|June 1, 2017
STATUS: Stage 3
1. Dr. Rahim Kanji, ND (“Dr. Kanji, ND”) was a registrant of the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy (the “Board”) from November 1, 2011 until June 30, 2015.
2. Dr. Kanji, ND has been a member of the College since July 1, 2015.
3. As of June 1, 2017, Dr. Kanji, ND has not met the Therapeutic Prescribing Standard of Practice.
Conduct as Registrant of the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy - Naturopathy
It is alleged that Dr. Kanji, ND engaged in misconduct pursuant to subsection of 30(1) of Ontario Regulation 278, R.R.O. 1990, as defined in Professional Misconduct/Incompetence established by the Board:
Paragraph 1 - Contravention of any provision of the Drugless Practitioners Act and its regulations, of the Food and Drug Act and its regulations, or any other act regulating the practice of Drugless Therapy-Naturopathy;
Paragraph 2(e) - Providing inappropriate, deleterious, unnecessary or incompetent treatment or false or misleading information to the patient;
Paragraph 2(r) - Conduct or an act relevant to the practice of naturopathic medicine that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by naturopathic doctors as unprofessional or incompetent;
Paragraph 2(u) - Failure to obtain informed consent for diagnostic or treatment procedures; and/or
Paragraph 2(w) -Contravening standards of practice or guidelines of practice set by the Board, specifically:
• BDDT-N’s Standards of Practice:
2.1 – Each naturopathic doctor shall have knowledge of and comply with the laws and regulations governing the practice of naturopathic medicine in the jurisdiction of practice;
2.6 - Each naturopathic doctor shall deal honestly with all patients, colleagues… and refrain from giving any false, incomplete or misleading information; and/or
2.11 - Each naturopathic doctor shall advise the patient regarding significant side effects from the treatment plan.
2.12 - Each naturopathic doctor shall monitor each patient at a level consistent with the degree of management being exercised.
Conduct as Member of the College
It is alleged that the conduct or actions of Dr. Kanji, ND constitute professional misconduct pursuant to the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 17/14 made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007:
Paragraph 1 - Contravening, by act or omission, a standard of practice of the profession or failing to maintain the standard of practice of the profession, specifically:
i. subsection 3(1) para 2, 3, 4 and 6 of the General Regulation;
ii. subsection 9(1), 9(2) paras 3, 4, and 5, 9(3), 9(4) and s. 9(5) of the General Regulation;
iii. failing to identify the symptoms of Chronic and/or Acute Vitamin A toxicity in June, July, and/or November 2015, and/or February 2016;
iv. failing to cease or decrease the dosage of the First Treatment from September to November 2015;
v. prescribing the Second Treatment to Patient A after she has been on the First Treatment for approximately 8 months; and/or
vi. failing to recommend a pregnancy test every month and a cholesterol test every three months for Patient A while on the First Treatment or the Second Treatment;
Paragraph 3 - Doing anything to a patient for a therapeutic, preventative, palliative, diagnostic or other health-related purpose except with the informed consent of the patient;
Paragraph 8 - Providing or attempting to provide services or treatment that the member knows or ought to know to be beyond the member’s knowledge, skill or judgment;
Paragraph 10 - Performing a controlled act that the member is not authorized to perform;
Paragraph 23 - Failing to keep records in accordance with the standards of the profession;
Paragraph 24 - Signing or issuing, in his or her professional capacity, a document that the member knows or ought to know contains a false or misleading statement;
Paragraph 46 - Engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional; and/or
Paragraph 47 - Engaging in conduct that would reasonably be regarded by members as conduct unbecoming a member of the profession.