Making a True ND
I mentioned in the article on "The
Licensing Issue," North Carolina is not
the only state in which the "battle is raging" for the rights of
Traditional Naturopaths to exist. The purveyors of false
Naturopathy (the use of drugs and surgery as part of their "practice")
have been busy in other states as well! Here is a recent
Whitman News Brief E-mail on the situation in California:
CALIFORNIA MAY BETRAY THE NATURAL HEALTH MOVEMENT
(Quoted from a recent Whitman News Brief E-mail)
Opinion by Raj Pal, Ph.D.,
President, Naturopathic Medical Association of California
"On July 1, 2003, the California State Assembly's Business &
Professions Committee unanimously voted in favor of SB 907, to license
certain Naturopaths. It is called a "health freedom bill'. Well,
although the title sounds promising, this bill has many terrible
intended and possibly unintended consequences.
Instead of helping the natural health movement, SB 907 betrays the
natural health movement by:
licensing Naturopathic doctors who graduated from schools (all of which
are outside of California) that consider prescription medications and
surgery as appropriate Naturopathic therapy.
it a criminal act for the thousands of California naturopathic doctors
who went to other schools to continue to call themselves Naturopathic
doctors. SB 907 costs California residents' jobs.
against doctors of Naturopathy who have more Naturopathic training if
they did not go to schools that teach drugs as Naturopathy.
licensed Naturopathic doctors under the supervision of medical doctors
in the same capacity as a nurse practitioner for prescribing.
Naturopathic doctors have always been independent of medical
supervision, as Naturopaths have major philosophical disagreement with
many medical modalities.
medical doctors and pharmacists the power to control the 'Naturopathic
increase California's current budget problem by making the State
ultimately responsible to pay for certain Naturopathic services that it
is currently not doing. It will also hurt the income of tax paying
California Naturopathic doctors, who will then pay less California
taxes. Thus, SB 907 will increase overall taxes and/or result in cuts
of State services.
the acknowledged founder of American Naturopathy, Dr. Benedict Lust,
because SB 907 gives restricted prescription and limited surgery rights
(SB907, 16 and 17). Dr. Lust told California naturopaths, 'Remember:
Naturopaths are Doctors-minus Materia Medica and Surgery.' The materia
medica Dr. Lust was referring to was for prescription drugs.
Under SB 907 the only Naturopathic doctors will be those who believe
naturopaths prescribe drugs and perform surgeries. SB 907 sets up a
committee that can ultimately be used to slowly remove herbs "that have
biological activity" (JAMA, 3/26/03) from the general marketplace (such
as health food stores and the internet). This "health freedom bill"
fits in well with AMA plans to take control over herbs and dietary
supplements-no thinking person wants that.
Even the Sacramento Bee reported, 'And, as with
all medical turf battles, whether SB 907 lives or dies has everything
to do with politics and nothing to do with whether it enhances or
imperils the health of Californians' (Walters, Dan. Naturopathic
Bill Moves With Push From Movie Tycoon. Sacramento Bee. June
for a detailed article written by former CSNMA President
Robert Thiel, Ph.D., N.H.D., providing more reasons to dread SB 907.
Please write to Governor Davis, State Capital, Sacramento, CA 95814, or
fax him at (916) 445-4633 today and tell him not to sign this terrible