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Caution Nat. Med.
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From NH Leg.
NCNM Student Remarks:
Medical Certification Board
Naturopathic School Under Fire
The Arizona Republic
Sept. 12, 2001 12:00:00
A regional accrediting agency whose approval is needed for federal
student financial aid is evaluating complaints against the Southwest
College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences in Tempe.
Several students have alleged that the school, one of four of its kind
in the country, has made them sick because of improper ventilation of
its cadaver lab, among other things.
College President Paul Mittmann denies the charges, saying the school
has undergone three inspections of its cadaver lab and passed each one.
"Last fall, we had a quick response to students' complaints about
the lab because it does smell," Mittmann said. "Truly it's not
a pleasant place to hang out."
But a former student who now lives in Las Vegas and is an advocate for
people with chemical injuries wrote a letter to the regional National
Central Association of Colleges and Schools in July, claiming Southwest
turned her dream of becoming a naturopathic doctor "into a medical
nightmare that will never reverse itself."
Angel De Fazio, who started taking classes at the school in September
1996, said she had to leave three weeks later "to save my
health" after being "poisoned" in the cadaver lab by
"The only allergies I had prior to Southwest were hay fever and
cats," she said. "When I got sick, it was the beginning of the
end for me as a naturopath."
She said she was diagnosed in 1991 with toxic encephalopathy and
multiple chemical sensitivity and declared disabled.
De Fazio, 47, said she is refusing to pay the student loans she racked
up at the school.
Mittmann, who joined the college after De Fazio left, insisted that the
levels of formaldehyde used to preserve cadavers in the lab falls within
the acceptable limits.
"I have no intention of endangering their (students') health at
all," Mittmann said. "It would be completely outside
everything I stand for and everything the school stands for."
Mittmann said he doesn't understand why a student who left the school
four years ago is complaining now. He acknowledged that the accrediting
committee recently received other letters complaining about the school's
The school was established in April 1994 as a degree-granting
institution. Students pay about $16,000 a year to attend the college.
The program generally covers four years. About 270 students are
The college has been accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical
Education. But in January, the U.S. Department of Education stopped
recognizing the council as an accrediting agency for purposes of
participating in the federal student financial aid program.
The school has until July 16 to win candidacy for accreditation by a
recognized group such as North Central. It can then apply for full
"The school has always intended to get regional
accreditation," Mittmann said. "We also need it for our
graduate students to be licensed."
Mittmann said he is optimistic that the school will win candidacy from
the four-member site team, which is wrapping up a three-day visit.
The school expects to receive a verbal report today before the site team
leaves, followed by a written report in coming months and a final
decision by an accrediting committee after that.
"Do I think we deserve accreditation?" Mittmann asked.
"Is this the best school in the world? No. Do we want it to be?
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