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.

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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 www.huffingtonpost.com

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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

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Dr. Gail Littell is opening her private naturopathic medical practice in Salem, IN, and can be reached via her website www.creeksidenaturalmedicine.com 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

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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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A Focus on Heart Health

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Dr. Michael Gravett has a private naturopathic medical practice in Indianapolis.  He is currently the director of cardiovascular services for IU Health statewide.

Taking Control of Your Cardiovascular Risk Factors

by Michael W. Gravett, ND, BCIM
Natural Family Medicine, LLC
317-781-0157/317-654-5888

Cardiovascular disease is responsible for over 600,000 deaths every year in the United States, or about 1 in every 4 deaths.  Cardiovascular disease includes high blood pressure, stroke, rheumatic heart disease and coronary artery disease (CAD), which is responsible for the majority of cardiovascular fatalities.

CAD is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the industrialized world and, alarmingly, of the nearly 385,000 deaths in the US, roughly half had no previous symptoms.

So, what exactly is CAD?  Generally speaking, CAD is the buildup of fatty material and other substances, commonly called plaque, in the arteries of your heart. This buildup results in a narrowing of the artery which causes less blood flow to your heart. This process can take decades to develop and therefore, often goes unnoticed until a heart attack occurs.

What can you do to prevent coronary artery disease?  A great place to start is to understand the risk factors for CAD and commit to living a healthier lifestyle in an effort to reduce risk wherever possible.

Risk Factors to Evaluate
• Family history • Physical inactivity • Overweight/Obesity
• Age • Tobacco exposure • Diabetes  & Metabolic syndrome
• Gender • High blood pressure • Perinatal factors
• Nutrition/Diet • Blood lipids • Inflammatory markers

How can Naturopathic Medicine help with lowering the risk factors for CAD?  A naturopathic doctor can help you to identify which risk factors apply to you personally and will develop an approach for decreasing those risk factors specific to your individual needs.  While it is unfortunate that you cannot change your genetic disposition, age and family history, there are risk factors that you can reduce.  A naturopathic doctor will develop a tailored natural medicine plan including diet, nutrition, nutraceuticals, exercise, and additional therapies to reduce high blood pressure, decrease lipids in your blood, manage weight, address diabetes related issues as well as metabolic syndrome and decrease inflammatory responses of the body.  These therapies may be used alone, or in combination with any current pharmaceutical regimen to safely lower your risk of coronary artery disease.

 

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This Week: Meet Indiana’s Naturopathic Doctors!

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Across the country, states are holding events to increase awareness about naturopathic medicine.   Keep an eye on our blog this week, as we showcase some naturopathic practices in Indiana.

To find a naturopathic doctor (ND) in your area, click “Find a Doctor” on this site.

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A Quiet Health Care Revolution

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Naturopathic Physicians: Natural Medicine. Real Solutions. It’s just becoming audible now, but the stirrings are significant. A grassroots transformation in health is underway.  It’s driven, largely, by these stark facts: nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese…tens of millions … Continue reading

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