In the story headlined “Licensure has arrived for naturopaths” (Herald, June 23), Nancy Utter is quoted as stating that licensing naturopaths will “give the public confidence in the profession.” She is right and that is exactly the problem.
The public should not have confidence in the profession. Naturopaths who earn degrees from their accredited four-year schools learn and practice a belief-based system of medicine, not an evidence-based one.
Their remedies and therapies are most often useless but sometimes outright dangerous. See: http://rosemaryjacobs.com/naturopaths.html.
When naturopaths are not licensed by the state, consumers know that they have to check them out for themselves and decide if they trust them. When they have the government’s imprimatur, many simply erroneously assume that the government has done their homework for them when that is not the case.
Editor’s note: Rosemary Jacobs is an activist and educator concerned with the unregulated use of dangerous chemicals as “supplements” and the proliferation of naturopaths. She suffers from argyria, a form of poisoning that permanently colors the skin an ashen gray. It is caused by ingesting silver, which she says is included in some concoctions sold as supplements. She was given nose drops as a child that included silver.