Naturopaths can't claim they're medically trained, court rules

Naturopaths in New Brunswick cannot advertise themselves as “medically trained,” a judge ruled on Tuesday. The New Brunswick College of Physicians and Surgeons had sought an injunction to stop naturopaths from using terms such as “medical practitioner” and “family practice” to describe themselves or their services.

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  1. Nyree Carell on March 4, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Although, Naturopathic Doctors can say they are medically trained. A Naturopath and a Naturopathic Doctor/Physician are two completely different trainings. Especially if they are not board certified, or licensed, they cannot say they are medically trained. But these people do work very hard n four years of medical school, have real careers, and do make a difference in the world. I am talking about Naturopathic Doctors. Please give credit when credit is due, and do not let ignorance stop you from being happy for a person who took a different route.

  2. deepbigeyes on March 4, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Lol, and CBC labeled her naturopathic "doctor" in the graphics. Nice.

  3. cupguin on March 4, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    If you’re a naturopath treating all ages that doesn’t mean you’re providing "family medicine" you’re providing "family naturopathy". The only reason you would call yourself a "family naturopath" is if you want to pretend you’re something you’re not.

  4. turkeydog9 on March 4, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Naturopaths actually try to help people. Medicine is all about medicine and treatment. Cures don’t make money for big pharma..

  5. Dad Bod911 on March 4, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    About time. Kids have died because of the lies they spread

  6. Global Warmhugs on March 4, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    I get sick of the Dr. title being used by people without a medical doctoral degree. It should have been outlawed years ago.

  7. Jane Lebby on March 4, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Stop trying to wipe out and undermine holistic medicine. I’ve been living with so many health problems for 30 years and no doctor was able to treat me except by giving me pills that suppress the symptoms. One visit to my newly discovered naturopathic doctor and she found the root cause of my problems. For the first time I have hope that I will be healthy again

  8. Rel1369 on March 4, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    Merriam-Webster Dictionary

    medicine noun
    med·​i·​cine | ˈme-di-sən, British usually ˈmed-sən
    Definition of medicine
    1a : a substance or preparation used in treating disease
    cough medicine
    b : something that affects well-being
    he’s bad medicine
    — Zane Grey
    2a : the science and art dealing with the maintenance of health and the prevention, alleviation, or cure of disease
    She’s interested in a career in medicine.
    b : the branch of medicine concerned with the nonsurgical treatment of disease
    3 : a substance (such as a drug or potion) used to treat something other than disease
    4 : an object held in traditional American Indian belief to give control over natural or magical forces
    also : magical power or a magical rite

  9. Foof y on March 4, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    well, good. if you didn’t graduate from medical school, you’re not a doctor

  10. OfftoShambala on March 4, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Actually, to be a licensed naturopath, you DO attend accredited medical school and learn the SAME stuff taught to MDs and DOs, plus more. Unfortunately, only half the states in the USA currently license them, but eventually they will be. There are unaccredited schools however and they can still be called doctors, but are only allowed to consult and don’t do things like the typical IVs that most of them do in practice. I think they can still sell herbs and supplements that are over the counter. The medical schools that are not accredited offer the same valuable education but the cost is something like fifty percent less expensive, or more. At least it was when I was considering attending one. The science pre requisites are the same for attending the MD schools. This is a valuable option that should be appreciated. Naturopaths have been able to help with chronic conditions where the allopathic MDs have failed, in my experience… but the MDs have sometimes helped where NDs don’t specialize in. The MDs are typically best suited for acute, emergency situations, but MDs are most likely to help you with chronic conditions when all the allopathy have is some drug to help you manage a situation, but they can’t fix the problem. An ND is probably a good choice if you want to get off the pharma product bandwagon.

  11. robin whelan on March 4, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Some people actually HAVE died, after receiving the advice and services of Modern Medicine. In fact iatrogenic and pharmaceutical caused deaths are the leading cause of deaths annually in North America. Give the human body a chance to prove its wisdom.

  12. Mike Hagarty on March 4, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    How about getting all the so called Dr.s, that are actually quacks, to take down their shingles, too!
    Many have died, due to some major incompetence, on the behave of quacks over the years!
    Not all, but indeed many, of them!

  13. Nicole St. Louis on March 4, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    Ya, neither can half of Canadian GP’s!!

  14. John S. Richards on March 4, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Quacks cannot give medical advice under any circumstances ever. All should be banned and permanently closed down. Govt. has a responsibility to protect an un educated
    Public from these frauds. Same for Quack Chiropractors another group perpetrating fraud on an unsuspecting public. Close them all down. Allow no Govt. Medical insurance funds ever to go into these crackpots pockets!

  15. Merlin Krisp on March 4, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    To many fakes out there to be able to call themselves doctors. And some are just plain frauds

  16. I love Pope Francis on March 4, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    there is a shortage of doctors because the government enjoys torturing us

  17. Nope Ninja on March 4, 2021 at 11:02 pm


  18. Gary on March 4, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    Doctors are nothing more than Legal Drug Dealers. There is not one cure for any diseases not one. Doctors can name a ilness like mothers name a new born but doctors do not have any cures. If this is what going to medical school gives you then what is in holding a license. Why do they claim them selfs as doctors they cant cure anything. They only can write prescriptions and dish out drugs. we go to jail for dealing drugs they doctors get rich.

  19. elena monteagudo on March 4, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    The Pharma Cartel in action…

  20. Rita Doucet - Canada on March 4, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Most of naturopaths are there to sell their product, sometimes good advice too, many things do not work. A local retail business selling essential oils, I caught the owner at how she provided false information, I bought an essential oil that she said would not harm children. I am happy I tried it on my body before believing what she had told me, started feeling yucky, then went on the internet and researched, it was HARMFUL to children. You cannot base your information of what stores will tell you, you need to be informed on what you are buying. That is one reason I do not like the online shopping. I reported her, I found it was my duty as a person who LOVES children to do so otherwise the harm she could have done to unknowing people.

  21. Beverly Lawrence, PhD, LAc on March 4, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Naturopaths are licensed doctors and make excellent primary care doctors. This judge is very ignorant. I hope this gets appealed.

  22. Blackmark52 on March 4, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Non evidentiary medical practises should not be allowed to imply or even drop hints that they are legitimate treatment. Belief systems have to be up front about what they are.

  23. Bren .303 on March 4, 2021 at 11:10 pm


  24. Amber Thibeault on March 4, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Because their not.

  25. FoXy LoXy AnimaL TowN on March 4, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    The famous Dr. Hunter (Patch) Adams MD once stated that everyone who came to his clinic was a patient, and that every patient was also a doctor, that’s something to think about isn’t it, for what does the word "doctor" really mean, it is the Latin term for "teacher" so when lawyer John Barry wants to claim that these Naturopathic practitioners are not doctors he should be very careful, and much, much more specific!

  26. Peaceful Vibrations on March 4, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Naturapaths, in my opinion are In the same level as FDA synthetic Medical Doctors. The Canadian Franchise Courts have no Jurisdiction to say which Doctors people want to go too or call Doctor.

  27. AceTV on March 4, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    I thought this said Naruto Paths but I guess it doesn’t so bye

  28. Peaceful Vibrations on March 4, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    The people say which Doctors to call their Dr. The people choose to go too which Dr of Naturapath they want too with or without the Canadian Franchise Courts "Order"
    Stop pretending to be Judicial Courts by misleading people.

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