Thursday, March 24, 2011

Representations of Naturopathy's Premise: Some NCNM Florida NDs

here, I cite from the web pages of some AANP-referred Florida naturopaths who are NCNM graduates regarding how they express the "healing power of nature" vitalistic premise essential to naturopathy [see 001., below]; then, I return to the alma mater of those NDs and show the Full Monty [see 002., below]:

001. NCNM's graduates:

001.a. Thompson, J. (ND NCNM):

does not define naturopathy on the linked page.

Note: quite disappointing.

001.b. Kalidas, K. (ND NCNM) defines naturopathy in "Naturopathy and Oath" stating:

"naturopathic medicine [...] is founded on the honored medical principal that nature heals [...from the oath] according to my best ability and judgment, I will use methods of treatment which follow the principles of naturopathic medicine [...including] to act in cooperation with the healing power of nature."

Note: that's all you get.  Quite opaque.  This is coded vitalism.

001.c. Rubiales, L. (ND NCNM) defines naturopathy in "Naturopathic Medicine" stating:

"naturopathic medicine  [...] the following are its basic principles: [#1] the healing power of nature: the human body has an innate intelligence that is constantly striving for health."

Note: and that's all you get.  Quite opaque / coded vitalism.

001.d. Lipham, J. (ND NCNM 2005) states in "Naturopathic Medicine":

"naturopathic medicine has a distinct philosophy of healing that sets it apart from other health care systems. This philosophy is based upon the following six basic principles of healing [...#2] harness the healing power of nature [...] these principles are not in themselves amazing nor profound, rather they are merely truths based on common sense and are essential for true healing [sure]."

Note: again, opacity! Coding!

001.e. Visconti, M. (ND NCNM) states in "Naturopathic Medicine":

"naturopathic medicine is a system of medicine whose primary goal is [...] stimulating the body's ability to heal itself [...] naturopathic medicine has 6 principles that guide the direction of the treatment and healing [#1] the healing power of nature [...] by using these principles the naturopathic physician will work to address the underlying causes of imbalance allowing the body to heal itself."

Note: again and again, opacity!  Coding.

002. let's go to their mother ship, NCNM, who states in "Principles of Healing":

"these principles stand as the distinguishing marks of the profession: [#1] the healing power of nature -- vis medicatrix naturae. The body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health. The healing process is ordered and intelligent; nature heals through the response of the life force."

Note: and there you go, science-ejected vitalism.  Why was it so HARD for the Florida NDs to transparently describe HPN?  Of course, NCNM has problems too.  On the same page it labels naturopathy's vitalism and supernaturalism as able to survive scientific scrutiny.  Such can't.

003. so:

no NCNM ND in Florida that I've cited accurately contextualizes naturopathy's science-ejected concept of HPN.  NCNM gets half way in mentioning it, and decodes it, but then undoes that honesty by falsely labeling it as able to survive scientific scrutiny.
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