001. we're told in "State Shouldn’t Treat Naturopaths Like Medical Doctors" (2015-06-05):
"the Legislature is right to worry about the growing shortage of primary-care physicians in California [...] the state Senate recently approved a bill expanding the scope of treatments that can be performed by nurse-practitioners. The measure needs refinement, but it’s built on a sound conceptual framework.The same cannot be said of another bill that won Senate approval this week. It’s the proposal from state Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, to expand the scope of practice for naturopathic health professionals, allowing them to prescribe prescription drugs, perform minor surgeries and order imaging studies. Naturopathy is not an established system of health care with evidence-driven practices and remedies. It is a grab bag of ideas about 'natural healing' and New Age notions about human health [... ] we understand the frustration that many people have with modern medicine. But 'alternative medicines' that are based on anecdotes and nostrums, not clinical studies and empirical evidence, shouldn’t be accorded the same respect as conventional medicine."
hear, hear. But, calling naturopaths professionals, I'd argue, is quite a mislabeling.