Connecting Endocrinology and Naturopathic Medicine

An interview with Alan Christianson, ND

By Jaclyn Chasse-Smeaton, ND

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In this interview with the president of the Endocrine Association of Naturopathic Physicians, we discuss the organization’s locus as a collaborative forum for practitioners meeting the challenges of treating endocrine disorders with naturopathic medicine. Alan Christianson, ND, also offers insight into the future of naturopathic endocrinology as more patients turn to natural medicine for solutions to a wide range of hormonal dysfunction, from infertility to thyroid disease to metabolic syndrome.




About the Expert

Alan Christianson, ND, is a naturopathic physician in Phoenix, Arizona, who helps people overcome adrenal and thyroid disorders and achieve lasting fat loss and vibrant energy. He is the author of the bestselling Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease (ALPHA, 2011) and Healing Hashimoto’s: A Savvy Patient’s Guide (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012). Christianson is the founding physician behind Integrative Health Care in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the founding president of the Endocrine Association of Naturopathic Physicians. He trains doctors internationally on the treatment of obesity, thyroid disease, and hormone replacement therapy.

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

Jaclyn Chasse-Smeaton, ND, is vice president of scientific & regulatory affairs at Emerson Ecologics and Wellevate and a practicing naturopathic physician specializing in reproductive health and infertility. She also holds an adjunct faculty position at Bastyr University. Chasse is a graduate of Bastyr and has an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. She has coauthored several scientific journal articles in the field of medical biophysics and integrative medicine and has been involved throughout her career in improving healthcare access and education. Chasse is past-president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors.