Sunday, February 13, 2011

The "Life Force" of Naturopathy's "Therapeutic Order": Therapeutic Science-Ejected Vitalism Figmentation Nonsense

here, I search for naturopathy's science-ejected vitalistic figmentation-based treatment context and report the first-page results [see 001., below]:

001. a 2011-02-12 web search per "therapeutic order "life force"" [without the exterior quotes] results in these first-page hits, which are ALL naturopathic:

001.a. "Naturopathic Medicine" [vsc 2010-08-08] which states:

"the precepts that guide the practice of naturopathic medicine include [...] the therapeutic order [...] use modalities to [...] harmonize life force."

Note: this is Strom, M. (NMD SCNM).  Interesting that HPN is not explicitly revealed as that life force on that page.  And, of course, we're told the opposite of what life force actually is on that page.  We're told it's within science.

001.b. the free sample chapter of the Textbook of Natural Medicine: "Chapter 3: A Hierarchy of Healing: The Therapeutic Order:The Unifying Theory of Naturopathic Medicine" [vsc 2011-02-13] which states vitalism galore, but I'll be brief per:

"many naturopathic modalities can be used to stimulate the overall vital force [p.036...] the vis medicatrix naturae, the vital force, the healing power of nature [p.034...our] therapeutic order [...requires] harmonize with your life force [p.035...] an entire physiologic system [includes] (immune, cardiovascular, detoxification, life force, endocrine, etc.) [p.036]."

Note: this is the central textbook of naturopathy, edited by NDs Pizzorno and Murray, with the chapter written by NDs Snider, Zeff, and Myers.  Interesting that now the science known as physiology contains the nonscientific / science-exterior / science-ejected belief of 'purposeful life spirit.'  Really nuts.  Even nuttier, on p.028 we're told that naturopathy is "science-based".

001.c. "Naturopathic Therapeutic Order" [vsc 2010-06-10] which states:

"stimulate the vis medicatrix naturae (other names for 'vis' include 'qi', 'prana', 'life force'). This is the force [Luke!] that moves us towards health; it is the essence that invigorates us. Some modalities that we utilize to stimulate the 'vis' include hydrotherapy, exercise, yoga, mediation, craniosacral therapy, energy medicine and homeopathy."

Note: this is Maiella, E.C. (ND Bastyr 2006), and what a beautiful equation of vitalistic aliases.  Nothing like crap therapies to treat a figmentation.  And it's interesting that her naturopathy definition page codes this vitalism.  You gotta dig to get to their essence, literally.

001.d. in "Tara Johnie Shelby ND, LM" [vsc 2009-12-15] which states:

"naturopathic therapeutic order: stimulate the vis medicatrix naturae (other names for 'vis' include 'qi', 'prana', 'life force') This is the force that moves us towards health; it is the essence that invigoratesus. Some modalities that we utilize to stimulate the 'vis' include hydrotherapy, exercise, yoga, mediation, craniosacral therapy, energy medicine and homeopathy."

Note: this is Shelby, T.J. (ND Bastyr 2008).

001.e. in "Naturopathic Therapeutic Order" and "Naturopathic Medicine and The Evolving Paradigm Shift Towards Holistic Healthcare" and "Why Naturopathy?" [all vsc 2011-02-13]:

"address weakened or damaged systems or organs (via botanical medicine, homeopathy, orthomolecular nutrients, glandulars, homeopathy, and other minimally invasive, safe, natural therapies) [...] harmonize life force."

Note: this is Kupperman, S. (ND SCNM).  She likely meant hydrotherapy for one of these homeopathys.

001.f. in "Naturopathic Physical Medicine: Theory and Practice for Manual Therapists" [2008, ISBN 0443103909; which I also own]:

"the therapeutic order [...includes] harmonize the life force".

Note: this is Chaitow, L. (ND).

001.g. in "The Nature of Naturopathic Medicine" [vsc 2011-02-13] which states:

"naturopathic medicine is heir to the vitalistic tradition of medicine in the Western world, emphasizing the treatment of disease through the stimulation, enhancement, and support of the inherent healing capacity of the person. Methods of treatments are chosen to work with the patient's vital force, respecting the intelligence of the natural healing process. The practice of naturopathic medicine emerges from six underlying principles of healing [...#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 augment this process [...#3] first do no harm, primum no nocere: illness is a purposeful process of the organism. The process of healing includes the generation of symptoms which are, in fact, an expression of the life force attempting to heal itself. Therapeutic actions should be complimentary to and synergistic with this healing process [...] the therapeutic order is the basic approach that naturopathic physicians use to guide their patients to wellness [...#3] harmonize life forces."

So, there's the vitalism galore of naturopathy.

And, as naturopathy does, there is a claim upon all this nonscience of science on that page per:

"is naturopathic medicine scientific? Yes [...] these principles [the 'purposeful life spirit' and kind] are based on the objective observation of the nature of health and disease, and are continually reexamined in light of scientific analysis."

Note: this is Ferchoff, R. (ND SCNM) and Thurston, T. (ND NCNM).  So, that's the whole nonsense shebang: science-based science-ejected nonsense.
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