AOA President Martin S. Levine, DO, wrote to the Co-Chairs of the North Carolina State Senate Finance Committee on 5/30/12 in opposition to SB 467, as bill to create a state naturopathic doctors licensing board and expand the scope of practice of naturopaths. The AOA believes the proposed scope expansion would exceed naturopaths’ education and training by allowing them to order and perform physical examinations; order, perform and interpret laboratory examinations and diagnostic imaging studies; perform musculoskeletal manipulation; repair incidental to superficial lacerations and abrasions; and remove foreign bodies located in the superficial tissues, among other rights. Additionally, allowing naturopaths to use the term “doctor” is confusing to patients. We urged the Senate to protect the safety of North Carolina patients by opposing SB 467. Read our letter online.