here, I cite from the web pages of the Florida Naturopathic Physicians Association [FNPA] who claim that naturopathy is science [see 001.a., below] while they code naturopathy's science-ejected essential premise [see 001.b., below]; then, I direct you to a '.gov' page transparently detailing naturopathy's science-ejected contents while simultaneously incorrectly contextualizing same said as science too [see 002., below]:
001. FNPA states:
001.a1. in "Naturopathic Education" [vsc 2011-03-23]:
"after completion of standard premedical undergraduate coursework, a naturopathic physician (N.D.) attends a four-year graduate level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an M.D. [...] Bastyr University offers a rigorous, naturopathic medical program emphasizing both the science base of medicine and its clinical application [...] their faculty's commitment to the art and science of healing has made SCNM a leader among the naturopathic medical schools [...] National's N.D. program provides you with a rigorous curriculum that blends thorough scientific foundation with comprehensive training in naturopathic treatments. As a student in the naturopathic physician program at National, you will study the same basic sciences as an M.D."
Note: science, science, science. The "same" science as science sciences by and founds itself by, supposedly.
"as per the FNPA by-laws, article III; the mission of the Florida Naturopathic Physicians Association, Inc., is [...] to advance, promote and protect the science of naturopathic medicine and the naturopathic medical profession."
Note: science again. And a professions claim.
001.b1. on the same 001.a1. page:
"naturopathic physicians work to identify and eliminate the cause of disease, and are guided by six basic principles: do no harm, utilize the healing power of nature, identify and treat the causes, treat the whole person, focus on preventive medicine, practice doctor-as-teacher."
Note: and that's all you are told. That is quite undetailed and opaque [where is the mention of the science-ejected vitalistic and spiritistic that is at the ROOT of naturopathy?]. Yes, somehow yet, they claim to teach. Manipulate, more-like.
001.b2. on the page "Naturopathic Medicine" [vsc 2011-03-23]:
"six fundamental principles of naturopathic medicine: [#1] the healing power of nature: naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent healing process in the person that is ordered and intelligent [hmmmm!]. The body is capable of healing itself. The role of the naturopathic doctor is to remove obstacles to healing and to stimulate this inherent natural tendency of the body [coded vitalism!]; [#2] identify and treat the cause: naturopathic doctors seek to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, not merely eliminate or suppress symptoms; [#3] first do no harm: naturopathic doctors seek to do no harm by using methods and substances that minimize risks of side effects, using the least force needed to diagnose and treat, avoiding the harmful suppression of symptoms and working with the self-healing process; [#4] doctor as teacher: naturopathic doctors recall that the origin of the word 'doctor' is the Latin word, 'to teach.' A fundamental emphasis in naturopathic medicine is patient education; [#5] treat the whole person: naturopathic doctors attempt to take into consideration all the factors that make up patients' lives and affect their health and well-being; [#6] prevention: naturopathic medicine emphasizes the prevention of disease, assesses risk factors, and makes appropriate interventions with patients to prevent illness."
Note: so, you get a little more detail. But, I can REALLY get you the detail you need to be an informed consumer.
On Youtube, FNPA states in "Naturopathic Medicine in Florida" [vsc 2011-03-23]:
"[from the description] at the FNPA our goal is to educate the public as to the merits of naturopathic medicine and to create and maintain legislation that supports the qualified practice of naturopathic medicine in Florida. For more information, please visit www.fnpa.org [...from the video] vis medicatrix naturae, the healing power of nature [coded vitalism!...] naturopathic doctors are the physicians who are trained to listen [...] this is a doctor who is trained to use [...such things as] homeopathy [...and] acupuncture [(spelled wrong in the video)...] to restore optimal health [...] naturopathic doctors are your comprehensive physicians [...we are] working hard to educate, lobby, and reach out to make a difference."
knowing what I know, that teaching and that educating and that science are NOT being delivered. Hell, their own video about naturopathy skirts an actual description of VMN-HPN!
002. I direct you to the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine, which states that naturopathy is based on the science-ejected and that such is somehow [in naturopathy-land, where science is a fiction] indeed science.
Note: is there a greater stupid?
002.b. AANP NDs in Florida:
002.b1. the AANP's "Find a Doctor" states:
"Find a Naturopathic Doctor ('Find a Doctor') is compiled and published by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians ('AANP') as a reference source of professional information on individual Naturopathic Doctor ('ND') members in the United States and abroad [...] professional and contact information for AANP member NDs."
Note: and then you type in a location and they list members.
Nguyen, K. (ND SCNM);
Thompson, J. (ND NCNM);
Swedrock, K. (ND SCNM);
Kalidas, K. (ND NCNM);
Rubiales, L. (ND NCNM);
Lipham, J. (ND NCNM 2005);
Visconti, M. (ND NCNM).
Note: in the next post, I'll look at whether these NDs individually express naturopathy accurately.