Breast Cancer Prevention Women
By The Institute for Natural Medicine

Emphasizing a holistic approach, naturopathic medicine offers complementary natural therapies to support and strengthen the body and mind before, during, and after conventional medical breast cancer treatment. Naturopathic medicine can help optimize tolerance to conventional treatments while also providing strategies to reinforce the body’s natural defenses and recovery systems so that each individual is at their strongest capacity to fight the disease.

One out of eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, and while rare, breast...

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By The Institute for Natural Medicine

There a number of situations where naturopathic and conventionally trained doctors work together to deliver care for patients. Examples include:

  • People with one or more chronic diseases or lifestyle-related conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or hypertension, which require a high level of patient engagement in their own health as well as time to realize the full benefits of recommended treatments
  • People with cancer or other diseases where commonly used medical treatments can cause significant side effects that can undermine health
  • People seeking relief...
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How do NDs manage pain
By The Institute for Natural Medicine

Anyone who has ever experienced chronic pain knows how debilitating it can be. Yet the most commonly recommended conventional medical solution—prescription opioid painkillers—is turning out to be worse than the problem. Opioids may stop the pain, but at a high price: growing numbers of deaths due to opioid overdose and higher rates of addiction and misuse.

As a medical discipline that emphasizes a holistic approach and natural treatments, naturopathic medicine offers safe and effective alternatives to highly addictive drugs for managing chronic pain. Licensed naturopathic doctors (...

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Naturopathic Medicine lower costs
By The Institute for Natural Medicine

As concerns grow over high health care costs and poor health outcomes in the United States, a growing number of policymakers, health care practitioners, and other stakeholders are calling for an expansion of the focus of our health care system to keeping people healthy in addition to providing medical treatment after a person gets sick. To accomplish this change, health care professionals from a broad range of disciplines must come together in primary care teams. Trained as primary care doctors and to emphasize prevention, licensed naturopathic doctors (NDs) have a central role to play in...

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How to choose a Naturopathic Doctor
By The Institute for Natural Medicine

The most important criteria in selecting a naturopathic doctor (ND) are that the doctor:

  1. has a naturopathic medical degree earned from an accredited, four-year, in-residence, naturopathic medical college
  2. has passed rigorous board exams as part of a licensure or certification process

There are currently seven accredited naturopathic medical programs in North America. They are: Bastyr University, National University of Natural Medicine, National University of Health Sciences, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, University of Bridgeport—College of...

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DNA Strand
By Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO

The FDA has recently approved the first direct-to-consumer reporting of a germline mutation for cancer risk—specifically, three BRCA gene mutations tested by 23andme.

Understandably, this has garnered a lot of media attention.

All practitioners should know that there are several caveats to this approval.

According to the FDA, "The test only detects three out of more than 1,000 known BRCA mutations. This means a negative result does not rule out the possibility that an individual carries other BRCA mutations that increase cancer risk."

Also according to the FDA...

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difference between a licensed naturopathic doctor and a naturopath
By The Institute for Natural Medicine

Licensed naturopathic doctors (NDs) are regulated at the state level to practice naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic medical students attend accredited, four-year, in-residence, naturopathic medical schools where they study biomedical sciences such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, and pharmacology. Their medical education incorporates the latest advances in science and natural approaches to illness prevention and management. Students complete a minimum of 4,100 hours of class and clinical training,...

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Naturopathic Doctor
By The Institute for Natural Medicine

1. When patients are looking for a doctor who will treat the body as a whole, not just the illness.

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained to treat the whole person. This requires taking the time to listen and understand the genetic, environmental, and behavioral/lifestyle factors that can affect the patient’s health. At the initial appointment, they’ll spend up to an hour or more talking with their ND.

2. When patients want personalized treatment.

NDs understand there is no one-size-fits-all treatment that works for everybody. After...

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What is Naturopathic Medicine
By The Institute for Natural Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct practice of medicine that emphasizes prevention and the self-healing process to treat each person holistically and improve outcomes while lowering health care costs.

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are educated and trained in accredited naturopathic medical colleges. They diagnose, prevent and treat acute and chronic illness, restore and establish optimal health by supporting the person's inherent self-healing process. Rather than just suppressing symptoms, NDs work to identify underlying causes of illness, and develop personalized treatment plans to...

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Stethoscope
By The Institute for Natural Medicine

Accredited naturopathic medical schools are four-year, in-residence, hands-on medical programs consisting of a minimum of 4,100 hours of class and clinical training. During naturopathic medical school, students are educated in the biomedical sciences as well as the latest advances in science in combination with natural approaches to therapy. They also study disease prevention and clinical techniques.

In addition to a standard medical curriculum, schools require their graduates to complete four years of training in...

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