First of all, talk to your practitioner and try to work out any problem with him or her. If that proves to be unsatisfactory, contact your practitioner’s professional association or certifying organization. Finally, SB-577 does nothing to stop you from seeking relief for negligence or any other kind of civil remedy against a practitioner.
Actually, SB-577 creates an atmosphere that will improve public safety. First, SB-577 explicitly prohibits practitioners from treating clients in a way that causes or creates risk of great physical or mental harm, and it explicitly forbids certain medical activities. Second, it requires practitioners to disclose their training and experience as well as the rationale behind their treatment. Third, SB-577 will facilitate the development and growth of professional societies of those therapies. These organizations will be better able to improve training and monitoring of their practitioner members.
As always, responsibility ultimately rests with you as a client or patient for wisely choosing a professional who has good training, experience, and skills. Talk to friends for referrals and ask for references. Check to see if your alternative practitioner has been certified by a professional membership society. Ask your practitioner any questions you have. Tell your doctor that you are using an alternative or complementary therapy.