Proposed bill to license naturopaths in NY

Bills.

This bill proposes to do the following:

Regulates the practice of naturopathy; establishes a state board for naturopathy; establishes requirements to receive a limited permit in naturopathy; establishes mandatory continuing competency for naturopaths; requires licensed naturopaths to report suspected child abuse.

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Why is this bad? It legitimizes the practice of naturopathy. It raises practitioners to a professional level (licensed). It gives the appearance of standards. Those standards are not the same as for medical doctors but advocates can tout the idea of “licensing” and a “board”, just like conventional health professionals with medical training.

From the NY Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Naturopaths use standard medical diagnostic techniques and treat disease
with natural medicines and therapies including clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, lifestyle counseling, and naturopathic physical medicine. Naturopathic doctors also have the training to prescribe certain medications when they are indicated.

Naturopaths are currently licensed in Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington D.C., Washington State, as well as the territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Why aren’t all kinds of physicians required to meet the standards already in place? Equating naturopaths to medical doctors may be dangerous and confusing to the public. If you are in NY, speak to your representative today.

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