The Nuts and Bolts of Setting Up a Naturopathic Doctor Practice

This article is an overview of some of the logistical, legal, financial and practical aspects of setting up practice as a licensed naturopathic doctor. However, this is not a comprehensive or in-depth guide, and many aspects of practice vary from area to area. "What does it take to set up a practice as a naturopathic …

Naturopathic Medicine and Scope of Practice

I apologize for the prolonged absence. Like the vast majority of the world, the last few months pulled me away from what I had planned for 2020. I'm returning to writing about what you need to know before enrolling in naturopathic medical school. For now,  I am focusing on practical issues that have the biggest …

Response to the AANP’s Recommendations for Vitamin C in COVID-19

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians issued a press release calling for intravenous vitamin C to be used in the treatment of COVID-19. Does the evidence support this call? By Sarah Hourston, ND, MS and Les Witherspoon, ND Currently, there are no clear best treatment options for COVID-19. There are no clear preventative measures beyond …

Information on Naturopathic School Outcomes

Conventional medical and osteopathic students have readily available, sufficient information available to make an informed decision about entering medical school. Prospective naturopathic students have more information available than they did over a decade ago, but it is still lacking. There are numerous factors to consider if you are thinking of becoming a naturopathic doctor. What …

Vaccines, Vitalism and Vacillation – 2019

What I said last year holds: In approving this webinar for CEUs, the AANP handcuffs current naturopathic practice to the errors of the past. The question from last year remains: why? I have not been blogging for a while due to other priorities. I found this draft, which I originally wrote in September 2019 ready …

The Promise and the Problem

I became a naturopathic doctor (ND) because I wanted to serve people through helping them improve their health. I chose a profession that promised that it would train me in “the art and science of both natural and conventional medicine” and give me the education needed to become a primary care provider. I chose it …

US Healthcare Provider Regulation 101

I often see statements that indicate that people are confused about the American health regulatory process. Specifically, there seems to be an assumption that MDs are government-regulated and that licensed NDs (naturopathic doctors) are not. However, the regulation of NDs (and indeed of all health professions in the US) is modeled after that of MDs, …

Vaccines, Vitalism and Vacillation

The AANP must apply critical evaluation and evidence-based standards for granting its imprimatur for continuing education.9/2018 update In response to the post below, the AANP has made significant changes to the webinar. It is no longer listed on the AANP website and appears to only be accessible via an older direct link. It has been …

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