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Exercise the sun and clean fresh air Their political activism was vital to their professional formation they loathed the invasive depletive practices of traditional medicine and protested against medical procedures that addressed symptoms rather than disease causes while resisting processed foods pharmaceuticals environmental toxins and atomic energy Cayleff describes the development of naturopathy’s philosophies and therapeutics and details the efforts of its proponents to institutionalize the field She recognizes notable naturopathic leaders.
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An alternative medical system emphasizing prevention through healthy living positive mind body spirit strength and therapeutics to enhance the body’s innate healing processes naturopathy has gained legitimacy in recent years In Nature’s Path the first comprehensive book to examine the complex history and culture of American naturopathy Susan E Cayleff tells the fascinating story of the movement’s nineteenth century rootsWhile early naturopaths were sometimes divided by infighting they all believed in the healing properties of water nutrition.
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Explores why women doctors organizers teachers and authors played such a strong role in the movement and identifies countercultural views such as antivivisection antivaccination and vegetarianism held by idealistic naturopaths from 1896 to the present Nature’s Path tracks a radical cultural critiue medical system and way of life that links body soul mind and daily purpose It is a must read for historians of medicine and scholars in women’s studies and political history as well as for naturopaths and all readers interested in alternative medici.