Monday, June 24, 2013

Colorado Naturopathy Licensing Roundup

here, I cite from major media outlets regarding recent 2013 licensure approval of naturopathy in Colorado [see 001., below]; then, there's what some NDs have said [see 002., below]; and critics [see 003., below]; and finally, I link to the home pages of the Governor that signed the bill and the bill's sponsors [see 004., below]:

001. as reported by major outlets [my comments are in unquoted bold]:

001.a. states in "Colorado Governor Signs Bill Regulating Naturopathic Doctors: 17 States Have Legalized Naturopathic Medicine"(2013-06-11)[vsc 2013-06-12]:

"[by way of reporter Lynn Hafele] as of June 5, naturopathic doctors within the state of Colorado are legally allowed to practice naturopathic medicine [...]";

what were they doing before?  Practicing medicine without a license without penalty??? I would argue that in licensing what naturopathy DOES, falsehood has been legalized as commerce, which is quite WACKY.  Where else is the abjectly science ejected falsely labeled science supported and monies are exchanged?  Oh, wherever naturopathy is!

 "the law allows naturopathic doctors who have completed a 4-year post-graduate program at an accredited naturopathic medical school and have passed a national science and clinical board exam to register with the state [...]";

hey, I went to one of those programs, wherein nonscience is labeled quite irrationally as science.  Here is such at that type of schools' consortia organization and at the board exam!
"Gov. John Hickenlooper passed into law [...]";

nothing like friends in high places.  I'd like to see a science org. in Colorado sue the Governor for basically legalizing pseudoscience to be passed off as science in commerce.

"'I am proud that Colorado has taken the lead in ensuring that well trained naturopathic doctors, appropriately regulated, become a viable health care option for the citizens of our state,' said Rep. Joann Ginal (D-Ft. Collins), the bill’s lead sponsor [...]";

so well trained that abject quackery like homeopathy is quite wrongly labeled science-supported.  Ah, the reversal of values continues!  Is it appropriate to regulate what is false?  And is what's false viable? It's idiotic.
"these physicians use methods to help individuals use the body’s innate ability to fight infection and ailments [...]";

ah, ye coded vitalism at the heart of naturopathy.  That dare not speak its name.

Note: that page links to an AANP press release that is 002., below.

001.b. states in "New Law Regulates Naturopathic Doctors in Colo." (2013-06-12)[vsc 2013-06-13]:

 "[by way of reporter Amanda Brandeis] for over 20 years doctors who practice natural medicine have been fighting for legal recognition from the state [...]";

or perhaps in other words for twenty years naturopaths have been allowed to practice medicine without a license!!!

"a recent bill signed by Governor Hickenlooper finally allows qualified naturopathic doctors to register in Colorado [...]";

ok, perhaps I should term it registered falsehood.

"the new law will help give consumers more confidence, knowing they are seeing legitimate doctors who have underwent years of doctorate level training [...]";

when I was in naturopathy school, overall, science and nonscience were mixed together and then all falsely termed science.  I don't think that kind of training is legitimate in order to be a doctor, and not doctoral level so, therein, this confidence that consumers are being let to is quite a sham.

"Dr. Christopher Lepisto, a naturopathic doctor in Grand Junction [who is show in an embedded video also...says] 'I can also offer another perspective that says, what is the cause of their disease? Not just, oh, you have high blood pressure, take these medications' [...]";
 slamming regular medicine as incompetent, from the position of an absurd training apparatus known as naturopathy school. We're gonna visit his web site below, and that of his alma mater.
Note: we're linked to the NDs site and the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

001.c. the Durango Herald states in "Licensure Has Arrived for Naturopaths" (2013-06-23)[vsc 2013-06-23]:

"[by way of reporter Emery Cowan] an industry that long has gone unregulated in Colorado now will be licensed under a bill signed into law earlier this month [...]";

first of all, medicine is a profession and not just commerce, so it is held to higher ethical standards than merely industry.

"the Naturopathic Doctor Act sets up a licensing program that outlines specific educational and training requirements naturopathic practitioners must meet to call themselves naturopathic doctors [...]";

ok, it not registration it's licensure.  Whatever it is, it's '.gov' endorsement of the nonsense educational contents and oath obligations of naturopathy.

"naturopathic doctors  [...] say the law is a welcome regulation that legitimizes their practice [...]";

'with  the power of the State of Colorado, you may now give patients empty homeopathic remedies and lie to them that such is powerful.'

"Nancy Utter, a naturopathic doctor at Durango Natural Medicine [...]";

we shall visit her practice and alma mater too.

"[she says] 'we’re really professional' [...]";

yeah, the profession based on falsehood.
"naturopaths focus on medical treatments and therapies that work with nature to restore patients’ health [...]";

ah, again coded vitalism. 

"supporters of licensure for naturopathic doctors have been trying to make it a law for 20 years, said Louise Edwards, a naturopathic doctor [...]";

we shall visit her practice and alma mater too.

"said Rep. Joann Ginal, a co-sponsor of the bill: 'I’ve heard from other naturopathic doctors that the bill is going to bring more naturopathic doctors into the state [...] there are people who are highly trained and very intelligent, very educated and very professional [...]";

oh the irony, the stupidity, the tragedy.

"Sen. Linda Newell [...] also co-sponsored the bill [...] the regulation could be a first step to proving that naturopathic medicine is a sound practice that should be covered, Newell said [...]";

what's so sound about nonsense?

"the Colorado Medical Society argues that the bill allows 'unqualified persons to practice several health-care professions, including medicine' [...]";

how true if being unqualified means that one is so poorly trained that science and nonscience are conflated into one big scientific false label!

002. as stated by naturopathy:

002.a the AANP states in "Colorado Governor Signs Bill Regulating Naturopathic Doctors"[vsc 2013-06-12]:

"Rep. Joann Ginal (D-Ft. Collins) [...was] the bill’s lead sponsor [...and] Sen. Linda Newell (D-Littleton), the bill’s sponsor in the Senate, commented that 'naturopathic doctors are going to be a key component in health care, saving the state millions of dollars through their focus on disease prevention and natural treatment, such as nutrition, lifestyle counseling and botanical medicine' [...] a framework will now be provided for the safe and effective conduct of their profession";

how is an irrational sectarian medical sect going to cause savings, with what isn't mentioned that is ACTUAL naturopathy?  Including: homeopathy, acupuncture, vitamins and herbs as if pharmacologically active?  Professional? 

"'this is a great day for naturopathic doctors and the citizens of Colorado' remarked Denise Clark, ND, president of the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CoAND) [...]";

we'll look at her web pages and alma mater too.

"an increasing base of scientific research is affirming that naturopathic medicine is useful in the treatment of numerous chronic illnesses' observed Jud Richland, MPH, Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) [...]";

yeah, right, like homeopathy, acupuncture!

"naturopathic medicine, with its emphasis on [...] the body’s inherent self-healing capacity [...]";

ah, ye coded vitalism.

002.b. ND Rothenberg, an AANP board member, at HuffPo states in "Colorado Governor Signs Bill Regulating Naturopathic Doctors" (2013-06-07) [vsc 2013-06-12]:

"now, in Colorado, consumers can expect that those who call themselves naturopathic doctors have had a four-year, in-residence, full-time medical education, including extensive training in the clinical setting, and are appropriately credentialed by both state and national overseeing bodies [...]";


"with an eye to prevention and extensive training in therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, lifestyle modification and more, NDs answer tough questions patients have [...]
many other states are also in legislative efforts to license NDs, which makes good sense from both a public health and an economic point of view  [...]";

hmmmm.  Extensive training?  When an ND can just go to ND school for four years and be fully licensed in most states after their NPLEX?  Why no mention of homeopathy?  Here's a tough question NDs never can answer without looking quite odd: how is it that naturopathy is essentially a science-ejected point of view yet naturopathy falsely labels itself science-based?  Is it now public health policy to deceive people with junk medicine?

"Americans  [...] would like the opportunity to work with a naturopathic doctor side by side with other state of the art medical care providers [...]";

this is rather ironic, being that ND Rothenberg is quite the homeopath.

"as a founder of and current board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Doctors, I applaud the effort of Coloradans, Colorado NDs and of Governor Hickenlooper for understanding the relevance of his bill to the health and safety of the people of Colorado [...]";

well, it is the AANP that falsely claims that thinks like homeopathy are science.  The tough question which is easy to answer.

002.c. them mentioned NDs:

002.c1. ND Lepisto of Bastyr University states in "Naturopathic Medicine" : 

"today, as a naturopathic doctor I blend this ancient healing wisdom with modern scientific knowledge to help you attain optimal health in mind, body and spirit."

ah, yes, the value of blending science and the prescientific, including the supernatural.

002.c.2. ND Utter of Bastyr University states in "Medicine by Naturopathic Physicians": 

"licensed naturopathic physicians have attended four-year professional-level programs at accredited institutions, where they have been educated in the same basic sciences as allopathic physicians. Some member schools in the AANMC actually require more hours of basic and clinical science than many top allopathic medical schools."

ah, yes, science, science, science. And that false label of allopathic upon modern medicine.

002.c.3. ND Edwards of NCNM:

actually received The Vis Award in 2011 we are told by NUHS, which is titled a school of science with naturopathy within it and 'the vis' being the science-ejected concept of vitalism.

Note: blended knowledge, posed as science, when actually science-ejected at its heart.  What a joke.  What a licensed joke.

003. criticism:

003.a. National Geographic's Science Blogs' Respectful Insolence states in "Colorado, Naturopathy, and 'Health Freedom': Devolving into a Quack Wonderland?" (2013-06-11):

"[speaks of the] Colorado legislature’s truly boneheaded decision to license naturopaths, thus giving the imprimatur of the state to quackery and, in essence, legalizing a whole lot of that quackery [...]";

and it just gets better in the post.

004. the State of Colorado '.gov' endorsement:

004.a.  Gov. John Hickenlooper's homepage is here, and it is stated on the site that the bill was signed.

004.b. the bills so informed sponsors home pages: Rep. Joann Ginal and Sen. Linda Newell.
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