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Naturopathic Physicians Vie for Prescription Privileges May 30, 2011

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Naturopathic physicians want to be licensed in New York despite objections from the state’s top group of medical doctors who call them “herbal remedy practitioners.”

A bill in the state legislature would allow naturopathic physicians to prescribe nutritional supplements, natural hormones and antibiotics.

“Most degrees in those naturopathic medical schools are accredited by the U.S. Department of Education,” said Doni Wilson, head of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians. “The accrediting agencies are saying these are actual doctorate degrees, so we actually are doctors.”

Wilson and her peers can “consult” but cannot “diagnose and treat.”

“Our citizens of New York should be able to go to a naturopathic physician here in New York and not have to travel to Connecticut or elsewhere,” State Senator Ken LaValle said. “Alternatives are good. People go for acupuncture. They go for other alternatives. And naturopathic medicine should be one of them.”

The Medical Society of the State of New York, in a memo to state legislators, said the title “doctor of naturopathic medicine” would mislead people into thinking N.D.s are equivalent to licensed physicians.

“This bill, while purporting to protect the safety and welfare of the public, does not effectively prohibit unlicensed practitioners,” the MSSNY statement said. “Essentially, all the bill accomplishes is to require that a practitioner who uses the title ‘naturopathic doctor’ must be licensed and allows them to diagnose and prescribe.”

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