Naturopathic doctors are an independent lot. We have many diverging opinions and ways to practice. That independence is one of the many things I personally love about our medicine and our profession. So many treatment choices and one shared ideal above all others. Individualized care. Some topics are controversial enough to seriously divide us. Some have gone so far as to state that because of one or more issues, OANP "doesn't represent their views" or "doesn't share their voice."
If you find that you feel that OANP doesn't represent you on any specific issue, you might have misunderstood just why OANP exists and why it is much more than any single issue.
OANP'S CORE MISSION
1. Our right to exist. You would think after being licensed in Oregon since 1927, this shouldn't be much of a concern. Think again. Both Florida and Nevada for example, used to be licensed states and had their licensing laws revoked in 1959 and 1987 through the aggressive efforts of proponents of conventional medicine.
Over the years OANP has had to fend off multiple attempts to dissolve the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine and fold it under other regulatory bodies that oversee tattoo artists, and nutritionists.
I have had it intimated to me personally by an insurance executive that we might just be lucky to still be practicing at all. He was implying that “they” have the power to take that away from us if we get too “uppity.” My involvement with OANP is why that didn’t, and doesn’t rattle me. We can never let our defense down. The menace is real, and our best ongoing defense is the continual advancement of our profession.
2. Scope of practice. Oregon has possibly the strongest ND scope of practice in the nation. We need to always be surveying the landscape and stand ready to defend what we are legally able to do. Here is a brief look at the work that has been done by OANP to protect and expand this over the last decade:
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