Thursday, June 18, 2009

Bastyr Naturopathy's 'Science Basis' Camouflage - AGLO 1979:

here, I delve into the State of Washington's online historical legal repository regarding naturopathy, wherein we're told about a supposed 'basic science' context for ND degrees [see 001., below]; yet, that science context is merely a veneer / camouflage because naturopathy labels what is completely not science as scientific [see 002., below]:

001. states in 'AGO Opinions, AGLO 1979 No. 23 - June 01, 1979' per "Community Colleges - Contracts - Naturopathy - Authority of Community Colleges to Offer Basic Science Course Under Contract With College of Naturopathy":

"[per Norris & Terrey, Gorton & Anderson] a state community college district may offer, under contract with a private college of naturopathy, a two-year course in basic science representing the middle two years of a six-year curriculum leading to the issuance, by the private institution, of an N.D. (doctor of naturopathic medicine), which two-year basic science program would be required to be preceded by two years of college level studies [x2...] a certain community college district proposes to contract with a [certain] private college of naturopathy [I'll guess that this is Bastyr] to offer a two-year course in basic science [...] offering of a basic science program of study, instruction, or training, paid for by a private college, falls clearly within the usual, ordinary and commonly accepted meaning of offering 'educational services'."

Note: "basic science" shows up in this document 7 times, "naturo" 9 times. It would appear to me that the context presented to the State of Washington regarding naturopathy is that its basis is science, therein the requirement for "basic science" courses. In other words, it is reasonable to take from this the impression that naturopathy is a subset of science [they do claim this; see Final Note, below, as well]. Assuming this document deals with Bastyr's initial years in Washington, since Bastyr is the ND school in Washington State, one would project that that N.D. degree specifically is science.

002. you would be wrong - 'the science that includes supernaturalism / scientific nonscience absurdity':

002.a. Bastyr University states in U.S. News & World Report's "Home > Education > Best Colleges > Bastyr University":

"Bastyr's international faculty teaches the natural health sciences with an emphasis on integrating [blending, conflating] mind, body, spirit and nature [...] our mission: we educate future leaders in the natural health arts and sciences, respecting the healing power of nature and recognizing that body, mind and spirit are intrinsically inseparable [blended, conflated]."

002.a1. parsing the above, basically what Bastyr is stating is that the context of their N.D. [amongst other degrees] is science, and that HPN is within science, and that spirit / supernaturalism is within science. Now, science does not include the science-ejected, by definition. Science does not contain the nonscientific, by definition:

002.a2. HPN and supernaturalism as nonscientific & science-ejected:

003. so, beware folks. Beware. They are the education robbers.

[addendum] Final Note: the new naturo. textbook "Naturopathic Physical Medicine [blah blah blah...]"(ISBN 9780443103902; 2008) - which I'm currently holding in my hands, as I write this -- in its authors and contributors section, states:

"Jared Zeff, N.D. Adjunct Professor, Bastyr University of Natural Health Sciences [p.x...and per the chapter Zeff co-wrote] the key principle in naturopathic medicine [...] that first principle is vis medicatrix naturae, ('the healing power of nature'), which establishes naturopathy as a vitalistic medicine [p.002]."
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