A proposed bill in New Mexico would grant medical licenses to fake doctors. SB 135, sponsored by Democratic State Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, would license naturopathic “doctors” to provide primary care to patients who may not realize they’re not seeing professionals who actually know what they’re doing.
Unlike real doctors, who accept science, naturopaths promote homeopathy, herbal “medicine,” and other forms of pseudoscience. They don’t go through as rigorous a training. They push therapies that have no basis in evidence. And the biggest concern is that patients who don’t know the difference may be led to believed they’re doing something to help their illnesses even though they’re receiving no medical benefit whatsoever.