The Rise and Regulation of Natural Skincare Products
As consumers become more and more aware of harmful ingredients in their skincare products, many are turning to “healthier” and “safer” options that include labels such as “natural” and “organic.”1 The term “organic” used in skincare products is not defined by the FDA, and the term “natural” has no legal definition.1,2 Without clear definitions and guidelines, consumers are increasingly swayed by savvy marketing techniques and may think that natural products do not have side effects. While natural products...Read more
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) follow six guiding principles that influence how they think about medicine, how they make clinical decisions, and most importantly, how they treat you as a patient. Each principle plays a role in guiding naturopathic doctors through diagnosis and treatment. Identify and treat the root cause of illness is one of these six core principles. Read More.
Information provided by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (...Read more
We have had a bountiful year in many ways, but the cherry harvest is among the most fruitful I can recall. I’ve indulged myself with the time to fill our freezer with cherries destined to become pie next winter.
I find myself thinking of all the phrases we use in common language that must have originated to describe aspects of fruit picking. Mankind has been picking one sort of domesticated fruit or another for thousands of years. We have written record of one Lucius Licinius Luculus bringing a cherry to Rome from Anatolla in 72 BC. One might wonder whether this is where the term...Read more
Naturopathic medicine emphasizes prevention and the self-healing process to treat each person holistically and improve health outcomes. The following are some facts showing that naturopathic medicine is in fact safe:
- Numerous research studies of naturopathic treatments for common conditions such as heart disease,1 diabetes,2 chronic low back pain,3 and anxiety4 have shown that naturopathic medicine is both safe and effective.
- Licensed naturopathic doctors complete a rigorous, four-year, in-residence, science-based, post-...
Empowering people to become more informed about their health options, more involved in decisions made about their health, and more capable of maintaining their own good health can lead to better health outcomes and lower costs.1
In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, licensed naturopathic doctors (NDs) are uniquely educated and trained to treat the whole person, to focus on prevention, and to empower patients to make lifestyle changes in order to achieve optimal health. This attention to patient-centered care is especially valuable when it comes to the prevention...Read more
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...
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 (...Read more
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...Read more
The most important criteria in selecting a naturopathic doctor (ND) are that the doctor:
- has a naturopathic medical degree earned from an accredited, four-year, in-residence, naturopathic medical college
- 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...Read more
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...Read more