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Medical society resolves to oppose alternative care

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Despite a growing interest in alternative care, the Colorado Medical Society opposes regulation of non-medical doctors. Last year, the organization adopted the following positions, which Rena Bloom, president of the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Physicians, calls "borderline offensive":

Naturopathic methods haven't been proven safe and effective.

There's no clear scope of their practice.

Regulating them would be problematic.

There's no way to determine who would be a deserving candidate for licensure.

There's no way to distinguish the claims of one group of naturopaths from another.

Only 35 naturopaths are seeking licensure, and if they self-regulate, they would have a conflict of interest.

Science shows that naturopathic practice is substandard medical practice, and some of its practices are unacceptable.

There are no scientific principles that distinguish what naturopaths do from what medical and osteopathic doctors already do, therefore showing no social or professional need for naturopathy.

Collaboration between medical doctors and naturopaths is "untenable" because of "irreconcilable scientific and ethical differences."

Naturopaths portray themselves as primary care physicians even through their training is substandard.

-- Dan Wilcock

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