Thursday, February 5, 2009

Naturopathy's Essential Vitalism - NCANP 2009:

here, I quote from the North Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians [NCANP], an AANP affiliate, regarding NDs' essential vitalistic premise:

001. NCANP states in "Welcome to":

"naturopathic medicine is a primary health care profession emphasizing prevention and treatment of disease with the use of natural non-toxic therapies. The naturopathic perspective views each person as a whole and recognizes the healing force within each individual. Natural therapies are used to support and stimulate that vital healing force. A naturopathic doctor addresses the underlying cause or imbalance within a person rather than simply treating one’s problem symptomatically. Naturopathic therapies include clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, physical medicine and lifestyle counseling."

Note: the claim of "profession", and a specific & actual "healing force" aka "vital healing force." Yet, such a vital healing force does not exist, scientifically speaking, and treating disease is medicine, which is obligated to science.

002. naturopathy is quite an absurdity:

claiming as 'professions-level medical science' that which is actually as scientific as the Tooth Fairy.
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