Next Public Meeting
to present the guidelines of practice for the Registered Medical Naturopaths...
- October 23, 2018 -
1. House Bill 516
- Passed and signed into law Nov 3,2016
- Effective Jan 1, 2018
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Pa Legislative UPDATE
- JUNE 2018 - Your Help is Needed...
Doctors of Traditional Naturopathy
Re: HB516 passed November 2016
This New Legislation takes effect January 1, 2018
(Currently Put on hold til guidelines for practice have been detailed, approved and voted on by the Pa Medical Board)
Educate yourself with the following information that will effect your ability to practice as a Doctor of Traditional Naturopathy in Pennsylvania, effective January 1, 2018. (date delayed)
4. Sign Our Petition
2. Contact Your
- VOTE NO -
Senate Bill 834
Feel free to call or e-mail any of the PaTNA Board members if you have additional questions. Membership in our organization would also be of great help as it does cost to attend meetings, research, phone calls and mail info to all the state officials and other interested parties.
Update on Naturopathic Doctor Registration
What You Can Do To Help...
Upcoming October Meeting
Show Your Support, see below to learn how you can help support the Doctors of Traditional Naturopathy...
Medical Board, October 23, 2018, In Harrisburg, Pa.
Dear Legal Counsel,
I wanted to share some information to help educate the board about Traditional Naturopathy and it's long history, as it's been around for hundreds of years. Early naturopaths were called “Nature Doctors”. I highly recommend the book Nature Doctors by Friedhelm Kirchfeld and Wayde Boyle. It reviews the history of ND's dating back to the 1700’s in this country. I often open it because I find the early traditional philosophies so important. Most of all its about creating VITALITY. Not seeking a magic bullet’s to cure. Early Naturopaths were priests, pastors, philosophers, and some “medical doctors”. Early Naturopathic Doctors used water, earth, herbs, cleansing diets and hydrotherapy to treat community illness. My colleagues and I have training that includes, nutrition, herbology, movement therapies, detoxification, vitamins, homeopathy, and other Holistic therapies. I would say most of our practices are pretty hands off, except massage therapy and reflexology. In addition to having a Traditional Doctorate of Naturopathy, most of my colleges hold additional certifications in hypnosis, and counseling as well as healing crystal and yoga. Most Traditional Doctors of Naturopathy have additional training and certificates in herbology, iridology, homeopathy, bodywork therapies, muscle response testing, just to name a few.
The National Naturopathic Association and Certification Board is the certification many of us hold and here is a link to their web-site: https://www.anma.org/.
Today we all agree in the Basic Principles of Traditional Naturopathy; Do no harm, Treat the whole person, Prevention, Seek to understand cause, Healing power of nature, and most importantly, Doctor as a teacher...
It truly was not until recently that “naturopaths” from “select” schools now believe they are trained to act as medical doctors and have comparable medical training and educational standards as todays MD’s and DO's have, as they said in the meeting. And have posted on their website-The Pennsylvania Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Most importantly is that you know that the scope of practice they initially outlined in HB 516 was completely deleted from this current law and, they are trying to have another bill put through the legislature expanding on your job at hand under this law. My biggest concern is our right to practice is protected. There are over 300 Traditional Doctors of Naturopathy in Pennsylvania with my type of training and only about 18 to 20 with the “select” medical school training. Forcing a narrow agenda that will result in putting several hundred practitioners out of work or unable to make a decent living. Thus, this ”scope of practice”, previously deleted from the bill because it was prohibitive from allowing all the naturopaths is the state to continue to practice.
You should also be aware that the Pennsylvania Naturopathic Physician group introduced SB 834 recently which was exactly what was deleted from HB 516 as it tried to take away the livelyhood of some 300 or more practitioners.
My final comment, is that ultimately I am a stakeholder. This is my livelihood, my passion and my purpose. I love waking up everyday and thinking about ways to help my clients improve their health.
Thank you again for considering our profession and considering what Traditional Naturopathy is and how it was meant to be practiced.
You are receiving this e-mail because you or your organization have been identified as having a potential interest in the creation of regulations related to the registration of naturopathic doctors. If you would like to be removed from the Board’s contact list regarding this topic of regulation, please let me know by return e-mail so that I may update the Board’s records accordingly.
The Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine’s Committees on Allied Health Professionals, Legislation/Professional Liability and Continuous Professional Development have scheduled a meeting on meeting on Thursday, September 6, 2018, to discuss the following matters:
· Commencing at 9:00 a.m. -- Proposed Orthotic Fitter Permit Regulation 16A-4947
(relating to extension of the length of a temporary practice permit from 12 to 18 months and permitting issuance of a second permit under certain circumstances)
· Commencing at 9:30 a.m. -- Proposed Naturopathic Regulation 16A-4953
(relating to general regulations necessary to effectuate the Naturopathic Doctor Registration Act, Act of Nov. 3, 2016, P.L. 997, No. 128, 63 P. S. §§ 272.101-272.301)
The meeting will be held at the offices of the Department of State, Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, Penn Center, 2601 N. Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17106. Please note that this meeting will be conducted the day after the regularly scheduled Board meeting; therefore, the start time of the committee meeting is not expected to be delayed due to the need to complete other Board business.
There is a parking lot on Third Street, down the stairs from the Penn Center building; please note that a $5.00 parking fee is charged to park in the parking lot prior to 1:00 p.m. Parking may also be available on the streets surrounding the building; however, spaces are limited and may be subject to meters, permit restrictions and/or temporary no-parking regulations for street sweeping. Please observe all posted signs.
Please let me know by return e-mail if your preferred method of contact (regular mail or e-mail) has changed so that the Board’s contact list may be updated accordingly. Additionally, please note that the above contact information is only for purposes of receiving notices regarding proposed regulations. If you are a current licensee of the Board and wish to update your mailing or e-mail address for other matters such as receiving licensure renewal information, etc., you will need to change your address on file with the board by going to
If you would like to be involved with the regulatory process regarding one or both of the regulations which are scheduled to be discussed, please attend the meeting or send a delegate who may participate on your behalf. If you are unable to attend the meeting or send a delegate to the meeting, kindly let us know to retain your name and address as an interested party to the regulation. You will then continue to receive additional notifications regarding meetings and other relevant information regarding the regulation as it proceeds through the regulatory process.
If you are aware of any other individuals or organizations that might be interested in participating in the regulatory process related to the registration of naturopathic doctors, kindly pass the information about this meeting along to those individuals/organizations and recommend that they provide their contact information to me so that they may receive future notices directly from the Board.
Finally, please note that in the event of severe inclement weather or any other state of emergency, it is possible that offices under the Governor’s jurisdiction may be closed on the date of the regulatory meeting. In such an event, the regulatory meeting would also be cancelled and would be rescheduled as soon as practical. State office closings are posted on the Office of Administration’s website at www.oa.pa.gov. Please note that the Board’s office is only affected by notifications which close/delay offices in the Harrisburg Area, not announcements limited to the Capitol Complex.
Peter D. Kovach
Board Counsel - State Board of Medicine
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
You may contact, Peter Kovach, he is legal counsel for the Pa State Board of Medicine and will be writing the rules, regulations and scope of practice for this new law. He is gathering information on what Doctors of Traditional Naturopathy do and how they differ from the new Medical Naturopathic Doctors.
He welcomes your input.
call, write or e-mail ...
Peter Kovach, Assistant Counsel
Pennsylvania Department of State
Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs
2601 N. Third St. |
P.O. Box 69523
Harrisburg PA 17106-9523
Phone 717-783-7200 , Fax 717-787-0251
2. Pa General Assembly
2016 Act 128
1. Write Letters
and Make Phone Calls
3. Contact The
Pa State Board of Medicine
Doctors of Traditional Naturopathy.
Peter D. Kovach, Senior Counsel in Charge
Office of General Counsel | Department of State | Counsel Division
2601 North 3rd St.
P.O. Box 69523
Harrisburg, PA 17106-9523
Phone: 717.783.7200 | Fax: 717.787.0251
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3. Senate Bill 834 (new)
- introduced July 31, 2017
- October 2018 National Health Awareness Observances -
Attention all Traditional Naturopaths in PA
In regards to the legislation that was passed last year for the naturopathic physicians to be registered in PA, there are continuing meetings in Harrisburg to set up the registration. Members of PATNA have been attending these meetings to represent our position which includes:
· Retaining our professional designation of ND
· Defending our training and our practices which have been present in PA for over 100 years
· To answer back the many lies and slanders that these naturopathic physicians bring up at these meetings.
These naturopathic physicians are trying to outlaw our practices in PA and take the whole field for themselves. To accomplish this they have submitted more bills in the PA legislature to go further than the registration bill goes in regards to licensure and restricting who can call themselves an ND.
We need more representation at these meetings. PATNA members and others who are on our mailing list should consider attending these meetings and speaking up to defend and support our practices.
There are several of us members of PATNA who cannot attend this September meeting and we are encouraging everyone else who supports our mission to attend this meeting and speak out in defense your education and your business.
See the letter below for more details...
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