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Naturopathic Medicine

The Nature of Medicine, and the Medicine of Nature

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.10.2014 | 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 09.22.2014 | 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.

Toxicology Rock Star: The Inspiring Story of Dr. Edward Calabrese, Hormesis and the Dose Response

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Ed Calabrese's keynote lecture on hormesis at the 28th annual American Association of Naturopathic Physicians annual convention in Keystone, Colo. earlier this month.

Beltway Battle Over Patients' Rights to Integrative Medicine and Health

John Weeks | Posted 10.12.2013 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

At stake is the meaning and potential revocation of "non-discrimination in health care," Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act. The requirement is due to become law in January 2014.

Colorado Governor Signs Bill Regulating Naturopathic Doctors

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

Americans deserve the right to choose the kind of doctor they want to see, and many would like the opportunity to work with a naturopathic doctor side by side with other state of the art medical care providers.

Positive Naturopathic Integrative Medicine Cardiovascular Risk Study Provokes Editorial in Top Medical Journal

John Weeks | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

"Can naturopaths deliver complementary preventive medicine?" Thus ran the headline in a recent editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Growing a Better Future

Zoe Helene | Posted 04.29.2013 | Green
Zoe Helene

Richard "Ric" Scalzo, the pioneering president and CEO of Gaia Herbs, has been making fine sustainable products and setting industry standards for pla...

Choosing Wisely, Indeed

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 04.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

Culture shifts with regard to medical practice come slowly, but having this collaborative style effort from thought leaders of reputable organizations underscores both the timeliness and urgency of these recommendations.

Naturopathic Medicine and Autoimmune Disease

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 04.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

Our health is a product of our genetic inheritance and our environmental exposures. Creating the healthiest possible environment, eating the right foods, and liming stress are all things we can do to optimize our genetic predispositions.

Licensure for Naturopathic Doctors

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

It's time for all states to pass legislation to license naturopathic doctors. Let's establish the laws that create minimum standards that give health care consumers the chance to choose naturopathic doctors to put on their health care teams if they want to.

Top 10 for Policy and Action in Integrative Medicine and Health in 2012

John Weeks | Posted 02.18.2013 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

Present action and policy are laying infrastructure that will inform and embolden participants into the future. Here are the Top 10 for policy and action in integrative medicine and health for 2012.

Naturopathic Doctors Fill in Gap in Physician Shortage

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 02.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

With the current and impending shortage of MDs and the increasing openness to natural medicine in the general population, NDs should be high on the list of providers to bridge the gap in our imminent provider shortage.

CFO Magazine Urges Fortune 500 Firms to Explore Cost Savings Via Alternative and Integrative Medicine

John Weeks | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

The big money in complementary and integrative medicine fields and their preventive and health-promoting focus that CFO Magazine's McCann notes is not in churning services. It is in saving money by limiting services.

Our Changing Relationship With Our Health

Michael Stanclift, N.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Stanclift, N.D.

For many patients, their naturopathic doctor helps to bridge their medical care and their everyday life. When we take time to understand them, answer questions, and show how things are related, patients feel they are a partner in their health care, not merely a subject.