D. is widely regarded as one of the world's leading authorities on natural medicine. He is a graduate, faculty member, and serves on the Board of Trustees of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Murray is the co-author of A Textbook of Natural Medicine, the definitive textbook on naturopathic medicine for physicians [...he is] a consultant to the health food industry ['big supplement'...] for the past twenty years, Dr. Murray has been compiling a massive database of original scientific studies from the medical literature. He has personally collected over 50,000 articles from the scientific literature [...] according to Dr. Murray: 'one of the great myths about natural medicines is that they are not scientific' [...] Michael T. Murray, N.D. has dedicated his life to educating physicians, patients, and the general public on the tremendous healing power of nature [HPN, that cannot here be mentioned as a science-ejected figmentation!]."
Note: I cannot make this shit up.
003. so, again we engage in the complete reversal of values:
wherein naturopathy claims to be informing and empowering but is really dissembling and manipulating. And someone who rails against pill pushers is himself a pusher of a lot of known-as-ineffective pills [glucosamine etc.].
Well, I'm glad we've straightened out what HPN is, overall. But, if you are still confused, see this chapter of Murray's TNM, which details naturopathy's science-ejected vitalistic context -- so often disguised as HPN.
"Truthful"? Naturopathy is not only "not necessarily true", it is indeed not true at all.
"Rational medicine", me arse.