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