Monday, September 6, 2010

the's Promotion of Naturopathy

here, I cite from a recent noncritical promotion of naturopathy in Ireland's Independent [see 001., below]; then, I quote from the mentioned ND's school to get at naturopathy's essential, science-ejected 'nature' [see 002., below]:

001. reporter Phelan, A. (? ?) writes in "Fit To Be Tried: Naturopathy" [vsc 2010-09-06]:

"if you suffer the occasional bout of anything from anxiety to insomnia, stress, eczema, food cravings or nicotine addiction, the cure could be as close as your kitchen cupboard. Naturopath Roisin O'Kelly says a combination of Irish herbs, a healthy diet and even the power of prayer can shift common health complaints [really!...] herbs for common complaints that might be in your pantry include cayenne for poor circulation; garlic to fight colds; devil's claw for arthritis; tea-tree oil for fungal infections [because you so love to make those tea tree cup cakes and cookies!]; cinnamon for high cholesterol; hawthorn essence for cardiac problems and chasteberry for PMT [...] her own clinic [is] Breath of Life in Portmarnock, north Dublin [see] trained at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in Dublin [...] an initial consultation includes [...] a tongue and pulse diagnosis [...] iridology and a short healing prayer as Ms O'Kelly believes strongly in the spiritual side of healing [...] a program is [then] recommended which may include [...] homeopathy, aromatherapy, reflexology [...] after the initial consultation I'm hooked up to a machine on the desk. This is a bio-resonance scanner. The scanner 'picks up energy levels, food sensitivities and areas that need attention' [...] the College of Naturopathic Medicine is one of Ireland's longest-established training providers of practitioner-level courses in herbal medicine, acupuncture, naturopathy and nutrition [...see] [...] did it work? Without a doubt, but treatment needs to continue [$$$]."

Note: what promotional, credulous junk!  This is idiotic [and this isn't surprising]!  Iridology?  Bio-resonance?  "Fit to be tried?"  I don't think so.  Nowhere in this article is there a morsel of transparency regarding where these diagnostics and therapies sit in light of modern medical science [they're ABSURD]. And nowhere is there even a whimper of a skeptical, analytical, or critical angle.

002. the ND's school states:

002.a. in "What Is Naturopathy?" [vsc 2010-09-06]:

"the principles of naturopathy [...#1] the healing power of nature - nature has the innate ability to heal [...] naturopathy, or nature cure, is underpinned by a fundamental principle - vis medicatrix naturae - the healing power of nature [...] medicine, religion and science were intimately related and man was seen as a whole - a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual being. The same vital force or chi (qi) that made up the universe and nature flowed through man and it was his dislocation from this source that caused illness [...] early naturopaths realized that if you could restore the vital force to the patient, the body would naturally heal itself [...] many of the [vital force] suppressions [are] brought about through living in our modern times with all its concomitant stresses that seek to strangle the life force in our bodies."

Note: so, beginning from a nonsense vitalistic figmentation which conflates the natural and supernatural, the actual and the imagined, the medically relevant and the phantasmagoric, naturopathy therein can engage without blushing in pseudodiagnostics and wacko parlor therapeutics.

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