Emerson Ecologics is a naturopath's dream. From its website, it sells many products naturopaths use in their daily practices, such as tests to diagnose the fake diseases naturopaths have invented, like "
Naturopaths and other "integrative practitioners" can conveniently order diagnostic tests, supplements and other products they've prescribed for patients from Emerson Ecologics and make a profit, a practice that would raise a huge howl of protest if medical doctors did the same with drugs, or any other product, for that matter. It would, in fact,
Expansion of naturopathic state licensing is an obvious source for increased income for Emerson Ecologics, a fact apparently not lost on the company. On March 31, the company sent out a press release announcing its $10,000 "grant" to the Michigan Association of Naturopathic Physicians (MANP) to assist in their lobbying efforts.
The MANP itself is no stranger to accepting corporate dollars from companies which directly benefit from their practices by selling the kind of dubious lab testing and dietary supplements naturopaths use daily.
The bill would allow naturopaths to diagnose and treat and patient of any age with any disease or condition. It buys into the false notion
- Order and perform lab tests
- Order diagnostic imaging
- Prescribe and sell dietary supplements and homeopathic remedies
- Prescribe prescription and non-prescription drugs if on the naturopathic formulary
- Use hydrotherapy, which would include colon hydrotherapy
- Prescribe barrier contraception and durable medical equipment
- Use routes of administration that include injections and IV
Naturopaths would be regulated by a Board of Naturopathic Medicine, which would control the naturopathic formulary
Michigan legislators have apparently fallen for the party line that naturopaths are gentle souls who can help patients with healthy lifestyles and help prevent chronic disease, all at a lower cost than conventional medical care. Of course, they've never come up with a shred credible evidence that they can actually do these things consistently and effectively.
What they actually do in practice is the most appalling quackery. Michigan legislators should take a look at the