Monday, June 19, 2017

Kansas's "Impermissible Practices" Includes Naturopathy, and Kansas Licenses Naturopathy

here, quite a contradiction:

001. at ksbha.org, the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts:

001.a. assures on their home page:

"the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts [...] is the licensing and regulatory Board for many health care providers in Kansas [...] mission statement: safeguard the public through licensure, education and discipline of those who practice the healing arts in Kansas [...] we license and regulate 16 different health care professions [...including] doctors of naturopathic medicine (N.D.) [...] the Board affirms that safeguarding the public is their primary responsibility"; 

so, permission.  And the public trust...supposedly. 

001.b. has up the document "Kansas State Board of Healing Arts Index of Guidance Documents" (2016 archived), with 'naturop' in the document at least 33 times, which states:

"evidenced based professional practice is the conscientious and judicious use of current best evidence, integrating clinical proficiency and judgment with external clinical evidence derived from systematic research. Research should be based upon the science of the profession and reported in learned publications [...] a licensee should possess and be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the scientific knowledge connected with any service the licensee offers or uses in professional practice [...]";

so evidence, and science science science.  And yet naturopathy's completely DON'T accede that naturopathy's component therapy homeopathy is science-ejected.  It's a basic understanding that naturopaths to not accede.

"impermissible practices include quackery, treatments not based upon scientific principles, experimental treatments not pursued within these guidelines, and the use of a drug or medical device that cannot be lawfully marketed in the United States without the approval of the Food and Drug Administration when such approval has not been granted [...] the Board has previously disciplined licensees for the use of the treatments listed below because licensees either deviated from the standard of care of the profession, or they did not have sufficient scientific proof of the efficacy of the treatment [...] 'quackery' - includes questionable, deceptive, fraudulent practices, or those based on unproven theories but not complying with these guidelines [...] some statements often used to promote quackery include [...] treatment based on unproven theory [...] promoters of the treatment attack the medical or other established professions";

so, WOW.  Sounds like naturopathy's constituent 'modalities', like homeopathy.


001.c. and here's the amazing thing up too by ksbha.org, the document "Kansas Statutes Annotated and Administrative Regulations Pertaining to those Professions Licensed and Regulated by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts" [2017 archived]:

"Chapter 65 – Public Health Article 72– Naturopathic Doctor Licensure Act [...] the board shall issue a license as a naturopathic doctor to an individual who prior to the effective date of this act (1) graduated from a school of naturopathy that required four years of attendance and was at the time of such individual's graduation accredited or a candidate for accreditation by the board approved accrediting body, (2) passed an examination approved by the board covering appropriate naturopathic subjects including basic and clinical sciences and (3) has not committed an act which would subject such person to having a license suspended or revoked under K.S.A. 65-7208, and amendments thereto [...] examination: each applicant for licensure under this act shall be examined by a written examination or examinations chosen by the board to test the applicant's knowledge of the basic and clinical sciences relating to naturopathy [...] basic sciences, including the following: anatomy; biochemistry; microbiology; pathology; and physiology [...] and clinical sciences, including the following: emergency medicine and public health; laboratory diagnosis and diagnostic imaging; botanical medicine; clinical nutrition; physical and clinical diagnosis; physical medicine; psychology; counseling; ethics; and homeopathy";

and so WOW again. Here's the math: what's impermissible FOR KANSAS is written into the Kansas naturopathy law.  Quackery, pseudoscience.  Oh my unproven...how about disproven.
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