Community Profiles

Naturopaths Without Borders Fosters Healthy Communities Around the Globe

by Teresa M. Peterson
What began in 2004 as a student club at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Ariz., has become a full-fledged network of community health projects around the globe. Naturopaths Without Borders (NWB) combines naturopathic healthcare and community-building to deliver education, sanitation, economic development, and health technology to underserved populations everywhere.

In Memory of Rick Marinelli, ND, LAc (1954-2013)

by Natural Medicine Journal
After a long battle with cancer, Rick Marinelli, ND, LAc, died recently in Portland, OR. Dr. Marinelli was a nationally recognized leader in the advancement of pain management therapies. In fact, he was the first naturopathic doctor appointed to serve on any committee of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He was also the first naturopathic doctor to serve as President of the American Academy of Pain Management.

New CEO Brings Passion, Vision to AANP

by Melaina Juntti

A Tribute to Dr. Frank E. Strehl, DC, DABCI

by NMJ Editors
Dr. Frank Strehl died on October 21, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer. Dr. Strehl graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Ind., and received his doctorate in chiropractic medicine from National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Ill.

Diagnos-Techs Laboratory

by Karolyn A. Gazella
Diagnos-Techs Laboratory is a pioneer in the area of salivary testing. Medical Director, John White, MD, discusses the value of salivary testing and explains the most popular and innovative test panels offered by Diagnos-Techs.

Naturopathic Residency Program Announces 2011 Recipients

by Teresa M. Peterson
New naturopathic graduates Carrie Runde, ND, and Dana Brigham, ND, have earned the honor of being this years ITI-AANP STAIR residents. The ITI-AANP STAIR residency awards two fully paid scholarships for a year-long residency at an integrative clinic practicing complementary and naturopathic medicine.

Public Policy, Research, and the Discipline of Naturopathic Medicine

by Carlo Calabrese, ND, MPH
The Naturopathic Science & Policy Summit is being convened by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges, and the Naturopathic Physicians Research Institute Tuesday, August 16, preceding the AANP Convention at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix.

Supplement Manufacturers Respond to Japan Tragedy

by Natural Medicine Journal
As the tragedy and its aftermath continue to play out in Japan, natural health industry leaders express their concern and sympathy for their Japanese colleagues and friends.

Sponsor Profile: Vital Nutrients

by Natural Medicine Journal
Thomas J. Petrarca is president and Chief Executive Officer of Vital Nutrients and RHG & Company, Inc. During the past 7 years, he has been leading the strategic transformation of Vital Nutrients, stressing quality as a key component of the company’s cultural philosophy. Thom has nearly 16 years' experience with professional medical and healthcare products, but his passion for mental, physical, and spiritual health spans 3 decades. Before joining Vital Nutrients, he was the president and CEO of BC Corporation, a manufacturer with 3 strategic business units, including a professional medical products group where quality assurance and control was mission critical. He graduated magna cum laude from Roger Williams University with a BS in management science and marketing and received his MBA from the University of Rhode Island.

Bioclinic Naturals: Health Pioneers Join Forces

by Natural Medicine Journal
The Natural Medicine Journal uses an unrestricted sponsorship model to minimize advertisement in the journal and online. In doing so, we've aligned with the highest quality companies in the integrative healthcare arena including Bioclinic Naturals. We thank them for their support of our e-journal and open access website.

National College of Natural Medicine Expands Programs, Facilities, and Access

by Alexis Lynn
Founded in 1956, the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Ore., is considered the parent school of natural medical education. Many leading naturopathic colleges and institutes were founded by graduates of the college, which is located in Portland, Ore. The school's diverse, challenging curricula are focused on integrated medical education, research, and patient care. "Our goal is to make certain that naturopathic medicine and classical Chinese medicine remain at the core of our program offerings," says NCNM President David Schleich, PhD. NCNM offers three graduate professional degrees in accredited and recognized programs that prepare students for licensed practice.

Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine Integrates Community, Medicine, and the Environment

by Alexis Lynn
Thompson notes that the physical changes to the space reflect not only green concepts, but the notion of regeneration, as well. "That idea of recreating and giving back even more than you take is very naturopathic in its essence." The goal, she says, is "to leave this environment in a better place than we even have received it."

College of Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport is Strong and Growing

by Alexis Lynn
"Students come out of our clinic really understanding how naturopathic medicine works and trusting the medicine to work as well." --Beth Pimentel, ND, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at UBCNM

Arts and Sciences Merge at Bastyr University

by Alexis Lynn
Meeting the demand for naturopathic medical schools, Bastyr is planning to open a California campus. Because naturopathic doctors in California are licensed to practice as primary care doctors, the campus expansion will help address the shortage of primary care doctors in the state.

Advancing Natural Medicine Through Research: The Helfgott Research Institute

by Alexis Lynn
One of the unique aspects of Helfgott's research is the way clinical trials are conducted. "We are committed to studying natural medicine the way that it's practiced," says Heather Zwickey, PhD, director of research at Helfgott and dean of research at NCNM. "When a naturopath sees a patient, they don't ever give just one thing."

Building a Framework for Healthcare: Institute for Functional Medicine Part of Every Clinician's Toolkit

by Alexis Lynn
The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) is focused on the treatment and prevention of chronic disease. At IFM, there is the belief that every complex, chronic disease can be identified and effectively managed. The key to helping patients achieve wellness comes from understanding the origins of illness, proactive preventive strategies, and comprehensive treatment.

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians Encourages Transformation in Legislation

by Alexis Lynn
The landmark healthcare reform bill signed by President Obama in March of this year will provide coverage to an estimated 30 million people who currently lack it. The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) is encouraged by the passing of this new bill and sees it as an opportunity to advance AANP’s vision: to transform the healthcare system from a disease management system to a comprehensive health program incorporating the principles of naturopathic medicine.