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    Something You Probably Never Heard of: Naprapathic Medicine

    This profession has a lot in common with chiropractic medicine and osteopathic medicine in that it focuses on manipulations. Only one state in the U.S. recognizes and regulates naprapathy: Illinois. There is also only one school in the U.S. that offers this degree program and it's in Illinois. The college is unaccredited but state-approved. Apparently, naprapaths are more popular than chiropractors in Sweden according to a Swedish person on a message board.

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    This sounds a little like the scam art of reflexology. Is it similar?

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    New Mexico more recently also started licensing naprapaths, and there is a small school of naprapathy there. Southwest University of Naprapathic Medicine & Health Sciences in Santa Fe. Facebook. (For clarity, this is a completely different entity from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences, in Tempe.)

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    NPI number

    Looks like Naprapathy is a Medicare recognized profession for reimbursement in other words, a provider can get a NPI number:
    "Status
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    Code
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    Level II Classification
    Naprapath
    Naprapathy means a branch of medicine that focuses on the evaluation and treatment of neuron-muscular conditions. Doctors of naprapathy are connective tissue specialists. Education and training are defined through individual states’ licensing/certification requirements. Source: National Uniform Claim Committee [1/1/2007: new]"

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    Sounds like advanced Kinesiology/physical therapy to me! Rocky Mountain University a regionally accredited school and distant learning with on campus requirements has a Dsc with a concentration in electrophysiology. Is SUNM online?

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    Although, even the osteopaths have backed away from osteopathic manipulation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Whatley View Post
    New Mexico more recently also started licensing naprapaths, and there is a small school of naprapathy there. Southwest University of Naprapathic Medicine & Health Sciences in Santa Fe. Facebook. (For clarity, this is a completely different entity from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences, in Tempe.)
    Interesting. I usually skip over any college that doesn't have .edu in its web address, but this school claims to be licensed by the New Mexico Higher Education Department.
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    Here is an unaccredited school (state licensed) offering training in this as well. Probably would not meet eligibility for licensure in the two states but I have not looked into it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    Here is an unaccredited school (state licensed) offering training in this as well. Probably would not meet eligibility for licensure in the two states but I have not looked into it.
    Blue Heron Academy massage, medical assistant and fitness school provides healthcare career training in grand rapids michigan
    State licensed since 1980 and they haven't manage to obtain any accreditations?
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    Not to defend purportedly medical entities with dubious scientific basis, but there are a few cases where a school is state licensed for decades without accreditation and is still generally accepted to be real. WISR is one example. So that in and of itself isn't necessarily a red flag.
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    It is with great delight that I necromance this incredibly obscure thread.

    I was traveling for business recently and I happened to find myself in New Mexico to visit a subsidiary. While there I had the occasion to do a "ride-along" with a field technician nicknamed "Doc." I was immediately curious. Was it just a nickname? Or was this, perhaps, a Levicoff-esque type who was rocking a Union PhD while making his living with a more humble trade. I couldn't wait to find out more.

    Turns out "Doc" is an "herbalist" who often shares natural remedies with his co-workers and their families and, at present, is working his shifts around his studies at the Southwest University of Naprapathic Medicine. This is officially the second time I ever heard "Naprapathy" brought up in conversation and the only time I met a practitioner of this, uh, craft? Art? Science?

    This prompted me to research naprapathy a bit on the flight home. And I was impressed by an fascinating fact; Two states license naprapaths. Two schools train napropaths. Neither school is accredited.
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    Interesting. I think that Medicare is going to pay for osteopathic manipulations starting next year, but it looks like they also pay for the naprapaths.
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    If I was going to study anything "alternative" it would be Doctor of Plant Medicine.


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    Doctor of Plant Medicine (DPM)? I feel like this is a sure fire way to get on your podiatrist's poop list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neuhaus View Post
    Doctor of Plant Medicine (DPM)? I feel like this is a sure fire way to get on your podiatrist's poop list.
    That's okay, plants love that stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neuhaus View Post
    Turns out "Doc" is an "herbalist" who often shares natural remedies with his co-workers and their families and, at present, is working his shifts around his studies at the Southwest University of Naprapathic Medicine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edowave View Post
    If I was going to study anything "alternative" it would be Doctor of Plant Medicine.


    The patients don't pay well, but they don't complain as much either.
    You're right- and this is old, but it's late and I'm sleepy. Medical malpractice implications of alternative medicine. - PubMed - NCBI
    I think psychology is at play in alternative therapies, not trickery necessarily, but more like comradery. It's natural to feel enthusiasm for a practitioner who is so concerned, spends time with you, and gives you power over your condition (perceived or real) and is so friendly. To turn him in -or accuse him of quackery- would mean that YOU were wrong- it's why people don't usually report being conned- they're embarrassed. (and to hear your own doctor say "see I told you so" ??? Who would sign up for that!?!?)
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