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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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Eating Fish Helps Kids do Better in School, Study Says

Want to help your kids improve their performance at school? Serve them a dinner of grilled tuna or salmon teriyaki, suggests a new study out of Oxford University.

After taking blood samples from nearly 500 children between the ages of seven and nine, scientists found that levels of omega-3 fatty acids “significantly predicted” their ability to concentrate, and learn.

Read more: at the Daily News

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National Naturopathic Medicine Week—October 7–13!

The US Senate has passed Senate Resolution. 221, making October 7–13 officially Naturopathic Medicine Week! SR 221 recognizes the value of naturopathic medicine in providing “safe, effective, and affordable health care” and encourages Americans to learn about the role of naturopathic physicians in preventing and treating chronic and debilitating conditions.

According to Jud Richland, the American Association of Naturopathic Physician’s CEO, “Passage of this resolution is an historic achievement for naturopathic medicine. The Congress has now officially recognized the important role naturopathic medicine plays in effectively addressing the nation’s health care needs as well as in addressing the increasingly severe shortage of primary care physicians.”


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FDA defines the term “Gluten-Free”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final rule that defines what characteristics a food has to have to bear a label that proclaims it “gluten- free.” As one of the criteria for using the claim “gluten-free,” FDA is setting a gluten limit of less than 20 ppm (parts per million) in food and beverages that carry this label. Read more on the FDA Consumer Website

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Naturopathic Physicians in the News

Naturopathic physicians are spreading awareness of NATURAL MEDICINE and sharing their health solutions all over the country! Check out news spots featuring Naturopathic Doctors here.

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10 Reasons Naturopathic Medicine Lowers Health Care Costs

1. Offers more treatment options
Naturopathic physicians provide consumers with a broader range of safe, cost effective care.

2. Offers less expensive treatment
Naturopathic treatments are inherently less expensive than those conventional and many naturopathic treatments incur no cost whatsoever.

3. Reduces need for expensive surgical procedures
Naturopathic physicians often suggest non-surgical options to patients, while referring for surgery when it is indicated.

4. Decreases prescription drug costs
Naturopathic physicians typically prescribe much less expensive botanical or nutritional supplements to effectively care for medical problems.

5. Decreases prescription drug costs
About two percent of drug prescriptions result in hospital admission. Adverse drug reactions may add as much as $5 billion annually to health care costs and are considered the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S. 100,000 people died in 2003 of adverse reactions from correctly prescribed pharmaceuticals.

6. Reduces the incidence of iatrogenic (doctor-induced) illnesses
As many as one-third of patients admitted to hospitals contract another illness while there, resulting in longer stays. Fatal pharmaceutical adverse reactions combined with iatrogenic fatalities are the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.

7. Lowers malpractice rates, resulting in reduced patient costs
Malpractice insurance rates are much lower for naturopathic physicians than they are for conventional doctors. Patients of naturopathic physicians do not have to absorb high malpractice costs.

8. Addresses the cause of illness thus eliminating expensive ongoing care
By addressing and treating the cause of disease, the need for repeated, expensive and often ineffective symptomatic treatment is eliminated. Naturopathic physicians use state-of-the-art diagnostic testing, thorough history and complete physical examination to diagnose underlying causes of disease.

9. Offers true disease prevention
Naturopathic physicians emphasize health-building practices, reducing the high future cost of preventable degenerative diseases.

10. Reduces insurance costs
Naturopathic medical billing is far lower per patient than conventional medical billing.

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Great-Grandmother’s Cigarette Habit Could Be the Cause of Child’s Asthma

With some 300 million people around the world living with asthma, a study by Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed) researchers that was released ahead-of- print found for the first time that maternal smoking can cause the third generation of offspring to suffer from the chronic lung disease

Read more at Science Daily

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Oily Fish Once Or Twice A Week Could Reduce Breast Cancer Risk: Study

Eating a portion of tuna, salmon, sardines or other oily fish once or twice a week reduces the risk of breast cancer, according to a review published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on Thursday.

Researchers based in China looked at 26 previously published studies covering more than 800,000 volunteers in the United States, Europe and Asia whose health was monitored and who gave details about their eating habits.

Oily fish is rich in so-called n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, or n-3 PUFAs, which are involved in the immune system, blood-vessel activity and chemical messaging in the brain.

The group of n-3 PUFAs has four members, known by their initials of EPA, DPA and DHA, which are mainly found in oily fish, and ALA, which is chiefly found in nuts, seeds and leafy vegetables. The analysis showed that women with a high intake of n-3 PUFAs had a 14% reduction in risk of breast cancer compared with those who had a low intake.

Read more here: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/oily-fish-week-reduce-breast-cancer-risk-study-article-1.1385096?localLinksEnabled=false

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Splenda, Sucralose Artificial Sweetener, Could Affect Body’s Insulin Response

A new study may make you think twice before adding Splenda to your coffee.

Published in the journal Diabetes Care, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis researchers found that sucralose, most popularly known by the brand name Splenda, has effects on the body’s responses to sugar (glucose) — which could thereby affect diabetes risk — despite the fact that it has zero calories.

“Our results indicate that this artificial sweetener is not inert — it does have an effect,” study researcher M. Yanina Pepino, Ph.D., research assistant professor of medicine at the university, said in a statement. “And we need to do more studies to determine whether this observation means long-term use could be harmful.”

Read more at Huffpost Healthy Living

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Study: Exercise cuts kidney stone risk in women

Women have another reason to exercise: It may help prevent kidney stones. You don’t have to break a sweat or be a super athlete, either. Even walking for a couple hours a week can cut the risk of developing this painful and common problem by about one-third, a large study found.

Read more at Associated Press

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