Calls for tighter naturopath rules after baby starves

THE Public Health Association is calling for better regulation of naturopaths following allegations a Sydney baby nearly starved to death under one self-proclaimed practitioner’s treatment plan.

Sydney woman Marilyn Bodnar, 59, was charged last week after she allegedly told an eight-month-old’s mother to put the boy on a liquid diet and withdraw his eczema medicine.

He was hospitalised weeks later with severe malnutrition and developmental issues, having lost at least one kilogram.

The PHAA says the case highlights the need for stricter