By Bob Katzen
The House and Senate approved and sent to Gov. Baker a bill that would create a state board to license and regulate naturopathic doctors. The measure requires that these doctors have extensive training in a naturopathic program at an approved naturopathic medical college.
The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians defines naturopathic doctors as “primary care and specialty doctors who address the underlying cause of disease through effective, individualized natural therapies that integrate the healing powers of body, mind and spirit.”
Supporters said the bill would ensure high-quality naturopathic care in the Bay State and protect the consumer from unqualified practitioners who claim to be naturopathic doctors.
Opponents said that naturopathy is not a branch of medicine but rather a mix of nutritional advice, home remedies and discredited treatments. They argued that licensing these imposters will legitimize them and present a danger to unwitting patients.