AANP Letter on Idaho Law Published

Published in the Idaho Statesman on 02/24/09

NATUROPATH LICENSING: Idaho needs a new law to protect against untrained doctors

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians supports both the licensure of naturopathic physicians and the state Senate's vote to repeal the Idaho naturopathic licensing law ("Idaho Senate approves naturopath bill," Feb. 2). The licensing board has proven it is unable to generate rules that ensure that prescriptions are written by doctors who have trained in schools accredited through the U.S. Department of Education.

The AANP and our Idaho physicians, all of whom are licensed in other jurisdictions, stand firm in our commitment to patient safety. Any compromise that allows graduates of diploma mills (who have no clinical training to diagnose and treat chronic disease) to perform minor surgery and prescribe pharmaceuticals to unsuspecting citizens is unacceptable.

We encourage the Idaho House to take the Senate's lead, put an end to bad government and repeal this flawed law. Game over. We stand committed to Idaho residents and the passage of a good law, transparent regulations, and access to quality naturopathic medicine delivered by doctors who have trained at accredited schools, passed a nationally recognized exam and certify they are not felons.

KAREN E. HOWARD, Executive Director, American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Washington, D.C.