here, I cite from a recent article in the Albany Times Union regarding the 2011 New York State licensure push by NDs [see 001., below]; then, I cite from the mentioned ND's own web pages [002. and 003., below]:
001. Cathleen Crowley reports in "Naturopathic Doctors Seek New York Recognition" (2011-05-18)[my comments are in bold]:
"naturopaths were at the Capitol on Tuesday lobbying for bills [...] sponsored by Sen. Kenneth LaValle, R-Port Jefferson and Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, D-Buffalo [..] that would recognize them as licensed professionals [...]";
ah, that 'of-the-professions' claim. But professions are transparent and not based on falsehood.
"[currently] New York law does not allow them [NDs] to diagnose or treat patients or prescribe medications [...]";
I'm sure eventually they'll get licensed...and then we'll have another state directly condoning falsehood!
"'we are not MDs and we are not trying to be MDs [...] we are primary care providers that stress natural interventions for preventing health problems' [...]";
ah, the "natural" fallacy and 'bait and switch'. The last time I checked, for naturopathy "natural" also includes the science-ejected, the figmentatious, and the supernatural. Do you want to go to a PCP who incorrectly believes that imaginary vital forces are at the root of physiology, and that magic beans and unicorn tears will treat real-life medical problems?
"'our model is preventive and well care, not sick care [...] which is a more cost-effective approach' [...said] Korey DiRoma, a naturopathic doctor [...whose] Delmar patients drive across the state line [to Vermont] so he can examine them, diagnose their health problems and recommend treatment [...with] exercise, diet and supplements for health problems [...]";
licensed falsehood like Vermont's ND licensure! Interesting that what isn't mentioned is that homeopathy is a frequent therapy used by NDs and though the remedies are empty and the modality is science-ejected, naturopathy's licensure exam labels homeopathy a "clinical science". So much for reporting with DEPTH. I will use ND DiRoma's web pages as an illustration of naturopathy's "model" in 002., below.
"naturopathic doctors have a bachelor's degree and four years of post-graduate training at accredited schools. They receive an average of 2,800 hours of clinical training -- compared to medical doctors who have 3,200 hours of training and nurse practitioners who have 700 hours, said Donielle Wilson, president of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians [...]";
and that's the difference, quantities? Me thinks not. I'll state is simple, and it is a matter of knowledge quality: the kind of epistemic monkey business / irrationality that you see in already licensed states like Oregon, wherein the hugely science-ejected is falsely labeled science, COULDN'T GET YOU THROUGH A BACHELOR'S DEGREE never mind the doctoral level that it sits within unless, of course, one is now allowed to maintain that a domain includes that which it by definition excludes and to engage in commerce based on that false position / irrationality. That is, by the way, the DEFINITION of a licensed ND state!
"the Medical Society of New York State opposes the bill, saying the it is too broad and the title 'naturopathic doctor' is misleading [...and] that medical doctors receive a more rigorous training than naturopathic doctors [...] 'while the bill prohibits such licensee from practicing or claiming to practice another licensed profession, including medicine, the title itself will convey to the public that the naturopathic practitioner is in fact the equivalent of a licensed physician'";
hear, hear. Misleading in so many ways. And, again, the rigor is not an issue of quantity, but contents and framing. Since naturopathy has reversed all values -- science is also nonscience, professionalism is now false commerce, what's natural is now what's supernatural -- yes.
"licensing naturopaths would open the doors for naturopathic schools and insurance coverage for their services in New York."
and then education falsehood ensues, as my lived experience informs!
"naturopathic physicians are trained as primary health care practitioners, whose diverse techniques include modern and traditional, scientific and empirical methods [...] a licensed naturopathic doctor (N.D.) attends a five-year graduate-level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an M.D. [...]";
science, science, science. I'd argue that since the "science" of naturopathy includes what is science-ejected, this statement is false. When "science" is not science, it is not the "same" science.
"offering [...] natural remedies that are safe and effective are the inherent philosophy of naturopathic medicine [...such as] homeopathic medicine [...]";
after all that supposedly graduate-level science, we come to homeopathy falsely postured as effective. Claiming homeopathy has efficacy is like stating magic spells are effective medical treatments -- false. But, based on what naturopathy does to science, I'm thinking that even magic spells would be acceptable within their realm to label as 'science-based natural medicine'.
"[naturopathy is] founded upon a holistic philosophy [...] Korey DiRoma, N.D. believes in the healing power of nature [...] the body’s innate ability to heal [...] the goal of a naturopathic doctor is to employ therapies that support and promote the body's natural healing process [HPN / coded vitalism]."
ah, that HPN. HPN is, of course, a coding for that most fundamental of naturopathic beliefs: vitalism, which is their worldview, is truly science-discarded, and which obviously they LOVE to code.
003. some transparency / decoding:
a while ago, ND DiRoma used to state naturopathy's essential science-ejected vitalism quite clearly in "The Team" [now buried, but archived!]:
"as a naturopathic doctor [...] I believe that there is a vital inner force and in disease it can be suppressed, not allowing one to function optimally. Naturopathic medicine is about stimulating that vital force and allowing it to thrive. As a naturopathic doctor at the Center for Integrative Health and Healing, I am committed to facilitating this healing process for my patients to achieve optimal health and well being."
Note: see, the truly sectarian "nature" of naturopathy is being submerged. My guess is in order to not hold up licensure. But, the heart of professionalism is transparency and accuracy, which isn't happening here: this vitalistic belief is science-ejected, hidden, and never communicated by naturopaths to be the actually science-ejected figmentation that it is.