Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Decoding Naturopathy's Essential [often] Hidden Vitalistic Premise - Lisanti, F. (ND NCNM):

here, I quote from the web pages of Lisanti, F. (ND NCNM 2004) who: explains the underlying premise of naturopathy without actually stating the underlying premise explicitly [see 001., below]; claims naturopathy is science [see 002., below]; does state naturopathy's essential vitalism premise explicitly when discussing therapies [see 003., below]; and we can verify this premise at his alma mater, NCNM [see 004., below]:

001. Lisanti, F. (ND NCNM 2004) states in "Naturopathic Medicine: How It Works":

"the following principles are the foundation of naturopathic medical practice [...#1] the healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae) [HPN-VMN...an] inner wisdom [IW] that guides internal physical processes that lead to health and wellness. Naturopathic medicine calls this internal wisdom [IW] the healing power of nature, in Latin: the vis medicatrix naturae. Naturopathic medicine recognizes that this inherent self-healing process [ISHP] in the person is ordered and intelligent [!!!...] this inherent self-healing process [...#3] acknowledge, respect and work with the individual's self-healing process [ISHP]."

Note: so, we have HPN-VMN=IW=ISHP. But, we're not told with transparency what exactly all this means to NDs: the science-ejected premise of vitalism [see 004., below]. These terms are aliases: and therein, 'I decode'.

E.g., HPN also means BNIHI per this ND's "IMS Philosophy":

"we start with the premise that your body already knows what it needs [!!!]. Our job is to facilitate that information rising to the surface of your consciousness and to encourage the body's natural instinct to heal itself [BNIHI]. "

002. and this ND states in "Definition of Naturopathic Medicine":

"naturopathic medicine is distinguished by the principles upon which its practice is based. These principles are continually re-examined in the light of scientific advances [...it is a] science [...it is] scientific [...it is] the science of natural healthcare."

Note: science, science, science.

003. and this ND states in "Therapies":

"naturopathic medicine is distinguished by the principles that determine its practice [like vitalism...] naturopathic medicine encompasses a broad range of therapeutic systems [...including] acupuncture [...and] homeopathy [{both are vitalistic}...] acupuncture is a form of classical Chinese medicine that focuses on balancing the body's energetic flux [I've never heard qi / life force specifically called that - interesting!], called qi [...] when this flow is constrained, disharmony and illness can occur. By inserting fine, hair-thin needles into the skin and so redirecting the movement of energy, acupuncture can restore harmony and balance to mind, body, and spirit [{supernaturalism}...] according to the principles of classical Chinese medicine [CCM], a person's health is determined by having a balanced flow of energy circulate through the body [{actual energy, in science, actually exists measurably! -- qi doesn't}...] homeopathic medicines, when properly prescribed, affect the body's vitality [life force] and strengthen its innate ability to heal."

Note: vitalism is inherent to naturopathy and acupuncture, it's just more explicitly stated here. BTW, the CCM degree is labeled by NCNM a master's in science, just as naturopathy is claimed to be a branch of science.

004. this ND's alma mater, NCNM, states in "Principles of Healing":

"these principles stand as the distinguishing marks of the profession: 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 [...and of course] these principles are based on the objective observation of the nature of health and disease and are examined continually in light of scientific analysis."

Note: stating that vitalism survives scientific scrutiny is, simply, bull___.

005. the big question is:

why doesn't naturopathy often directly express its essential science-ejected vitalism when supposedly directly explaining its essential premise?

[What does this say about their regard for informed consent? And why does naturopathy label such nonscience science?]
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