Monday, April 11, 2011

Licensed Falsehood: Naturopathy's Craniosacral Nonsense via ND Lee

here, I do a web search of naturopathy's craniosacral therapy [CST; see 001., below]; then, a word on such nonsense from the Nightingale Collaboration [see 002., below]:

001. a web search with the parameters "naturopathic craniosacral", without the quotes, leads this weekend to this first-page result:

001.a. Seattle's Lee, D.Y.C. (ND Bastyr 2009) who states in "Craniosacral Therapy at Seattle Naturopathic Center" [vsc 2011-04-11]:

"craniosacral therapy started in the osteopathic community in the early 1990's as a way to free restrictions in the cranial bones and fascia. By freeing the cranial bones and fascia, the practitioner is able to assist the body in regaining normal function in the nervous, lymph, hormonal, myofascial, and gastrointestinal system [really!]. Craniosacral therapy is a whole person therapy focusing on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Craniosacral therapy is founded on the belief that the body knows exactly how to heal [coded vitalism, actually...] the primary goal in a cranialsacral session is to not only treat the condition, but maximize your overall health [really!]."

Note: nonsense premised on nonsense. Of course, we're told by ND Lee in "Welcome to Naturopathic Medicine" [vsc 2011-04-11]:

"as an organized profession, naturopathic medicine is committed to on-going research and development of its science and incorporates elements of scientific modern medicine [...] the following principles are the foundation upon which naturopathic medical practice is built: the healing power of nature, vis medicatrix naturae [HPN-VMN]: naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent ordered and intelligent self-healing process [coded vitalism] in the person. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacle to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process [coded vitalism]."

so, a science and professional claim. Yet, I cannot help but notice that there is naturopathy's central premise, HPN-VMN, and it is not being transparently communicated as the science-ejected vitalism-spiritism that it truly is.  Such opacity is not professional, and is antithetical to the transparency that science requires. 

but, in that same document, have no fear because vitalism gets mentioned.  We're told:

"homeopathic medicine [ a] powerful system of medicine [...] homeopathic medicines, when properly prescribed, effect the body’s 'vital force' and strengthen its innate ability to heal."

wow, empty remedies are claimed as powerful though inert, and vitalistic figmentations are claimed as in command of physiology and healing.

see, nonsense therapies require nonsensical premises.

002. meanwhile:

the Nightingale Collaboration throws craniosacral therapy under the bus this month, where it belongs actually, and did the same last month with homeopathy.  Coincidentally, they both are huge nonsense therapies touted by North American naturopathy as "science-based".

so what does licensure of naturopathy do?  It creates a state of licensed falsehood, protecting the hucksters while undermining the public's understanding of science, professionalism and ethical medical practice.
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