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Traps for the Unwary Naturopath

Medical Marijuana The process by which naturopaths provide authorization for patients seeking access to medical marijuana/cannabis is fraught with risk because many providers do not understand the limitations contained in the statute (Ch. 69.51A RCW). This is further complicated by the total failure of the new Naturopathic Board to promulgate regulations and educate their profession. […]

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Allied Healthcare Update: Optometry

What does a trip to the optometrist mean today? Refractions? Glasses? Contact lenses? The scope of practice for optometry has changed immensely over the past twenty years, which has positively impacted the delivery of eye care nationwide. A groundswell to change the scope of practice swept through the U.S. beginning in the early 1980’s, culminating […]

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Continuing Education – What is required and what is allowed?

Per Washington Administrative Code (WAC 246-836-080),  naturopathic physicians are required to complete 20 hours of continuing education (CE) each year and are to maintain proof of their completion in the event of an audit. This state rule further specifies that the CE course work should be related to diagnosis and therapeutics that pertain to our […]

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Social Media and Medicine

An important part of becoming a physician is to understand healthcare ethics and to espouse a high standard of professionalism. This does not mean we should shy away from using social media to disseminate educational material and to promote our practices, but this should serve as a reminder that there is a right way and […]

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