True/Traditional Naturopathy versus Naturopathic Medicine
True/Traditional Naturopathy is NOT Naturopathic Medicine
Washington, D.C., had a registration for traditional doctors of Naturopathy describing a scope of practice from 1985 - 2010. New legislation is pending.
Maryland permits the traditional Naturopathy methods as recognized in a memorandum from the Practice of Medicine Committee of the Maryland Board of Medicine.
Virginia Board of Medicine does not regulate Naturopathy, although permits the traditional method. Naturopaths can not violate the medical practice act.
This medical oriented Naturopathic Medicine method, described above, is not permitted by boards of Medicine in Washington, D.C., Maryland nor Virginia. It is considered a violation of the Medical Practice Acts of those jurisdictions. These practitioners are considered to be practicing medicine without a license, when they use their full scope of practice. In Maryland, a Naturopathic physician was arrested for practicing medicine without a license. The case was upheld by the United States Supreme Court.
Medically oriented Naturopathic physicians located in the metro area are not permitted to use their full scope of practice because many of their methods are considered to be methods only permitted for Medical Doctors. They can only practice the traditional method of which they are not trained in.
Traditional Naturopaths believe Naturopathic Medicine is not true Naturopathy.
It is argued by many, that the goals and philosophies of Naturopathic Medical Schools violate the basic core of Naturopathic Philosophy by engaging in conventional medical practices.
The Washington Institute believes in and specializes in the traditional methods of Naturopathy. The Institute also recognizes that Naturopathic Medical Doctors exist within the natural health care system. The Institute desires to work cooperatively even though they are of differing opinions.
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