- Currently, the 'practice of medicine' in Indiana is defined solely by IC 25 Article 22.5 Physicians. Only those doctors who meet the qualifications set forth by the Indiana medical licensing board are qualified to 'practice medicine'. Thus, only doctors trained as an MD (Medical Doctor) or a DO (Osteopathic Doctor) are issued licenses to 'practice medicine'.
- Indiana's legal definition of what it is meant by 'the practice of medicine' or 'osteopathic medicine' is found in the document below, in Chapter 1. Chapter 8 in the same document outlines penalties for the 'unlawful practice of medicine'.
- 'Unlawful practice of medicine' in Indiana is a Level 5 Felony, carrying one to six years imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines. A felony conviction also bars one from obtaining a medical license.
- In this current legal environment, the doctors of Hoosier Naturopath shall serve solely as educators; teaching rural Hoosiers about naturopathy, its vitalistic philosophy of health and disease, and how to practically apply this philosophy in their daily lives.
- To further benefit rural Hoosiers, our doctors and volunteers shall publicly support the following:
- Establishment of healthcare freedom, including legal access to naturopathy/naturopathic medicine*
- The right to informed consent and the right to make one's own health care choices (both for oneself and for one's minor children)
- Continued legal access to natural-healthcare-associated products (homeopathic remedies, botanicals and botanical products, and dietary supplements)
*If you agree with us that rural Hoosiers should have the healthcare option of choosing a highly trained naturopathic doctor as their healthcare provider, please tell your state senator and state representative.