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Naturopathic Medicine

The Health Benefits of Bananas

Alan Christianson | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Alan Christianson

Last week, a reader asked why I included bananas in my list of good carbs for the Adrenal Reset Diet. Her confusion is understandable, since some experts claim bananas are fattening or unhealthy.

Is Shrimp Good for You?

Alan Christianson | Posted 07.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Alan Christianson

Enjoy shrimp. Like seafood of all types, be aware of sustainability. Buy it from your local seafood supplier. Domestic, wild, trap-caught shrimp is considered the most sustainable.

Oregon Naturopathic Physicians and Patients File Class Action Law Suit Against Insurance Company

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 07.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

As the 4th of July weekend just passed, the idea of freedom is on my mind. Included in my definition of freedom and self agency is the ability to choo...

A Healthy Diet Includes Guilt-Free Indulgences

Dr. Deborah Caldwell | Posted 05.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Deborah Caldwell

Release yourself from all judgment, guilt and shame around your choices. You consciously made the decision to indulge your cravings and desires... so enjoy it.

Treating the Root Cause of IBS: Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth

Maura Henninger, N.D. | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Maura Henninger, N.D.

The small intestine is full of bacteria, and that's a good thing: We need a robust population of bacteria in both the small and large intestine to stay healthy. But when there are too many of the wrong kind of bacteria in the inappropriate place, symptoms like the above arise.

Angelina's Choice

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 05.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

Admittedly, I don't have a lot in common with Angelina Jolie, but I relate deeply to her recent writing in the New York Times about having her ovaries...

Autoimmune Disease: 7 Simple Steps for Healing

Dr. Deborah Caldwell | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Deborah Caldwell

It's important to take a holistic and comprehensive approach in order to find the best treatment and lifestyle options. This includes finding a practitioner who will address the mental, emotional, and spiritual components of your health.

10 Ways To Sleep Yourself Slim

Dr. Doni Wilson | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Doni Wilson

Research shows that when sleep is disrupted, cortisol levels are shifted away from optimal, perpetuating sleep issues by throwing off hormone levels and increasing inflammation. Therefore getting good sleep is one of the best things you can do for your health.

Change Your Health In 6 Simple Steps

Dr. Deborah Caldwell | Posted 02.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Deborah Caldwell

If you're like I used to be, you're skeptical that you'll actually make the lasting changes needed to get the health you desire. I know exactly how you feel. I've jumped on the "I'm going to get healthy" train more times than I'd like to admit.

Chronicles of Health Creation: Republican Win Strips Integrative Medicine and Health Leaders From Powerful Committee Roles

John Weeks | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

That integrative health and medicine would lose its top champion in the past 20 years, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), was one foregone conclusion o...

How Ballroom Dance Makes Me a Better Doctor

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 01.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

I have a lower resting heart rate, better endurance and more flexibility. My balance is improved as has my overall feeling of wellbeing. There is a way that learning something entirely new spills over and has me energized and excited about other parts of my life.

Chronicles of Health Creation: 'Never Only Opioids" Urges Imperative for Integrative Medicine in Pain Care'

John Weeks | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

A new eight-page, policy brief, "Never Only Opioids: The Imperative for Early Integration of Non-Pharmacological Approaches and Practitioners in the Treatment of Patients with Pain" argues that it is long past time for the last to be first -- to reverse this order and always bring integrative care options up front, as least as complements.

The Nature of Medicine, and the Medicine of Nature

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Over time, the nature of medicine has changed. There is ever less time with patients. There is ever more reliance on technology and drugs. These can offer powerful benefits, but at times there are kinder, gentler modalities to get the same job done.

BRCA Test and Re-Test

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 11.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

As a naturopathic physician, I am interested in primary prevention, preventing illness, not just catching it early. Because of that, I was encouraged ...

Positively Radiant: Naturopathic Medicine Approaches to Complement Radiation Therapy

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 09.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

It is my hope that this overall integrated approach to cancer care will not only be successful in terms of my own long term survival and quality of life, but that it also models for patients and doctors alike that complementary care has an essential role to play alongside conventional care.

New Study Finds High Demand for Naturopathic Physicians Among Older Americans

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 06.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

Because naturopathic physicians are not currently eligible to participate in Medicare, most seniors are unable to obtain care from a naturopathic physician despite the interest and desire.

Maryland Governor Signs Bill to License Naturopathic Doctors

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 06.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

On April 14, 2014 in Annapolis, Md., Governor Martin O'Malley signed a bill to license naturopathic doctors (NDs), making it the 18th state to do so. ...

There Goes the Hair

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 06.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

But how could I have known that in fact my head is well-shaped, not too big, not too small, no distracting lumps or bumps, scars or curious protuberances. How could I have known how delightful the buzz was to touch?

Say Goodbye to the Girls

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 04.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

I woke up today without my beautiful breasts. Swapped them out for no cancer -- a pretty good deal for me.

Top 10 for Policy and Action in Integrative Medicine and Health in 2013

John Weeks | Posted 03.01.2014 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

In 2006, I began publishing annual The Integrator Top 10 lists for the emerging field of integrative health and medicine. Since 2011, these have shown...

Soup's On!

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 02.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

I would make Kim the first and only member of the Soup of the Month Club. I would make a palm-sized accordion book, with fold over pockets for every month, each with a named soup card. Then as the months rolled around, I would make and deliver to her front door the soup du jour and other accoutrements.

Honoring How Powerful Consumers Known as Bravewell Implanted Integrative Medicine in the System

John Weeks | Posted 01.26.2014 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

That alternative medicine is a consumer movement is well known. Less known or appreciated is how a powerful group of consumers shaped the movement to implant these alternatives into conventional treatment.

Quality Supplements Do Exist

Michael Stanclift, N.D. | Posted 11.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Stanclift, N.D.

Invest in yourself and your health. If you want to use natural medicines, see a licensed health care provider who has done his or her homework. It's worth your time and money to make sure your health is cared for by a professional who is familiar with natural medicines and their effects.

Plane Medicine

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

Trained at four-year, in-residence, full-time naturopathic medical schools, NDs are trained to get patients to make the sometimes difficult changes needed to find a healthier balance. We're schooled in gentle yet effective areas of therapeutic nutrition and botanical medicine.

U.S. Senate Passes Resolution for Naturopathic Medicine Week

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

This resolution recognizes the value of naturopathic medicine in providing safe, effective, and affordable health care and encourages Americans to learn about the role of naturopathic physicians in preventing chronic and debilitating conditions.