“Doctors” Practicing Natural Medicine without a License

Just yesterday in my naturopathic medical practice I had a patient come in, literally in tears, because she had just visited a man falsely claiming to be a “board certifiedstethescope_keyboard.jpg Naturopathic Physician” and telling her that he would not continue to give her Nature’s Thyroid (a prescription medication) unless she also purchased $600 worth of nutritional supplements . I hear stories like this regularly. As it turns out, this guy was NOT a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor but rather got a degree through a mail order school and is practicing medicine without a license. He hands out prescription medications to his “patients” that he acquires somehow and then threatens not to continue providing the medication to the victim unless they also take hundreds of dollars worth of supplements.

These people will have have all sorts of “certifications” listed, including “Board certification” and member of the “American Naturopathic Medical Association.” This association is not the same as the “American Association of Naturopathic Physicians(AANP).” The AANP is the only national organization for LICENSED Naturopathic Medical Doctors in the country, who attended 4 years of Naturopathic Medical education through a CNME approved medical school and passed national Naturopathic Medical Boards.

One way to ensure that you are seeing a qualified, licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor, who has gone through proper medical training and who is licensed to practice medicine is to visit the California Naturopathic Doctors Association (if you live in California-I am currently the president of this association) or www.naturopathic.org and search for a qualified physician who specializes in natural medicine.

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