Healthcare Perspectives

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.”

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. 

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.

Quick and Inexpensive Ways to Improve Your Natural Healthcare Practice Website

by Deirdre Shevlin Bell
Optimizing your website is a daunting task—especially if writing about yourself takes you outside your comfort zone. But here's some good news: You can significantly improve the quality of your website without a major time or financial investment, and without needing to become an expert in yet one more thing.

2018 Integrative SIBO Conference Highlights

by Natural Medicine Journal
In April, the 2018 Integrative SIBO Conference was held at Le Meridien New Orleans Hotel. The 2-day event showcased expert presentations on a variety of topics related to small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

Cutting-Edge Cancer Content From the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians Conference

by Karolyn A. Gazella
More than 200 healthcare professionals attended this year’s Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP) Conference that was held February 16-18 at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes in Arizona. A total of 16.5 continuing education credits, 4.5 of which were pharmacy, were available to attendees.

Top 10 Topics of 2017

by Natural Medicine Journal
As we welcome 2018, let's take a moment to look back at the topics that made the greatest impact in 2017. Here are the most popular pieces we published last year.

NMJ Oncology Publisher’s Message

by Karolyn A. Gazella
Whether we like it or not, caring for people diagnosed with cancer is no longer a burden that oncologists alone must carry. Because so many people are affected by cancer, their needs spill over into primary care, gynecology, urology, internal medicine and yes, integrative medicine. No matter what your specialty or practice emphasis, chances are very high that you’ve seen people diagnosed with cancer in your clinic. And that’s why, year after year, we tackle this tough topic with a special issue specifically designed with integrative medicine in mind.

Highlights from the 2017 AANP Conference

by Sarah Bedell Cook, ND
The 2017 annual conference for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) was held at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, July 12-15. Approximately 600 attendees, vendor representatives, and speakers convened for 4 days of learning, networking, and reconnecting with friends and colleagues. More than 50 educational sessions allowed naturopathic doctors to earn as many as 22.75 continuing education credits.

Women in Balance Symposium

by Natural Medicine Journal
The National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) recently hosted a conference to address hard-to-treat medical conditions that affect women. Experts presented on conditions ranging from infertility to endometriosis. They provided education, insights, and recommendations for practice.

Takeaways from the 2017 Integrative SIBO Conference

by Natural Medicine Journal
Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a heterogeneous syndrome characterized by an increase in the number and/or the presence of atypical microbiota in the small intestine. The 2017 Integrative SIBO Conference focused on the mechanisms underlying the condition and its diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and associations with other conditions. These summaries of the conference presentations will benefit both those who attended the conference and those who missed it.

Caring for Women With Integrative Medicine

by Karolyn A. Gazella
According to the US Department of Labor, women make 80 percent of all healthcare decisions in this country. They choose family health plans, schedule and execute doctor appointments, and manage the health of the entire family. But who is taking care of the health needs of women?

2017 OncANP Conference Abstracts

by Natural Medicine Journal
Top experts in the field of naturopathic oncology presented at the OncANP conference in Tempe Arizona, February 17-19, 2017. Check out the abstracts from their sessions.