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Canada Cracks Down on ‘Traditional’ Medicine

VANCOUVER, B.C. - British Columbia wants the Council of Natural Medicine College of Canada and a college of traditional Chinese medicine restrained from handing out degrees proclaiming its graduates as "doctors." The Natural Medicine College and co-defendant Shanghai TCM College of B.C. Canada, which operate out of the same address, charge tuition and grant graduates degrees conferring upon them titles such as "Natural Health Doctor," "Doctor of Traditional Complimentary Medicine," and "Doctor in Holistic Health."

The government says the Shanghai College was authorized to offer training in traditional Chinese medicine, but its authorization was revoked. The government claims the defendants ignored cease-and-desist letters and still maintain websites offering degrees with "doctor" in the title.

Ida Chong, the province's Minister of Regional Economic and Skills Development, and Health Minister Colin Hansen want it to stop.

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