Naturopathic Medicine Open House in Goshen!

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This Thursday 10/9/2014, join us for an open house at The Retreat Women’s Center in Goshen to learn more about naturopathic medicine. Dr. Anne Thiel will be present from 1-4PM to answer questions, provide information, and have some fun giveaways! For more information, view the flyer below:
NMW -open house

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US Senate Resolution–Designates October 6–12 as Naturopathic Medicine Week for second year in a row!

For the second year in a row, the United States Senate has designated October 6–12 as Naturopathic Medicine week, in order to recognize the value of providing safe, effective, and affordable health care, and to encourage the people of the US to learn about naturopathic medicine and NDs.

The resolution includes the following:
-Naturopathic physicians are licensed in 20 states and territories
-NDs can help address the shortage of primary care providers in the United States.
-Aspects of naturopathic medicine have been shown to lower the risk of major illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
-NDs attend 4-year, graduate level programs that are accredited by agencies approved by the Dept of Education
-Naturopathic Medicine provides noninvasive, holistic treatments that support the inherent self-healing capacity of the human body and encourage self-responsibility in health care
-Naturopathic medicine provides consumers in the US with more choice in healthcare, in line with the increased use of a variety of integrative medical treatments.

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Study Finds High Demand for Naturopathic Physicians Among Older Adults

According to a newly released study, 55% of older Americans who live in states that license naturopathic physicians would consider seeking care from a naturopathic physician. Because naturopathic physicians are not currently eligible to participate in Medicare, however, most seniors are not able to obtain care from a naturopathic physician despite their desire to do so.

The study was conducted by Infosurv, a leading survey research company. Infosurv surveyed 384 individuals 65 years of age and older who live in states that license naturopathic physicians. The survey provides a margin of error of +/- 5% percentage points.

The survey found that fewer than one in four older Americans who would consider visiting a naturopathic physician would choose to do so if they had to pay the cost of the visit out of pocket, yet nearly 100% would likely visit a naturopathic physician if the visit were covered by Medicare.

Dr. Kasra Pournadeali, President of the AANP, remarked, “The seniors I and many other naturopathic physicians see understand the importance of self-care, personal responsibility, and non-drug methods in staying healthy. They also understand how naturopathic physicians have training in natural and conventional methods and are best-equipped to recommend effective non-drug treatments when appropriate. Isn’t it time to end the mandate that seniors can only access a physician trained solely in costly, drug therapies? Isn’t it time to allow our elderly access to other effective and less-costly methods?”

The study found a high level of interest in natural approaches to treat illness. Seventy-five percent of Medicare beneficiaries prefer that their doctor use natural therapies first, such as improved diet or supplements, before prescribing drugs or surgery. The interest in natural therapies may reflect concerns about the side effects of prescription drugs, since the survey found that 42% of seniors who take prescription drugs are worried about side effects.

“The study is a wake-up call to policy makers,” commented Jud Richland, CEO of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). “Seniors are saying loud and clear that they want Medicare to provide access to holistic care providers such as licensed naturopathic physicians. Millions of Americans have paid Medicare taxes all their working lives, but when the time comes to participate in Medicare, they find that the services they want aren’t available.”

Read more on the American Association of Naturopathic Physician’s website

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Maryland becomes the 18th state to license naturopathic doctors!

Annapolis, MD – Governor Martin O’Malley today signed a bill to enable naturopathic doctors in Maryland to become licensed to practice naturopathic medicine. Maryland becomes the 18th state to license naturopathic doctors. Passage of the law reflects the public’s growing confidence in naturopathic medicine as an effective form of medicine.
Read more on the American Association of Naturopathic Physician’s website

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New study reveals that Naturopathic care reduces cardiovascular risk and costs!

A naturopathic approach to cardiovascular disease primary prevention significantly reduced cardiovascular risk over usual care plus biometric screening and reduced costs to society and employers in this multi-worksite-based study.

Read more on pubmed here

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Naturopathic Oncology article in the Huffington Post

After a perfectly lovely New Year’s Eve, I was lying in bed the next morning and found a lump in my breast, hard and large and not right. I had all the diagnostic work done in the following days, had to wait what seemed like an interminable amount of time. A few days later I learned that I have breast cancer.

I am lucky. I have a broad and exuberant circle of support and a loving family nearby. I have health insurance. I have social and professional connections, so was seen in second opinion at a top tier hospital in the northeast within days of my diagnosis. I will begin treatment soon.

I am also a naturopathic doctor (ND), and as soon as I knew I needed a biopsy, I knew I needed to be in touch with a naturopathic doctor who specializes in treating patients with cancer. The Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians, an affiliate of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, offers board certification in naturopathic oncology for NDs, has created a repository of reliable information related to naturopathic oncology, supports continuing education in this field and encourages ongoing research. The organization is also hard at work fostering integration of naturopathic oncology into our overall health care system…

Read more here at

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FDA may ban partially hydrogenated oils (and trans fats) for good!

After years of research revealing that trans fats may be dangerous for health, FDA is finally putting its foot down and is asking for comments on its very recent determination that partially hydrogenated oils are no longer generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for use in foods. If the determination is finalized, it would mean that food manufacturers would no longer be permitted to sell these oils.

Read more from FDA here

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Exercise as Preventive Medicine

A structured exercise program may be as good or better than frequently prescribed drugs for some common cardiovascular ailments, a large meta-analysis has found.

Researchers evaluated 57 randomized trials testing the effect on mortality of exercise and drugs in four prevention regimens: the secondary prevention of coronary heart disease, rehabilitation from stroke, treatment of heart failure, and prevention of Type 2 diabetes. The review,published online in BMJ, involved more than 14,000 patients.

The studies used a variety of drugs – for example, statins for the prevention of coronary heart disease, blood thinners for stroke, diuretics for heart failure, and biguanides like Glucophage and Metaglip for impending diabetes.

They found no difference in mortality between exercise and drug interventions in the secondary prevention of coronary heart disease or Type 2 diabetes. For stroke prevention, exercise programs were more effective than anticoagulants or antiplatelet medicines. And for treating heart failure, diuretic drugs were more effective than exercise

Read more here.

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Creekside Natural Medicine


Dr. Gail Littell is opening her private naturopathic medical practice in Salem, IN, and can be reached via her website or by calling 812-896-5547.

Dr. Gail and Creekside Natural Medicine

by Gail Littell, ND

Dr. Gail Littell’s first introduction to naturopathic medicine came in 1978 as she was pursuing professional training in massage therapy. With a personal history of poor health as a child and young adult she had discovered that her body responded favorably to a more natural approach to healthcare and she wanted to share with others the benefits she had experienced. When Dr. Gail learned of naturopathic medicine, she immediately knew “this was it – it brought together all of my interests and made so much sense”. However, the timing wasn’t right; her twins were not quite 3 years old at the time. But in May 2013, Dr. Gail graduated from The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine with her 3 children and their spouses, her 7 grandchildren, as well as a sibling and her 87 year old mother cheering her on. She has since returned to rural southern Indiana and is in the midst of opening a private practice, Creekside Natural Medicine, in Salem, Indiana.

Dr. Gail’s eclectic background includes homeschooling her children, serving as township trustee/assessor and hospice volunteer, organic certification of her farm and farm animals, freelance writing, serving as church youth group leader, herbal wildcrafting and working with a popular internet company as natural foods product research & development/product manager. Still licensed as a massage therapist in Indiana, Dr. Gail draws on her eclectic background and interests as she begins her naturopathic medical practice. She is especially interested in supporting people with chronic illness and in developing a “cradle to grave” practice that educates and empowers families in their own health care. Dr. Gail embraces the naturopathic philosophy of health restoration; in the words of Jared Zeff, ND, Lac, “The work of the nature cure physician is to help the patient create the conditions for health to exist within them, and, if necessary, to stimulate, support, or enhance the restorative, self-healing mechanisms, through a system of therapeutic interventions, rationally applied, in the appropriate order.”

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Teaming Up Against Cancer


Dr. Marcia Prenguber and Dr. Emily Moore practice naturopathic medicine at the IU Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care.  The Center for Cancer Care offers a 2-year naturopathic oncology residency program.  Current residents are: Dr. Anne Thiel (2nd year) and Dr. Rebecca Snowden (1st year), who also provide naturopathic consults at the IU Health Retreat Women’s Center in Goshen, IN.

Teaming Up Against Cancer

by Emily Moore, ND, L.Ac., FABNO

At IU Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care, naturopathic medicine plays a major role in our comprehensive health program. Naturopathic medicine stimulates the body’s natural healing process, supports the immune system and identifies and removes obstacles that hinder recovery. It also is beneficial for reducing stress. Naturopathic doctors place a strong emphasis on disease prevention by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease. We partner with our patients to prevent illness through appropriate interventions.

One of the primary strategies of naturopathic medicine is to strengthen the body’s own internal disease-fighting abilities. Naturopathic medicine supports the anti-tumor effects of conventional care and strengthens the immune, neurological and cardiovascular systems during treatment.

Naturopathic medicine:

  • Supports the immune system in its ability to recognize and destroy cancer cells.
  • Inhibits the spread of cancer cells by encouraging the immune system’s natural ability to produce cancer-fighting cells.
  • Stops the development of blood vessels that supply nutrients to tumors.
  • Encourages normal cell growth.

Naturopathic medicine also works to reduce the side effects often associated with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. We can reduce the risk of many of these side effects with the use of natural therapies, including herbal formulas and nutritional supplements.

One of the most rewarding aspects of naturopathic oncology care is treating the whole person beyond cancer treatment.  Cancer does not define a person, and often health challenges are unrelated to a cancer diagnosis.  Aside from guidance on long-term immune support, we provide interventions for many other conditions:

  • Menopause and hormone imbalance
  • Migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Digestive disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Crohn’s Disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Allergies
  • Frequency of cold and flu
  • Weight management

To schedule a naturopathic consultation, please call 574.537.5000.


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