(Sacramento, Calif.) --- On the heels of its triumph in the California Senate this past May, legislation to expand statewide access to naturopathic medicine has cleared its first committee in the Assembly. Early yesterday, the Assembly’s Business and Professions Committee held a hearing on the Naturopathic Doctors’ Act, SB 907, and passed the bill unanimously after more than an hour of deliberation. The bill, which would extend state licensure to clinically trained naturopathic doctors in California, has now advanced to the Appropriations Committee.
Assemblymember Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), the chair of the committee which decisively passed the bill, offered a strong statement of support following the hearing. “Licensing naturopathic doctors in California is a bold step forward in meeting the critical needs of Californians who are seeking a more natural and less invasive approach to healthcare,” he said. “Through responsible regulation, Californians will surely benefit from this healing tradition that provides a natural complement to our conventional system of care,” he concluded.
Naturopathic medicine is a healing-oriented approach to healthcare that focuses on science-based lifestyle, nutritional, and botanical therapies. The four years of naturopathic medical education include basic medical sciences, such as anatomy, biochemistry, and pathophysiology, as well as the study and application of natural therapies, such as clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, and health counseling. The naturopathic approach is dedicated to health promotion and disease prevention, using the best of what both conventional and alternative medicine have to offer.
The bill is sponsored by the California Association of Naturopathic Physicians, which has launched a grassroots advocacy campaign to promote the bill and fight for its passage. For more information on the campaign, or to enlist in the CANP’s efforts to bring natural medicine to California, visit the campaign’s website at www.NaturalMedicineNow.org.
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