Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Vitalism That is The Supernaturalism That Defines The "Medical Science" Known as Naturopathy - ND Paulson and WNPA

here, I cite from a web page of a Wisconsin ND who describes a basic science-exterior premise of naturopathy [see 001., below]; then, from that ND's state AANP-affiliate which broadly labels naturopathy "science" [see 002, below]:

001. Paulson, T. (ND CCNM) states in "What is Naturopathic Medicine?" [vsc 2011-03-31]:

"seven underlying health sustaining systems of our body must function effectively to ensure our well-being, prevent disease and allow a full life[...] the immune system [...] the detoxification system [...] the inflammatory system [...] the metabolic system [...] the endocrine/regulatory system [... ] the regeneration system [...] our life-force (or spirit) [vitalism equated with the supernatural].  Weakness in any of these 7 systems results in susceptibilities that allow most common disease to develop."

Note: these "systems" follow the model of ND Pizzorno's "Total Wellness" book.  You won't find these systems in a physiology textbook, though.  The ND refers us to the Wisconsin Naturopathic Physicians Association [WNPA].

002. WNPA states in "About Naturopathic Medicine" [vsc 2011-03-27]:

"naturopathic doctors cooperate with all other branches of medical science [...and have] a solid foundation in the basic medical sciences [...] these six principles, emphasized throughout a naturopathic doctor’s training, outline the philosophy guiding the naturopathic approach to health and healing and forms the foundation of this distinct health care practice: [#1] harness the healing power of nature [...] your own self-healing abilities of body, mind and spirit [...] your inherent healing power [coded vitalism]."

Note: fascinating.  You got the science-exterior vitalistic and supernatural placed, at an institutional level, falsely within science. I guess if you drink the naturopaTHICK Cool Aide, it's all good within that cultic view.  Me, I see irrationalism and absurdity posing as physicianship and scientific knowledge.
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