Monday, January 31, 2011

Naturopathy Down Under - ND Hogan, Science, Supernaturalism and Vitalism

here, I cite from the web pages of Australian ND Hogan [see 001., below]; and then I muse [see 002., below]:

001. Hogan, F. (ND[AU] SSNT?) states:

001.a. in "What is Naturopathy?" (2011-01-24)[vsc 2011-01-31]:

"naturopathy can easily and succinctly be broken down to define the 'natural path' [really?  so much for etymology...] Hippocrates [...] first formulated the concept of the 'healing power of nature' [HPN] linking the body, mind and spirit to inherently be able to heal itself. Naturopathy is the practice of health care that combines both traditional wisdom of natural medicine with modern scientific based evidence. It is the practice of treating the body as a whole and taking the body, mind, spirit and environment into account whilst preventing, assessing and treating conditions [...] the therapies I use may include [...] homeopathy [...] naturopaths are able to treat most ailments."

Note: the credential for an ND in Australia is often "BHSc: ND."  She links to the Southern School of Natural Therapies, so perhaps that is where she went to school.

001.b. in "The Seven Principles of Naturopathic Medicine" (2011-01-31)[vsc 2011-01-31]:

"naturopathic medicine or the practice of natural medicine is based on seven principles [...] 1. the healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae) [HPN-VMN]: naturopathic medicine recognizes that all living systems have an innate ability to heal it-self. Our vital force [vitalism] promotes self-cleansing, self-repair, and thus self-healing. The naturopaths role is to facilitate this natural process [...] causes can exist at the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels [...] they take into account the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental factors that make up the total state of health [...] naturopaths educate their patients [...] I am a qualified naturopath with a Bachelor of Health Science [BHSc-ND] - I have had a lifelong passion for nutrition and natural medicine -I also continue to invest in ongoing professional education."

Note: oh, so much to talk about here!

002. well:

obviously the label "science" is being placed upon the naturopathy domain, from the language above: science subset health science subset naturopathy.  You get a lot of supernaturalism, and HPN-VMN=vitalism.  And all this is "science" and "natural."  That's strange because science does not contain the nonscientific supernatural and vitalistic.  Also, upon this falseness you get the label "professional".  But, how can a profession be based upon falsehood? You'll notice too that the North American naturopathy principles have migrated to the Australian schools.

When is science nonscience, natural supernatural, professional false, educating misleading?

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