This is an older article but one that bears highlighting. In State Considers Changing…
The Scope of Naturopathy
I highly recommend you read this article about a naturopath who is now turning on other naturopaths. It seems the scope of treatment is what bothered her so and to be honest, it bothered me as well.
Britt Hermes studied naturopathy at Bastyr University and practiced for three years in Washington and Arizona and then “discovered that the profession functions as a system of indoctrination based on discredited ideas about health and medicine, full of anti-science rhetoric with many ineffective and dangerous practices.” Ouch.
Personally, I am open to alternative therapies. I don’t think allopathic medicine has all the answers and we tend to push way too many drugs, which seems to be influenced by the pharmaceutical industry. I get that. But I also believe patients should know who there “doctors” are and what their training was. What people don’t realize is that in a number of states, NDs can prescribe pharmaceuticals, do minor surgery, and essentially act as primary care physicians. Yes, primary care physicians.
Trust me and hit this link to read this article. It will, and should, scare you. And we let it happen.