Healthcare Perspectives

Top 10 Topics of 2021

by Deirdre Shevlin Bell
Health remained at the forefront of public discourse in 2021, and the Natural Medicine Journal continued to offer their expertise as the world tried to navigate the ever-shifting landscape. As we kick off a new year, let's take a look back at the content that garnered the most attention this past year.

A Message From the New Publisher

by Liz Plizga
As the new publisher of Natural Medicine Journal, we are pleased to present this special issue on the important topic of oncology.

An Integrative Approach to Enhancing Immunity

by Karolyn A. Gazella
This special issue of the Natural Medicine Journal explores a variety of topics related to immune function—an important and timely theme that is top of mind for most integrative health professionals these days.

The Potential Benefits of Oral and IV Peptides

by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD
A recent study offers some important clinical takeaways about the potential of amino acid and polypeptide therapies, as well as the use of phosphatidylserine to lower cortisol levels.

Top 10 Topics of 2020

by Natural Medicine Journal
As we all adjusted and adapted to a year like no other, health was at the forefront of everyone's minds. The integrative healthcare community stayed at the forefront of medical developments, and naturopathic physicians and other experts shared their knowledge to help us find footing in an ever-shifting landscape.

Integrative Approaches to Gastrointestinal Health

by Karolyn A. Gazella
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, approximately 60 to 70 million Americans have a digestive disease. In addition, the American Cancer Society estimates that 1 in 23 men and 1 in 25 women will be diagnosed with colon cancer this year and about 24,000 people will be diagnosed with stomach cancer. Issues involving the gastrointestinal (GI) tract are diverse, common, disruptive, and sometimes deadly. That’s why we devoted an entire issue of the Natural Medicine Journal to this important topic.

A Wild and Precious Conference

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO
Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO, recounts the highlights from the 9th OncANP conference.

Covid-19 and Natural Medicine

by Natural Medicine Journal
In these times of confusion and anxiety, we in the natural medicine community have the responsibility to help dispel myths and counter misinformation regarding the novel coronavirus and Covid-19.

Top 10 Topics of 2019

by Natural Medicine Journal
As we get ready for a new decade, let's pause and reflect on the content that had the biggest impact in 2019. Here are the 10 topics readers viewed most in the past year.

Cancer Therapy and Cardiotoxicity

by Daniel Chong, ND
With increasing post-treatment cancer survival, integrative care physicians are able to help cancer patients shift from a focus on surviving to living well—but cardiovascular damage caused by cancer treatment can get in the way of optimal wellness.

The Future of Naturopathic Medicine: To Divide or Unite?

by Sarah Bedell Cook, ND
Two philosophies have emerged in the natural medicine community: those who adhere to the vitalistic roots of naturopathic medicine and those who embrace some aspects of modern conventional medicine. With the profession at a crossroads, a community-wide conversation has begun.

Naturopathic Doctors Celebrate 100 Years of Licensure at the 2019 AANP Convention

by Sarah Bedell Cook, ND
Aside from the usual excitement of reuniting and learning from colleagues, this year, participants had an even bigger reason to celebrate: 2019 marked 100 years of licensure for naturopathic doctors in the United States.

Climate Change and Food Quality

by Karolyn A. Gazella
Experts have long warned that climate change will have a negative impact on the quantity of food we can produce worldwide. But now research is showing us that climate change will have a profound and negative impact on food quality and nutrient content as well.

Proactively Preventing and Reversing Physician Burnout

by Karolyn A. Gazella
In the United States the demand for healthcare continues to rise, while the number of available doctors continues to fall. One consequence of this trend is physician burnout. Can an integrative approach help reduce burnout risk?

2019 Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians Conference Highlights

by Karolyn A. Gazella
Conference attendees absorbed 3 days of thought-provoking content on integrative oncology, including talks on such diverse topics as laughter, Ayurveda, light exposure, and the ketogenic diet in cancer care.

Top 10 Articles of 2018

by Natural Medicine Journal
As we look forward to the year ahead, let's take a moment to reflect on the topics that made the greatest impact in 2018. Below, in order, are the most popular pieces to appear in Natural Medicine Journal last year.

Mechanisms of Disease Causation in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

by Arthur Brawer, MD, PA
Evidence that patients with chronic fatigue syndrome have a slew of damaging metabolic disruptions has prompted new theories about its causation. Could an environmental toxin be the culprit?

Highlights from the 2018 AIHM Conference

by Keegan Sheridan, ND
The annual Academy of Integrated Health and Medicine (AIHM) conference was a multiday, multispeaker event that encouraged and equipped practitioners to “embrace global healing traditions in order to promote the creation of health and delivery of evidence-informed comprehensive, sustainable person-centered care.”

Global Naturopathic Regulation

by Iva Lloyd, ND, RPP
A document issued by the World Naturopathic Federation (WNF) addresses the regulation of naturopathic practice around the globe, providing details about standards of regulation in various countries and links to country-specific regulations and naturopathic organizations.

Highlights From the 2018 AANP Conference

by Keegan Sheridan, ND
If you missed the 2018 AANP conference—or if you were there and just want to revisit it—don't miss this concise yet informative overview of each day's content.