Wednesday, January 5, 2011

ND Schikowitz: An Example of Naturopathic Grand Irrationalism

here, I cite from the web pages of ND Schikowitz, who makes a science claim about the naturopathic point of view that I disagree with so much  that I employ the label 'naturopathic grand irrationalism':

001. Schikowitz, S.A. (ND Bastyr 2003) states:

001.a. in "Dr. Sam Schikowitz's Biography" [vsc 2011-01-05]:

"he realized that the naturopathic profession embodied the common sense practicality, open-minded inquiry, and hard science that Sam felt was necessary to bring forth a good family doctor."

Note: that's a very interesting 'naturopathic science claim' from this Bastyr ND.

Bastyr states in "Bastyr At A Glance" [vsc 2011-01-05]:

"Bastyr University [BU...has] a multidisciplinary curriculum in science-based natural medicine [...its] international faculty teaches the natural health sciences with an emphasis on integrating mind, body, spirit [supernaturalism] and nature [coded vitalism...which is] natural medicine [...and] the model for 21st-century medicine."

Yes, that's BU placing, within "science", the hugely nonscientific supernatural and vitalistic.  The great reversal of values.

  Wow.  And we're told by ND Schikowitz that this is professional, of common-sense and the practical, open-minded and what's needed for good doctoring.  I disagree.  It is false so it's not professional [something does not contain what it ejects], it is irrational so it's not practical and sensible, it's sectarian dogma so it's neither open-minded nor based on inquiry, and I wouldn't go to any doctor that can't tell the difference between the categories 'article of faith' and 'scientifically supported'.  This is 12th-century medical thinking.

001.b. in "About Naturopathic Medicine" [vsc 2011-01-05]:

"when people ask me, this is what I say about naturopathic doctors [...it's] 4-5 years of naturopathic medical school which has the same level of medical science as standard medical school [...] doctors of naturopathic medicine are guided by six principles of naturopathic medicine, which emphasize a holistic and natural approach to patient care, evaluation, management, and care for medical conditions [...#4] the healing power of nature: naturopathic medicine respects the innate intelligence [vitalism] of the human body to heal. This vital force [vitalism...] the role of the naturopathic physician is to facilitate this natural process biochemically, physiologically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually [supernaturalism]."

Note: so there you have the claim that the scientific [naturopathic] reasonably contains the science-ejected [vitalistic, supernatural and kind].  That is the naturopathic grand irrationalism that fascinates me: whereby, science is actually a false label, and that's how low the science standards are within naturopathy.  The distinction between the scientific and the nonscientific is annulled, just as they do not distinguish between the natural and the supernatural.

So, what's holistic and natural is in this context rubbish.
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