Friday, July 31, 2009

2 NDs Coding Naturopathy's Essential Science-Ejected Vitalism & Claiming Science Expertise: Ferguson, T. & M. (NDs Bastyr):

here, I quote from a Youtube video wherein an ND discusses the difference between naturopathy and homeopathy, and codes the central treatment goal of both [see 001., below]; furthermore, I show how web pages at that ND's practice also employ coding, while claiming science-expertise, AND I decode that ND central vitalistic premise by using a 2008 ND textbook [see 002., below];

Ferguson, T. (ND Bastyr 2007) states in:

001. "Naturopathy vs. Homeopathy":

"[interviewer] I'm wondering what's the difference between naturopathy and homeopathy? [...ND of Dynamic Healing Center] people usually equate the two, but the difference is homeopathy is a distinct form of medicine and you could say naturopathic medicine is a much broader term. Under naturopathic medicine would include [{sic.}...] homeopathy [...] there are lot of different things that are part of the naturopathic doctor's training [...] one of them is the system of medicine of homeopathy [...which is] one part of what we do [...homeopathy assists] the body's natural healing mechanisms toward health [{vitalism, coded}...] it follows the philosophy of naturopathic medicine which is the same [{vitalism!}...interviewer] it's only one system that you use [...ND] correct."

Note: the lack of specific reference to the vitalistic basis of both homeopathy and naturopathy, and instead the coding of that context with naturalistic language. But, ND schools teach that homeopathy is fundamentally based on vitalism. That's what they taught me at UB. Interesting that the name of this ND's business includes the word "dynamic", because ND schools teach that another word for that vitalistic premise is "dynamis".

002. with Ferguson, M. (ND Bastyr 2005) states:

002.a. in "Therapeutic Order":

"naturopathic practitioners use the therapeutic order [TO] to maximize a person's natural healing process and minimize harm [...#2] stimulate the vis medicatrix naturae (i.e. the innate healing process of the body) [vitalism, coded] - using [...] homeopathy [amongst other things...] therapies utilized in our practice [...include] homeopathy."

Note: the author of the TO, Zeff, does state the actual vitalistic basis of naturopathy. See Zeff et al. states in the textbook "Naturopathic Physical Medicine" (ISBN 0443103909, 2008):

"that first principle is vis medicatrix naturae 'the healing power of nature', which establishes naturopathic medicine as a vitalistic medicine [p.002]."

Vitalism is profoundly science-ejected, of course.

Yet, this textbook is categorized by Elsevier as an Elsevier Health Science book.


002.b. in "Naturopathic Philosophy":

"the healing power of nature (vis medicatrix nature) [vitalism, coded]. Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent ability in the body which is ordered and intelligent [teleological]. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to recovery and to facilitate and augment this healing ability [{vitalism, coded}...] since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual path [supernaturalism]."

002.c. in "Naturopathic Education":

"board certified naturopathic doctors attend 4 years of post-graduate doctoral medical training at an accredited school where they are trained as primary care physicians integrating traditional healing methods with modern scientific medicine [...] the curriculum involves the standard classes of basic sciences [...] to be licensable, the naturopathic doctor must pass a set of science boards."

Note: the claim of science expertise.
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