Death by naturopath

A death in Oregon sparks controversy about the safety and regulation of naturopathic providers:

The state Naturopathic Board of Examiners conducted a separate investigation, and Boylan’s death is believed to be the first directly caused by a naturopath, says board director Anne Walsh.

The board licenses and polices naturopaths, but learned of the death only by chance 16 months after the fact. Boylan’s sister, Cindy Bethell””sustainability manager at the Portland Development Commission””told a professional associate at the Centers for Disease Control about her sister’s death. He contacted a colleague in Oregon, and in December 2005, word finally got to the state naturopathic board.

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