Healthcare Perspectives

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.

Top 10 Most Popular Articles of 2016

by Natural Medicine Journal
From food/drug interactions and fat intake's effects on breast cancer risk to forest therapy and a fresh take on the free radical theory of aging, this year's NMJ contributors expanded our understanding of natural medicine in diverse and important ways. Take a look at our annual retrospective of the most popular articles we published in 2016, and let us know if you have a favorite that didn't make the list.

Integrative Health Insights: A Call to Action, Join the Global Movement

by Tabatha Parker, ND
Developing a global perspective that changes you. It is a humbling experience—almost spiritual—as you must learn to surrender, to sit back and listen to other opinions, other perspectives, and other ways of doing things.

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians 2016 Annual Convention & Exhibition

by Natural Medicine Journal
Key takeaways and conference abstracts from this year’s annual AANP convention.

Integrative Health Insights: A Publisher’s Perspective

by Karolyn A. Gazella
Natural Medicine Journal's publisher discusses the changes she has seen in integrative medicine over the past 24 years.

Modern Industrial Foods and Their Effects on the Human Body

by Harry Hong, PhD, LAc
The majority of American farmland today is dominated by industrial agriculture featuring chemically intensive food production in large single-crop farms and animal production facilities. Modern food processing has grown into a large industry with revenue of hundreds of billions of dollars. The effects of industrial agriculture and the food processing industry on the environment and public health have raised concerns over the decades. This Healthcare Perspectives article reviews recent publications on modern interventions commonly used in the food industry, including genetic engineering, pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, and food additives, as well as their possible detrimental effects on the human body.

Integrative Health Insights: A Discussion with Rachel Fischer, MD, MPH

by Natural Medicine Journal
Rachel Fischer, MD, MPH, is a physician and faculty member in the college of graduate and professional studies at the University of Western States (UWS). Her research interests have gravitated toward preventive medicine and optimal health and performance. She is board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and is currently pursuing certification by the Institute of Functional Medicine.

Cutting-Edge Speakers Highlighted at Annual Naturopathic Oncology Conference

by Karolyn A. Gazella
The 200+ attendees of the 5th annual Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians conference were presented with diverse content and experienced professional camaraderie during the event. An interesting mix of immunology, integrative research, and practical clinical information was dispensed throughout the conference held February 26–28, 2016, at the Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix, Arizona.

New Integrative Wisdom Website Raises Awareness of Integrative Medicine

by Natural Medicine Journal
To further the mission of making integrative medicine part of every healthcare discussion, Integrative Therapeutics has launched a collection of video interviews with individuals across the integrative medicine community.

Interdisciplinary Learning at Integrative Healthcare Symposium

by Deirdre Shevlin Bell
The Integrative Healthcare Symposium annual conference, held in New York City February 25-27, 2016, brought together integrative healthcare experts and innovators from around the country for 3 days of presentations and continuing medical education (CME).

First-Ever IGNITE Conference Fires Up Integrative Medicine Practices

by Natural Medicine Journal
Emerson Ecologics, a supplier of professional-grade nutritional supplements to integrative healthcare professionals, recently launched a conference designed to educate practitioners about the fundamentals of the business of medicine.

Seeking Health Educational Institute (SHEI) Conference Makes its Debut

by Sarah Bedell Cook, ND
The first annual Seeking Health Educational Institute conference brought together top experts and 250 attendees for a 4-day boot camp on the clinical applications of epigenetics.

School of Naturopathic Medicine Mentorship Program at Bastyr University

by Jane Guiltinan, ND
Since 2010, the School of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University has paired first-year naturopathic students with core faculty mentors. This article explores the essence of the mentor/protégé relationship and gleans insights from students and faculty about the benefits of mentorship.

Fresh, Sustainable, and Cage-Free: The 30th Anniversary AANP Conference

by Natural Medicine Journal
The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) is hosting the largest gathering of licensed naturopathic physicians at its 30th Anniversary Conference August 5-8, 2015, in Oakland, CA. The AANP 2015 Conference program will feature day-long boot camps, expert panels, Naturopathic Education Doctoring (NED) talks, research, and Personal Insightful Tales of Healing (PITH). We talked with AANP Conference Curriculum Committee Chair Tori Hudson, ND, about what makes the AANP Conference an essential experience for anyone involved in natural medicine.

FDA’s Proposed Changes to Nutrition and Supplement Labeling

by Andrea Wong, PhD
In 2014, the FDA issued a proposed rule titled, “Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels.” This means in the next few years, everyone in the United States will need to learn to read new food and supplement labels to find out nutritional information for everything from breakfast cereals to ice cream to multivitamins. This article gives readers a head start.

Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians Continues to Grow

by Karolyn A. Gazella
Read our report from this year’s conference of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP), where 195 attendees and a variety of exhibitors enjoyed exceptional content, healthy cuisine, and comfortable camaraderie.