Please do NOT sign this petition, or any other petition like it! It is calling for the licensure of Naturopathic Doctors. There is more to this story than appears on the surface. I am a Naturopathic Doctor...I know!
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/331917971 (PLEASE DO NOT SIGN!!!!!!!!!! I am calling for a BOYCOTT of petitions like this! PLEASE do NOT support licensure for naturopaths!!!)
Licensuredoes have it's benefits, yes. But to whom? To the consumer? Well...........not really. The consumer is losing out, because they are trying to arrange it so that true naturopathic medicine is no longer a choice.
It is fine if someone wants complementary care treatment...This is a real valid choice, and one that I would venture to say is most likely becoming the most popular choice in the world. The National Institute of Health estimates that 36% of Americans are using some form of complementary medicine. I applaud these people AND the conventional medical practice for embracing a more natural approach to health in this way! I think it's a much "healthier" choice!
However...It is not the only choice!!! AND it is NOTALTERNATIVE MEDICINE!
ALTERNATIVE medicine means OTHER THAN. Other than conventional. That means different, as in not the same.
Main Entry: alternative medicine - any of various systems of healing or treating disease (as homeopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, Ayurveda, or faith healing) that are not included in the traditional curricula taught in medical schools of the United States and Britain.
Think about it...If it is not the same, then why should the same Board make the decisions? Why should the same standards and practices be applied when they are not the same at all?
If someone wants alternative medicine, then let the experts in ALTERNATIVE medicine decide what is best and how practices ought to be done. We are the ones who have carried the naturopathic traditions down through the ages and taught them in schools all these years! We have our own professional standards! Why should we want to follow theirs? People deserve to have choices. Licensure takes that away. Licensure puts into the hands of legislatorswhat the field of natural health ought to be.
Read the wording very carefully please: (The words in red are mine...)
We, the undersigned, are calling on you and the other members of Committee for Consumer Protection (again...protecting the consumers from what? Making choices in accordance with their own beliefs and preferences?)and Professional Licensure, to introduce legislation to license naturopathic physicians (naturopathic physicians are not the same as naturopathic doctors, but the two are being referred to as if they were the same...) in Pennsylvania. (PLEASE DO NOT SIGN!!!!!)
With today’s ever-rising health care costs (when nature has provided all we need in the air, food, water, sunshine and herbs, as well as through exercise, artistic expression, emotional release, love and prayer for free since the beginning of time!)and increasing instances of chronic disease in our country, there is a renewed interest by the public, government, and health care institutionsPhysicians in the development of patient-centered systems of health care directed to improve the health of individuals and communities while also preventing illness. Licensure of Naturopathic Physicians (Licensure of Naturopathic Physicians is fine...But Naturopathic Physicians and Naturopathic Doctors are not the same thing! The terms are not interchangeable!) provides the public with just such a natural health care option. (TRADITIONAL NATUROPATHS, HOLISTIC HEALERS, AND OTHER NATURAL HEALTH PRACTIONERS HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS FOR AGES, AND CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE DID NOTHING BUT RIDICULE US AND HOLD US BACK AS A PROFESSION! NOW THEY WANT US TO MEET THEIR REQUIREMENTS WHEN THEY TOLD US WE WERE WRONG ALL ALONG ABOUT THE POWER OF NATURE TO HEAL??? SUDDENLY IT'S THEIR IDEA?! THEY WANT TO PROFITand CONTROL US, THAT'S ALL!)
Contemporary Naturopathic Physicians (N.D.s) (N.D.s are NOT physicians...They are suggesting that it be required that N.D.s are licensed medical doctors before they can become N.D.s)are trained in medical science and conventional diagnostic techniques (Why do we need to be trained in “MEDICAL” science and “CONVENTIONAL” diagnostic techniques? Those are completely different approaches from what naturopaths practice, although many naturopaths do choose to become certified in medical disciplines in order to participate more fully in COMPLEMENTARY care, so again, the profession has addressed this need...Overall, however, we have much different ways which we greatly prefer...),and are qualified (by the standards of the profession or by the standards of legislators?)to apply natural therapies in treating and preventing disease(Naturopaths work in the realm of wellness...we support the body in treating itself the way nature intended...we do not directly treat any specific disease...we support the body's efforts to heal itself…we work to educate the consumer and to facilitate the process of healing…Naturopaths do not treat disease!)as well as restoring and maintaining health. Pennsylvania citizens have the right to know that the people offering such services are competent (naturopathic doctors are graduates of accredited naturopathic degree programs through accredited schools and are certified by professional boards)and licensed as physicians(we are not licensed, nor do we as a profession wish to be licensed in medical disciplines...they are two distinct and separate approaches…nor do we, as a profession, desire to seekgovernment accreditation),and will be heldaccountable for their professional activities and outcomes (we ARE accountable...to our professional boards and to the laws of the state already). Licensure of N.D.s will ensure that practitioners are reliable and properly educated (according to conventional standards...we have our own standards of practice already in place), and that there would be oversight (by the State...government control) to ensure that all N.D.s are practicing properly and maintaining professional standards. (We have standards as set by our profession in place!)Since Licensed N.D.s would be required to work under set standards and competency requirements(as dictated by a different profession), other health care professionals would be able to engage them in dialog, refer patients and integrate their own methods with standard natural techniques.ALL OF THIS DESCRIBES COMPLENTARY CARE AND NONE OF IT COMES CLOSE TO ALTERNATIVE CARE. THEY ARE USING THIS TO TAKE THE OPTION OF ALTERNATIVE CARE AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE!!!! WE ALREADY HAVE STANDARDS IN PLACE WHICH ARE SPECIFIC TO OUR FIELD OF EXPERTISE!
How in the world can another discipline attempt to tell US what WE are?!?!? We don't do the same thing as them! It's like telling apples they have to be pears!!!
Naturopaths do not: perform surgery, use pharmaceutical drugs, diagnose, prescribe, or treat disease! This is simply not what we do.
KEEP YOUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE TRADITIONAL NATUROPATHY!!! PLEASE DO NOT PROMOTE OR SUPPORT LICENSURE OF NATUROPATHS! TRADITIONAL NATUROPATHS DO NOT WISH TO BE LICENSED! THIS IS A TRICK TO TAKE THE RIGHT TO PRACTICE ALTERNATIVE METHODS AWAY!!!!
Please consider this an extremely urgent matter and be aware of tactics like these! This is how things sometimes happen...The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing is NOT to be let in the gate!!!
Please read some of my own personal story. I have worked toward my goals of becoming a holistic healer beginning at the time I was 12-years-old. DILEGENTLY. I have devoted my life to this work. I attended the schools, I took extra classes, I studied and got good grades, I did hours and hours of volunteer work over the years in areas of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health…In other words, I paid my dues and now they want to take this away?
This is my life’s mission to do this work. If legislation such as this were to pass in Ohio, I would still do my work, but I would no longer be permitted to claim my rightful title…I would no longer be Vibraceous, ND.
A doctor in the true sense of the word is a teacher. That’s what a doctor of naturopathy is trained to do. We are doctors because that is an academic title indicating the highest degree of education has been achieved in a field. Medical doctors are not the only doctors, and to say we should be the same as them, would be like telling doctors of divinity they couldn’t be doctors anymore, too.
Main Entry: 1doc·tor
1 a : a person who has earned one of the highest academic degrees (as a PhD) conferred by a university b : a person awarded an honorary doctorate by a college or university
2 : a person skilled or specializing in healing arts; especially : a physician, surgeon, dentist, or veterinarian licensed to practice his or her profession
(*NOTE: Notice it says "especially," not "exclusively;" and naturopaths DO specialize in the healing arts!! Notice also, in the first entry, that the designation is not only the result of a degree (which I achieved), but it can also be applied to honorary titles conferred by a college...Don't we even deserve THAT? Someone better tell Merriam-Webster that the definition is being CHANGED!!!!!
I was awarded a doctorate degree by the Trinity College of Natural Health…A college which is well-respected and accredited within the professional community of traditional naturopaths nation-wide. That makes me a legitimate doctor of naturopathy, by definition.
If someone wants a medical doctor, they should go to an M.D. If they want a medical doctor who is also a naturopathic doctor, then they should seek out a naturopathic physician, or a professional with the designation of N.M.D. (Naturopathic Medical Doctor...and I fully agree that THEY SHOULD be licensed! Unlike N.D.s, they use surgery and drugs!) But if a person wants a traditional doctor of naturopathy who practices the traditional art as set forth by the profession itself, then they should seek out ME! (YAY!!!) I am an N.D. -- a Naturopathic Doctor! And I would prefer to keep it that way!
I suppose if push comes to shove, I’ll either move from this country, or else work under the secret knowledge that I did indeed attain this designation, but I won’t be allowed to tell. (I wonder if I’ll have to take my degree down off of the wall???????????)
But the real question of importance to all of us is…Will we be allowed to CHOOSEalternative medicine? Or is this just another infringement on our rights to seek the health care approach we prefer?! I suggest that perhaps that’s exactly what we’re dealing with here. This is one more attempt...as it has been throughout the history of medicine…to discredit our profession and take our rights away.
Traditional naturopaths TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO USE NATURE TO KEEP THEMSELVES WELL! It CAN be done and it’s done everyday! It’s the way nature designed… It’s the way it was designed by GOD.
Infringing on our right to seek education in the natural healing arts to me is an infringement on our spiritual rights! That’s how some of us view it, at least. I believe this is a God –given right!!!
It is our God-given right as consumers…and as heirs to the gifts of the earth. When the government starts to decide what we should and should not do…when Big Brother steps into protect, assuming we can’t take care of ourselves…that’s when true freedom is lost. This severely threatens our First Amendment rights!
My Sincere Thanks and Wishes for Good Health, Naturally!!! Vibraceous, ND
Thank you for your attention to this very urgent matter which either directly or indirectly affects us ALL. It is our freedom of choice which is at stake. Let the people decide for themselves! This country was founded on FREEDOM! Let freedom reign and keep government out of our personal business regarding our choices for how we want to handle our health, before it gets any worse!!!
CLICK HERE for information on ways to protect the tradition of naturopathy!!! Vibe
There are so many, many good petitions related to health, it was hard picking just ten! I narrowed it down to the ten that I believe to be the most important based on several factors--the ones which affect the most of us in direct relation to health; our right to have the choice to take care of our health the way WE see fit; to not be poisoned against our will; and to be told the truth about matters regarding our health.
Please take the time to sign these, and then visit the Petition Site to sign some of the many good ones I did not include! (There are some disability ones that are really good, and that cosmetics one, and the ones about tobacco and kids...please take a moment to decide what's important to you!)
Health consumers demand a Constitutional amendment guaranteeing freedom to choose among health systems freely; and diverse health professionals to practice freely with the same licensing and insurance benefits as allopathic doctors and hospitals; without government or organized medical opposition.
It's your health, and when you're a patient the treatment you receive should be your decision. The Access to Medical Treatment Act (AMTA) currently being considered by Congress gives back the authority to patients and their doctors to use medical treatments and devices that have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
AMTA will make alternative medical treatments more accessible to the public, and give many patients who face life-threatening afflictions another viable option in their health care choices.
The LAST thing we need is LESS testing of dangerous chemicals: The US fails to require any testing for more than 95% of the chemicals currently in commerce. Why fight AGAINST testing chemicals for dangerous health risks? It does not make sense, but "the Bush administration is siding with the U.S. chemical industry to wage an unusually aggressive campaign against European proposals that would require testing tens of thousands of chemicals for potential health and environmental hazards..." (Wall Street Journal, 9/9/03). Just last week, the administration stepped up their efforts - U.S. diplomats in the EU were instructed to lobby against these tests (Financial Times, 3/28/04).
A large and growing number of scientists and physicians throughout the world are voicing serious concerns over the development of genetically engineered foods and the irreversible genetic pollution of our natural food supply.
We are being asked to strongly urge the passage of legislation and policies to mandate: an immediate minimum 5-year moratorium on the release of all genetically engineered organisms; the establishment of rigorous pre-market safety testing protocols and the continued viability of an uncontaminated food source for America; and full disclosure through the clear and accurate labeling.
UPDATE, 3/1/06: Your emails are working! The House has just delayed the vote on H.R. 4167 - originally scheduled for March 2nd - to allow for debate on the bill and any amendments. Keep up the pressure- it's working!
Congress will vote next week on a bill that would gut state food safety and labeling laws, endangering the food you eat. H.R. 4167, the "National Uniformity for Food Act," lowers the bar on food safety by overturning state food safety laws that are not "identical" to federal law. Hundreds of state laws and regulations are at risk, including those governing the safety of milk and shellfish.
Industry-sponsored H.R. 4167 is gaining momentum and must be stopped! Act now! Protect yourself and others from unsafe food by writing your Representative and urging them to vote NO on H.R. 4167.
We deserve to know the full truth about the drugs being marketed and prescribed to us!
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) often has access to drug safety risks, but does not make them public -- keeping researchers, doctors and patients in the dark.
It's time to stop the blame game and protect consumers. Clinical trials should be made public so important safety information is available to everyone and drug advertisements are clear about potential harmful side effects.
Here's a shocking fact: more Americans die each year from hospital-acquired infections than from auto accidents and homicides combined. An estimated 90,000 people die every year from hospital-acquired infections, yet hospitals still don't have to disclose their rates of infection. Hospitals don't even have to report their infection rates to the regulators who are responsible for making sure they meet basic standards.
A few states are taking action against this deadly health care problem by giving consumers information about how well their local hospitals control infections. But in most states, hospital infection rates are still secret. It's time to make hospitals a safe place.
Factory farming industry members are trying to usurp the "organic" label and use it on chickens that they raise in extremely inhumane, factory farming conditions.
As the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB ) Livestock Committee meets to establish national standards for organic poultry, giant corporations are intensively lobbying the Board to allow their industrialized factories to be certified as "organic!" If allowed, it will only strengthen an industry that does immeasurable harm to animals and the environment.
The misuse of antibiotics is leading to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which are causing increasing numbers of serious, difficult-to-treat illnesses in humans.
The Preservation of Antibiotics for Human Treatment Act (S. 2508) will phase out the routine feeding of medically important antibiotics to healthy livestock and poultry. The poultry and livestock industries have been major culprits in the overuse of antibiotics.
The American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, the World Health Organization and other leading health organizations are on record opposing both the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in animal agriculture.
Increasing evidence suggests that toxic chemicals and pollutants are contributing to the high rates of breast cancer in the United States. Exposures to these toxins when we are young may lead to the development of breast cancer when we are older. Yet, the government allows the spraying of potentially carcinogenic pesticides to be sprayed on our children's schools!
The School Environment Protection Act (SEPA) provides basic levels of protection for children and school staff from the use of pesticides in public school buildings and on school grounds. Please join environmental, public health, education and children's advocates in voicing your support of the Schools Environment Protection Act.
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