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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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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Environmental Health Symposium
By Anne Marie Fine, NMD

Learn more at the Environmental Health Symposium

April 6-8, 2018 in Scottsdale, AZ

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a ubiquitous environmental contaminant, primarily metabolized by glucuronidation that is associated with various human diseases. It is a high throughput chemical-over 6 billion pounds are produced globally each year. While there is a huge market and multiple industrial uses for this compound, its deleterious effect on human health continues to be revealed...

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Hemp, Cannabis
By Christopher Shade, PhD
January 25, 2018

Of all the healing botanicals that adorn our planet, few offer the astonishing phytochemical bounty of cannabis. This flowering plant contains a cornucopia of 400 unique chemicals, with approximately 70 non-psychogenic but potent bioactive cannabinoids.1,2 These non-psychogenic cannabinoids are amazingly versatile. Breakthrough research shows cannabinoids may treat everything from opiate addiction to epilepsy, the pain of arthritis and fibromyalgia, and even enhance the efficacy of mainstream treatments for cancer.3-5

Humans discovered the healing and balancing...

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Blood Test
By Michael T. Murray, ND
January 05, 2018

In January 2017, the B vitamin biotin was in the news as a possible breakthrough treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS). This positive news was dampened a bit when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a warning regarding the safety of biotin on November 28, 2017.1 The headlines generated from the FDA warning are a bit misleading as biotin is certainly safe, even at the massive doses being used in multiple sclerosis. The safety concern is that high dosages of biotin can significantly interfere with certain laboratory tests. This interference can lead to dangerously...

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