Connecting Endocrinology and Naturopathic Medicine
An interview with Alan Christianson, ND
By Jaclyn Chasse, ND
About the Author
Jaclyn Chasse, ND, is a medical educator at Emerson Ecologics, Manchester, New Hampshire, and a practicing naturopathic physician in New Hampshire. She also holds an adjunct faculty position at Bastyr University, Kenmore, Washington. Chasse is a graduate of Bastyr University and has an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. She has coauthored several scientific journal articles in the field of medical biophysics. Chasse has undergone extensive training in women’s health, pediatrics, and infertility, including an internship at the Jocelyn Centre for infertility in Sydney, Australia. Her clinical practice focuses on these specialties. Chasse has been very involved throughout her professional career in improving healthcare access and education. As a medical student, she cofounded the Naturopathic Medical Student Association, the only affiliate organization of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) representing medical students. She currently serves as the president of the New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors and has been an active member in the AANP since 2003.
In this interview with the president of the Endocrine Association of Naturopathic Physicians, we discuss the organization’s locus as a collaborative forum for practitioners meeting the challenges of treating endocrine disorders with naturopathic medicine. Alan Christianson, ND, also offers insight into the future of naturopathic endocrinology as more patients turn to natural medicine for solutions to a wide range of hormonal dysfunction, from infertility to thyroid disease to metabolic syndrome.
About the Expert
Alan Christianson, ND, is a naturopathic physician in Phoenix, Arizona, who helps people overcome adrenal and thyroid disorders and achieve lasting fat loss and vibrant energy. He is the author of the bestselling Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease (ALPHA, 2011) and Healing Hashimoto’s: A Savvy Patient’s Guide (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012). Christianson is the founding physician behind Integrative Health Care in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the founding president of the Endocrine Association of Naturopathic Physicians. He trains doctors internationally on the treatment of obesity, thyroid disease, and hormone replacement therapy.
This interview was a part of the August 2014 special Natural Medicine Journal issue on endocrinology. To see the rest of the special issue, click here.