WHAT YOU CAN DO
1. EDUCATE YOURSELF
Read this website and learn the facts. Find out if naturopathic licensing or other pro-naturopath legislation is pending in your state here.
2. EDUCATE OTHERS
Naturopaths like to portray themselves as providers of safe, effective "natural" healthcare. Many people believe them. Refer them to this website and urge them to oppose naturopathic licensing and increased scope of practice or forced insurance coverage where naturopaths are already licensed. For a printable FACT SHEET see the Homepage.
3. CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS
Check back with us often to see if bills licensing naturopaths, expanding their scope of practice or forcing their inclusion in physican practice groups or insurance coverage have been introduced in your state. Click here for current information. Contact your state representatives and tell them you oppose this legislation. (Find State Legislature Internet Links here.) Refer them to this website. Make sure every member of the legislature (and his or her staff) voting on naturopathic legislation (in committe or the entire legislative body) knows the facts. Give them the printable FACT SHEET available on the Homepage.
4. URGE PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER GROUPS OPPOSE NATUROPATHIC LICENSING AND EXPANDED SCOPE OF PRACTICE
If you are a member of a professional health care providers group, like a medical society or nursing association, make sure your leadership is informed about naturopath-friendly legislation and urge your organization to oppose it. (Make sure you contact all associations, including specialty societies, on the local, state and federal level.) Do the same if you are a member of any business or professional group which may be affected by forced insurance coverage of naturopathic services. Other organizations, such as consumer protection groups and those supporting science, should get involved as well. Make sure they have the printable FACT SHEET available on the Homepage.
A product or service that is "natural" does not mean that it is safe or effective.
Naturopaths do not practice evidence-based medicine. This means they do not take into account whether there is adequate evidence of safety or effectiveness for the use of their methods or products.
Many naturopathic practices and the products they use have inadequate evidence of safety and effectiveness or have actually been shown in research to be ineffective or unsafe. Some can be dangerous.
If a naturopathic product or service is not effective, then it obviously cannot be cost-effective. In other words, it is a waste of your money.
Contrary to their claims, "naturopathic doctors" do not have education and training equivalent to medical doctors and doctors of osteopathy. For example, "N.D.s" do not do residencies, 3 or more years of hospital-based training, caring for patients with a wide range of illnesses. M.D.s and D.O.s must complete residencies after medical school before they are allowed to go into primary care practice.
Naturopaths oppose vaccination, one of the most successful public health measures of all times. Vaccination has saved many children from death and disease. Instead, naturopaths recommend off-beat and ineffective products like "nutrient bags" (IV infusions of unnecessary vitamins and minerals) and homeopathic remedies, for the flu.
One of the mainstays of naturopathic treatments is dietary supplements, many of which have inadequate evidence of safety or effectivness. Research is now showing that many of these dietary supplements are unnecessary to health and do not perform as anticipated. Some have proven to be harmful in the long run. Naturopathic recommendations of dietary supplements are often at odds with what we know from research.
Another mainstay of naturopathy is homeopathy, which is taught in naturopathic "medical" schools. Basic scientific principles show that homeopathy cannot work. Not surprsingly, hundreds of clincial trials have confirmed this. Naturopaths ignore this research.