Friday, March 4, 2011
Late to the Game Mary Rondeau on Colorado ND Licensure:
here, I cite from a letter to The Coloradoan:
001. "Bill Improves Natural Medicine" (2011-03-04) [my comments are in bold]:
"every day, thousands of Coloradoans choose natural medicine rather than tradition medicine [...]";
Well, usually natural medicine considers itself traditional medicine, but...go on...
"[looking] beyond being prescribed a pill";
Yet NDs are gaining prescriptive authority...
"but as health-care consumers, we have no way of knowing if the practitioner of natural health care is a real naturopathic doctor [...] and the state has no way of holding naturopathic doctors accountable for not meeting ND professional standards or harming patients";
Well, since naturopathy overall is not based on the "real", who cares? It's all figmentation-based medicine. Also, I'm pretty-sure that if someone is harmed, there will be criminal prosecutions no matter what cute labels they are using.
"I'm supporting House Bill 1173, which would regulate and license naturopathic doctors in Colorado [...]";
"as a patient, I have a right to know and a right to make informed choices about seeing a naturopathic doctor. It's that simple [...]";
Yes. Did your ND / NMD tell you that their basis is false, though? I doubt it. So much for that sentiment as relates to naturopathy.
"Unlike eight other Western states, Colorado does not currently regulate or permit the legal practice of naturopathic medicine [...]";
"HB1173 [...] establishes professional standards to meet requirements mandated by the U.S. Department of Education, which accredits four-year naturopathic medical schools, holding them to professional standards [...]";
Bullshit. What profession begins from falsehood? They'll regulate themselves from a position of falsehood and irrationality.
"HB1173 protects citizens [...and] would be good for Colorado health-care consumers [...] Mary Rondeau."
I totally disagree. Ah, that reversal of values. When is nonsense good, in terms of medicine?