Sunday, April 8, 2007

-- Naturopathy's Core Articles of Faith:

[One star.] This book abundantly illustrates the central naturopathic belief 'amalgam' -- that health and disease are due to, and are managed through manipulation of, 'a teleological vital force spirit' -- per: "our self-healing abilities -- the life-force within each of us, which naturopathic physicians call the vis medicatrix naturae [...] this teleological force, the healer within [p.333]"; "our vital force, the vis medicatrix naturae [p.003]"; "vis medicatrix naturae(life-force) [p.026]"; "life force(or spirit)[p.024]." Naturopaths, and particularly Pizzorno(this book's author), claim these "natural medicine" tenets are "science-based," "scientific," "science" etc.: e.g., in his 'self-label' as "one of the world's leading authorities on science-based natural medicine." But -- and here's the punch line, I guess -- teleology, supernaturalism-spiritism, and vitalism are actually scientifically-ejected / scientifically-unsupported, whether regarded separately or if conflated / amalgamated into the 'sectarian medical system' known as naturopathy / naturopathic medicine. Thus, my low rating of this book -- I regard naturopathy as 'an unethical pseudoscience.'
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