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Quality of Naturopathic Doctors

Posted Oct 05 2009 10:02pm
Quality and safety are two very important concepts when dealing with your health. It has recently come to my attention that on Long Island there are a few people portraying themselves as NDs or Naturopaths without having the training. In many states there are laws to make sure this doesn't happen, but in New York there are no laws that cover this, so anyone can call themselves an ND. This is one error the ND licencing law in NYS will resolve once it is passed.

In the meantime however, it is up to each person to check and make sure someone who uses an 'ND' after their name, or calls themselves a Naturopath is properly trained. The CNME is the only accrediting body recognised by the U.S. Dept. of Education to accredit naturopathic medical schools and to administer ND board exams (the NPLEX). Ask what school the person received their degree from and if it is not accredited, they are not trained as a naturopath. You can find a continuously updated list of accredited schools at http://cnme.org/links.html

Most people who are not fully trained as a naturopath will call themselves a 'board certified' naturopath or a 'traditional naturopath' (both terms created in the 1980's by mail-order degree schools).

When it comes to your health it is very important to make sure of what you are getting. As with your health, it is very important to be involved and informed. I will always be happy to help you find any information you need on any Naturopath you are curious about.
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