Naturopathy Should Not Be Licensed, Says James Randi Educational Foundation

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The controversy over state licensing for naturopathy has become a hot topic recently, with the New York Times covering a proposed licensing scheme making its way through the Colorado legislature. The James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF), one of the world's leading voices on pseudoscientific claims, today issued a statement by JREF President D.J. Grothe on these licensing schemes.

The controversy over state licensing for so-called "naturopathy" practitioners has become a hot topic, with the New York Times recently covering a proposed licensing scheme making its way through the Colorado legislature. [1]

The James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF), one of the world's leading voices on pseudoscientific claims, today issued a statement by JREF President D.J. Grothe on these proposed licensing schemes.

"Naturopathy is so vaguely defined that there are no standards of care to which regulatory agencies could ask licensed practitioners to adhere," Grothe said. "It's a hodge-podge of beliefs and health treatments, some of which are pseudoscientific nonsense that has been repeatedly shown not to work by clinical trials and can actually harm a patient's health."

"Creating special licensing schemes gives a seal of approval to scam treatments like homeopathy that have been shown not to work, and gives consumers the false impression that practitioners have specific and legitimate skills that the state could monitor and maintain."

Read the full statement at http://bit.ly/naturopathy.

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1. New York Times, Feb. 21: Colorado Faces a Fight Over Naturopathy | http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/health/22license.html

The James Randi Educational Foundation was founded in 1996 to expose charlatans and help people defend themselves from paranormal and pseudoscientific claims. The JREF offers a still-unclaimed million-dollar reward for anyone who can produce evidence of paranormal abilities under controlled conditions. Through scholarships, workshops, and innovative resources for educators, the JREF works to inspire this investigative spirit in a new generation of critical thinkers. | http://www.randi.org

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