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Taking Charge of Your Health


>>Myra: A SHORTAGE OF PRIMARY
CARE DOCTORS MAY LEAVE PATIENTS
LOOKING FOR ALTERNATIVES LIK
NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS. BUT BEFORE YOU OPT FOR AN ND
OVER AN MD, CONSUMER REPORTER
MARILYN MORITZ SAID THERE ARE
SOME THINGS YOU WANT TO
CONSIDER
>>Reporte THEY START WITH THE MOST NATURAL REMEDY
POSSIBLE. BUT THERE IS A LOT OF CONFUSION
AROUND THE PROFESSION. SOME ARE NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS,
OR NDs.>>THAT IS SOMEONE WHO COMPLETE
A FOUR-YEAR TRAINING PROGRAM AND
HAS PASSED A LICENSING EXAM.>>Reporter: OTHERS ARE
UNLICENSED BUT CAN STILL
PRACTICE AS LONG AS THEY STICK
TO BASIC LIFESTYLE ADVICE, BUT
EVEN THE LICENSE HAS
LIMITATIONS.>>IN SOME STATES PEOPLE THAT
HAVE PASSED THE LICENSING EXAM
CAN WRITE SOME PRESCRIPTIONS FOR
HORMONE THERAPY AND IN OTHER
STATES THEY CAN’T.>>Reporter: THE ASSOCIATION
WANTS ALL STATES TO RECOGNIZE
NDs AS LICENSED MEDICAL
PROFESSIONALS ABLE TO PRESCRIBE
MEDICATION AND DIAGNOSIS
DISEASES. BUT CRITICS SAY, WAIT. THEY HAVEN’T ACTUALLY GONE TO
MEDICAL SCHOOL.>>WHAT YOU ARE DOING BY GIVING
THEM UNIFORM LICENSE RECOGNITION
IS ALLOWING THEM TO PRACTICE
MEDICINE WITHOUT BEING TRAINED
MEDICALLY.>>Reporter: ONE APPEAL IS
PERSONALIZED CARE, BUT CONSUMER
REPORTS WARNS THAT TREATMENTS
LIKE IV VITAMIN INFUSIONS AND
BOTANICAL MEDICINES HAVE NOT
BEEN SUPPORTED BY SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE.>>SOME OF THESE THINGS CAN BE
UNSAFE AND PEOPLE CAN BE AND
HAVE BEEN HARMED BY THEM.>>Reporter: AND VITAMINS AND
SUPPLEMENTS ARE NOT USUALLY
COVERED BY INSURANCE. IF YOU CHOOSE T

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