I’m even later to the game on this story than my blogging colleague, Orac: ERV, Pharyngula, and denialism blog have each given their takes on the Minnesota’s plan to authorize NDs, doctors of naturopathy, to use the title of “Doctor.”
As I read the story, it sounds as though the new legislation allows naturopaths to practice without being prosecuted for practicing medicine without a license. No word yet on whether they can be sued for malpractice.
But why all this hub-bub about naturopathy all of a sudden? I blame Dave Matthews.
The South African-born singer and inventive guitarist relocated earlier this decade from Charlottesville, VA, to Seattle, WA. This was in large part due to the educational plans of his wife, Ashley Harper, who earned her ND from Bastyr University, regarded as North America’s leading school of naturopathy and recipient of NIH grant funding from the National Center for Complmentary and Alternative Medicine. Interpret that as you wish.
Matthews recorded part of his album, Some Devil, in the chapel at Bastyr and fans ooh and ahh about both. Ms. Harper’s education has also popularized naturopathy amongst the Dave Matthews faithful, an eclectic crowd that is, shall we say, open to natural medicines.
Hat-tip: many thanks to my two buds who pointed me toward the 1983 song by The Toyes.