Thursday, February 17, 2011

Naturopathy - 'Non-Figment-Based Medicine is Harmful', 'Our Figments Are Scientific'

here, I search via google.com using the term ""first do no harm" "patient may be harmed" medicatrix" [without the exterior quotes; see 001., below]; then, I explain 'the gist' [see 002., below]:

001. the first-page results specific to naturopathy this 2011-02-17 include: 


002. what are they talking about?

002.a. preponderantly:

what is being discussed is the naturopathic belief that if medicine does not take into account the vital force or energy that runs physiology, if it does not treat within the context of this figmentation first-and-foremost , then the patient will be harmed.

ND Bradley says it as "naturopathic physicians respect and work with the vis medicatrix naturae in diagnosis, treatment and counseling, for if this self-healing process is not respected the patient may be harmed."

002.b. a larger example from the above results:

002.b.1. from the Steriti page, we're told:

"naturopathic medicine is distinguished by the principles which underlie and determine its practice. These principles are based upon the objective observation of the nature of health and disease, and are continually reexamined in the light of scientific advances [...#1] the healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae)[HPN-VMN...] naturopathic physicians respect and work with the vis medicatrix naturae in diagnosis, treatment and counseling, for if this self-healing process is not respected the patient may be harmed."

now, Steriti went to SCNM, and that school explains HPN-VMN as (see the archival save from 2003):

"the healing power of nature [...] first described in western medicine by Hippocrates, the vis medicatrix naturae, is also referred to as chi in Chinese medicine, prana in ayurveda, and vital force in homeopathy. When alive, the vis medicatrix naturae enables humans and other living beings to resist entropy and decay, unlike inanimate objects that are subject to these effects. Creating treatment plans that harness the healing power of nature [...] the essence of naturopathic medicine."

quoting Hahnemann, homeopathy's founder, ND Steriti explains:

"vitalism: 'in the state of health a spirit-like vital force (dynamis) animating the material human organism reigns in supreme sovereignty' - paragraph 9 of the Orgenon [sp., Organon]."

002.c. science has profoundly eliminated such a figmentation [vitalism, supernaturalism, teleology] from the contents of science for just reason:

there is no evidence of a vital force or energy's immediate existence, and as an explanation it is not necessary to explain ANYTHING -- even as a place-filler.

but, take care you don't harm it by ignoring it...according to naturopathy.

of course, it gets better.

that State of Oregon site above says that this vitalism survives scientific scrutiny too, "in fact".

and it's amazing -- when an AANP affiliate is attempting to pass licensure legislation -- how coded and misrepresented all this science-ejected figmentation-based thought becomes.

PANP, for instance, states that naturopathy's principles are scientific and doesn't clearly communicate the science-ejected vitalism [and supernaturalism] at the heart of the naturopathic.

overall, what's not being admitted is the fact that science, for naturopathy, contains figmentations and in that sense, has been redefined to the point of absurdity.
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