Every year, students from Bastyr University’s Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
(ND) program congregate as lobbyists in Washington, D.C., to advocate for naturopathic medicine
. (Learn more about their experience in this short video
This year, they accomplished their goal of asking Congress to designate a week to naturopathic medicine, giving birth to the first ever national Naturopathic Medicine Week
, Oct. 7-13, 2013.
Naturopathic Medicine Week is a huge achievement because it is the first time that we...are recognized federally...
"Naturopathic Medicine Week is a huge achievement because it is the first time that we, as a profession, are recognized federally, and it recognizes the importance of naturopathic medicine in our health care system," says Bastyr ND student LuLu Shimek, president of Washington state’s Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA).
To celebrate this achievement and to further the goals of Naturopathic Medicine Week, Bastyr Center is inviting the public to a free event from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, which will feature:
Free blood pressure readings
Coupons for free visits and dispensary discounts
Additionally, there will be a free lecture from 6:30-8 p.m. called "How Naturopathic Medicine Can Help You
," by Emily Lesnak, ND
, who will discuss how naturopathic medicine can help:
Encourage the body’s inherent healing abilities
Treat the whole person
Patients take personal responsibility for one’s own health
"Naturopathic medicine provides noninvasive, holistic treatments that support the inherent self-healing capacity of the human body and encourage self-responsibility in health care," adds Bastyr ND student Jacob Aguiar, a local representative with the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
The NMSA is doing additional Naturopathic Medicine Week outreach Oct. 8 at Bastyr University’s Kenmore campus, where they are following the Senate’s lead by asking each Bastyr student to educate at least one person about naturopathic medicine.
"The Senate encourages the people of the United States to learn about naturopathic medicine and the role that naturopathic physicians play in preventing chronic and debilitating illnesses and conditions," says Bastyr ND student Rosia Parrish, a local AANP representative.
The week of events are organized in part by the NMSA with backing from the AANP.
About Bastyr University
is internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural medicine. As the largest accredited university for natural health arts and sciences in the U.S., Bastyr’s campus located near Seattle, Washington, offers more than 17 degree and certificate programs in fields such as naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and whole-food nutrition. Founded in 1978, the University now includes a leading-edge research facility (the Bastyr University Research Institute
) and outstanding clinical training at Bastyr Center for Natural Health
, ranked as one of the Puget Sound’s top medical facilities for patient experience
in 2012. The University’s second campus, Bastyr University California
opened in San Diego, in fall 2012, becoming California’sfirst and only accredited school of naturopathic medicine.