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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.

Sincerely,

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​​​Pennsylvania Legislative Update

3. Senate Bill 834 (new)

     - introduced July 31, 2017

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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)

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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.   

Thank you....

Pennsylvania Traditional 

Naturopaths Association

1. House Bill 516

    - Passed and signed into law Nov 3,2016

    - Effective Jan 1, 2018

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Pa Legislative UPDATE 

February 2018 -  Your Help is Needed...

Re: HB516  passed November 217

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)

1st public

meeting notice

- March 2018 National Health Awareness Observances -

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.


Contact Information:

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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

www.pkovach@pa.gov

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