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Dear Editor:

Did you know that alternative medical practitioners in Colorado currently practicing without a medical license are technically committing misdemeanors, according to the Department of Regulatory Agencies Colorado Medical Practices Act of 2006? Here’s the exact “scope of practice” from the law: “… (b) Suggesting, recommending, prescribing, or administering any form of treatment, operation, or healing for the intended palliation, relief, or cure of any physical or mental disease, ailment, injury, condition, or defect of any person with the intention of receiving therefore, either directly or indirectly, any fee, gift, or compensation whatsoever.”

This wording unequivocally includes massage therapy, nutritional counseling, lifestyle counseling, homeopathic practice, herbal medicines and all other alternative treatments that are not administered by a practitioner with a state medical license.



Did you know there is an active lobby trying to make these practices a Class 6 Felony? Many find it hard to believe we could lose these choices in Colorado, but actually, we defeated the bill by only one vote on March 10, 2008, and it is being resubmitted for January 2009!

The proposed legislation would mean putting 16,000 alternative practitioners out of business, including nutritionists, naturopaths and homeopaths (DORA statistics, as testified in 2007 Health and Human Services Legislative Committee Hearing) and only 97 naturopathic physicians from the four recognized colleges could sit for the licensing exam, creating a monopoly for those 97 people (none of these colleges are located in Colorado).




What can you do to protect health freedom in Colorado? The easy step of signing a petition. A small group of committed volunteers will be at the Aspen Farmers’ Market Saturday. Look for us ” we hope to see you there.

Dawn Lamping

Aspen


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