The Alliance Legislative Workbook

The purpose of this Legislative Workbook is to rapidly accelerate the state licensing of naturopathic physicians. What do you need to know in order to support licensing legislation for naturopathic physicians? Based on known inquiries, this information is designed to answers your questions as they emerge. This Legislative Workbook will always be in evolution.

We ask for your careful scrutiny. Be demanding with us. Ask your most difficult questions. Insist on documented answers. The deeper you look, the more comfortable you will become with voting for our licensing bill in your state. If we have missed an area of concern to you, ask and we will respond to you personally and add the information to our site. Alerting our Legislative Coordinator at the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

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Seattle, WA 98109,

Naturopathic physicians are the modern day science based primary care doctor. We work with the whole person in his/her whole system. Naturopathic medicine is not a technique but a way of life. It is not a belief system, but is based on careful observation of results. In helping patients develop their own awareness of cause and effect, we help them develop their very personal "science". The body often can self correct. Even if you do not choose to use us personally, many of your constituents want our medicine.

We are the kind of doctor people are looking for even when they don't yet know us by name.

We are carefully taught modern diagnostic skills. We are taught to use natural therapeutics that are not only effective, but have the fewest undesired results. It is the undesired effect, commonly called "side" effect, that is the cause of the need for more entangled, and more costly care. We avoid both because most "side" effects of our medicine are otherwise beneficial.

But, we also are taught to recognize our own limitations. We know when referral is necessary. We know to whom to make the referral and how to follow in the best interest of our patients.

The directory to the left of this screen will allow you to link directly to the area that interests you most. Clicking at anytime on the ND logo will bring you back to the main directory. The sub directories are color coded, so that clicking those brings you back to the menu of a subdirectors. We have also linked you here to the sites of Bastyr University and, through the AANP site, to the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. If you leave to visit our schools, a new browser window will be launch over your current browser window. Close the new window and this site will be available to you.

Again, we welcome any feedback. To the left of every screen the "message" icon will allow you to communicate directly with staff and anyone else reading this page. The AANP e-mail address takes you privately to our Legislative Coordinator. If you want to communicate directly with Dr. Rick Brinkman, President of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians; Dr. Nancy Aagenes, Chair of the Alliance on the State Licensing of Naturopathic Physicians, or with AANP Executive Director Sheila Quinn use these e-mail addresses.

The Alliance, which sponsors this site, is a cooperative effort among the AANP, Bastyr University, National College of Naturopathic Medicine and the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences.