1998 - Naturopathic History & Philosophy - PP511 NATUROPATHIC PHILOSOPHY Lecture #4 Vis Medicatrix Naturae = Healing Power of Nature Vis

= Energy, Power, Force or Strength Medicatrix = Medical = Healing Naturae = Nature The body's own ability to heal. The body heals itself. Vital force = Energy essential for life. Vital = Pertaining to life or characteristic of life, essential for life. Vital Force, Innate, Life Principle, Prana, Bioplasmic Energy. The God Power within you. "The material organism without the vital force, is capable of no sensation, no self preservation; it derives all sensation and performs all functions of life solely by means of immaterial being (Vital Force), which animates the material organism in health and in disease." Cause of Disease and Cure exists within the human frame. Susceptibility: From Suscipere = to take up. Easily impressed or influenced; sensitive. The rationale by which susceptibility is satisfied: In infection, practically there is but one dose administered or a sufficient amount that can cause suspension of the influx. As long as the influx is allowed into the system, the person is susceptible. When susceptibility is satisfied, then the influx of the cause ceases. During the first stage of contagion or beginning of disease, there is a limit to influx - for if we continued to receive the causative agent, it would be able to kill us. The susceptibility is generally satisfied as soon as the immune system is stimulated enough to begin to resist any outside influences. Once certain changes occur in the immune system (or vital force), man ceases to be susceptible and the influx can no longer take place. Because of varying degrees of susceptibility, some become sick and others do not. (Reaction to environment or resistance). The level of susceptibility depends on the plane or level the person is in. (Physically, mentally and spiritually) Dr. Sensenig

1998 - Naturopathic History & Philosophy - PP511
Naturopathic Philosophy: Lecture #4 Page 2 The Degree of Disease fits the susceptibility. A Natural Disease runs its period and tends to decline. Thus, the patient is not susceptible until another change of state is reached (resistance). A man is susceptible to natural disease upon a certain plane. Disease causes exist on subtle levels; hence can affect man without his knowledge. When resistance appears, influx ceases and the cause no longer flows in. Causes flow only in the direction of least resistance. Cure and contagion are similar. Resistance: The quality or property in matter of not yielding to external impressions. Ability of the body to resist infection or disease. Factors which build up Resistance: 1) Vitality 2) Proper diet and nutrition 3) Proper Elimination of Wastes 4) Proper rest and sleep 5) Harmonious environment, internal and external (prayer and meditation) 6) Exercise Acute and Chronic Diseases Old School has divided the diseases into Acute, Sub-acute and chronic. Acute - 4 weeks or less Sub-acute - 6 weeks or run indefinitely Chronic - 12 weeks or run indefinitely Acute disease occurs when the body actively reacts in an effort to correct any imbalance, eliminate toxins, or repair injury. Acute diseases are but primarily the body's own effort to correct the lowered vitality or ability to perform, to get rid of abnormal body fluids and prevent retention of wastes in the body. An acute disease has a period of infection, a period of progress and a period of recovery or death. It comes in with sufficient violence to cause death to the patient; or with less violence wherein there is a period of progress and a tendency to recovery. It is self limiting. They cannot be prolonged in the patient and must subside. No fixed time limit. Each disease has its own time limit.

1998 - Naturopathic History & Philosophy - PP511
Chronic Disease occurs when the vitality is lowered to the point where one cannot react against the disease. It has a period of infection or imbalance, followed by a period of progress but no

tendency to recovery and ends only with the life of the patient.

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