Naturopathic Medicine Goes Global
Mike Jawer, AANP Director of Government and Public Affairs
Our medicine is growing - that you knew - but did you know that it’s crossing international borders?
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
by: Mike Jawer, AANP Director of Government and Public Affairs


Drs. Tabatha Parker and Michael Cronin attended the 67th World Health Organization's World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. In this short video, Parker and Cronin discuss their work abroad and what you can look forward to from AANP's Global Health Committee.

A World Naturopathic Federation has been formed, with AANP members Tabatha Parker, ND and Michael Cronin, ND in the forefront.  Representatives from many countries are involved, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Kenya, South Africa, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Italy, France, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Japan, USA, Luxembourg, Saudi Arabia and Morocco.  This is literally every continent except South America and Antarctica!
The Federation, which held an initial organizational July 6 in Paris, has an ambitious proposed mission:
  • To support the growth and diversity of naturopathic medicine worldwide
  • To support the regulation (e.g., licensure) of naturopathic medicine
  • To promote accreditation and the highest educational standards for our profession
  • To establish and maintain a database of naturopathic organizations, conferences, and research activities
  • To work with world agencies, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and with national governments, in order to promote naturopathic medicine.
Groundwork for the meeting that formed the Federation was laid by Drs. Parker and Cronin at the World Health Organization’s 67th World Health Assembly, held in Geneva, Switzerland in May.  They took part at the behest of friends and colleagues with the World Federation of Chiropractic.  That profession’s international strategy and experience, laid out in the book The Global Advance of Chiropractic, serves as an excellent roadmap for the World Naturopathic Federation to follow.  The World Foundation of Chiropractic received official WHO recognition in 1997 after ten years of information relationship building; there are now chiropractic associations in 90 countries and chiropractic is legally recognized in 40 of them.
The excitement is palpable since the World Naturopathic Federation offers our profession its first-ever chance to formally participate with the WHO in advancing the state of medicine globally.  To have that ‘seat at the table’ as international health policy changes are crafted is unparalleled in the history of naturopathic medicine.  Here in the US, we know that concepts such as prevention and patient centered care are beginning to be embraced – now is the time for our profession to help those trends progress internationally.  The health of our planet and all its inhabitants amounts the biggest possible stakes!
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