Friday, November 24, 2006

The Vital-Force-Spirit 'Animatistic New Age Pantheism' of Naturopathic Medicine.

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Acupuncture Today states:
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[in “The Heart of Healing: Restoring Our Original Program”{Starwynn, D. (OMD ?, Lac ?)}]
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“Chinese medicine teaches that pain is the experience of blockage in the flow of qi, or vital life force, through the meridians of the body”;
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the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine states:
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[in “Homeopathy and Naturopathy” (2000)]
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"[per Lee, A.C. (BSE ?), Kemper, K.J. (MD ?); Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2000; 154: 75-80] homeopaths believe the preparation of the solution imparts an energetic imprint, enabling the patient’s own body and vital energy to fight the original cause of disease […] naturopathic doctors (NDs) believe that the body [p.075...] has a strong, vital and innate power to heal itself [p.076…] acupuncture, chiropractic medicine, and particularly homeopathy are therapies that rely on vitalistic energy and are often used by naturopaths to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes";
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the Better Health Channel states:
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[in "Naturopathy" (2003)]
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"naturopathy […wherein] homeopathic treatments are used to stimulate the immune system […] naturopathy maintains that the body can heal itself […] treatments are noninvasive and are designed to stimulate the body’s own healing powers […] the importance of homeostasis […] this power to self-heal is called ‘the vital force’ […] this page has been produced in consultation with, and approved by, the Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association";
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Billings Gazette states:
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[in "Naturopathic Medicine: Acupuncture Balances Body" {2006-10-18}]
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[Burpee, K. (LAc ?), the author, states "Kara Burpee is a licensed acupuncturist in Montana. She received her M.S. in acupuncture from Bastyr University in 2001. She practices at the Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic"]
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"'qi' (pronounced chee) is one of the fundamental aspects of Chinese medicine. It has been translated to mean 'energy,' 'material force,' 'matter,' 'ether,' matter-energy,' 'vital force,' 'life force,' 'vital power' or 'moving power' [...] qi can be anything; it can assume any form [...] qi is the energy behind every process in our body. If it is blocked, we can have many different symptoms, including pain, fatigue, allergies, digestive problems and emotional disorders [...] these three types combine to form the qi that circulates in our body. We have 12 major energy pathways that carry qi throughout the body. If we think of these pathways as irrigation canals, we can look at the acupuncture points as the gateways that direct the qi. In acupuncture, we use the needles to open and close these energetic pathways. By directing qi [...] qi has five basic functions in the body [...] the regulation and promotion of the physiological activities of the internal organs, the meridians, the circulation of blood and the distribution of body fluids [...] maintaining homeostasis (normal body temperature) of the body [...] the wei qi will prevent invasion from external pathogens [...] qi is a component of the blood. It is the force that pushes the blood through the vessels. Qi regulates blood circulation, sweating, urination and seminal emissions [...] the process of mutual transformation among essence, qi, body fluids and blood [...] if any of these processes is interrupted, an imbalance occurs in the body and we have an illness [...] the ancient Chinese thought of qi as the foundation of the universe, and believed the movement and interaction of qi produced all things. They developed a system of medicine that treated disharmony or imbalances of the patient's qi";
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the British Naturopathic Journal states:
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[in "Naturopathy -- The Identity Crisis" (1990)]
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"[by way of Turner, R.N. (? ?)] the main objective of naturopathic medicine [...] central to all these is the concept of a life force or energy, which is the basis of all living matter [p.003...] fundamental theory [...is] vitalism [...] naturopathic diagnosis [...] addressing the vitality [p.004]";
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[vol. 13 no. 1 Jan. / March 1990]
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the Chiropractic Journal states:
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[in "Energy Medicine: Futuristic Healing with Ancient Roots—Part 1 of 2" (2010)]
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"[via homeopath Ullman] the study of energy medicine is the study of the 'many working parts lacking visible connections.' The forces and fields that connect organ to organ, body to mind, and mind to nature are not always visible. This invisibility doesn’t mean they don’t exist. It may only mean we haven’t looked for them or haven’t yet developed the technology to objectively see, feel, or measure these interconnective forces [...] at the same time that energy medicine practitioners have begun to explore the fields and forces within the organism that have self-organizing and self-healing capacities, practitioners of modern medicine have begun to recognize self-regulating processes within the organism that work to defend and heal the individual [...] this invisible yet ubiquitous self-healing/self-regulating system or field within the organism has been given various names at different times in history and in different cultures. Hippocrates called it 'physis' [...] Paracelsus called it 'archeus'; the modern-day scientist and discoverer of vitamin C, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, called it 'syntropy' [...] the Chinese have referred to it as 'ch’i'; the yogis as 'prana'; homeopathic physicians—'vital force'; and naturopathic physicians— 'vis medicatrix naturae' (translated as 'the healing power of nature') [...] like acupuncture and other energy systems of medicines, the heightened power and effect of those homeopathic medicines that have undergone greater potentizations (the process of serial dilution with vigorous shaking in-between dilutions) may be the result of what the homeopaths call the 'vital force' becoming sensitive to and resonant with the medicinal agent";
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the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) states:
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[per Mainfort, D. (? ?), in “The Roots of Qi - Ancient Texts Reveal the Origins of Qigong” (2000)]
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"vitalism is the belief in an invisible, intangible, unique form of energy that is supposedly responsible for all of the activities of a living organism […] the vital force in Chinese traditional medicine [TCM] is called qi, [and is] the concept upon which acupuncture is based. The word qi means air in English […] qi was [is] believed to exist everywhere in the universe -- a life force such as that referred to in pre-scientific Western medicine as élan vital [+/-…] according to ancient Chinese medicine dating back at least 3,000 years, illnesses were viewed as an imbalance of qi, or vital energy, in the body […] in traditional Chinese medicine, qi travels throughout the body by way of fourteen channels called meridians. Insertion of needles into points along these channels is supposed to adjust the positive (yang), or negative (yin) aspects of the qi, so as to maintain a balance, or harmony […and] qigong is said to allow practitioners to direct the alleged effects of qi just by using their minds […] the term qigong is a relatively new invention […per] 1955 […] the idea of qi as the basis for the Chinese concept of health comes from ancient times-long before the advent of modern science […] both ancient qigong wizards and modern masters draw from primitive traditions of nature worship […and] they all claim to possess unlimited power that can cure any and all diseases […] qi (air). They [the ancient Chinese] believed that our bodies were inflated and nourished by this special air and that the arteries and veins were simply part of the respiratory system […] as in most major religions, the ‘breath of life’ concept and air hold a special significance. When a person stops breathing, they die. If respiration is difficult, there is an obvious health problem. According to ancient medical beliefs (not only in China), the breath was said to be the soul of the individual, born with -- yet separate from -- the body and that it would leave the body prior to death […yet, qigong wizards,] although claiming to be scientific, they shun genuine scientific scrutiny. [E.g.,] their theories contain confusing and mystical concepts and they commonly cite ‘lack of faith’ on the part of their patients as a way of excusing their failures […such] belief in the supernatural [as curative, per medical vitalism] creates great confusion that causes theology to become mistaken for science";
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[Skeptical Briefs, vol. 10 #1 March 2000]
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Complementary Health Practice Review states:
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[in "Naturopathic Medical Education: Where Conventional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Meet" (2001)]
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"[per SCNM president and CEO ND Mittman, SCNM Chief Academic Officer PhD Poorman, SCNM graduate and Southwest College Research Institute Medical Director ND Kim] naturopathic physicians are guided by six principles [p.101...] first do no harm [...] illness is a purposeful [teleological] process of the organism. The process of healing includes the generation of symptoms that are, in fact, expressions of the life force attempting to heal itself. Therapeutic actions should be complementary to and synergistic with this healing process. The physician's actions can support or antagonize the actions of the vis medicatrix naturae, the healing power of nature [...] 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 [teleological]; nature heals through the response of the life force [...] naturopathic physicians respect and work with the vis medicatrix naturae in diagnosis, treatment and counseling. If this self-healing process is not respected, the patient may be harmed [p.102]";
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[Winter 2001 vol. 7 no. 2, ISSN 1533-2101]
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Evidence-Based [supposed] Complementary and Alternative Medicine states:
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[for a bio., click here, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Hankey]
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["CAM Modalities Can Stimulate Advances in Theoretical Biology" (2005)]
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"[per Hankey, A. (? ?)] naturopathy, where rest restores health by allowing the life force to regain its required energy level [...] the life force is equated with quantized instability fluctuations[!?!?...] the naturally occurring life force [...] one key idea in chronic disease is that the life force has become weak […] modern biophysical theories of organism regulation based on quantum theory [ha!] and critical phenomena [huh?] yield a self-consistent theory [huh?] of the life force and how its deformation results in the maladaptive reactions leading to pathological states [p.009...] ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, and other forms of energy medicine including vibrational medicine and homeopathy are all working on the same basis [...] restore the regulatory system to its state of healthy functioning in which the life force maintains its 'state of balance' and is able to provide full regulation [...] the life force and how its deformation results in the maladaptive reactions leading to pathological states [p.010]”;
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Herbalgram: The Journal of the American Botanical Council states:
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[in “The Role of Botanical Medicine in 100 Years of American Naturopathy”{1998; 42: 49-59}]
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“contemporary and complementary to the establishment of naturopathy, an elaborate explanation of the principles of natural healing, the philosophy of physiomedicalism by Dr. J. M. Thurston, was published in 1900. The enhancement of vitality was paramount for physiomedicalists, and herbs were only used to draw out potential vitality, not produce it. The human organism was perceived as essentially a realm dominated by vital force expressed as functional actions. In disease conditions its nature is inherently resistive, eliminative, and restorative […]by the mid-19th century the movement became known as eclectic medicine, and its motto was ‘sustain the vital forces’”;
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Homeopathy Online: A Journal of Homeopathic Medicine states:
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[in “Taking Homeopathy into the Shadows: A Sequential Causal Approach to Treating Chronic Disease”{per Verspoor, R. (homeopath BIH), “Currently President of the Canadian national homeopathic professional association, NUPATH, which he helped to found in 1994}{October-December 1996, vol. 1, no. 3}]
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“what is disease? Dis-ease, as the name suggests, is first and foremost an energy disturbance, a derangement of the vital force's normal harmonious vibratory frequency. Something must cause this derangement. The true origins of chronic illness, as identified by Hahnemann, lie in two factors. The first factor is the miasms, which constitute the fundamental cause of a state of dis-ease (in that they represent a kind of genetically acquired weakness or over-susceptibility to pathogenic forces). The second factor is the various shocks the vital force may receive during one's lifetime (which can be accidents, viral infections, drugs, or mental/emotional stresses). This perspective on the origins of chronic illness is set out in Hahnemann's Chronic Diseases and is generally agreed among homeopaths […] if the symptoms reflect disturbances in the vital force, then each particular incident of disturbance will contribute to the symptom picture to the extent that the vital force is unable to re-establish balance afterward. Miasms are like weak radio signals that can fade in and out, and the various shocks to our vital force during our lifetime are like static that interferes with the healthful signals necessary to our organism's functioning […] if the symptoms are removed, we now need to be certain that the underlying state is also improved over time, otherwise we have simply strengthened the vital force to the point that the underlying state is latent and producing no symptoms at the present time, but with significant stress, the original disease situation is likely to return, with the same symptoms or with a different symptom picture […] the vital force, once stimulated, begins a process of chronological retracing. Hering's Law of Cure tells us this, and it is observed in practice daily. We know that the vital force can encounter blockages on its way, and the more severe the case and the more severe the traumas, the more likely this will be the case. We also know that these blockages must be cleared for the process of cure to proceed. It is logical then, and would indeed seem necessary, to treat the blockages in the order in which the vital force will encounter them. Happily, it is also relatively simple to treat this way. In essence, the process of disease and the symptoms that a person comes to a homeopath with are really the outward reflection of a healing process. They are the efforts, albeit unsuccessful, of the vital force to overcome the most recent destabilization or exciting cause. The vital force is unsuccessful because it is encumbered by all the causes, including the miasms, preceding this event. Addressing each cause as the vital force approaches and tackles it helps the vital force to overcome the blockage and to proceed along the path of cure. Such an approach to homeopathic treatment would be a sequential, causally-based one”;
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“lastly, the deeper a shock has penetrated the energy field of the vital force, the higher the potency needed to remove the disturbance caused (the principle of ascending potency) […] the time-line provides, in effect, a map of the dis-ease as well as a map of the process of cure. It locates the blockages that the vital force will attempt to remove if it is stimulated to cure. The time-line is individual to the person […] the disease really represents the efforts of the vital force to re-establish order in the system. Chronic disease exists when the vital force is unable to overcome the disturbance, and is struggling against one or more blockages. Whatever you may use to start the process of cure, the effect is to stimulate and strengthen the vital force […] I explained that the earlier symptoms and the current ones represented unsuccessful attempts by the vital force to heal the disturbance it was suffering from, starting with the first, most recent trauma. The constitutional remedy had strengthened the vital force and stimulated this healing process, temporarily removing the symptoms, but the vital force then returned to its efforts to remove the blockages, starting with the most recent […] another example will illustrate how a remedy based on symptomatology will assist the vital force and improve the overall state, without necessarily touching the underlying trauma […] it is not possible to know in advance whether a particular event has left a mark on the vital force; however, experience provides a guide to the likely events that one should address in treatment. If there is no remaining trauma, then there is no response to the remedy. Also, the vital force contains a memory of each trauma and will bring it to the surface to be treated at the appropriate point in the timeline […] the vital force typically will bring to the surface traumas that are there but not remembered […] the stronger the disturbance of the vital force left by a trauma, the greater is the likelihood of a healing reaction (return of old symptoms and an aggravation of existing symptoms) […] events the patient could not remember return to the awareness as the vital force strengthens (often there is a reason for the loss of memory). If this does not happen, then the struggle of the vital force with the blockage left by the trauma will throw up a symptom picture that will suggest its existence […] in most cases of physical trauma, 10M is sufficient to clear the trauma from the vital force […] this reflects the fact that emotional traumas penetrate more deeply into the vital force and are the greatest cause of chronic disease in Western societies”;
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“why not treat all the shocks to the vital force? […] the sequential causal approach further argues, consistent with Hering's Law of Cure, that we should treat the identified causes in the reverse of their chronological order, because that is the direction in which the vital force is trying to go in its efforts to heal […] the concept of the need for ascending potencies to treat ever deeper, higher levels of the vital force is also not new […] this is based on the theory, validated by experience, that the ascending scale is necessary to remove the traumas completely from the deeper reaches of the vital force […] the use of a series of ascending potencies is based also on the need to prepare the vital force for the power of the highest potency and on the need to directly address the blockage, much like the concentration of light on a specific point which gives lasers their power […] if only one of the remedies is given, it either doesn't seem to work or can lead to an apparent aggravation which is really the symptoms of the vital force unsuccessfully tackling the remaining traumas not yet treated […] the constitutional remedy is given during treatment sometimes to boost the vital force through healing reactions […] cases are not uncommonly begun with constitutional treatment to boost the vital force to a point that it can undertake a deeper healing process”;
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Homeopathy Today states:
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[in “Homeopathy is ‘Awesome’ for Flu”; Nov. – Dec. 2004}]
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"[per Rouhani, S. (ND-student SCNM)] homeopathy is awesome […] last week I had a dip in my vital force that presented like a flu”;
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Homoeopathy For All states:
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“the higher the potency, the stronger the stimulation of the vital force [...] dynamis - life energy, vital force [...] Hahnemann divides the symptoms we see into two different types: those which result from the first encounter between the vital force and the external agent, and the ones which are a result of the vital force's reaction to the symptoms of that primary encounter-counter action [...] lebenskraft life force or life power [...] mesmerism — healing force by which a well-intentioned man exerts his strong will over a patient with or without touching him, or even at some distance, in such a way that the vital force of the healthy mesmerizer gifted with this power dynamically flows into the patient [...]
primary effects — every power that acts on life, every medicine, alters the vital force more or less and brings about in human health certain modifications of greater or lesser duration [...] secondary effects — our vital force strives to oppose its energy to this influence. This, its life-preserving reaction, is an automatic activity called secondary effects [...] vigor vitaelife force. Vis medicatrix naturae — The healing power of nature. Vital force — the energy that maintains life in the individual. See aphorisms 9-12 of the Organon”;
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the Institute for Complementary Medicine Journal states:
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“homeopathy has been practiced worldwide for over 200 years. It is founded on the principle that all living things possess a unique, powerful life force energy and capacity for self-healing. In essence homeopathy works by understanding the nature of the individual’s life force energy and its capacity to regulate and maintain balance and harmony throughout the organism, and his or her susceptibility or power of reaction, resistance and receptivity to disease-causing influences […] the self-healing response of the life force energy is triggered by selecting and administering the remedy and potency that best matches the strong/weak state of the individual’s life force energy. The microdose of a homeopathically prepared remedy kick-starts into action the body’s self-curative survival mechanism and, in response to the medicine, the life force energy restores balance and harmony throughout the individual […] homeopaths do not diagnose or treat specific diseases. Homeopathy focuses on the life force energy of the suffering individual and views mental, emotional and physical symptoms as a single state of suffering caused by the individual’s life force energy struggling on all levels to defend itself and preserve life by throwing off the disturbing influence and restoring health and balance. In observing and perceiving the whole person in varying degrees of distress and struggle, through administration of the symptom-similar medicine, homeopathy harmonizes the unique state of each individual’s life force energy […] systematically identifying and evaluating each person’s individualizing signs of suffering, the homeopath selects from the drug-proving databank the single remedy that is most symptom-similar to the sick person’s total spirit, mind, body state of imbalance and recommends that remedy in the single, smallest dose required to achieve a curative response from the life force energy […] Hahnemann’s fixed principles: 1. recognition of the individual’s unique, innate, spirit-like, self-preserving life force energy”;
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[in "Homotoxicology: Biological Medicine For The 21st Century"{Dec. 2003}]
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"although the theory of chi life-energy (called the vital force in European natural medicine) may seem very abstract to logical Western thinking, European researchers have validated the existence of these acupuncture points by electrical conductivity readings [...] Hahnemann had come to the conclusion that there was a balancing mechanism or vital force that would continually strive to keep a person in optimum health in spite of all the negative influences, whether biological, environmental, or psychological, to which they were exposed [...] or the defense mechanism too weak, then signs and symptoms unique to the individual would follow. The theory was that the appropriate homeopathic program would strengthen the vital force and support dramatically the process of healing already in progress, so that health could be restored quickly and naturally";
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the International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences states:
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[in "Alternative Medicines and Their Applications in Dentistry: A Brief Review" (2013)]
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"[per Desai, Sharma, Patil] naturopathy: it is a form of alternative medicine based on a belief in vitalism, which posits that a special energy called vital energy or vital force guides bodily processes such as metabolism, reproduction, growth, and adaptation. It includes procedures like acupuncture, applied kinesiology, botanical medicines,color therapy, nature cure, nutrition, ozone therapy";
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the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine states:
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[in "Evidence-Based Medicine and Naturopathy" (2006)]
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"[of the authors listed, only Singer is an ND] those natural medicine practices, which have tradition-based paradigms articulating vitalistic and holistic principles, may have significant problems in relating to the idea of EBM as developed in biomedical contexts [...] the authors do not claim to represent all CAM and naturopathic practitioners, because this is a paradigmatically diverse group, but to the extent that these practitioners embrace holism and vitalism as core beliefs and practices, these views may be seen to resonate with what the authors contend is a more traditional standpoint [...] that naturopathic research can proceed using evidence that is scientifically valid (i.e., empirically testable) without necessarily negating assumptions of holism or vitalism [...] in the responses of the homeopath and two herbalists, the extent of the paradigm divide between EBM and their concerns is profound. Both modalities use evidence but in a holistic and vitalistic context [...] as the summary-analyses that which accompany each statement attempt to show, there is a strong consensus that EBM is antithetical to holistic and vitalistic philosophies of health [...] naturopathy, a Western nonbiomedical ethnomedicine is based on holistic and vitalistic principles whereas biomedicine, the prevailing ethnomedicine is based on scientific reductionist principles [...] according to this practitioner: 1. Naturopathy is based on holistic and vitalistic principles. 2. Biomedicine is based on reductionism and is paradigmatically incongruent with naturopathy. 3. EBM marginalizes and corrupts traditional naturopathic knowledge [...] vitalism lies at the heart of natural medicine, a deep respect for the body’s self-healing capacity and a commitment to working with that innate force. Vital force [...] they are not given a deep understanding of what holism and vitalism means, rather only the small range of science-based versions of CAM as validated by EBM, then the profession will change and holism as a concept will become diluted [...] in this educator’s opinion: 1. EBM is antithetical to holistic and vitalistic approaches to health care; and 2. there is danger that EBM will be accepted uncritically in educational institutions [...] as discussed, the core assumptions and institutional focus of EBM is largely antipathetic to those naturopathic modalities that emphasize vitalism and holism in their foundations";
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[Jagtenberg, T, Evans, S, Grant, A, Howden, I, Lewis, M & Singer, J, 2006, 'Evidence-based medicine and naturopathy', Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 323-328]

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the Journal of the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians states:
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[in “A Reply To Andre Saine’s ‘Homeopathy vs. Speculative Medicine”{per Mathieu, B. (? ?){Simillimum: Winter 2001, vol. XIV no. 4 p. 6-14}]
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“our diplomats graduate from naturopathic medical schools where they are trained to integrate homeopathy with other therapies that respect and work with the vital force […] our understanding of vital force, susceptibility, miasms […] the vitalistic rhetoric of naturopathy was largely borrowed from homeopathy in the first place”;
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the Journal of the Mindshift Institute states:
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[per Mannion, M. (? ?), "The New American Medicine"]
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"the diverse medical techniques previously referred to as 'holistic' or 'alternative' medicine are now variously called 'complementary' or 'integrative' medicine. In the medical profession, the acronym CAM (for Complementary-Alternative Medicine) has become increasingly popular to describe a wide range of modalities outside conventional medicine [...] in Ayurveda, the ancient medical system of India, the balanced functioning of the life force is essential to health. In traditional Chinese medicine, harmony and balance of qi energy are evident in the well-known yin-yang symbol [...] the divergent approaches to health that comprise what we call complementary medicine are not analogous to the many specialties that exist in Western bioscientific medicine. Seen from a new perspective, it becomes clear that complementary care involves an entirely different view of health than Western medicine [...] at the center of the labyrinth of complementary care is the physical life energy, which has been called by many names over the millennia [...] energy medicine is the least acceptable today and the most controversial in many ways. Yet acupuncture, Ayurveda, biofeedback, color light therapies, herbal remedies, homeopathy, therapeutic touch, yoga—in fact, practically all forms of complementary medicine--involve working with human bioenergy. The concept of bioenergy or life energy is as old as human thought (to the ancient Greeks it was pneuma, to the Hindus, prana) and is familiar around the world as chi in China; baraka in North Africa, and po-wa-ha or orenda to Native Americans. However, it causes great consternation to those who adhere to the mechanistic scientific model. To such individuals, the concepts of bioenergy or life energy smack of mysticism";
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Journal of Naturopathic Medicine states:

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"[by Letitia M. Watrous, ND] constitutional hydrotherapy, a modern addition to traditional nature cure, supports the first tenet of naturopathic medicine: vis medicatrix naturae, the healing power of nature. Acute and chronic case histories are discussed In relation to the model of healing, giving an idea of what can be accomplished when allowing an individual’s 'vital force' to heal disease [...] Constantine Herring, a pioneer of homeopathy, said a re-creation of a previous illness will arise to be totally healed by the vital force, allowing the body to return to homeostasis or health as stated in Herring's Laws of Healing [...] the results obtained are always dependent upon a number of factors: the patient’s vital force (the body’s innate ability to heal itself) [...] the vital force was then able to promote healing in the joint tissue";
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Medscape states:
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[in "Naturopathy: A Critical Appraisal" (Medscape General Medicine 5(4); 2003]
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"[per per Atwood, K.C. IV. (MD ?)] naturopathic beliefs -- including those of 'naturopathic physicians' -- are rooted in vitalism, the pre-20th-century assertion that biological processes do not conform to universal physical and chemical principles. Naturopaths describe a 'healing power of nature,' which is compromised by modern medicine";
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[in "Acupuncture: A Clinical Review"(South Med J. 2005;98(3):330-337; 2005)]
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"[per MD Sierpina, MD Frenkel] the practice of acupuncture  [...] classic texts describe 365 points located in systematic fashion on meridians or channels of energy flow that are mapped onto the surface of the body. Key principles in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) are that both wellness and illness result from an imbalance of yin and yang. [...] the movement between these opposite forces, named qi, is considered to be the essential element in the healing system of TCM. It is best thought of as energy becoming manifest, a vitalistic force that flows ceaselessly through the meridians, or energy channels of the body";
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Natural Medicine Journal states:
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"organisms have powerful self-healing mechanisms [...] naturopathic physicians seek to restore and maintain optimum health in their patients by emphasizing nature’s inherent self-healing process, the vis medicatrix naturae. This is accomplished through education and the rational use of natural therapeutics [...] naturopathic physicians understand illness as a disruption of normal orderly function, and healing as a process by which living systems return to equilibrium. The guiding principles of naturopathic medical practice (below) are based on the premise that healing is intrinsic to the nature of living organisms. 1. Vis medicatrix naturae (the healing power of nature): the inherent organizing forces underlying this process, such as homeostasis, adaptation, metabolism or tissue repair [...] NDs employ the following 'therapeutic order,' beginning with minimal intervention and proceeding to higher levels of intervention, as necessary [...] stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms";
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[in "American Association of Naturopathic Physicians 2016 Annual Convention and Exhibition" (2017)]
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"you can become more influential with your patients getting them to comply with treatments as well as engage their own inner healing power";
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"[via ND Beil] it is relevant to consider the benefits that the 'healing power of nature' may have on individual and population mental health and well-being";
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[in "New Study Shows Vast Majority of Naturopathic Medical Professionals Find Satisfaction, Success with Career Choice" (2017)]
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"naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession that combines the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science [...] 'that self-healing approach'";
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[in "Naturopathic Medicine Treats Each Person Holistically to Establish Optimal Health" (2017)]
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"these are the therapeutic approaches employed by naturopathic doctors  [...#2] stimulate the self-healing mechanisms";
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[in "Interested in a Rewarding Healthcare Career That Combines the Healing Power of Nature With Modern Science?" (2017)]
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"a distinct primary care profession that combines the healing power of nature with the rigors of modern science [...] the six guiding principles of naturopathic medical care are fundamental drivers of both career and personal satisfaction for professionals in the field.  Those principles are: [#1] the healing power of nature";
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[in "Can Camping Reset Melatonin Production?" (2017)]
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"the vis medicatrix naturae (the healing power of nature)";
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[in "Vitamin D - Wrong Direction?" (2017)]
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"[via ND Schor] that whole vis medicatrix naturae, the healing power of nature thing";
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[in "Effects of Forest Bathing on Elderly COPD Patients" (2017)]
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"[via ND Beil] the clinical condition being treated by time in the forest speaks to the miracles and mysteries of the human body and the healing power of the vis medicatrix naturae";
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[in "Natural Depression Remedies" (2017)]
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"[via ND Freedenberg] anthroposophic medicine uses the anthroposophic view of the human being as a blend of 3 interdependent aspects: the physical body; the life force, understood as the source of growth and regeneration and sometimes called the soul; and the 'astral body,' which mediates between the body and the soul, also called the 'ego' or 'consciousness' [...] the patient’s self-healing capacity";
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[in "Prognostic Role of Neutrophil-to-lymphocyte Ratio in Cancer" (2017)]
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"it calls us to treat inflammation more aggressively so that the immune system and vital force can restore balance";
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"there is an inherent healing power of nature, an intrinsic connection between the natural world and human health and well-being";
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"Paul Anderson, ND, received the VIS Award, which honors and celebrates the life and work of Dr. William A. Mitchell, ND by acknowledging a person who represents the VIS, the healing power of nature";
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[in "Telomere Length and Respiratory Health" (2013)]
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"[by way of ND Schor] in our training as naturopathic physicians we often speak of a person’s 'vital force' [...] vitality and the ability to heal from illness [...] this 'force'";
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[in "AANP Recognizes Contributions to Naturopathic Medicine" (2013)]
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"Paul Anderson, ND, received the Vis Award, which honors and celebrates the life and work of Dr. William A. Mitchell, ND by acknowledging a person who represents the Vis, the healing power of nature";
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"[via ND Marchese] our guiding principles, the healing power of nature";
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[in "Siberian Ginseng: A Review of the Literature" (2012)]
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"in TCM, Siberian ginseng is used to invigorate qi [...] it has also been used in traditional Korean medicine as a tonic and adaptogen to strengthen qi";
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"naturopathic medicine [...] 'is based on the natural healing capacity of individuals";
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[in "Ongoing Neuropsychological Issues in Breast Cancer Survivors" (2012)]
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"Trina Doefler [...] activates the viz medicatrix naturae";
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[in "National College of Natural Medicine Expands Programs, Facilities, and Access" (2011)]
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"doctor of naturopathic medicine: a four-year program of clinical sciences and holistic methods of healing and disease prevention, instilled with the ancient principle of the healing power of nature";
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[in "Acupuncture: Bottom-line Monograph" (2011)]
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"Chinese medicine theory holds that the human body contains a network of energy pathways through which vital energy, called 'chi' (also spelled 'qi'), circulates [...] the meridians contain specific 'points' that function somewhat like gates or way stations through which chi flows as it circulates through the body. Acupuncture needles are inserted into these points to regulate the flow of chi through the meridians. Illness and symptoms are believed to be caused by problems in the circulation of chi through the meridians [...] good health is considered an indication of the proper circulation of chi [...] chi is believed to have subtle qualities [...] the chi proposed by Chinese medicine theory is not electricity and is not directly detectable with scientific instruments [...] and appear to accompany the circulation of chi through the body";
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"we can elicit self healing powers from the patient through the inner attitudes of the physician [...] the foundational principles of naturopathic practice, the vis medicatrix naturae (healing power of nature)";
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[in "Medical Qigong Improves Quality of Life, Mood, and Energy in Cancer Patients" (2011)]
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"from an Eastern perspective this improvement is centered around the improved flow of energy or 'qi' throughout the body";
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[in "Flower Power Revisited" (2010)]
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"future studies should be done to confirm this study’s findings and delineate what aspect of the live plant (eg, visual, olfactory, qi) might be responsible for improved outcomes";
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"the Connecticut-based College of Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport (UBCNM)  [...] over the past 10 years the school has remained steadfast in the philosophy that guides its teaching and clinical training. The philosophy, vis medicatrix naturae, means 'the healing power of nature' [...] UBCNM continues the vis medicatrix naturae tradition [...] 'in our clinic we really emphasize nature cure: lifestyle, diet, botanical medicine. I like to think that the roots of naturopathic medicine really shine in our program,' says Beth Pimentel, ND, associate dean for academic affairs at UBCNM [...] UBCNM trains naturopathic physicians who practice medicine in a way that supports the inherent healing wisdom of nature";
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[in "An Evidence-based Review of Qi Gong by the Natural Standard Research Collaboration"(2010)]
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 "written records referring to qi and its effects are thought to be as old as 3,300 years (Shang dynasty oracle bones, Zhou dynasty inscriptions). The therapy is based on the traditional Chinese belief that the human body contains a network of energy pathways through which vital energy, called qi (also called chi or vital energy) circulates [...] there are 2 main types of qi gong practice: internal and external. Internal qi gong is the self-directed practice of techniques used to cultivate the circulation qi throughout the practitioner’s energy system. The practices involve meditation, subtle movement, visualization, and breathing techniques. External qi gong is an interpersonal healing practice in which a practitioner projects qi into another person in order to promote the recipient’s health or circulation of qi [...] qi gong is a major branch of Chinese medicine that denotes methods used to cultivate, regulate, and harness qi (vital energy, life force) for general self-preservation and health, healing, self-defense, longevity, and spiritual development";
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Naturopath and Herald of Health states:
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"Naturopath and Herald of Health. Official Journal of the American Naturopathic Association and the American School of Naturopathy. Naturopathy employs physiological, mechanical, and psychological sciences to rebuild, purify, and normalize the vital forces of the body";
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Naturopathic Doctor News and Review states:
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[in "The 2nd Annual Naturopathic Gathering"]
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"Dr. Broadwell's discussion, as might be expected, included enlightening discussions of an historical nature.  He described the demise of the osteopathic profession from a holistic, vitalistic system that relied on manipulation as a primary treatment method, to its absorption into the AMA and Osteopathic doctors becoming fully allopathic.  He had important lessons for the modern naturopathic profession to prevent this from happening to us";
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[in "Vis Medicatrix Naturae: Constitutional Hydrotherapy Utilized to Treat Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue"(2006-04, vol. 02 issue 04}]
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"[Watrous, L.M. (ND NCNM) writes] vis medicatrix naturae. Constitutional hydrotherapy utilized to treat fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue [cover...diagnostics for the fatigue included] iris diagnosis [...and therapy included] a homeopathic combination remedy [p.06...her fibromyalgia was attributed to] toxemia [...treatment therefore included] detoxifying the body with constitutional hydrotherapy [...and diagnostics included] iris diagnosis [...and some form of] food intolerance test [AK?...patient also had a] painful heel spur [...with pain attributed to the VFS per] present on occasion but mild. The vis [VFS, when you're really hip!] as now brought out an acute response with the current heel spur [p.07...] via constitutional hydrotherapy and nature cure, these patients are not 'managed' in a disease state, but rather the vis is stimulated to heal and it will carry the body as far as it can in the healing process. This is our body's inner wisdom [...] improving the basic, fundamental mechanics of the human body increases the power of the blood. The healing power is in the blood [...] constitutional hydrotherapy remakes the blood -- simply stated. Once the blood is vitalized, normal metabolism follows [p.08]";
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[in “Tolle Causam - Abnormal Cell Growth in Light of Naturopathic Philosophy” (2006-02, vol. 02 issue 02)]
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“[Cage, A. (ND SCNM writes] this concept of the energetic anatomical structures and the energy conducted by them is entirely harmonious with a third naturopathic principle – the vis medicatrix naturae – the healing power of nature, often referred to as the vital force […] vitalism […] the term vital force appears to be the European translation of qi or prana […] qi, prana, and the vital force […] qi / energy [p.007]”;
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[in "Vis Medicatrix Naturae: Viral Disease and Naturopathic Medicine" (2006-01, vol.02 issue 01}]
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"[Ancharski, M. (ND NCNM) writes] showing additional promise is the role of immune enhancing strategies, ranging from general and specific nutrient substances to complete alternative medical systems, which center on cleansing and detoxification, restoring balance and boosting the vital force [p.005]";
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“[Spaulding, K. (ND Bastyr) writes] I had been seeing Sharon for anxiety, fatigue and hypoglycemic episodes for more than a year […] she was only 50% better[…] last fall, I started practicing drop dosing in earnest as a blend of physical and energetic prescribing […] the concept of drop dosing is known and used in the naturopathic community, but not commonly, and rarely do I see articles regarding the technique. It is odd: the same people that may use Aurum 1M to bring somebody out of a depressive funk feel a need to use Hydrastis in a high-dose, concentrated form as an antimicrobial for an intestinal virus […] as doctors, what are we trying to do? […] Mathew Wood has probably done more than anybody in modem times to popularize the power of drop dosing. Flower essences and low-dose homeopathic prescribing (3X, 6X) respond on a similar level (of course, flower essences affect the mental / emotional level) and fall into this category […] drop dosing straddles physiologic and homeopathic dosing […] affecting the vital force […] I believe in it strongly […] the vital force […] nearly impossible to measure and difficult to easily affect or, ideally, strengthen. Yet we see that the vital force of people is slowly decaying. At a recent Gaia herb conference in Black Mountain, N.C., a panel included NDs Bill Mitchell, Jill Stansbury and Debra Francis. They were asked how to increase the vital force. The panelists agreed that hydrotherapy, sweat lodges, herbs and homeopathy can move the vital force in their own way […] the appropriately chosen remedy can create subtle repercussions that spread throughout the organism like an intelligent Mr. Fix-It, who knows in which places to go to resolve the problems [p.015]”;
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[Cage, A. (ND SCNM) writes] the healing power of nature […] stress and the constellation of symptoms it produces is really a new, modern miasm in our culture. Traditional homeopathy teaches that miasms are primarily due to infectious illnesses, but given our holistic structure as energetic human beings, and that infectious organisms can't colonize healthy tissues but only invade hosts with abnormal internal environments, we need to rethink this notion […] energetic miasms […] old naturopathic authors such as Lust and Lindlahr often spoke of ‘nerve energy.’ In my analysis, this nerve energy is clearly qi, or the vital force. Since we all have auras and energy fields that interact with each other and the planet, we can start to see how the notion of an energetic miasm [...] a fear-based miasm”;
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[in "Addiction" (2006-12-22)]
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"[ND Arneson writes] acupuncture is based on the ancient Chinese theory of qi (energy) flow through channels or meridian pathways that run through our body. Channels are like superhighways of energy. When the body is in balance, the qi travels smoothly through the channels in a specific direction or flow pattern. But sometimes when the qi is out of balance, it will stagnate or gather in particular points along the superhighway, creating a multitude of disease states. These are the points where we place the needles – to move, disperse or reroute the qi, thus restoring balance and the movement to optimum health";
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“[Deroin, C. (NMD NCNM) writes] understanding the important role that the endocrine system, nervous system and general vital force of the body play in a healing crisis allows the physician to use the appropriate medicines not only to promote a healing crisis but also to assist the patient in further alleviation of symptoms [...] experiencing a healing crisis does not guarantee a person will be cured of cancer or any other condition, but its significance lies in a better understanding of the person's vital force. It also allows the body to move through layers of disturbed metabolism and realign itself with its innate cellular memory. Generally, a person's quality of life is improved and the immune system is strengthened on many levels. A healing crisis enables the body to remove the obstacles to cure. It is an example of vis medicatrix naturae at work [p.019]”;
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[in "Acupuncture as Treatment for Hot Flashes" (2008-05-20)]
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"in TCM, breast cancer itself can be a symptom of yin excess: Masses are from qi stagnation that forms phlegm, usually liver qi [...] liver yin deficiency and qi stagnation may also be addressed since the liver meridian goes through the breast and qi stagnation is manifest by masses and mental depression. LR 3 moves liver qi stagnation and can be needled through to LR 2 to enhance its heat-draining capabilities. SP 6 can be used to reinforce the yin tonifying actions of the kidney, liver and spleen meridians that pass through it, as well as settle the stomach and promote proper digestion. This simple five- or six-point formula is an excellent basis for treating vasomotor symptoms and should be individualized as needed. 'Surround the dragon' needling around scars and application of castor oil packs over the liver and healed scars may promote detoxification, resolution of liver qi stagnation and softening of tissue [...] on the other hand, data exist that when qi is stimulated through needling, the sympathetic system causes a vasomotor response, increasing heart rate and perspiration [...] acupuncture also decreases sympathetic activity after initially stimulating it, when the de qi sensation is felt. Since sympathetic activity exacerbates hot flashes, acupuncture likely reduces hot flashes by reducing sympathetic activity. In TCM, this correlates to decreasing yang. Another theory to explain acupuncture’s effect is that it increases serotonin activity, which blocks the release of NPY and CGRP. This would correspond to a decrease in liver qi stagnation, since low serotonin levels and liver qi stagnation both correspond to depression";
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"[ND weatherby writes] morphine, which is effective for cancer pain relief, elicits many adverse side effects. These effects include drug dependency, respiratory depression, decreased mental alertness, constipation and, most of all, a suppression of the 'vital force' [...] cancer patients with chronic pain need botanical support to build up their life force in order to have the energy to relieve pain and get well";
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""this year's Naturopathic Gathering [...] will be held at SCNM in Tempe Nov. 14-16. The Gathering's goal is to bring the elders of naturopathic medicine together with the new generations for conversations about vitalistic medicine in theory and practice [...] guest speakers for the conference include NDs Andre Saine, Jared Zeff, Letitia Watrous, Charlie Cropley, Debra Frances, Paul Mittman and Stephen Bailey, and Alan Goldhamer, DC. The master of ceremonies will be Jim Sensenig, ND [p.021]";
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"Sussanna Czeranko, ND graduated from CCNM in 1994 and presently works at NCNM in the advancement department. She has incorporated her strong interests in balneotherapy [bathing] and breathing therapies into a current project focused on bringing Nature Cure therapies back into naturopathy. The project involves the creation of a ‘Naturopathic Vitalism’ series incorporating balneotherapy, nature cure and the herbal arts";
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"[ND Czeranko writes] 'this life force, which flows into us from the one great source of all life in this Universe, from that which we call God, Nature, Creative Force or Universal Intelligence, is the primary source of all energy from which all other kinds and forms of energy are derived. It is as independent of the body, and of food and drink, as electric current is independent of the glass bulb and the carbon thread through which it manifests as heat and light' – Henry Lindlahr (1918, p. 27) [...] these early 20th-century views were preceded in the late 19th century by spiritual movements emphasizing metaphysical beliefs that promoted positive thinking, the law of attraction, affirmations, healing life force, creative visualization and personal power (Lewis, 2004)";
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"[Beil, K. (ND NCNM 2006) writes] the naturopathic profession holds the concept of vis medicatrix naturae as one of its highest ideals. We define ourselves by an adherence to the philosophy that some power inherent within nature moderates the healing process [...] the naturopathic principle of vis medicatrix naturae [...] the healing powers of the immune system [...] the healing powers of nature [...] as NDs, it is our duty to utilize the healing power of nature to benefit those who have placed their trust and care in our hands [...] he enjoys getting out into the healing power of nature whenever he can [...] when Father Kneipp was teaching Benedict Lust the ways of the (vital) force";
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"[ND Kruzel and ND DeGrandpre write] we began thinking: what is functional medicine and how might functional medical practitioners potentially be working toward clarifying or developing a more vitalist approach? (Vitalism is 'the theory that the origin and phenomena of life are dependent on a force or principle distinct from purely chemical or physical forces' [http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/vitalism]) [...] functional medicine includes some of the important concepts of the vitalist approach including [...] the crucial interplay of the mind, body, and spirit [...] vitalism also takes this view although it is more broadly defined and applied within naturopathic practice [...] where do functional medicine and naturopathic medicine meet at the crossroads of reductionist and vitalist medical approaches? [...] there has been a long and somewhat arduous debate about the roles that vitalism and reductionism have in medicine [...] a more vitalist approach [...] naturopathic medicine -- while clearly having roots in both the vitalist and reductionist traditions [...] the presentations at the April 2011 conference did not account for the premise of vitalist medicine [...] the vitalist approach [...] in the vitalist view [x2...] vitalism is a philosophy positing that the totality of an individual organism cannot be explained solely by the interplay of biochemistry but that there is an additional 'spark,' an expression of energy that is essential to life [...] vitalism posits [...] it is not wishful thinking to believe that epigenetics will ultimately lend support to the vitalist view of health and disease [...] this article is less of an argument that functional medicine is not adequately approaching vitalism [...] vitalism [...] the vitalist-reductionist debate";
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"naturopathic medicine is a natural approach to health and healing that recognizes the integrity of the whole person and represents the ‘vitalistic’ tradition of medicine in our Western world. It treats disease through the stimulation, increase, and support of each person’s inherent healing capacity.  Treatments are chosen to work with the patient’s natural adaptive physiology, respecting the innate healing processes of nature. The practice of naturopathic medicine includes six underlying principles of healing – principles that make naturopathic medicine different from all other medical approaches [...#2] the healing power of nature: trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself";
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"[ND Czeranko writes] in the formative years of the profession, many early NDs when defining the essence of naturopathy pondered the nature of human life forces and healing [...] Lindlahr saw the harmony of emotions as supporting the life force. 'What harmony is to music, hope, faith, cheerfulness, happiness, sympathy, love, and altruism,' he wrote 'are to the vibratory conditions of the human entity.' He went on to describe how such emotions were 'in alignment with the constructive principle in Nature' and that they 'harmonized the physical vibrations' and 'relaxed the tissues,' opening them 'wide to the inflow of the life force' (Lindlahr, 1922, p. 400)";
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"Yi Ren Medical Qigong Therapy (YRMQ) is a self-care qigong therapy. It is designed for patients to practice regularly and serves as an adjunct to standard care and other existing diabetes treatment modalities.  YRMQ has been developed with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) meridian theory, Yi Ren Medical Qigong clinical experience and qi-energy observations.  Yi Ren Medical qigong is the practice of mind-body integration through a growing awareness and enhancement of qi within the body as well as surrounding the body";
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"[ND DiPasquale writes] the energy of the crown chakra is about opening to the heavens through the crown of the head, connecting with the electrical forces of the universe, and allowing these to flow through the body to join with the magnetic forces of the earth energy in the heart [...] the spleen is integrally linked to the lymphatic system, acting as an alternative and moving fluid and qi throughout the entire body";
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"acupressure was initially performed on a daily basis to relieve obstructed or stagnant qi within the intestines";
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"[NMD Price writes] this paresthesia can be variously described as de qi, qi sensation, qi arrival, or dull pain. It differs from sharp pain, and most practitioners and American patients consider it harmful, as supported by functional magnetic resonance imaging. Qi can be defined as breath or vital energies.  A recent human study by Qin et al demonstrated via functional magnetic resonance imaging that deqi, described as '[n]umbness, fullness, dull pain, heaviness and soreness,' (Figure 2) mapped to specific neural networks that formed a hub at the posterior cingulate cortex and precuneus";
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"[by way of ND Kellum (ND NCNM 2004)] what are the causative factors that disturb function and impede the vital force?  [...] can we find the underlying causative factors of disease and rebuild the vital force [...] this etheric body is what Paracelsus termed the archaeus, what Hahnemann called the vital force, and what Lindlahr knew as the 'constructive principle.' It is the force of growth, regeneration, and reproduction [...] of an otherwise mechanistic vital force [...] the etheric life forces of nature";
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"[ND Creech writes] Hippocrates (460-377 bc) wrote: 'the natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.'  What Hippocrates spoke of is the vis medicatrix naturae, also reflected in the more ancient philosophies of traditional Chinese medicine, ayurveda, and other indigenous forms of medicine [...] increasing the flow of vis, regardless of health status [...] stimulate the vis: although the approaches to mind-body medicine are diverse, a substructure of core principles comprise the heart of the mind-body experience. These principles provide the body with an ability to calm and to center. They support balanced physiological function. They promote resilience and adaptation. They promote healthy psychological adjustment and self-empowerment. In essence, this core stimulates the vis medicatrix naturae [...] this process filters through psychophysiological pathways, new potentials open, and the vis is better able to express itself through our cellular selves. This restores a healthy homeostasis and allows us to experience ourselves in a different way. By changing our thoughts, attitudes, and state of mind, we deactivate neural networks that limit the vis and work against wellness [...] in other words, coherence is a medium for the vis. Evoking the vis: I try to integrate the foundations of mind-body medicine into the daily practice of patient care, with the ultimate goal of evoking the vis [...]  we become active cocreators engaged with the life force [...] we connect with the life force that is always available within";
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"[ND Czeranko writes] in the treatment of the fever, cultivating and supporting the patient's vitality was essential. When we talk about vital force, the vis medicatrix naturae, we are confronted with the topic of morbid matter whether we want to or not. The naturopathic treatment objectives during a fever were to 'assist in the elimination of morbid matter from the body, but at the same time [to] stimulate the vital powers of nature' [...] 'nothing so interferes with the inflow of the life force, with free and normal circulation of blood and lymph and with the oxygenation and combustion of food materials and systemic waste as the accumulation of morbid matter and poisons in the tissues of the body";
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[in "The Healing Power of What?"(2013-11-05)]
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"[by way of Gilbert (ND CCNM) and Murphy (ND candidate CCNM)] the vis medicatrix naturae [...] is at the crux of naturopathic philosophy and principles [...] key naturopathic meta-concepts including the vis [...] naturopathic medical schools, provincial/state licensing boards, and individual practitioners frequently include definitions of the vis on their websites, printed material, social media profiles, etc, which differ from the original AANP definition [...] an investigation of the terms used to define the vis [...] the theoretical and practical uses of the vis medicatrix naturae date back to the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates (460-370 BC) [...] the phrase vis medicatrix naturae [...] the vis can be understood from a physiological, or even mechanistic perspective [...] in these interpretations, the vis is explained in terms of biological processes which provide support to the body’s homeodynamic nature. The vis regulates the healing of wounded tissue and the mounting of immune responses to pathogens, inducing fever, inflammation, etc; it explains bodily structure and function, the modulatory nature and capabilities of the body, from speed to accuracy [...] approached from a vitalistic ideology, the vis is defined as something which cannot solely be explained by science and physiochemical forces. The notion that the vis is part of a larger-scale, universal, and spiritual aspect of life, is often stressed [...] vitalistic definitions may also employ the term self-healing, though they tend to focus on the connections between mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects of the self-healing mechanism [...] the vis is an inherent process appears to be at the core of most definitions [...] the vitalistic approach, as well as a spiritual component [...] the vis as 'the healing power of nature,' the majority of interpretations of the phrase actually focus on 'the healing power of the body,' rather than of nature [...] how we define the vis [...] referring to the vis as 'the healing power of nature' [...] definitions of the vis [...] without more nuanced and inclusive definitions of the vis, naturopathic physicians inadvertently set up limitations which are contrary to naturopathic philosophy [...]a definition that focuses on the body may serve to simplify the concept of the vis, making it more intelligible and marketable to the general public and other health professionals [...] the order of placement of the vis within a listing of the 6 naturopathic principles impacts the perceived importance of the vis to the profession, individual practitioners, patients, and students [...] Bridgeport fails to mention the vis on its website [...] a mechanistic definition of the vis which focuses on the physiological healing power of the body is comprehensible and uses language which enables inter-professional communication [...] the vitalistic roots of the naturopathic profession";
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[in "Heart Rate Variability: The Why, What, and How of HRV and Its Importance in Private Practice – Part 3" (2014-10)]
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"[NMD Karimov co-writes] vital force and autocorrelation: if we analyze vital force [...] the vital force is calculated by analyzing certain relationships between P-R, R-R, R-T, P-T intervals on the EKG [...] good vital force [...] low vital force.  When the vital force is low [...] vital force maintains the balance of metabolic reactions, a low vital force can result in either catabolic reactions dominating metabolism (and premature aging), or the progression of anabolic reactions (and eventual tumor growth). Vital force is also relevant when discussing stress [...] vital force is at 450 (range: 50-500) [...] a vital force of only 10 [yes, quantification of a science-ejected figmentation!...] to calculate vital force [...] LF, HF, VLF, and their percentages, but also vital force [...] vital force is the gas [...] only if the vital force was high. A low vital force could mean adrenal exhaustion. This is why including the vital force measurement in advanced HRV provides a more accurate reflection of a subject’s health. Figure 6: Spectrum Diagram Including vital force [...] what makes advanced HRV unique is the ability to see when the ABCD parameters and vital force are working within the natural laws of nature";
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[in "Holism in Autoimmune Disease" (2014-04)]
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"[via Block (ND CCNM 2000)] working in harmony with the healing power of nature [...] the ever-present healing power of nature, the vis [...] removing the fundamental cause of illness allows the vis to do the healing. Respecting this law of nature-cure is working in harmony with the healing power of nature [...] thereby removing the disturbance and blockage in the vital force and allowing the healing power of nature to restore its presence in the patient [...] homeopathy [...] holds true to the holistic principles of naturopathy and works in harmony with the vis [...] most core mental block in the free-flow of their vital force [...] that which blocks the healing power of nature [...] to restore the authority of the healing power of nature";
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[in "Power vs Force in Detoxification" (2014)]
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"[vis Kasdorff, C.A. (ND SCNM)] something I was taught in the first week of naturopathic medical school [...] Dr Sensenig quoted Paracelsus in his first lecture [...] Dr Sensenig told us about our naturopathic roots in the mid-19th century when the lay movement of nature cure in Western Europe joined with the homeopaths, and Benedict Lust established the first naturopathic school in this country, called the American School of Naturopathy. Both groups were based on the idea that a vital principle is operating in humans to maintain health, and offered varied ways to facilitate that. Besides the remedies themselves, homeopathy contributed ways of understanding healing, such as Hering’s Rules, which can assess the results of any therapeutic modality. Dr Sensenig urged us to verify for ourselves this underlying philosophy of medicine in our practices";
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[in "10 Healing Secrets of the Mind" (2016)]
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"[multiple ND authors] the 'vital force' theory that sustains all life forms [...] 'this life force, which flows into us from the one great source of all life in this Universe, from that which we call God, Nature, Creative Force or Universal Intelligence, is the primary source of all energy from which all other kinds and forms of energy are derived. It is as independent of the body, and of food and drink, as electric current is independent of the glass bulb and the carbon thread through which it manifests as heat and light' – Henry Lindlahr (1918, p. 27) [...] these early 20th-century views were preceded in the late 19th century by spiritual movements emphasizing metaphysical beliefs that promoted positive thinking, the law of attraction, affirmations, healing life force, creative visualization and personal power (Lewis, 2004). The naturopathic community learned about and brought forward into a new century beliefs of these spiritual trends. Several early naturopaths were prominent advocates of these notions and have left an indelible legacy for others to follow";
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Naturopathy Digest Online states:
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[in “Defining a Profession”{Beychok, T. (? ?) -- associate editor}(2007-03)]
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“the six fundamental aspects of naturopathic medicine: the healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae). Support, facilitate, and augment the inherent ability of the body to heal itself by identifying and removing obstacles to health and recovery and by gently stimulating the body's vital force [...] based on these principles, the researchers then developed a set of five treatment components that could be applied to all treatments for all conditions [...] stimulating the vis medicatrix naturae”;
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[in "Reactive Oxygen Species and the Regulation of Gene Expression, Part One" {Bishop, N.E. (ND Bastyr)(2006-07)
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"vis medicatrix naturae is the cornerstone of naturopathic medicine. It is the 'life force' and represents a natural yin-yang balance to life which must be delicately maneuvered";
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[in "The Many Hats of NAC"{Schor, J. (ND NCNM)}(2006-08)]
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"in the good old days, naturopaths could simply stimulate the vital force and rely on nature to sort things out. Today, as we immerse ourselves in this new world of complex interventional biochemistry, we can still model our protocols so they mirror the natural processes invoked by the vital force, or at least we can try to. Once we step beyond the simple elements of our tradition, seemingly simple interventional therapies force the practitioner to make decisions we wish might be better left to the vital force";
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Nexus – Colorado's Holistic Journal states:
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“'a homeopathic remedy works by bringing the body into awareness of a condition, and encouraging it to react and heal,' says Richard Pitt, RSHom (NA), CCH, executive director of the Pacific Academy of Homeopathy in San Francisco and board member of the Council for Homeopathic Certification, Council for Homeopathic Education and California Homeopathic Medical Association. 'Homeopathy believes that the body contains a vital force, or energetic principle, similar to chi or prana, responsible for maintaining balance and harmony. Homeopathic remedies work with this force on an energetic level rather than a physiological level'”;
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the Noetic Journal states:
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“figure 4. Conceptual representation of the noumenon of consciousness illustrating the domain of the noetic effect – a psychotaxic response of the life force or elan vital on quantum biological processes [!]”;
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Positive Health: Integrated Medicine for the 21st Century states:
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[in “Naturopathic Medicine”{per Williamson, A. (? ?)}{May 1998}]
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“naturopathic medicine […] the most important principles of naturopathic medicine are: that the body has the power to heal itself, that disease is a manifestation of the body's effort to remove obstructions to normal functioning and that disease effects the whole person, body, mind and spirit. The implications of this philosophy take naturopathy out of the realms of strictly mechanical […] the [naturopathic] doctor must therefore be self-aware, spiritually and emotionally […] in the Green Lodge Centre diagnosis involves a range of techniques that include: a lifestyle assessment, a detailed medical history and medical and nutritional tests if they are indicated, traditional Chinese pulse diagnosis and iridology. The patterns of treatment are as diverse as the means of diagnosis and are addressed to the many levels of disease. Mechanical aspects of disease are treated with massage, hydrotherapy, and gentle manipulation as well as with homoeopathy and acupuncture. The physiological aspects are addressed with herbal medicine and dietary changes as well as with homoeopathy and acupuncture. The emotional and spiritual sides of disease are only resolved through the freeing of the vital spirit. Bach flower remedies, higher potency homoeopathy and hydrotherapy are useful catalysts to this process. Working in warm water is not only useful in rehabilitation but it also allows the natural mind to unfold and the spirit to heal. Such a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic methods allows naturopathic medicine to match the needs of the patient [...] naturopathic medicine as we know it today originated in Germany and was heavily reliant on hydrotherapy, diet and natural regimens. When it arrived in the United States at the beginning of the century, it became a natural heir to the vitalist school which also had a strong belief in a vital force permeating the body and responsible for both health and disease according to its purity or corruption […] the philosophy of naturopathic medicine is based upon three principles […] the first principle is that the body possesses the power to heal itself through its internal vitality and intelligence […] the second principle is that disease is a manifestation of the vital force applying itself to the removal of obstructions to the normal functioning of organs and tissues […] emotional/spiritual. As we saw above, the true root cause of our ills and upsets have a non-physical origin. Understanding how we press ourselves into narrow channels helps to free us from stressful situations and allow free flow of the vital force to bathe all the cells in our bodies, leaving us feeling rejuvenated and ready for action";
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Psychology Today states:
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"homeopaths believe that illness is often the result of a disruption of the body's vital force -- the energy necessary to maintain a healthy body and defend against disease. Treatment therefore addresses disruptions in one's vital force [...] homeopathic remedies speed up recovery by stimulating the vital force";
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Skeptical Inquirer states:
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"homeopathy and other magical belief systems […] Hahnemann insisted that a ‘vital force’ was present both in the human body and in the medications. He recognized that his successive dilutions (‘potentizations’) of the allegedly active substance in water inevitably reduced the amount of the original substance to none; but the water carried the essence of the active substance, with which it had been in contact; and that essence worked on the vital force of the patient […] in some belief systems, ‘forces’ [as in life force, vital force] and ‘power’ [as in healing power of nature] may seem to merge; e.g., in the concept of ‘vital force’ that exists in so many forms: Polynesian and Melanesian mana, Iroquois orenda, Algonqian manitou, Sioux wakan, Malay kramat, Indian brahma, Greek dynamis, Chinese qi, ashé among the Yoruba of West Africa and its Caribbean derivatives (aché, axé), ‘karma’ and ‘chakras’ in Hindu and Buddhist healing systems, the alleged ‘energies’ in therapeutic touch and reiki, etc.; and ideas of flowing streams of power in Earth, like ‘leylines’ in Britain and Europe and earth energies addressed in the Chinese geomantic system of feng shui";
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[per De Robertis, M. (? ?), “A University's Struggle With Chiropractic”, Skeptical Inquirer vol. 26 #01 Jan. / Feb. 2002]
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“chiropractic has remained on the margins by choice, refusing even today to reject vitalism in all its guises. And there is considerable doubt that a four-year university program culminating in a D.C. degree is necessary to treat musculoskeletal conditions, something conventional therapists do with comparable effectiveness but without the vitalistic baggage […] even if some alternative therapies are eventually found to be effective and safe, until colleges adopt contemporary biomedical paradigms instead of millennia-old vitalistic notions -- i.e., get rid of the nonsense in their curricula and make an attempt to educate its practitioners -- no university should contemplate an affiliation”;
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"an enduring feature of many systems of medicine worldwide is the concept of the body’s vitality, or its innate power to heal from within. This is known variously as prana (in ayurveda), ch’i (in Chinese medicine), and dynamis (in homeopathy). Hippocrates labeled it the vis medicatrix naturae (through the healing power of nature). In early Western medicine the equivalent term was the etheric body, and more recently it has been given various names such as the vital force, natura, odic force and orgone energy";
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"an inner intuition to assess a plant's vital force";
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the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients states:
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[in "Quantum Medicine Update: Restoring Immunity, the Autonomic Nervous System, and Bioenergetic Reciprocity for a Fuller Expression of Innate Healing in Naturopathic Medicine"{Yanick, P. (ND ?, PhD ?)}{02 to 03-2007}]
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"naturopathic medicine recognizes that health and healing depend on the integrity of the whole person. As such, doctors of naturopathic medicine emphasize the treatment of disease through the stimulation, enhancement, and support of the inherent healing capacity of the person. Qi, or the body's vital life force, is under the control of innate intelligence and is expressed in negative and positive polarities (different from the yin-yang coordinates of Oriental medicine). Maximizing innate healing requires a greater recognition of the reciprocal polarities of this energetic phenomena in nature";
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[in "Naturopathic Physician {Snider P. (ND ?} on Her Career Choice: 'No Regrets' {Zablocki, E. (? ?)}{February/March 2005}]
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"naturopathic medicine relies on the vital life force within human beings and the healing power of nature";
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[in “Naturopathic Medicine, Integrative Medicine and Women's Health.”{per Hudson, T. (ND ?); 11-01-01}]
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“naturopathic physicians are trained in what is called the ‘eclectic’ tradition. We have a broad range of therapies and tend to use a selected mixture of these therapies when treating our patients. Naturopathic therapies include clinical nutrition (nutritional supplementation), botanical medicine (herbs), homeopathy, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, hydrotherapy, manipulation, physical therapies, psychotherapy and minor surgery […] a vitalistic holistic healing art […] our vitalistic philosophy”;
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[in"Plans to Minimize the Risk of Viral Infections It's All a Matter of Susceptibility part II: SARS, West Nile, and Monkeypox"(Barker, J.E. (ND SCNM); Meletis, C.D. (ND NCNM 1992); Aug.-Sept. 2003)]
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"other than this approach, complete healing and recovery from this illness are left to the vital force of the body";
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[in "Naturopathic Medicine, Vitalism, and Homeopathy"(1997;Townsend Letter For Doctors and Patients, #165, p.122-3){Mittman, P. (ND NCNM 1985, DHANP AANP)}]
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"how we define the core and essence of naturopathy to ourselves [...] Hahnemann's homeopathy linked the disturbed vital force to the diseased body, and D.D. Palmer's chiropractic saw the spine as a conduit for the 'innate wisdom' [...] alternative medical practices stepped in and linked the healing power of nature with the human spirit [p.122...] what forms the heart of our healing art [...we have] more than a belief in the healing power of nature [...we] directly stimulate the vis medicatrix naturae [...per] working directly with chi, prana or the vital force [...] science and medicine have spent the last 500 years divorced from religion and spirituality. [Appositely] as naturopaths, we must openly acknowledge and unabashedly embrace our partnership with a higher power. The only way to accomplish this is to establish energetic therapies like homeopathy, Chinese and ayurvedic medicine and hydrotherapy at the center of our definition of naturopathy [...per] energy medicines, the practice of homeopathy [...] there is no philosophical conflict between homeopathy and naturopathic medicine. In fact, homeopathy is probably the clearest example of the healing power of nature [...] the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians gave us a clear definition of naturopathic medicine [...] patients get well because their healing begins at the deepest level of being - at the point where the body and its animating spirit meet [...per] the highest ideal of cure [p.123]";
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Yoga Journal states:
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"holistic health [...per] encompassing such disciplines as nutrition, naturopathy, herbs, homeopathy, acupuncture, shiatsu, reflexology, polarity, massage, hatha yoga, tai chi, body awareness, rolfing, chiropractics, osteopathy, meditation, hypnosis, some psychotherapics, psychic and spiritual healing, and many others [...] the holistic approach is usually opposite to that of standard medicine [...which is based on] modern science [!!!...while] holistic health [...is based on] mystery [!!!...not] clinical logic [!!!...and believes] every living organism is infused with a force, an influence, an energy that has been called by many names in various disciplines -- the life force, the vital force, dynamism, chi, prana or spirit [...while modern science] considers the concepts of life force a useless metaphysical concept [!!!...] when the 'life force' is withdrawn, the body becomes inanimate [...] holistic health is an approach which recognizes the life force as the central concept in health and disease. The holistic practitioner evaluates [...] the strength and weakness of the life force. The various healing disciplines then remove obstacles to the life force [...] it is then the life force which does the healing [...] nutrition [...] providing the proper soil for the life force [...] chiropractics frees up [...] the central pathway through which the life force flows. Acupuncture, shiatsu, and polarity balance the flow of life force through their meridians [...] yoga also harmonizes the flow of life force through asanas. Pranayama and meditation tend to draw life force from the universe into the body [...] herbs [...] tend to stimulate the life force [p.044...] nurturing and balancing the life force [...] homeopathy is a very systematic method of prescribing single substances which powerfully stimulate the life force to heal whatever is wrong with a person [...] homeopathy is a pure empirical science [!!!...] astrology is another pure empirical science [!!! p.045...] what are we giving? Some kind of energy, life force itself? Nobody knows [!!! p.046]";
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"the vitalists believed in a vital life force governing the functioning of all living things, and saw the proper balance of that life force. These beliefs can be seen in the practice of polarity, acupuncture, do-in, etc. [p.060]";
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