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What are some controversies surrounding naturopathic training?

One complaint about naturopathy is that naturopaths all do not have the same training and licensing. Some practitioners may not have the training to be effective, or any significant training at all. The concern is that these naturopaths may be unable to recognize serious diseases, may recommend against immunization or other lifesaving practices of conventional medicine, and may recommend herbal medications that may be dangerous in high doses, cause allergic reactions, or cause drug interactions. There is little regulation of naturopathy in the United States. A four-year program of naturopathy is taught at four United States naturopathic medical schools, which are certified by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, for those who intend to become naturopathic doctors. In order to get into one of these schools, you have to have a bachelor's degree and premedical courses. Some medical doctors also take naturopathy training. 

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