Treat the Patient, Not the Lab Test

An interview with Michael Friedman, ND

By Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO

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In this interview, Michael Friedman, ND, founder and executive director of the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine (AARM) discusses the challenges of treating patients with thyroid and adrenal dysfunction and why he believes a collaborative response to these endocrinological issues—using naturopathic, herbal, and conventional medicine together—provides patients with the best care. Learn more about AARM at
Approximate listening time: 15 minutes

About the Expert

A licensed naturopathic physician and medical herbalist, Michael Friedman, ND, is the executive director of the nonprofit professional society Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine. He is the editor in chief of the affiliated Journal of Restorative Medicine. Among Friedman’s publications are accounts of some of his more unusual and difficult cases that include remission of stage 4 metastatic ocular melanoma, treatment of lymphoma with poke root and Pacific yew, and the use of botanical and mineral supplementation to treat non–insulin dependent diabetes. 
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.

About the Author

Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, is editor-in-chief of Natural Medicine Journal and a naturopathic physician, board certified in naturopathic oncology. She received her naturopathic doctorate from National University of Natural Medicine and completed her residency in naturopathic oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kaczor received undergraduate degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is the past president and treasurer of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and secretary of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology. She is the editor of the Textbook of Naturopathic Oncology. She has been published in several peer-reviewed journals. Kaczor is based in Portland, Oregon.