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Naturopathic Shakedown: Show Your Support

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You want irony? At the same time that natural products fly off the shelves and Canadians embrace complementary practitioners, BC's naturopathic physicians must protect their scope of practice from government

You want irony? At the same time that natural products fly off the shelves and Canadians embrace complementary practitioners, BC's naturopathic physicians must protect their scope of practice from government.

In its report, Safe Choices: A New Model for Regulating Health Professions in BC, BC's Liberal leaders propose that naturopathic physicians be unable to perform many techniques that fall within their historical expertise, such as naturopathic diagnosis, allergy testing, certain dietary techniques, physical manipulation, blood tests and other intravenous work.

What does this mean for consumers? The move may limit our access to safe, proven preventive medicine in BC, and sets a worrisome precedent for the future of naturopathic medicine elsewhere in Canada. To support your right for freedom of choice in health care, contact the BC Naturopathic Association at bcna.bc.ca or 604-736-6646, or visit alive.com ("Lobbying Letters") for a sample letter to send to appropriate officials.

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