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› HISTORY OF BNMDP-NA


The Examining Board of Natural Medicine Practitioners known as “EBNMP” was established in 1998 in Ontario, Canada by its founder and Past President, Dr. Sheila McKenzie to satisfy the demand for a registry for Natural Medicine Doctors and Practitioners. In 2003, the organization was re-named the Examining Board of Natural Medicine Practitioners-North America “EBNMP-NA,” remaining a corporation constituted under the laws of Ontario. In July 2006, the organization registered federally as a non-profit corporation in both the United States and Canada. Its sub-affiliated boards are responsible for the administration of clinical competency examinations.

It is the belief of BNMDP-NA that the resurgence of interest in natural medicine should and will encounter close scrutiny from individuals within and outside the profession of Natural Medicine. Because of the incomplete regulation of Natural Medicine in North America, the activities of a number of untrained individuals have denigrated the reputation of Natural Medicine Practitioners generally. In such a situation, the public, for the most part, has no way of differentiating between qualified and unqualified Natural Medicine Practitioners. BNMDP-NA strives to instill the importance of professionalism, a high level of ethics, research and educational standards to safeguard the public interest while satisfying the growing need for a broadly based health care system. BNMDP-NA believes that if Natural Medicine Doctors and Practitioners do not show leadership by establishing and maintaining standards for the profession, others will set standards that may not accord with the basic philosophy and training of Natural Medicine Doctors and Practitioners.

Potential registrants must demonstrate that they have attained specific standards of competency to assure the public that they have met the educational, ethical and upgrading standards of the certifying body to which they are accountable. BNMDP-NA does not represent any one particular Natural Health Profession exclusively; its membership is multidisciplinary, consisting of Naturopaths, Homeopaths, Acupuncturists, Osteopaths, Dentists, Naturally Oriented Medical Doctors (MD), Chiropractors, Orthomolecular Medical Doctors (OMD), Eastern Medicine Doctors and other practitioners who identify with the mission of the Board. The BNMDP-NA achieves its mission through the following specific objectives:

› Objectives
  • Maintain a registry of Natural Medicine Practitioners in North America;
  • Collaborate with other groups within natural medicine with similar objectives;
  • Certify and maintain educational standards for Natural Medicine Doctors & Natural Medicine Practitioners in North America;
  • Establish North American clinical competency examinations and administer qualifying examinations for registration;
  • Collaborate with the World Organization of Natural Medicine Practitioners (WONMP) to promote the effective delivery of Natural Medicine in North America and elsewhere;
  • Spread the philosophy of Natural Medicine by advertising: Media, Sponsorship, Wellness Expositions, Seminars, and Lectures;
  • Work in collaboration with other Natural Medicine organizations in the area of research;
  • Contribute to the production of an International Practitioners Manual of Traditional Natural Medicine Modalities;
  • Develop sponsorship and support for international relief and assistance projects;
  • Recruit appropriate resource partners;
  • Co-sponsor and participate in WONM FOUNDATION Canada “ Clinics for Humanity” projects in North America.
› DNM-DOCTOR OF NATURAL MEDICINE


The core philosophy of the Natural Medicine systems is the prevention of disease and the stimulation of the natural healing processes of the body to re-establish homeostasis when the body is in a state of disequilibrium. A Natural Medicine Doctor is one who practices a system of medicine in which only natural substances and techniques are used, including but not limited to nutritional and dietary therapeutics; phytotherapy (botanical/herbal remedies) and vegetable minerals as listed in Naturae Medicina; electrotherapy, as a natural environmental force; Manual techniques (massage, manipulation, hydrotherapy, etc), remedial exercises, mineral therapy and biochemical therapy(the use of natural minerals and cell salts), homeo-therapeutics (a dynamic use of mineral and plant extracts).

› NATURAl MEDICINE DOCTORS SCOPE OF PRACTICE


The practice of Traditional Natural Medicine consists of the assessment of body systems and biochemical imbalances through traditional natural medicine techniques, and treatment of conditions with the use of traditional natural medicine therapies and techniques to promote, maintain or restore health. These treatments, therapies and techniques include:

  • Clinical nutrition - the use of specific diets and nutritional supplements to prevent disease, or to re-establish optimal body chemistry;
  • Botanical/herbal medicine - the therapeutic use of flora for their balancing and nutritional value;
  • Homeopathic medicine - the use of micro-doses of natural substances to stimulate the body’s self-healing response without side-effects. Although Natural Medicine Doctors are conversant with homeopathic modalities, they are not specialists in homeopathic medicine;
  • Physical Medicine - therapeutic manipulation of soft and hard tissue, exercises, hydrotherapy, electrotherapy, ultrasound and heat therapy;
  • Oriental Medicine - Natural Medicine Doctors must receive acupuncture training and obtained a Certified Addictions Management Practitioner (CAMP) ® certification or a Certified Bio-Puncture Practitioner (CBP) ® certificate of registration from the Board, or be certified as an acupuncturist with a recognized acupuncture society;
  • Lifestyle Counselling and stress management - coaching and education, nutritional balancing, stress management, hypnotherapy, and biofeedback as well as counselling on lifestyle and environmental factors that affect wellbeing;
  • Emergency Medicine - Natural Medicine Doctors and Practitioners must be trained in basic emergency medicine, and / or wilderness medicine, and hold a current certificate of registration.
› Benefits OF REGISTRATION WITH BNMDP-NA
  • Recognition throughout North America and accreditation in the United States and Canada.
  • Certification as a DNM (Doctor of Natural Medicine) and PNM (Practitioner of Natural Medicine) in North America are recognized as meeting the standards in Natural Medicine education as established by the World Organization of Natural Medicine Practitioners.
  • The standards for Natural Medicine Doctors and Practitioners under BNMDP-NA and its affiliated sub-boards are parallel to and, in some instances, surpass the curricula for “accredited Naturopathic Doctors” and other Natural Medicine Doctors both in Canada and the United States.
  • Standardized accreditation with portability to more than twenty countries around the world.
  • Prestige of belonging to a vanguard organization that is composed of highly trained, qualified professionals with strong ethical principles.
  • Opportunity to participate in Clinic for Humanity programs.
  • Professional Continuing education workshops & Seminars.
  • Regional Congresses and World Symposia (over twenty countries).
  • Hospital internship and externship (in partnership with WONM FOUNDATION Clinics for Humanity program).
  • Membership directory distributed to affiliated groups and members.
  • Eligibility for special group rate on malpractice insurance.
  • Eligibility for reimbursement of service fee by certain major insurance companies.

Most of all, membership offers a sense of satisfaction and fulfilment to know that you are helping to propagate the effective delivery of Natural Medicine & traditional health care in North America and around the world.