Its no secret that there is an ongoing (though thoroughly stupid) ‘battle’ between MDs and PhDs. “Ur too dumb to get into med shcool!” “Ur a friggen mechanic!” “I cure duhseesehs!” “U do not! We cure, U dispense!” Blah blah blah its funny sometimes, but it gets old too.
But now it just got funny again.
Guess who just got ‘permission’ to be called a ‘doctor’ in Minnesota?
I have a feeling the bickering between MDs and Phds will come to a screeching halt as we team together to get this dangerous move reversed.
Remember my debate with Lenny? Remember when he went postal when I wouldnt call him “Dr. Horowitz”? Lenny is a nutbar, but he knows what quacks know, and what I know– The degree of ‘doctor’ is held in high authority in our communities. If a ‘doctor’ is debating a ‘student’, the ‘doctors’ credibility is automatically elevated above that of the ‘student’… Even if the ‘doctors’ degree is in an unrelated field, and the student is actually the ‘expert’ in the debate.
Giving naturopaths the ability to call themselves ‘doctor’ gives their field an unearned level of ‘authority’ in the community at large.
While I love debating quacks as much as the next guy, the more pressing problem with letting naturopaths call themselves ‘doctor’ is that patients put their lives in the hands of their ‘doctors’ every day. You let ‘doctors’ put you to sleep, you let ‘doctors’ cut open your flesh, you let ‘doctors’ prescribe you medicines, you trust ‘doctors’ designing new drugs and new vaccines… You let ‘doctors’ do things to you you would never allow Average Joe to do.
So now naturopaths, who dont go to grad school or medical school, get to call themselves ‘doctors’? They get to be in a position where they can say “Im a doctor, and Im telling you you dont need surgery for your breast cancer. Your body can heal itself with these magnets and grape seed extract!”?
**But its also kinda funny how the woo-crew is fighting over this, saying the Naturo-woos are trying to take over the woo-factory with their WooMDs, LOL!