The LSBME has demonstrated a clear bias against the CAM and
integrative physicians. In one recent case, it targeted a minor record-keeping
violation and assigned penalties far beyond what such small infractions usually
incur and tried to suspend the doctor even when a court had ruled that the
violations didn’t occur!
Now the LSMBE is reportedly calling compounding pharmacists
to find out which physicians are prescribing bioidentical hormones like estriol.
And the board is using consent decrees to trap doctors into implying that
integrative treatments are outside the conventional standard of care.
Part of the problem is that the Louisiana statute for CAM
practitioners is contradictory and weak, making it ripe for abuse.
Practitioners can be sanctioned for using a CAM therapy or diagnostic
procedure—irrespective of the lack of patient
harm or the positive outcome of the therapy—simply because the therapy or
diagnostic procedure is not accepted by conventional medicine as the standard
Tell LSMBE that Louisiana regulations are supposed to
provide integrative physicians latitude—and LSMBE should comply with the law.
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