Healthcare practitioners continually work to crack the code when it comes to positively and sustainably changing patient behavior. While the true secret to success is likely highly individual and based on many nuances unique to each patient, there are some tenants to follow that may impact sustainable behavior change.
For years we were led to believe that all it takes to change behavior is motivation. Without motivation, patients were doomed to fail and with the right level of motivation, success was surely theirs. For example, if a patient really wants to quit smoking, then they...Read more
I am a generalist; there, I admit it. In a world of increasing specialization one gets the distinct feeling that “generalist” has become a rather dirty word. Almost 30 years ago, when I was studying osteopathic and naturopathic medicine, specialization within these fields did not exist or were in the very beginning stages. Of course, today that’s not the case.
Although my emphasis is in naturopathic and osteopathic medicine, my practice is very general, which is the way I like it. Every day is different. I may be working with someone suffering acute back pain in one appointment,...Read more
When we talk about food, we always stress the importance of the rainbow and eating a broad array of colorful foods. Following the same principle that the diverse array of colors and pigments represent key vitamins (eg, orange/red veggies are rich in vitamin A), minerals (eg, green leafy veggies are rich in magnesium) and phytonutrients, we also love the rainbow when it comes to botanicals. We know about the bright orange capsules (yes, lovely curcumin) that many of us take on a daily basis for the powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects in addition to a long list of benefits...Read more
Nutrition-focused medical practitioners have advised men with prostate cancer to take supplemental zinc for so long that few can still remember where this practice originated. Several papers now suggest zinc may actually be ill advised for these patients to take.
Zinc levels in the prostate gland are higher than in any other soft tissue of the body, so it was easy to assume that zinc is important for prostate function and health. On top of this, zinc levels in healthy prostate tissue are almost 7 times as high as in prostate cancer tissue.1 Several cell culture studies...Read more
While we might wish to say that naturopathic medicine is evidence based, we must admit that some of our thoughts regarding patient treatment rely more on best guesses based on relatively scant evidence. We often find ourselves extrapolating from faint data points hoping to find a useful path forward. Here’s a recent example:
Just before Christmas, in December 2016, a paper by Bouchard et al, a group of researchers from Quebec, Canada, was published in the International Journal of Radiation Biology that caught our attention. These researchers reported that radiation of...
With all the digital channels to choose from, LinkedIn is by far the most noteworthy for integrative healthcare practitioners. It provides an outlet for sharing, learning, and connecting with others in our industry. LinkedIn’s mission is ‘to connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful’, and really, who doesn’t want that?
Putting that idealistic vision of productivity and success aside, we’ve outlined the top 3 reasons you should be on LinkedIn, and how it can help you and your practice thrive...Read more
Welcome to the brand new blog column published by the Natural Medicine Journal. I must say, I’ve never been a fan of the term “blog” but it has become a part of our nomenclature. Everybody who’s anybody is blogging these days so we thought we would join the fun.
Actually, this new feature is a great way for us to showcase ideas and concepts from the thought-leaders in our community. It’s an ideal way to publish fresh content more frequently and keep our Journal timely and more relevant than ever before. Our new blog column will get more voices and perspectives involved in the...Read more