Tuesday, August 31, 2010

NMD Orona on Naturopathy's Essential Vitalism - Welcome to the Database!

here, I cite from the web page of Arizona NMD Orona, who explains the underlying [science-ejected!] vitalism and supernaturalism that is AANP-AANMC etc. naturopathy's core premise:

001. Orona, S.Z. (NMD NCNM 2001) states in "Naturopathic Medicine" [vsc 2010-08-30]:

"naturopathic medicine, also known as 'naturopathy' is a school of medical philosophy and practice that seeks to improve health and treat disease chiefly by assisting the body's innate capacity to recover from illness and injury [...there are] five principles of naturopathy: [#1] 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. The physician’s role is to facilitate and assist this process [...] first do no harm, primum no nocere. The process of healing includes the generation of symptoms, which are, in fact, expressions of the life force attempting to heal itself. Therapeutic actions should be complementary to and synergistic with this healing process. The physician’s actions can support or antagonize the actions of vis medicatrix naturae [...] in the state of Arizona, naturopathic medical doctor (NMD) and naturopathic doctor (ND) are used synonymously."

Note: in naturopathyland, that which is science and that which is hugely science-ejected is also synonymous.  Just to also mention, on this same page, we are told of the requisite supernaturalism that is inherent to naturopathy.  E.g., "the physician must also make a commitment to her/his personal and spiritual development [...] health and disease are conditions of the whole organism, involving a complex interaction of physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social factors [...] causes may occur on many levels, including physical, mental-emotional, and spiritual."  Her alma mater, NCNM -- THE North American naturopathy school in terms of this healing sect's history -- labels all this 'as able to survive scientific scrutiny.'
Naturopathy's absurdity is amazing: sectarian figmentations that are at best politely called 'articles-of-faith' are falsely labeled 'in fact scientific.'  All with '.gov' support.

Ah, but what they don't tell you.

002. I like the language used by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in "The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing" (2008; ISBN 0199216800):

"what neither Mendel nor anyone else before 1953 knew was that genes themselves are digital, within themselves [...] life is the execution of programs written using a small digital alphabet in a single, universal machine language. This realization was the hammer blow that knocked the last nail in the coffin of vitalism and, by extension, of dualism [which includes 'spirit' in the supernatural / immaterial sense]. The hammer was wielded, with undisguised youthful relish, by James Watson and Francis Crick [p.030...] for me, the greatest achievement of Watson and Crick was to turn genetics from a branch of wet and squishy physiology into a branch of information technology, in the process slaying, as I suggested above, the ghost of vitalism [p.226]."

Note: naturopathy, which claims to be "state-of-the-art," 'thinks' otherwise.
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