Nutrition is often a pivotal component of an individual’s journey toward optimal health. Poor diet is also the leading preventable risk factor for disability or early death in the United States.1 However, despite this and rising rates of obesity, diabetes, and other nutrition-related diseases, many U.S. healthcare providers are not adequately trained to address nutrition in a way that could help patients build a stronger foundation of health, or even lessen disease development or progression. Conventionally trained medical doctors receive a nominal amount of nutrition education...Read more
The gastrointestinal (GI) system plays an essential role in your overall health. Often, imbalances in the digestive system lead to symptoms elsewhere in the body, including the nervous system, immune system, and skin. Trained to treat the whole person and address the root causes of symptoms, naturopathic doctors excel at treating GI conditions. They are often able to get to the root cause of GI complaints that have defied conventional diagnosis, utilizing their meticulous evaluation process and advanced clinical nutrition training....Read more
Naturopathic doctors follow six guiding principles that serve as a philosophical platform for everything they do. The principles 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 in diagnosis and treatment. The healing power of nature is one of these six core principles. Read More.
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Heart disease, the leading killer for both men and women in the United States, is largely preventable if caught and treated early. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) excel at preventing and treating cardiovascular disease because they focus on identifying the underlying causes of disease and empowering patients to make enduring lifestyle changes to restore and maintain their health. A study investigating the effects of lifestyle changes in patients with atherosclerosis (the buildup of fatty, cholesterol-rich plaque in the arteries) found that after only one year of following lifestyle...Read more
You may have noticed that it takes longer than ever to schedule a first appointment with a new health care provider. You’ve also likely spent more time in the waiting room than face-to-face with your physician. In the United States, consultation time in a conventional doctor’s appointment averages about 20 minutes. In contrast, naturopathic doctors (NDs) spend between one and two hours face-to-face with patients in an initial appointment, and 30 to 60 minutes in subsequent appointments. Read more.
The wild roses have been in bloom in Denver this past week and I’ve been stopping to smell the ones on the corner of Bellaire Street and then those south of the new museum plaza in City Park. I find myself wondering why they smell so good?
So why do I find such pleasure in the odors released by roses? Presumably the flowers have evolved the chemistry to generate these odors in order to attract insects that in turn will aid in pollinating their flowers. One would think the genetics developed over many millennia as a process of co-evolution, the insects are drawn to a food source by...Read more
Cervical dysplasia refers to pre-cancerous changes in the cells on the surface of the cervix. While dysplasia can be caused by a number of factors, one common cause is the presence of one of the strains of Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV. Often times, the body will heal an HPV infection on its own and cervical cells go back to normal as the infection clears. In some cases, however, the grade of cervical dysplasia can worsen. Without treatment, advanced cervical dysplasia can progress to cervical cancer. In the U.S., Pap Smears have cut the incidence of cervical cancer in half over the past...Read more
Omega 3s have been a hot topic in not only the healthcare world but in general media for a few years now. What are these mysteriously healthy fats? Why are they so good for us? How do we get more?
What are they?
Omega 3 fatty acids are a group of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) that are needed for the proper structure and function of our cells. These fats are not made by our body in high enough quantities and are therefore considered essential parts of the diet. There is some debate over the use of the word essential for omega 3s as their parent molecule is...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-...
We were grieved to read this past year that our colleague Ather Ali, ND passed away from metastatic esophageal cancer at the age of 42 on October 25, 2017.
It is hard to know how to describe the degree of loss his passing means to us and to the world of naturopathic medicine.
Dr. Ali graduated from Bastyr University in 2003 with a degree in naturopathic medicine. He was one of...Read more