petition: "Naturopaths are not doctors: stop legitimizing pseudoscience" petition: "Naturopaths are not doctors: stop legitimizing pseudoscience"

Britt Hermes, a Bastyr graduate, renounced her practice as a naturopathic doctor when she could no longer tolerate the pseudoscience and patient harm that characterizes naturopathy. On Science-Based Medicine and her own blog, Naturopathic Diaries, she has chronicled the insufficient education and training students receive before being going into practice as naturopathic doctors, deficiencies which all too readily can result in patient harm.

Her activism is not confined to blog posts. Her advocacy helped prevent an expansion of naturopathic prescribing privileges in North Dakota in 2015. Just this past Friday, she participated, as did I, in a presentation, via conference call, to the Colorado Department of Regulatory Affairs (DORA), organized by the Colorado Citizens for Science in Medicine. DORA will soon issue a report on the continued registration of naturopaths in that state. In her testimony, Britt told how her own naturopathic education and training made her woefully unprepared to practice.

A number of people have asked how they could do more to combat naturopathic efforts to become licensed as health care providers in all 50 states, as well as participating in Medicare, Medicaid and other publicly-funded programs. Britt just started a petition urging policy makers and legislators to "stop legitimizing pseudoscience." She also posted some excellent talking points to rebut the misleading information naturopaths give lawmakers when lobbying. You can help by using the talking points in combating legitimization of naturopathy through licensing and inclusion in public insurance and other programs. You can also help by signing the petition and sending it around to others on your social media accounts.

Points of Interest 05/23/2016
War is bad. Stop it. Now back to homeopathy.