(a freethinking naturopathy apostate's bare-knuckle guerrilla-skeptical-musings OVERWATCH upon the 'science subset nonscience' absurd meme known as naturopathy / naturopathic medicine / natural medicine aka 'the naturoPATHillogical')
"the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) [...] the AANP [...] is working to educate members of Congress about the role licensed Naturopathic Doctors play in providing safe, effective, and affordable health care [...] the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) is the professional association that represents licensed naturopathic physicians [...] learn more at http://www.naturopathic.org [...]";
here, since N.D. in skeptical circles means 'not a doctor' for abundant reasons, and a bill in the Colorado legislature proposes that NDs be registered in the state as RND, I muse on what snarky things a skeptic may imagine RND stands for:
"the Colorado senate unanimously passed [...] Senate Bill 106, which [...] continues the registration of naturopathic doctors until 2020 with added restrictions. If the bill succeeds in the House, naturopathic doctors will be required to use the title 'registered naturopathic doctor' or 'R.N.D.' Colorado could become the only state to mark them as different from licensed medical practitioners."
I'm all for that bit of distinction and for much more 'accurate distinguishing' of what NDs truly are, in thought and action. Of course, this is Colorado still partnering with falsehood, the essence of naturopathy, in the sense of giving approval or vetting of nonsense and fraud.
"naturopaths in Maine are rallying behind a bill designed to prevent insurers from discriminating against health care providers who are licensed by the state. Sen. Justin Chenette, a Saco Democrat, submitted the bill on behalf of the Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors [...] the bill will go before the Legislature’s Committee on Insurance and Financial Services on Thursday ";
lobbying for a special interest group that is fundamentally based upon deceptions. For lawmakers to push this stuff, and for insurers to cover such, is to become a party to such.
"naturopathy’s an alternative medical system that focuses on diet, herbs and vitamins instead of pharmaceuticals [...]";
let me show you something in Maine that belies that characterization: a naturopath that uses pharmaceuticals not INSTEAD but ALONG WITH.
"pharmaceutical medicine is the use of prescription and/or over-the-counter medications to treat illnesses. Early pharmaceutical medicines were commonly derived from natural substances, like plants, whereas many newer medications are derived in a laboratory setting to create novel drugs. Pharmaceutical medications require animal and human research studies prior to approval by the Food and Drug Administration."
and they even have a "pharmacy manager." What are we being taken for by AP, idiots? The naturopathic MO is to pretend to be one specific thing, but truly they are a BLEND. And that is their ultimate misrepresentation.