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The American Association
of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) defines a licensed N.D. as the following:
A licensed naturopathic
physician attends a four-year graduate level naturopathic medical school
and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an M.D. but also
studies holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis
on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. In addition to a standard
medical curriculum, the naturopathic physician is required to complete
four years of training in clinical nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathic
medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, and counseling. A naturopathic
physician takes rigorous professional board exams to be licensed as
a primary care general practice physician.
is licensed in only 11 U.S. states. They are: Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut,
Hawaii, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.
If you are interested in finding a naturopathic physician in an unlicensed
state be cautious. A check into the membership of the AANP will provide
some quality assurance that persons identifying themselves as an N.D.
meet the educational criteria for licensure.
The AANP is located
on the web at www.naturopathic.org. The organization also runs a physician
referral line at +1 (206) 298 0126. The main number of the AANP in Seattle,
Wash. is +1 (206) 298 0126.
Another good site
for general information on naturopathy can be found at http://naturopathy.com.
The March 1998 issue
of Scientific American contains an article "The Challenge of Antibiotic
Resistance" authored by Dr. Stuart B. Levy, a professor of molecular
biology and microbiology, and professor of medicine at the Tufts University
School of Medicine.
Dr. Levy is also
the president of the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics. The
organization is located at P.O. Box 1372, Boston, MA 02117.
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