MASSACHUSETTS: Tell Gov. Baker Itís Time to License Naturopathic Doctors!
Massachusetts is one of only two New England states where a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) cannot get a license to practice. That means that if you want to visit an ND, confident that he or she has gone through a proper licensing program, you have to cross state lines.
That could changeóbut only if Gov. Charlie Baker supports S2335, a bill that would regulate NDs in Massachusetts.
TAKE ACTION by January 14: Call Gov. Baker at (617) 725-4005 and ask him to support S2335 to regulate Naturopathic Doctors in Massachusetts and make naturopathic care accessible for all Massachusetts residents. Then fill in the form on this page to send him an email.
Naturopathic doctors have been at the forefront of the evolution of integrative medicine. In the last 30 years, the profession has grown from one that included just a few hundred practitioners who were licensed in six states, and a single naturopathic medical school. There are now eight naturopathic medical schools recognized by the federal Department of Education and approximately 6,000 licensed practitioners in 21 US jurisdictions.
All New England states, with the exception of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, have licensed NDs for more than two decades. For example, Vermont has licensed NDs since 1995, allowing the practitioners to play a legitimate role in natural health community.
Advocates for naturopathic medicine, including the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Massachusetts Society of Naturopathic Doctors, have fought for decades to achieve licensing in the state.
As they have done in the past, the medical establishment is fighting tooth and nail to keep licensing for NDs at bay, which is why we need your help!
Gov. Baker is expected to issue a decision by January 14, 2017, so act now before time runs out!
TAKE ACTION by January 14: Call (617) 725-4005 and email Gov. Baker and ask him to support S2335 to regulate Naturopathic Doctors in Massachusetts and make naturopathic care accessible for all Massachusetts residents.
Take further action by spreading this message to your colleagues, patients and friends, as well as on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Time is short. We must ensure that Gov. Baker signs this bill into law.
More information from the Association of Naturopathic Physicians here.