Saturday, March 8, 2014

State of Oregon Naturopathy Pseudoscience Versus Oregon's NGSS Adoption 2014

here, I cite from the State of Oregon as they falsely promote the scientific status of naturopathy's vitalism and supernaturalism [see 001., below]; then, from an announcement on Facebook from the NCSE regarding Oregon's adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards [see 002., below]; and finally, from the National Academies Press title that BELIES that 'vitalism and supernaturalism are science' State of Oregon position! [see 003., below]:

001. the State of Oregon falsely tells us, and has falsely told us for more than a decade, in "Naturopathy":

"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, to act to identify and remove obstacles to health and recovery, and to support the creation of a healthy internal and external environment [...3] first, d 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 [...] causes may occur on many levels including [...the] spiritual [...] health and disease are conditions of the whole organism, a whole [...including the] spiritual [...] the physician must also make a commitment to his/her personal and spiritual development in order to be a good teacher [...] these principles are based on the objective observation of the nature of health and disease, and are continually reexamined in light of scientific analysis."

Note: yes, that is the false claim that vitalism survives scientific scrutiny by way of the State of Oregon.  The only thing in-fact is the science-exterior nature, sorry for the pun, of naturopathy's vitalism and supernaturalism.  Nothing like using the seal and authority of a state government to promote a sectarian health cult's growth.

002. the National Center for Science Education tells us in a recent Facebook post:

"Oregon becomes the tenth state to adopt the NGSS."
003. yet, the National Academies Press states in "A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (2012)":

"science is replete with ideas that once seemed promising but have not withstood the test of time, such as the concept of the 'ether' or the vis vitalis (the 'vital force' of life)."

Note: and therein I predict a class action suit that will annihilate naturopathy.  The science standards that even apply to a kindergartener are completely AT-ODDS with naturopathy's perverted epistemological labelings.
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