Naturopathic Doctors need your support.

Help NDs secure a scope of practice that reflects their rigorous education and training. Allow NDs to be viable partners in health care - offering a continuum of care that reduces cost, reduces time waiting for appointments, and improves patient compliance and outcomes.

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are  health care providers who are experts in the intersection of conventional practice and natural therapies. NDs emphasize prevention, wellness and optimal health, and encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process. The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific and empirical methods; combining the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. In 2013, Colorado became the 17th state to provide legal recognition for NDs, along with the District of Columbia. There are now 26 states (and territories) that recognize and regulate Naturopathic Doctors.

The Naturopathic Doctor Practice Act in Colorado was a major victory for the field of naturopathic medicine, signaling a growing interest among Colorado lawmakers to support prevention-focused, reduced cost, and more accessible  health care.

  You can be a part of the movement to allow Colorado Naturopathic Doctors to practice in accordance with the scope and rigor of their extensive training. Allowing NDs to be a partner in providing safe, effective health care in Colorado opens up possibilities for reduced costs through preventative care and lower force interventions. If you have enjoyed better health through a Naturopathic Doctor, we want you to take a moment to let your legislator know that you want your ND to be able to practice to the full extent of their training.

 Find your legislator and write/call/email them with our talking points listed below.

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2024 Talking Points 

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NDs have a full, four-year, post-graduate Naturopathic medical school training including 82+ hours of pharmacology.

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NDs must pass rigorous licensure and board exams. Colorado NDs are required to participate in 25 hours of ongoing continuing education annually.

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NDs provide preventative care across
communities, and especially in rural Colorado where it may be the only health care option in a small community.

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In the United States: 26 jurisdictions, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands all have laws regulating naturopathic doctors.

What We Need

Legislation to clarify the ND Practice Act to  allow the Director of Professions at DORA to change the ND formulary by rule making, based upon recommendations of the ND Advisory Committee, as well as to allow an ND to practice to the extend of their rigorous, four-year, post graduate training, which includes more than 80 hours of pharmacology; including education about interactions and contraindications between pharmaceuticals  and  plants and herbal supplements, which are taken by more than 80 percent of the US population (according to WHO).

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