Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Vitalism of Naturopathy:

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Dale, C. (? ?) states:
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[in "Advanced Chakra Healing: Energy Mapping on the Four Pathways" (2005)]
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"life energies [...] an indefinable vital force [...] an indescribable vital force [...] or energizing material, sometimes called the fifth force or ether [...] the key to healing [...] carried in the spirit, but available on every plane and pathway of existence [...] I call [it] the vital source energy [...] the parenting energy of the divine [...] basic life energy [...aka] chi, prana, orgone, mana, and other terms [...] a powerful version of energy that motivates spirit into being [...] the basic life energy animated into the material version of vital source energy [...] life spirit energy, a version of vital source energy [...] all frequencies of matter and spirit, plus the spiritual energetic forces [...] spirit-based energy [p.052...] life energy and kundalini [...] life spirit energy [p.117]";
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(ISBN 1580911617)
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[in "The Subtle Body" (2009)]
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"vital life energy, such as the chi or prana of the Oriental and Hindu cultures [...] the fast-moving frequencies (chi and prana) [p.095...] forms of magnetism [...] animal magnetism (from chi and prana) [...] life force is subtle magnetic, reveals etheric activity [p.130...] many metaphysicians believe that orgone is equivalent to chi or prana [p.148...] Hahnemann, the originator of homeopathic medicine [...] deduced the presence of miasms, or 'peculiar morbid derangement of our vital force' [p.153...] meridians are energy pathways for chi, the true foundation of the traditional Chinese system. Chi is vital energy and is analogous to prana, mana, maya, and orgone of other systems, as well as the ki of the Japanese healing world [...] qi is the force that animates and informs everything [...] on one level, chi is inanimate and perceived as a simple life force or energy [p.161...] chi [...] in Japan, it is called ki. To East Indians, it is prana. The ancient Picts of northern England called it maucht and the Christians have long considered it a gift of the Holy Spirit. The Greeks and the Egyptians called it the art of mysteries [...] Haitian voodoo called it the power [...also] the shining [...] bioenergy, biomagnetism, electrochemical energy, electromagnetic energy, subtle energy, or just plain energy [p.166...] energy or life force or chi [p.167...] chi, the vital force [p.213...] chi, life force [p.218...] vital energy [...] the Chinese call it chi, the Hindu name is prana [...] vital, subtle energy [p.229...] prana, meaning energy, breath or life force [p.279]";
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(ISBN 1591796717)
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Daniels E. (? ?), Tuitéan, P. (? ?), state:
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[in “Essential Wicca” (2001)]
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chi, ki, qi – Chinese / Japanese [...] life force energy [...] etheric energy that can be harnessed and controlled to produce amazing effects. An energy that pervades all living things, including animals, plants, rocks, the universe, and all things in it. Similar to prana [p.333...] prana energy – a Hindu term that describes the life force that surround[s] us. It is inhaled with the air and can be utilized for healing, psychic work, and generally revitalizing the body and spirit [...] it is the vital force of the cosmos and it operates on the etheric level. It is similar to chi, and believed to be peach-colored [p.401]”;
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(ISBN 1580910998)
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Davies, B. (? ?) states:
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[in “Chakra Power Beads: Tapping the Power of Energy Stones to Unlock Your Inner Potential” (2001)]
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“your aura resembles an egg of energy surrounding you […] most cultures have their own term for the life force – in Chinese medicine it’s called chi, in India it’s called prana, but everywhere it’s the same force, the basic constituent of life. This spiritual energy nurtures us. It’s the stuff of our soul [p.002]”;
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(ISBN 1569752613)
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Davis-Floyd, R.E. (? ?), St. John, G. (? ?) states:
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[in “From Doctor to Healer: The Transformative Journey” (1998)]
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“[apparently following Coulter’s warped labels {after all, it is science which employs ‘the empirical’ while vitalism is without empirical evidence}] the rationalists took a mechanistic, materialist, and interventionist approach to medicine and based it on the cause-and-effect of Newtonian science. The empiricists based their treatments on respect for nature and the healing properties of herbs and other natural remedies that work with the body to strengthen it and support its life force. Two empirically based approaches to healing popular at the turn of the century were homeopathy and naturopathy [p.026...quoting Eisenberg 1995] 'most alternative medicines ally themselves with the theory of vitalism [...] vitalism is derived from the academic traditions of [...] Barthez' principle vital and the alternative tradition of [...] Mesmer's animal magnetism. Manipulation or enhancement of the body's vital energy is often used to explain the efficacy of alternative therapeutic interventions. Alternative medicine's vitalism emphasizes [...] vital energy as a force [...] so subtle that it continues to evade conventional science's detection [...] vital energy as a psychic or mental force [...] vital energy as a spiritual presence [...] examples of vital energy as a physical force include homeopathy's vital spiritual force, chiropractic's innate intelligence, and [...] Hare's psychic force' [p.271]";
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(ISBN 0813525209)
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Davisson, S. (? ?) [editor] states:
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[in "Ashe" (2004)]
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"ashe is the Afro-Caribbean word for spirit or life-force. It describes the energy which inhabits all people, animals, plants and objects [...] similar to the Sanskrit prana or the Chinese ch'i [p.i]";
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(ISBN 1869928806)
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De Angelis, B. (PhD ?) states:
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[in "How Did I Get Here?..." (2006)]
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"this universal energy is the life force, the holy spirit, the Christ consciousness, what in Chinese is the 'chi,' and in the Hindu tradition the 'shakti.' Each spiritual and religious tradition calls this energy by a different name, but the definition is the same: it is the power that brings everything to life [...] the life force [p.177]";
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(ISBN 0312330162)
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De Schepper, L. (MD ?, PhD ?, LAc ?, DIHom ?, CHOM ?) states:
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[in "Hahnemann Revisited: Hahnemannian Textbook of Classical Homeopathy for the Professional" (1999)]
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"chapter two. The vital force in health and healing. [quoting Hahnemann's aphorisms 9 & 10] 'In the healthy human state, the spirit-like force...that enlivens the material organism (the body)...governs without restrictions [...] the material organism, thought of without life force, is capable of no sensibility, no activity [...] it derives all sensibility and produces its life functions solely by means of the immaterial wesen (the life principle, the life force) that enlivens the material organism in health and disease' [...] the concept of health and healing in homeopathy is based on the energy force [...] Hahnemann refers to in terms variously translated as the life force, the life principle, the dynamis, the spiritual force, and the vital force [...] the vital force animates the material body [...] without the vital force, the body would be an inert corpse [...] when a human being is attacked by a disease-causing agent [...] it is the vital force which resists it [...] Hahnemann talks of the vital force as being 'roused up' [...] it is energetic rather than physical [...per] energetic planes [p.012...] the roused vital force repels the morbidific agent if the vital force is healthy enough [...] the vital force is strongest in the young [...] Hahnemann encouraged his patients to strengthen their vital force [...] we use the image of the vital force as a balloon [...] the vital force will heal the illness naturally [...] their vital force was punched down like a boxer [p.013...] as Hahnemann says in aphorism 9, 'in the health human state, the spirit-like life force (vital force)' [etc....] the vital force creates and sustains this harmony between body and mind. This normal health and the harmonious vital force [p.019...quoting Hahnemann's aphorism 78] 'the most vigorous energy of the life force' [etc....] by the time patients come to see us they have already been treated with medications that fight directly against the vital force [...] the healing action of the vital force is a basic concept of classical homeopathy [p.024...] quoting Hahnemann's aphorism 68] 'the life force has no more' [etc. p.027...] the healing action of the vital force [...] natural healing occurs when the vital force is roused against disease [...] a drug crashes headlong into the vital force and undoes its attempts at healing [...] a homeopathic remedy, on the other hand, strengthens the vital force [...] the energetic level of the being, the vital force [...] for those who know [...] TCM [...] the vital force will be a familiar concept: it is very much like qi or chi, the healing energy in TCM [...] an energetic or spiritual force [p.014...] whose vital force as irretrievably weakened by radiation and chemotherapy [...] it is difficult for the homeopath to help patients whose vital force is so beaten down [p.255...] the homeopath should advise his cancer patients to stimulate their vital force through other means: meditation, yoga, qi gong, tai chi, reiki, polarity therapy, and other energy-based healing. These methods can increase the vital force [...] cases where the vital force of the patient is too weak [p.311...] the real problem is that the vital force is too 'dead' [...] at first the remedy is strong enough to irritate [...] the vital force, but then it rapidly overwhelms the vital force [...] the vital force's lack of reactive power [p.312...] the polluted terrain suppresses the vital force [...] the reactive power of the vital force [...] therefore strengthening his vital force [p.341...] and have little impact on the vital force [...] which affect the vital force more profoundly [...] the chronic miasm could weaken the vital force [p.360...] the new symptom showed by the vital force [...] the vital force, relieved somehow from its suppressive forces, was always able to keep throwing new symptoms up [...] the vital force seemed to throw symptoms out [p.543...] acupuncture [...] redirects and normalizes the flow of the body's healing energy, what TCM calls 'chi' and homeopathy calls vital force [...] Hahnemann also recommends adjunctive modalities which stimulate the vital force [...] Hahnemann says that this type of stimulation can remove obstructions and suppression of the vital force. Acupuncture aims at the same effect, removing blockages to the flow of 'chi' [p.547]";
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(ISBN 818056567X)
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DeCourtney, J. (? ?), Shealy, C.N. (? ?), Stoll, W. (? ?) states:
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[in "Recapture Your Health" (2006)]
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"vitalism is a healing principle which holds that the human bodymind has the capacity to protect itself from the ravages of the environment and aging, the healers should focus on helping the bodymind use its own resources for healing. All the healing traditions in the world, except allopathy and osteopathy, are purely vitalistic [p.266...] the vitalistic or holistic [p.269...] Hippocrates was the first recorded vitalist [p.379]";
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(ISBN 0965317129)
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Delaflor, I. (? ?) states:
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[in “Sacred Messages [...]” (2006)]
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“glossary of Sanskrit terms [...] prana: 'breath' or life force [p.147]”;
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(ISBN 0595382495)
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Dembski, W.A. (? ?), Santorum, R. (? ?) state:
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[in "Darwin's Nemesis: Phillip Johnson And the Intelligent Design Movement" (2006)]
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"vitalism [...] the age-old concept [...] that some sort of nonphysical dynamism or essence must be added to a material system to make life [p.292]";
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(ISBN 0830828362)
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Devinsky, O. (MD ?), Pacia, S. (MD ?), Schachter, S.C. (MD ?) state:
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[in "Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy" (2005)]
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"Chapter 16 – Naturopathic Medicine – Nora Jane Pope, ND […] naturopathic doctors consider many possible causes or etiologies in dealing with epilepsy […including] imbalances of a nutritional or energetic nature (e.g., yin and yang, or vital force […] the central premise of vis medicatrix naturae: through the healing power of nature, the body has intrinsic healing powers […] the healing power of nature – vis medicatrix naturae […] the healing mechanisms in the body and mind [p.165…] traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) considers illness to be an imbalance of yin or yang. This imbalance disrupts the qi or life force […] homeopathic medicine […] support the patient’s vital force. Homeopathic medicine views illness as an imbalance in the patient’s life or vital force [p.170]";
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(ISBN 1888799897)
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Di Stefano, V. (ND[AU?] ?) states:
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[in "Holism and Complementary Medicine [...]” (2006)]
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[for the publisher's website for this book, and a brief biography, click here,
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[endorsed on its back cover by Pizzorno, J. (ND NCNM 1975), founder of the FNPLA AANP AANMC CNME school Bastyr University]
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"naturopathic philosophy leans strongly towards a vitalist perspective of health and disease. Naturopathic treatment aims to enhance the life force or vitality of the patient [...] most practitioners of naturopathy are comfortable with the notion that a physical reality is conditioned by an energetic reality that can be used for the purposes of healing. The modalities of homoeopathy, acupuncture, and vibrational medicine also incorporate such energetic considerations [p.xxv...] traditional acupuncture is said to influence the activity of a bipolar energy or ch'i, which circulates through a series of channels or meridians that interpenetrate our physical bodies [p.xxix...a] spiritus vitae or life force [p.033...] our homoeopath [...says] 'I'm trying to get them one [a remedy] which would fit best and to which their vital force would resonate, so that if they're given that medicine, the vital force then somehow corrects itself' [p.100...] naturopathy: vitality, toxicity and regeneration. Naturopathic medicine is based on three principles. The first is that of vitalism, which holds that we are animated by a coherent life force that regulates and governs the growth, repair and regeneration of the body [...] this near universal principle has, in the European tradition, been called the spiritus vitae, or spirit of life, a term often used by Paracelsus and others of his time, and the vis medicatrix naturae, or the healing power of nature [p.107...] these three principles inform the distinctive therapeutic aims of naturopathic medicine. Life force and vitality are to be actively augmented, and influences that may obstruct or limit their activity are to be minimized [p.108...] life force [...] such notions as energy, vitality, and spirit [...] the notion of a life force is central to the understanding of many practitioners of naturopathic medicine. A naturopath offers his own reflection: 'life force I believe is innate in everyone. The Indians call it prana. We all have it, this vitality. Animal magnetism, other people call it. The ch'i, the Chinese call it [...] a force or a vitality that is partly, I believe, electromagnetic [!] in nature [...] it has the capacity to just grow and grow and to amplify. This can be turned up or turned down, like a dimmer on a light' [...] the life force points toward a phenomenon that has yet to be identified and investigated by medical science. This naturopath further suggests a close relationship between the state of the body and the quality of that life force. He believes that the human energy field can be made stronger by certain practices and 'by using the correct principles of living' [...and quoting Smuts] 'body-and-soul is the model or scheme on which both thought and science [!] are based. There is an anima dwelling in a corpus [...] as Descartes formulated it, there is a res cogitans in the res extensa [...] the theory of vitalism or vital force seems to emphasize this dualism' [p.128...] the fact that widely diverse cultures have given linguistic expression to perceptions of energy through the use of such terms as ch'i, prana, chakras, meridians, spirit and aura points strongly towards their universality [...] metaphors for the intangible [...] with no material substance, there is nothing to grasp and hold [p.130...] ch'i: a Chinese term used to describe a bipolar energy said to circulate in the body through a series of meridians, or energetic channels [p.174...] glossary [...] shamanism: a traditional cultural system based on the notion that the world is infused with spiritual energy with which certain individuals can directly engage. Central to the practice of shamanism is the shaman, who acts as mediator between the spirit world and the human world [...] spirit: a non-material energetic principle that is said to animate living matter. Spirit is also understood to be part of a reality that is independent of matter [...] vis medicatrix naturae: Latin term for the healing power of nature. Vital force: the energetic principle that is said to sustain life. Vitalism: a philosophical position that holds that life is sustained by an active non-material force different from those forces mediated by the processes associated with biochemistry and physiology [p.177]";
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(ISBN 1741148464)
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[defunct](for a youtube.com slideshow of this, click here,
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Diamond J.W. (MD ?) states:
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[in "The Clinical Practice of Complementary, Alternative, and Western Medicine" (2001)]
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"the psychic or spiritual side of our being [...] the vitalistic [...as opposed to the] mechanistic [p.009...] the concept of vitalism, that man is more than just the sum of his physical and mechanistic parts [...] the concept of a vivifying force that made man alive and was the essence of his being [...known] in ayurvedic medicine as 'prana,' in homeopathy as 'vital force,' and in acupuncture as 'qi' [...by] Mesmer [...as] 'animal magnetism' [...by Hare as] 'psychic force' [...by Rhine as] 'parapsychology' [...by Thouless as] 'psionic energy' [...by Blavatsky as] 'auric or astral force' [....or in our times as just plain] 'subtle energy' [...this] the vitalistic nature of our spiritual being [...per Quimby's] 'mind cure' [...and Eddy's] laying on of hands, prayer, and spiritual healing [p.017...] a vitalistic medical philosophy [p.019...] qi or energy [p.050...with] qi or energy [...] something that is at the same time material and immaterial [p.055...] qi is: created and raised upward in the spleen, energized (transformed) and moved downward by the lungs, stored in the kidneys, regulated by the liver [p.056...] energy or qi [p.101...] acupuncture meridians/channels, or energy lines [p.106...] electroacupuncture [...] loadstones [...] believed to have a potent life force because they moved by themselves [p.198...] homeopathy [...] the prime aim of homeopathy is to restore [...] the 'vital force' that vivifies the body, and which is disturbed by disease [p.213...] anthroposophic medicine [...] man as being composed of four essential elements [...including] the vital force (etheric body or plant nature) [p.227...] ayurveda [...] air - the vital life force or prana, the qi of TCM and the vital force of the homeopaths [p.257...] ayurvedic medicine [...] treatment options [...] nasal insufflation clears and energizes the prana of the body and the mind [p.259...] clinical use [...] ayurveda is similar to homeopathy and Chinese medicine, as it looks for the root and degree of penetration of disease [...] a common source or root [p.260...vitalism as disposed of] the vitalistic promise [...] could not survive the many discoveries and newer concepts that began to appear [p.017...became] a footnote [...a typical metaphysical conflation] spiritual, see emotional-mental [p.353]";
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(ISBN 0849313996)
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[in "Your Body Doesn't Lie" (1989)]
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"your life energy [...] our life energy is the source of our physical and mental well-being [...] it has had many names. Hippocrates called it vis medicatrix naturae, the healing power of nature. Paracelsus called it the archaeus; the Chinese, ch'i; the Egyptian's, ka; the Hindus, prana; the Hawaiians mana. It is all the same thing [p.054...] the life force within your -- your vitality [p.056...] the Greek thymos [...] denoted life force, soul, and feeling or sensibility [p.062]";
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(ISBN 0446358479)
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["Facets of a Diamond: Reflections of a Healer" (2003)]
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"it is my belief that all suffering, whatever its particular form, can best be alleviated by helping to enhance the sufferer's life energy, his own healing power [p.010...] a healer of the spirit [...] by encouraging the workings of the healing power of his own spirit, which I refer to as his life energy [...] all distress, all disease is really of the soul, that all suffering is basically a spiritual problem [p.030...] the acupuncture system is constantly working to maintain a balanced flow of life energy, chi, throughout the body [...] life energy, our essential possession [p.122...] the life energy -- the chi of the Chinese, the prana of the Indian, the vis medicatrix naturae of Hippocrates [p.188]";
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(ISBN 1890995177)
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Ditchek, S.H. (? ?), Greenfield, R.H. (? ?) states:
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[in "Healthy Child, Whole Child: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Alternative Medicine to Keep Your Kids Healthy" (2002)]
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"in India the word for ‘breath’ prana is also the word for ‘spirit’ [p.178…] an unseen force the Chinese call ‘qi’ or ‘chi’ [p.202…] qi is the life force (‘energy’) [p.203…] a subtle energy (homeopaths call it ‘vital energy’ other practitioners call it ‘life force’ or ‘qi’) that is the foundation of good health. Homeopaths address imbalances in the body’s systems by enlisting this vital energy [p.227…] vital energy or life force that circulates throughout the universe, and permeates the human body [p.235…] qi: life force or energy [p.239…] life force or energy [p.249…] the role of spirituality in medicine […] be it god, vital force, or universal life energy [p.254]";
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(ISBN 0062737465)
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Drury, N. (? ?) states:
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[in "Wisdom Seekers: The Rise of the New Spirituality" (2011)]
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"among the other major New Age precursors, Mesmer is a controversial figure, and is frequently depicted as a charlatan and opportunist [...] he did reintroduce a vitalist conception of the human organism  [..] his concept of 'animal magnetism' -- which we would nowadays refer to as 'life-force' or ch'i -- has clear parallels to the healing energy unitilized in mnay contemporary New Age forms of spiritual healing, where it is assumed that the practitioner becomes a vehicle for a vital healing force that can be directly transmitted to the patient [p.007...] Mesmer advocated a vitalist approach to thealing through the transmission of 'animal magnetism' [...] energy-based forms of spiritual healing [...] the concept of 'magnetism' as a form of vital force [p.016]";
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(ISBN 1846945127, 9781846945120)
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Duffin, J. (? ?) states:
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[in "History of Medicine : A Scandalously Short Introduction" (1999)]
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"vitalism is the view that life is governed by forces peculiar only to living beings -- forces that cannot be reduced to physical laws. The life force of vitalism [...often] associated with theological notions of spirit or soul [...] mechanism is the reduction of life to physical and chemical forces; it is sometimes related to materialism, which defines all existence in terms of tangible matter [p.042]";
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(ISBN 0802079121)
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Dwyer, P.L. (? ?), Stanton, S.L. (? ?) {ed.s} state:
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[in “Urinary Tract Infection in the Female” (2000)]
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"naturopathy […] orthodox medicine often focuses on eradicating disease and symptoms, whereas naturopathic medicine focuses on assisting the individual’s capacity to prevent and overcome illness by establishing the life force or vital energy balance not only in the body but also in the mind and spirit [p.298]";
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(ISBN 1853176893)
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Dye, F.J. (? ?) states:
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[in "Dictionary of Developmental Biology and Embryology" (2012, 2nd ed.)]
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"vitalism: the theory that certain animal functions are dependent on a special form of energy or force, the vital force, distinct from any other of the physical forces (p.221)";
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(ISBN 1118076516 9781118076514)[vsc 2012-01-22]
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Dziemidko, H.E. (MD ?) states:
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[in "The Complete Book of Energy Medicines: Choosing Your Path to Health" (1999)]
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"vital force - therapeutic use [copyright page...differing from how the dictionary defines energy] energy healing takes the definition further by considering energy in the body as being that which animates the physical body [...per] the mystery of life [...aka] life energy, or 'life force,' [...] 'chi,' 'jing,' and 'shen'; the Indians call it 'prana,' the same as their word for breath or spirit [...] this life energy generates a field which permeates the physical body and also extends beyond it [p.014...] 'life energy' cannot be explained by the [p.025] theories of electricity or magnetism [p.026...] there is obviously [really?!] something special about living things that both classical physics and modern medicine (which it is based upon) ignore [...per] according to classical physics life is impossible [...per the] redistribution of energy to a overall lower level [...] known as 'entropy' [...and] 'life' is able to reverse this process of entropy [not true, but....] 'vitalism' [...] is the opposite of entropy [...] the ancient concept of 'vitalism' -- a force that distinguishes living from dead forms [...aka] chi, qi, or prana [...] Hippocrates [...called it] medicatrix naturae [...Hahnemann called it] 'vital force.' It is also known as 'life force,' 'soul,' 'spirit,' or 'consciousness' [p.033...] the subtle energy bodies [...] formed of fifth field energy [p.034...] mystics experience this energy as 'light,' it is chi or prana in Oriental traditions, and 'quicksilver' or 'mercury' in alchemy [...] the basic energy of the universe [...] in terms of healing it is the life force, but in physical terms it is electricity [p.035...] chi is considered the basic life force and its flow is responsible for the day-to-day working of the living body and its protection against illness [p.044...] chakras appear to be stepping-down points for the subtle prana from the universe to enter the physical body [p.048...] prana translates from the Sanskrit as 'life's breath' [...] it is also a description of the life force of the universe energizing animate and inanimate objects [p.092...] homeopathy [...] Hahnemann's ideas on illness and healing. He believed illness was due to a disturbance of life force in the body, and that is prepared remedies neutralized this disturbance [p.094...] naturopathy incorporates and umber of different healing methods that aim to restore our natural state of good health and sense of wellbeing. All are designed to maximize available life force [...] naturopaths believe that disease is an expression of abnormality in the body and that all abnormalities are created by an interference with the body's natural function. Such abnormalities obstruct the flow of life force [p.115...] glossary [...] chi: Chinese term for the universal energy underlying the physical universe. Our bodies are made up of chi, animated by it, needing a free flow of chi for good health [...] life force: that which animates living organisms. Aspects of chi (Chinese), qi or ki (Japanese), and prana (Sanskrit) are it Oriental equivalents. See also universal life force [...] prana: Sanskrit for 'life breath.' The life force that permeates all things. Equivalent to chi [...] Hindu sacred texts are written in Sanskrit [...] the Vedas: ancient spiritual texts, in Sanskrit, containing the fundamental teaching from which Hinduism, ayurveda, and yoga developed [...] universal life force: the basic energy composing the whole manifest universe, lying behind everything we are aware of. It is equivalent to the chi and prana of Eastern philosophies. When it animates a living organism it becomes the life force [p.187]";
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(ISBN 089281845X)
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Eason, C. (? ?) states:
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[in “Alchemy At Work: Using the Ancient Arts to Enhance Your Work Life” (2004)]
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"prana is the Sanskrit word for the 'life force'";
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(ISBN 1580911587)
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Ebadi, M.S. (? ?) states:
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[in "Pharmacodynamic Basis of Herbal Medicines" (2001)]
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"chi in Chinese medicine, known in India as prana (life force) and in Japan as ki [p.xxi…] in ayurvedic medicine, the life force is prana, similar to the Chinese chi, or qi […] immaterial forces [p.003…] naturopathy […] such foods, believe naturopaths, ‘fuel vitality’ and stimulate the ‘vital force' [p.008…] chi, the energy or life force of the universe [p.009]";
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(ISBN 0849307430)
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Edelberg, D. (MD ?), Hough, H. (? ?) state:
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[in "The Triple Whammy Cure: The Breakthrough Women’s Health Program for Feeling Good Again in 3 Weeks" (2005)]
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"in virtually all fields of alternative medicine, disease occurs due to imbalance in a person’s ‘vital force,’ or chi [p.097…] just as acupuncture asks you to accept the existence of chi (the vital energy running through your body) homeopathy insists that your knowledge of chemistry and biology may actually be wrong, that another scientific reality may be possible [...] Hahnemann proposed that the chosen substance, called a remedy, triggered a change in a person's vital force, an invisible energy (like chi) [p.278...] naturopathy (naturopathic medicine) […] it involves both ‘nature’ and ‘natural medicine’ […] basics of naturopathic medicine […] the first guiding principle took me a while to pronounce correctly: vis medicatrix naturae, or ‘the healing power of nature.’ This means that within your body lies the power to heal itself though the energy naturopaths the ‘life force.’ The role of the doctor is to help you remove your personal obstacles to wellness and facilitate your own self-healing process [p.281…] the core concept of TCM says that disease is the result of imbalances in the flow of the body's vital energy, chi. Although all fields of alternative medicine have their own word for this energy (homeopathy's vital force, chiropractic's inner wisdom), conventional medicine refuses to acknowledge the existence of chi [p.286]";
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(ISBN 0743269071)
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(for an amazon.com short review of this, click here,
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Eden, D. (? ?) states:
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[in “Energy Medicine” (1999)]
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“the first chapter addresses some of the elusive terms that arise in energy medicine – such as energy, subtle energy, soul and spirit [p.009…] this book will show you how to work with the electromagnetic and more subtle energies that give your body life. These energies form the foundation of health […] energies that are more subtle than we have ever known how to measure also dwell within and around you, and they are they key to energy medicine […] energy really is all there is [p.015…] numerous cultures describe a matrix of subtle energies that support, shape, and animate the physical body, called qi or chi in China, prana in the yoga tradition of India and Tibet, vesod in the Jewish cabalistic tradition, ki in Japan, barakas by the Sufis, waken by the Lakota, orenda by the Iroquois, megbe[?] by the Ituri Pygmies, and the holy spirit by the Christian tradition. It is hardly a new idea [p.016]”;
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(ISBN 1585420212)
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Edlin, G. (? ?), Golanty, E. (? ?) state:
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[in “Health and Wellness” (2006)]
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“many Asian philosophies embody an idea [...] similar to the concept of homeostasis. This idea is based on a universal energy called chi (qi), which must be distributed harmoniously throughout the mind-body to attain and maintain health [p.005...] Chinese medicine. Ancient healing says an imbalance of vital force, chi, causes disease [p.436...] homeopathy is based on four principles [...] 4. vital forces must be released in the treated individual, which will result in establishing harmony (homeostasis) in the body [p.437...] the underlying principle of acupuncture is the existence of qi [...] the vital life force that circulates throughout the body and is carried by channels called meridians [...] the acupuncture points [...] are 'needled' to restore balance to the qi to cure illness or relieve pain [p.439]”;
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Eliopoulos, C. (? ?) states:
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[in "Invitation to Holistic Health: A Guide to Living a Balanced Life" (2009, 2nd ed.)]
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"that which represents the spiritual dimension [...] god, Jesus Christ, chi, Allah, Great Spirit [...] universal life force [...] the energy [p.154...] there is a vital force connected with fulfilling life purpose and mission [...] the vital force field [p.192...] the terms for energy date back [...] every society had a term for the life force [...e.g.] pneuma [...] chi (qi) [...] life force [...] prana [...] ki [...] mana [...] bioenergy, biomagnetism, subtle energy [p.227...] chi (qi), or life force [p.228...] the svadhisthana chakra [...] is related to the life force and vital body energy [p.320...] the basic premise underlying the science of homeopathy is that the body's own healing process is activated to cure illness naturally [...] the remedies stimulate and increase the vital force (often referred to as the life force) [...] the vital force is the energy responsible for the health status of the body [...] this vital force [...] homeopathy is based on the theory that illness emerges as a result of a disturbance of the body's vital force, causing an inbalance in the energy within a person [p.412...] the homeopathic practitioner refers to this worsening of symptoms as an aggravation [...] a sign that the remedy is working and has affected the vital force [p.413...] the main action of homeopathic remedies is to stimulate the vital force that is central to health [...to] energize the vital force within the body [p.418]";
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(ISBN 0763761125)
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Ellis, G. (PhD TU, CNS ?) [who appears to be paraphrasing Coulter, H.] states:
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[in "Vital Force: The Healing Force of Nature" (2006)]
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"vital force. The healing force of nature [...] in the early 1800's, Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, further described the dynamic force possessed by the body. He stated that this dynamic force within the body is the difference between a corpse and a [living] human being. He called this dynamic force contained within the body the 'vital force': 'in the healthy condition of man, the spiritual vital force, the dynamism that animates the material body' [...] it was homeopathy that finally demonstrated the true existence of the vital force. Homeopathy was recognized as a system of medicine that embraced the presence of the healing powers of the body and nature, the vital force. The principles underlying homeopathic therapeutics were designed to work with, rather than against, the vital force [...] vitalists assert that some non-physical entity, force, or energy field must be added to the laws of physics and chemistry to understand life. Current concepts, based on the vitalistic idea, postulate the existence of non-physical (form-generating) bio-electromagnetic fields as the causal agents of the development and maintenance of biological form [...] the in-born defense mechanisms within the living body - the vital force of Hahnemann and the ancients [...supposedly] the two philosophies [...] the first is the Vitalists (Empiricists) [actually, Rationalists / idealists / metaphysicalists] who subscribe to the idea that the body possesses a dynamic force or life force that integrates and organizes all aspects of living. The second group is the Mechanist/cc (reductionists or Rationalists) [actually SCIENCE] who believe that the answer to the cause of disease can be discovered by studying ever smaller and smaller parts of the cell [...] the Rationalist viewpoint is currently represented by the methods of modem medicine, primarily that type of medicine practiced in the United States which is called allopathic medicine[myth]. Rationalist thinkers deny the existence of a vital force [actually, vitalism is a form of Rationalism / idealism...] the Empiricists (Vitalists) [actually, vitalism is nonempirical / immeasureable] maintain that the reduction of the body's vital processes, i.e., life force, exclusively to the laws of physics and chemistry has never worked";
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Engebretson, J. (? ?), Littleton, L. Y. (? ?) state:
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[in "Maternal, Neonatal, and Women's Health Nursing" (2002)]
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"prana, vitalism [p.078...] the concept of energy is described in Oriental healing systems as chi, ki, or qi [...] vital life energy [...] ayurvedic medicine [...] it is holistic and based on the concepts of balance and a vital life force [...] prana, a type of vital energy [p.083...] vitalism has been an underlying belief in many cultural healing practices [...] vitalism refers to a 'vital energy' or spiritual force [...] necessary to explain life and health, which cannot [in this view] be reduced to physical and mechanical function [...e.g.] Christian Science, chiropractic medicine, osteopathy, naturopathy, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture [etc....] vitalism has been integrated into health care in many approaches that use a holistic approach to healing. Some of the more popular approaches are discussed: osteopathy, chiropractic medicine, homeopathy, and naturopathy [p.085...] prana, chi, vital energy [p.099...] holistic ethics [...] god / life force /absolute / transcendence [p.292...] prana: term used in ayurvedic medicine referring to vital energy [p.1314...] vitalism: term used in 19th century Europe and America referring to a type of vital energy or life force [p.1318]";
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English-Lueck, J. (PhD ?) states:
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[in “Health in the New Age: A Study in California Holistic Practices”]
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“in the holistic health paradigm, all illness comes from a disturbance in life-force. This force is constructive, mutable, and operates intelligently [...] variously expressed as prana, ch'i, elan vital, odic force, orgone energy or aura [...] a blend of the concepts of spirituality and electrical energy [p.003...] assumptions. 1. The body is the material shadow of energy. This energy may be called chi, prana, odic force, orgone energy or aura [...] unless a therapy can affect this force, it produces only superficial change [p.004...qi] it is absorbed into living entities and is the vital force [p.014...] vital force, prana, in imbalance, is the basis of all disease and, flowing properly, is the source of all well-being [...] life energy [p.018];
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Erickson, P.A. (? ?), Murphy, L.D. (? ?) state:
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[in "A History of Anthropological Theory" (2003, 2nd ed.)]
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"other non-Darwinian features of Larmarkian evolution [...] are vitalism, the doctrine that evolution is self-motivated, or willed; teleology, the doctrine that evolution adheres to a long-range purpose or goal; and orthogenesis, the doctrine that evolution has worked in a straight line to produce Homo sapiens [p.065...] teleology: the idea that biological evolution adheres to a long-term purpose or goal [p.212...] vitalism: the idea that biological evolution is self-motivated or willed [p.213]";
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Eskinazi, D. (? ?) states:
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[in "What Will Influence the Future of Alternative Medicine?: A World Perspective" (2000)]
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"in many traditional medical systems, the primary explanation for biological phenomena is based on the existence of a 'vital force,' an elusive entity designated qi in China, 'ki' in Korea and Japan, prana in India, vital force in Western traditions (e.g. homeopathy). The terms 'energy' and 'energy medicine' are also used with increasing frequency. However, given the scientific definition of 'energy,' this designation is misleading, as nothing is known of the nature of this hypothetical entity [correct! p.006...] the characteristics common to traditional systems of health ('vital force,' spirituality, and holism) also seem to distinguish them from biomedicine. Biomedicine is founded in part on materialism (in contrast to the 'vital force' explanation [...] common to many traditional cultures' philosophy is the belief that a vital force is the underlying entity behind all life [p.007]";
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Everson, T. (? ?) states:
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[in "The Gene: A Historical Perspective" (2007)]
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"vitalism: the theory that there exists a substance or property that is unique to and essential for living things to be alive and that is not reducible to the normal laws of physics and chemistry. The opposite of mechanism [p.173]";
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Faass, N.J. (? ?) states:
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[in “Integrating Complementary Medicine into Health Systems” (2001)]
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energy therapies – certain forms of healing in traditional cultures focus on the vital energy or life force of the body [...] acupressure, like acupuncture, is believed to affected the flow of energy along electromagnetic [!] pathways called meridians. Other forms of energy therapy, such as therapeutic touch, do not use physical touch but are intended to affect the energy field around the body [p.620]”;
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Falkner, D. (MD ?) states:
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[in "Why People Don’t Heal -- A Homeopathic Perspective" (2003)]
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"since the root cause of disease is spiritual or dynamic in the main, suppression will only serve to aggravate the underlying forces of illness [...] homeopathic remedies, if correctly understood by mainstream medicine, would set a new standard for healthcare, specifically because they impact the life force or spirit directly [...] as the life force is relieved of its dis-ease, so too the body is freed to regain balance and harmony [...] modern medical science has emphasized a materialistic, mechanical approach to treating disease. Our medical establishment, entrenched in this materialism, works wonderfully at suppressing symptoms. At the same time, it all but ignores the very forces that give us life and maintain us in sickness and in health [...] why is the materialistic approach flawed? Looking at a broader view, human beings are more than just their bodies. We are living creatures endowed with life forces that strive toward growth and maturation. We are evolving entities [...] people who violate spiritual principles and transgress against their own true nature often fall ill and suffer, most of the time chronically. Nature uses illness as a mechanism to point the individual toward making the necessary corrections corresponding to his or her own life. Although overly simplified, disease has a certain purpose in the life of the individual being, specifically as a help or teaching tool for personal growth and evolution. Once life lessons are fully learned and integrated, our illness patterns have no further basis and are subsequently annihilated by the corrective powers of the life or vital force [...] while it is beyond the scope of this article to explain how homeopathic remedies work, suffice it to say that these remedies are energetic in nature. Because they are not material substances per se, they are capable of stimulating the vital force of living organisms [...] we are all born with the capacity to heal ourselves. These so-called inborn mechanisms are rooted in the instincts of our vital force. The vital force has direct effects on our organism which are ultimately translated into our physiology in order to carry out the corrective changes on a physical level. We heal because it is within our nature to be healed. True healing can occur when energetic or spiritual blocks are removed. Homeopathic remedies can accomplish this; spiritual work and the awakening of consciousness can accomplish this; prayer can accomplish this";
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Farhi, D. (? ?) states:
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[in "The Breathing Book: Vitality and Good Health Through Essential Breath Work" (1996)]
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"sustaining your vital energy [...] opening the doors to this life force involves rediscovering the virgin nature of the breath [...] Greek, psyche pneuma meant breath / soul / air / spirit. In Latin, anima spiritus, breath / soul. In Japanese, ki, air / spirit; and in Sanskrit, prana connoted a resonant life force [...] that force is extinguished at the moment of death [...] it is only recently that we have reduced breathing to a mere respiratory exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen [p.005]";
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Fassa, P. (? ?) states:
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[in "Homeopathy Under Threat" (2011)]
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"Hahnemann believed that a vital energy runs through our bodies. This became known as vitalism. Chinese acupuncture had not arrived yet, so this was a startling position to assume. Acupuncture is based on chi energy (vital energies) that flow through our bodies. But Hahnemann didn't try to figure out how to mechanically or electrically manipulate those vital energies [...] even though a solution can be diluted to a point of containing only one molecule of the original substance, the potentized solutions offer healing by transferring the electromagnetic properties to the water with each shaking. This is how the vital energy or chi is influenced by homeopathic remedies";
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Fein, J. (? ?) states:
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[in “Which Natural Medicine is for You? - Consumer Guide” (Natural Health, Mar. / Apr. 1998)]
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“activate energy. A third principle shared by these systems is based on three fundamental assumptions: first, that there is a force, or energy, in every human being (and in the natural world around us); second, that health follows when that energy is properly activated; and third, that the doctor's role is to help activate it in the patient in appropriate ways. In homeopathy this energy is called the vital force, in ayurveda it's referred to as prana, and in TCM it's called qi […] this life force is what animates us and governs all our functions. It is hard for many Westerners to conceive of an energy that we can't see, feel, or measure. However, says C. Peter Albright, M.D., past president of the American Holistic Medical Association, ‘Western medicine is one of the few medical systems, if not the only one, that doesn't recognize a vital force in human beings’”;
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Fiedler, C. (? ?) states:
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[in "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Natural Remedies" (2009)]
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"TCM is based on the belief that disease results when 'chi' or the vital life force in the body is disrupted [p.044...] the vital energy or qi [p.184]";
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Fisher, P. (? ?), Leckridge, B. (? ?), Owen, D. (? ?) state:
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[in "Principles of Practice of Homeopathy" (2007)]
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"the life force and vitality. The life force is non-material and therefore sometimes described as a 'spirit-like' force or 'dynamis' [...] the life force would the battery or generator and the vitality the electric current [...] the life force [...] the concept of life energy is found in many other therapeutic systems, e.g. as 'chi or qi' in traditional Chinese medicine, as 'prana' in Hinduism and 'vis medicatrix naturae' by Aristotle [...] the life force that animates the body [...] a vital principle [...] the life force [...] in health, life force integrates and allows the different parts to co-ordinate, including normal physiological functions [...] at the time homeopathy was formulated in the 18th century, the idea of vitalism was common [p.013]";
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Finnamore, A. (? ?) states:
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[in “The Glory of Being [...]” (2006)]
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“quantum touch [...] somewhat like reiki or therapeutic touch [...] one learns to draw life-energy (also known as prana or chi) from the air, to create an energy field [p.131] powerful enough to raise the vibration of a painful body part or diseased tissue [...] given sufficient energy, the body heals itself [p.132]”;
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(ISBN 097380680X)
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Fletcher, E.A. (? ?) states:
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[in "The Law of the Rhythmic Breath: Teaching the Generation, Conservation, and Control of Vital Force" (1996)]
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"the universal current of life, prana, or vital force, which pervades all space and is commonly recognized in the body as breath [p.014...] the vital force, prana [p.048]";
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Flowers, S. (? ?) states:
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[in "Metaphysical Thesaurus and Metaphysical Dictionary" (1946, 2nd ed.)]
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"pranic healing [...] prana or vital force [p.019...] prana: the universal principle of energy; also used to designate the vital force of the body, which is a manifestation of the universal prana [p.063]";
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Force, M. (? ?) states:
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[in "Choosing Health: Dr. Force's Functional Selfcare Workbook" (2003)]

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"the principles of healing […] your body is naturally self-healing. ‘Natural forces are the healers of disease’ – Hippocrates. There is a vital force, an innate intelligence, inherent to all living thing. Your innate intelligence works to heal and regulate your body. In other words, it is your natural state to be self-healing, self-regulating, well and vital […] science calls the expression of this principle homeostasis [! p.022]";
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Forciea, B. (DC Parker) states:
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[in "Unlocking the Healing Code [...]" (2007)]
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"alternative medicine is grounded in the philosophy of vitalism [p.002]. Believers in vitalism believe in a vital force that permeates all life. Some call it chi, others prana, still others energy. The presence of the vital force is what separates the living from the nonliving. Alternative systems of healing work to support the vital force. Science has a problem with vitalism. Science has never been able to measure the vital force or even a vital energy [...] scientists have yet to measure a vital force [...] science's view of life is founded on a different philosophy than vitalism. At the core of science and medicine is mechanistic materialism. In this view life emerged from matter. There is no hidden vital force, no living energy [p.003...] the essence of the vital force is information [p.004...] in the philosophical camp called vitalism, vitalists believed in a vital force, a life force that permeated all things. The vital force is what kept things alive [...] science has found that was able to do something unique regarding entropy [p.013...] that something is information [...] a kind of knowledge that permeates the universe [p.014...] generally, systems of healing based on vitalism work this way [p.026...] healing consciousness and vitalism [p.055...] energy, life force, chi [p.178...] vitalism: a philosophy characterized by the existence of a life force in all living things [p.198]";
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Frantzis, B. (? ?) states:
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[in "The Chi Revolution" (2008)]
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"chi is life-force energy [...] chi is the life-force energy that keeps each of us alive and connected to one another and to all other living beings [...] the life force in the universe [...] different cultures have given this life force such names as ki (Japan), prana (India) and ruach (Hebrew and Aramaic) [...] the taoists call the life force or breath of life chi. In many cultures, strengthening the life force in a human being was central to forms of medicinal and healing practices [p.006]";
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(ISBN 1583941932)
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Fraser, J. (? ?) states:
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[in “The Healer’s Wisdom” (2002)]
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“our role as healers is to inspire a person’s life force, to promote and activate it, and to allow it to heal its owner [p.033…] breath is considered to be the movement of the spirit through matter. It fills the soul with life energy. On the inhale we receive energy, and we emit it as we exhale. Inhaled life energy [p.075…] in energy work, the healer becomes a conduit for the universal energy force, channeling healing, and cleansing spiritual energy from the universe into their body and out through her hands so that it enters the patient’s aura [p.127…] personal energy is a natural force that belongs to you, and you can call it up and let it go at your own discretion. If you have every taken martial arts, then you will recognize personal energy as the chi of the body […] expect to experience changes in your life as you develop your skills as an energy worker. You are forming a connection to pure energy, to spirit [p.130…] feeling the aura […] the life force of the plant is considered to be a sort of consciousness, a spark of divine energy. You can also feel the electrical energy of crystals. Hold them in your hand to feel each crystal tingle or vibrate in your palm. As with plants, each crystal will give off its own personal energy vibration [p.134…] in marital arts it is believed that the solar plexus is the seat of personal power, the inner sun, and the center of the chi […] at the solar plexus we breathe deeply, expanding the diaphragm and filling the body with the life force of air [p.165]”;
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Frawley, D. (? ?) states:
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[in "Ayurvedic Healing: A Comprehensive Guide" (2000)]
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"this energy of life is called prana, meaning the primal breath or life-force [...] energy is life and even inanimate energy holds a secret life-force [...] the energy of the universe is the manifestation of prana [p.007...] prana or chi [p.357...] prana: life-force [p.408]";
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Frost, R. (? ?) states:
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[in "Applied Kinesiology: A Training Manual and Reference Book of Basic Principles as Practices" (2002)]
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"[as written by Goodheart] ‘the body heals itself is a sure, sensible, practical, reasonable, and observable manner. The healer within can be approach from without. Man possesses a potential for recovery through the innate intelligence or the physiological homeostasis of the human structure’ [foreword…] in 1970, Goodheart researched and detected a direct correspondence between the muscle-organ/gland associations from his own research and the meridian-organ/gland associations found in acupuncture […] meridians are believed in Chinese medicine to be channels for chi energy, or life force […] in fact, in AK today, the fourteen main meridians of Chinese medicine provide the basis for defining the systems of regulation of all the structures and functions of the body [p.010…] the practitioner of AK is dealing with very subtle energies [p.012…] examiners using AK often test subtle energy substances such as homeopathic remedies, Bach flow remedies and gemstones held in the hand [p.043…] the energy component of such homeopathic remedies is easily tested when the remedy is held in the hand [p.073…] the term ‘meridian’ is a Western term borrowed from sea navigation to describe what in Chinese medicine is seen as a channel for the life energy that the Chinese call chi […] the Chinese explanations of a mysterious life-force circulating through invisible meridians [p.112…] acupuncture – an oriental technique of placing needles in chosen meridian points to move the chi energy [p.236…] meridian – energy channels just under the skin that guide the chi through the body [p.240]";
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(ISBN 1556433743)
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Fruton, J.S. (? ?) states:
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[in "Methods and Styles in the Development of Chemistry" (2002)]
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"Stahl interpreted all these processes, including the action of strong acids on metals, as involving the loss or gain of phlogiston, the principle of inflammability, which he considered to be a fatty earth [...] Stahl espoused a kind of vitalism that assumed the existence of a soul (anima) which worked directly on the chemical processes in living organisms [p.024]";
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(ISBN 0871692457)
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Fuentes, S. (? ?) states:
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[in "Healing With Energy [...]" (2008)]
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"acupuncture [...] helps to regulate the flow of chi (subtle energy) [p.167...] chi [...] universal life energy [p.173...] crown chakra [...] it is through this vortex that the life force is dispersed from the universe into the lower six chakras [p.176...] life force: see prana [p.189...] meridian: steams of energy that flow through the physical body to keep chi, or life force, distributed to all systems, organs and cells [...] see acupuncture and chi [p.191...] prana is the vital life force that flows through the channels of our bodies [...] the element that keeps us alive. Without prana, one's physical body cannot exist [...] metaphysical people believe that it is the prana that we breathe in along with the oxygen that keeps us alive [p.195...] root chakra [...] associated with survival and life force [p.197...] life force: see prana [p.215]";
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(ISBN 1564149692)
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Fulder, S. (? ?), Lafaille, R. (? ?) {ed.s} state:
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[in "Towards a New Science of Health" (1993)]
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"eighteenth century bio-dynamistic models of medicine [...] opposed to animistic metaphysics of the soul [...] and to plain mechanical concepts [...] the faith in invisible 'forces' [...] the ideas of a vis vitalis [...] a sustaining force that is continuously active in all processes of life, as a formative force to build the organism [...] the life element of the body, protecting it against destruction and decay, and in case of illness, especially in inflammatory processes, plays a regenerative role. The vis vitalis endows the organism and its parts with an ability to respond to stimuli. Death means the loss of the vis vitalis. Illness is nothing but a reaction of the vital forces to the stimulus of illness [...] the latter will persist until the vis vitalis has overcome the cause, or until the cause has overcome the vis vitalis [...] the expressions of the symptoms of illness depends on the vis vitalis, its strength or weakness, its quality, its distribution and presence in the organs and tissue [...] all of these factors determine the level of excitability and the reaction to pathogenic factors. In the history of biology and medicine the assumption of a vis vitalis, or energy as a formative principle of biological organisms, has produced numerous diverse theories [...] Paracelsus's iatrochemistry, Mesmer's magnetic therapy, Abraham's radionics, Steiner's ethereal theory, Hahnemann's homeopathy, and Reich's organic theory [p.038]";
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(ISBN 0415081718)
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Fulder, S. (? ?), Mizrahi, A. (? ?), Sheinman, N. (? ?) {ed.s} state:
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[in “Potentiating Health and the Crisis of the Immune System: Integrative Approaches to the Prevention and Treatment of Modern Diseases” (1997)]
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"characteristics of alternative medicine relevant to descriptions of health [p.049…] self-healing is paramount […the] in-built natural healing process […] particularly in Oriental and ayurvedic medicine, a considerable proportion of traditional practice is devoted to the restoration of vital force and self-healing energy […] this is also a fundamental position of naturopathy and homeopathy [p.050…] ‘chi’ or vitality [p.056…] subtle energies […] ‘subtle energies,’ or ‘fields’ […] there are many cultural instances of such ‘subtle fields.’ In the eastern cultures, we find such concepts as prana, chi, or ki [p.064…] this continuous process of communication between ourselves and the information-filled quantum universe is which we live is acknowledged under different names, barakas, prana, nirvana, chi, shejina, while some of us call it god [p.191]";
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(ISBN 0306456028)
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Fulford, R.C. (DO ?), Stone, G. (? ?) state:
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[in "Dr. Fulford's Touch of Life: The Healing Power of the Natural Life Force" (1996)]
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"Dr. Robert Fulford [...] explains the function of life force, or vital energy [...which] delineates the healing principles of osteopathy [back cover...] the concept of vital energy [...] the Chinese call it chi, the Japanese call it ki, and the Hindus prana [...] energy medicine [...] this life field [p.027...] there are those who believe that many of the phenomena in living organisms can be accounted for by ordinary physical and chemical forces [...] life [...therein is] molecular structures [...e.g.] the biologist [...e.g.] the chemist [...e.g.] the physicist [p.028...] the life field, the creative force of the universe [...] the life force. The life field [...] is composed of electromagnetic energy [...] this energy also exists within the body, in a form I call the life force [...] Reich once described the sensation of the life force as a prickling [p.029...] the life force [...] I have grown to depend upon it in my practice [...] my knowledge of the life force [...I can] perceive when this energy is moving well through the body and when it's blocked [...] if you have ever felt your body tingle [...] when I run my hands over a patient with a healthy, vibrant life force, I pick up that same prickling [...] if my fingers stick rather than glide, here the body is static and the live force is being blocked [...] much of the life force's flow is regulated by the mind [p.030...] this magnetic field [...] my patient's life force [p.031...] it had closed down his life force [...] allowing him to deteriorate slowly [p.032...] life's spiritual side [p.033...] what is spiritual in the world is the universal source of this cosmic electrical energy, this life force that keeps us all alive [...] this universal life force may well be another name for god, or the universal creator [...] god, therefore, exists within all of us, embedded as this energy [p.034...] the patient's life field [...] opening up her life force [p.036...] you have the capacity to bring your conscious intelligence to your breathing, to take more of the life force into your body the vital life force in your body [...] you owe it to yourself to breathe well [...] the life breath, which gives life to the body [p.039...] the light breath [...] the breath that feeds the soul [...] part of the spiritual force of the universal energy, and it enters your body with every breath [p.040...] if you don't breathe through your nose, in a sense you're only half alive [p.041...] the life field is a web of energy streams, of lines of light and force, and it radiates color, depending on you spiritual evolvement [p.042...] synthetic vitamins don't contain the same vital life force as the vitamins from natural sources [p.106...] fruits and vegetables [...] contain a hearty helping of life force [...] apples and corn are the fruit, or the expression, of this vital force or subtle energy. Breath is one way we take in the life force, and these foods are another [p.121...] stress is what happens when your life force is jammed [p.123]";
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Funk, J. (PhD ?) states:
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[in "Naturopathic and Allopathic[!] Healing: A Developmental Comparison" (2005)]
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"naturopaths are comfortable with the concept of a healing and sustaining life force or energy that exists in all living forms. Many of the natural remedies and treatments prescribed are designed to enhance the functioning of this force in the body. Drugs and processed food, on the other hand, are avoided, as they are said to weaken the body’s life energy. This is not a new concept by any means, as it has been recognized (under names like prana, chi, n/um, mana, and ki) and used in Asian and shamanic healing worldwide for millennia (Walters, 1993)";
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Furnham, A. (? ?), Vincent, C. (? ?) state:
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[in "Complementary Medicine: A Research Perspective" (1997)]
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"the task of the homeopath is to stimulate the vital force [p.014…] naturopathy, more than any other complementary therapy, is a system which holds that healing depends on a vital curative force within the human organism [p.016…] common themes in the philosophies of complementary therapies […] vitalistic philosophy […] an underlying energy or vital force. Some kind of vital energy is postulated by acupuncturists, herbalists, homeopaths and naturopaths […] in naturopathy the positive force is described as the principle of vis medicatrix, that is, a natural curative power which is activated by any injury or disease [p.020…] the belief in an underlying vital force or energy [p.021]";
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(ISBN 0471966452)
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