Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Naturopathy's Essential Vitalism Commitment - NCNM's President & CEO Schleich, D.J. (PhD UT):

here, I quote from a "Naturopathic Doctor News & Review" [NDNR] article written by NCNM president & CEO Schleich regarding naturopathy's essential vitalism commitment:

001. the NDNR article "Towards an Epistemology of Naturopathic Medicine" [2009-04] by Schleich, D.J. (PhD UT) [who is not an ND, BTW, and whose article is rather 'without direction'] states:

"[that] the holistic [aka naturopathic] practitioner's spiritual and physical worlds are [quoting Boon] 'not separate, but manifestations of a single life force' [{naturo.'s requisite supernaturalism & vitalism belief amalgam'; and since a life force is an a priori figment and the physical world is a posteriori real, wow -- obviously, naturo.'s don't distinguish between either epistemic type, they conflate / blend them!!!; aka, naturo.'s knowledge claims are muddled nonsense / highly suspect}...and speaks of] the myth of the basic sciences [huh?] or 'physico-chemico-reductionism' [{they're not the same thing; their equation is WRONG}...and speaks of modern medicine as that of] the allopathic or biomedicine doctor [{modern medicine isn't allopathy};...who is supposedly of] a biomedical model which reduces all pathology to a cellular or molecular level [{is this even true, 'reduces'?}...whereby] the scientific method is the route to curing a disease [{that's horrible?}...per] the reductionism of a strictly biomedical perspective [{again, reductionism?}...and speaks of questioning] the unassailable position of science in health design and delivery, and also in the education of doctors [{are you nuts?}...] and a biomedical knowledge which the allopathic professions claim inappropriately as their own [huh?]."

Note: Schleich is described as "president and CEO of NCNM [...and] former CEO and president of CCNM." I call such knowledge-type blending "the epistemic conflation of a school of thought claiming to be scientific."

002. meanwhile, vitalism is science-ejected; supernaturalism is science-ejected -- yet, absurdly, NCNM claims that such survives scientific scrutiny.

002. NCNM's committment to vitalism:

002.a. NCNM states in "Principles of Healing":

"the practice of naturopathic medicine emerges from six principles of healing [...] these principles stand as the distinguishing marks of the profession [{!}...#1] the healing power of nature -- vis medicatrix naturae [...which is the] life force [...#3] the process of healing includes the generation of symptoms, which are, in fact, expressions of the life force attempting to heal itself [...overall, naturo. is] the practice of promoting health through stimulation of the vital force [...and we're told] 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: again, science-ejected figmentation claimed as 'objective / in fact'.

002.b. and Schleich states in "Welcome to the National College of Natural Medicine: A Message From Our President, David J. Schleich, PhD":

"we will continue to advocate for the extraordinary presence of the vis medicatrix naturae, the healing power of nature, in patient care."

Note: naturo. is obviously STRONGLY committed to this sectarian belief, and, while antiscientific, claims a scientific status.

Extraordinarily wacko.
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