AANP Releases Strategic Plan to Address Natural Medicine Scarcity and Bolster Awareness
AANP Releases Statement on Individuals Purportedly Posing as Naturopathic Physicians
AANP Applauds AMA Call to Action to Prevent Opioid Misuse
Bastyr University Names New President
After an extensive nationwide search, Bastyr University selects Charles "Mac" Powell, PhD, as its new president. He will oversee the University's campuses and clinics located in Washington state and California.
Rest in Peace Oliver Sacks MD
State Alliance Revs Up New Support for State Leaders
AANP’s State Alliance met in Oakland, holding 3 breakout sessions: one for pre-licensed states; a second for state associations seeking to expand NDs’ scope of practice; and a third focused on insurance coverage under Section 2706 of Obamacare.
House of Delegates Approves Practice Guidelines
At AANP’s annual meeting, the House of Delegates approved Guidance Regarding Naturopathic Practice and Care, a document that aims to provide the public as well as healthcare policymakers across the country with a platform for understanding the competencies of naturopathic practice.
National College of Natural Medicine Receives $3,092,898 for NIH Research Grants
The National Institutes of Health, through the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), has awarded $3,092,898 to the Helfgott Research Institute at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) for two five-year complementary integrative health (CIH) research grants.
Vital Nutrients Announces Breakthrough Formula Prostate Health Tx
Vital Nutrients is excited to introduce Prostate Health Tx, a brand-new patented formula designed to provide natural support for maintaining normal PSA levels while preserving quality of life...
Precision Nutrition: The Future is Now
The mapping of the human genome brought tremendous opportunities for optimizing human health, but this flood of information has also led to more questions. Can genetic variations lead to long-term health consequences? How can these be bypassed? And, how can clinicians use genetic information to help people achieve their best health?
Tabatha Parker, President of NDI, to be Recognized by CCNM as 2015 Honorary Degree Recipient
The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) is excited to announce that Tabatha Parker, ND, will be the recipient of the honorary degree at this year's 35th convocation ceremony.
Phylicia Hammonds of NUHS: First ND Student to Receive Schweitzer Fellowship
In a milestone for the naturopathic medical profession, National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) student Phylicia Hammonds is the first naturopathic medicine student to be awarded The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. Phylicia was one of 220 multidisciplinary graduate students throughout the United States recently chosen as a 2015 - 2016 Schweitzer Fellow, and part of the 20th class of fellows in the organization's Chicago chapter.
Excellence in Botanical Medicine
Naturopathic Doctor News and Review received nominations from naturopathic physician's nationwide of companies supplying the naturopathic industry that are operating under the highest standards and with the utmost integrity. Naturopathic doctors voted for the botanical company that best represented quality products, superior customer service, community outreach, and social and environmental impact. Wise Woman Herbals said they are honored to accept this prestigious "Excellence in Botanical Medicine" award on behalf of all the wise guys and wise women who made this possible!
Emerson Ecologics Announces First Annual Conference for Integrative Healthcare Practitioners
Emerson Ecologics is excited to announce its first annual conference, IGNITE: The Business of Better Medicine. The conference will provide integrative healthcare practitioners with the necessary business knowledge to develop a thriving and fulfilling practice.
$3M Research Grant Awarded to Canada-US Researchers Investigating the Impact of Naturopathic Medicine on Late Stage Cancer Survival
American and Canadian healthcare professional will work together to study the effectiveness of advanced integrative oncology (AIO) treatment for patients with late stage cancer. AIO treatment includes elements of conventional and naturopathic medicine.
National College of Natural Medicine to Offer Undergrad Degrees
The National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) will begin offering undergraduate programs—a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Health Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. NCNM received approval to begin both programs in fall 2016 from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the regional accreditation agency for post-secondary educational institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The new undergraduate degrees, offered by the new School of Undergraduate & Part-Time Studies, will join the medical school’s rapidly expanding roster of post-graduate programs, which include the Schools of Naturopathic Medicine, Classical Chinese Medicine, and Research & Graduate Studies.
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What may not be obvious to those of us that are not watching them closely, however, is how very impactful they are right Now. And how the moves they make are strategic in a way that makes what is Next, for all of us, much more Naturo Fabulous.
Are You a Certified Functional Medicine Doctor?
The Institute of Functional Medicine has come on strong! They have been effective at defining those they certify and further at promoting their existence.

Where did they come from? Members of our profession taught key stakeholders in the nutritional supplement industry some of the evidence-based methods of looking at natural substances as the science began to emerge. The nutritional supplement industry was able to make the information palatable to conventionally trained doctors interested in what they called “complementary and alternative” medicine, at the time. In doing so, a new and developing customer base was born.
Holistic Solutions for Anxiety & Depression in Therapy: Combining Natural Remedies with Conventional Care
Whether it is the latest diet craze, acupuncture, fish oil, vitamin D, St. John's wort, or some new "miracle mood cure," many therapists do not feel sufficiently well versed in the various complementary and alternative (CAM) remedies available and may fear deleterious side-effects or interactions with psychiatric drugs their clients are already taking. Even more pervasive is the safety concern that their clients may inappropriately experiment with these treatments in lieu of more potent and, sometimes, necessary conventional care.
NCNM's Food as Medicine Institute Symposium Slated for March 28-29
The Food as Medicine Institute at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) will host its second annual Food As Medicine Symposium, which will offer continuing education lectures for healthcare providers and classes for the public. The symposium will also be a focal point and gathering for local businesses and organizations dedicated to improving access to natural and healthy foods for everyone. The FAMI Symposium will offer two tracks of information.
Ground-breaking Study to Evaluate the Impact of Naturopathic Care on Type 2 Diabetes Patients
A group of health care organizations have begun work to study the effectiveness of both naturopathic and conventional medicine in treating Type 2 diabetes. Through a $418,000 grant, researchers will have the opportunity to gain valuable insight into alternative treatment options, which will be shared to help diabetes patients around the world.
Sage Advice for Naturopathic Job Seekers
As the naturopathic profession continues to grow and develop, new career paths have opened up which were not available just ten years ago. Naturopathic doctors are increasingly employed by universities, hospital systems and large integrative medical practices- even in some states that do not license naturopathic doctors. Simultaneously, the steady growth of the natural products industry has continued to offer more roles for NDs as product researchers and formulators, professional educators, and regulatory advisors.
When You Buy From Amazon, You Help Advance Natural Medicine
Starting this January, the Institute for Natural Medicine (INM) is eligible to receive donations from Amazon when their customers shop on a new version of the company's website – Amazon Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to INM on behalf of customers who pick the Institute for Natural Medicine as their charity through their new website.
Emerson Ecologics Launches 2015 Emerson Grant Program
Emerson Ecologics, LLC, the leading distributor of over 275 brands of professional-quality vitamins, supplements, prescription medications and natural health products, today announced that it is now accepting applications for The Emerson Grant. The Emerson Grant program supports the work of practitioners and promotes integrative medicine in the United States.
Turning Pro on Your Purpose
This month, students from Bastyr University California were fortunate enough to spend a Friday night “Turning Pro” with Bastyr alumna and Board of Trustees member, Carrie Louise Daenell, ND. Before students met with Dr. Daenell, she assigned them to read the book Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work. The author, Steven Pressfield, generously donated copies for all of the students who registered for Dr. Daenell’s seminar.
Institute for Natural Medicine Update
During this year’s AANP annual meeting in Phoenix, the Institute for Natural Medicine (INM) received donations from individuals in attendance and the INM pledged to forward 25% of that amount to the state association indicated on their pledge card. This month the INM presented 10 checks totaling $1800 representing this commitment.
Grateful Patients Potential to Advance Natural Medicine
There is almost always a shortage of financial support to tackle the issues confronting naturopathic medicine’s acceptance and growth. The Institute for Natural Medicine, (INM) the charitable arm of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, recently completed a planning study to address this gap and is launching a program to acquire major donor support from what is known in healthcare philanthropy as “grateful patient fund raising.”
Dr. Rita Bettenburg Receives Living Legend Award from NCNM and OANP
National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) and the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OANP) honored Rita Bettenburg, ND, with the organizations’ highest honor, the 2014 Living Legend award. The award was conferred at a banquet held Dec. 6 at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel. The award recognized Dr. Bettenburg’s outstanding leadership, commitment to excellence and longstanding contributions toward the advancement of the naturopathic profession in Oregon.
The Changing Landscape of Compounded Medications
Big changes are afoot in the availability of compounded drugs. The Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) set the stage for these changes, but the FDA is going farther in implementing them. The biggest threat is to "office use" - the ability of NDs to obtain compounded drugs in quantity for in-office administration - versus needing to write a patient specific prescription. As these changes take effect, some compounded meds (and associated supplies) may become scarce or cost more to obtain.
Goose Poop and L-glutamine
Denver had its first hard frost about a week back. If my dog could speak Hebrew she would have been chanting the S'hecheyanu prayer as we walked through City Park that morning with the frosted grass to roll in and most importantly the frozen goose poop.
$3.85M research grant links naturopathic and conventional medicine in fight against cancer
Ottawa researchers are receiving the largest-ever North American grant intended to study the effectiveness of naturopathic medicine used in combination with conventional medicine. The funding was announced today by the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (OICC), an arm of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.
New Beaverton Clinic Expands NCNM Campus Footprint
National College of Natural Medicine today announced that it has opened a new clinic in Beaverton. The new clinic is the medical college’s second natural medicine teaching clinic and the first located in Portland’s suburban area. The NCNM Beaverton Clinic will hold a public open house on Oct. 18 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Bastyr Celebrates Second Annual Naturopathic Medicine Week
“It is immensely gratifying to see naturopathic medicine recognized with its own week for a second consecutive year,” says Bastyr University President Daniel K. Church, PhD. “The attention and credibility that the profession has and continues to receive is well-deserved, and will go a long way in spreading knowledge about the increasingly important role of naturopathic doctors in today’s society.”
Largest Class of Future Naturopathic Physicians Enrolled for Fall Classes at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
With ongoing projections that the U.S. healthcare system will face a dramatic shortage of primary care providers - up to 52,000 short by 2025 by some estimates - more future naturopathic physicians than ever before have enrolled for fall classes at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM).
AANP Defends Availability of Compounded Drugs
Last week, AANP filed comments with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defending the availability of safely compounded medications. Through collaboration with McGuff, a well-respected compounding firm that has long been active on this issue, ND volunteers documented the clinical need for 43 ingredients that are essential in the compounded drugs that naturopathic medicine patients are treated with.
Member in the Spotlight: Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO
After accepting the AANP Physician of the Year award with a great sense of humility and with deep gratitude, Dr. Alshuler has been hard at work to try to earn that award!
Burden of Proof
I learned plenty during my first year of naturopathic medical school. I discovered how dynamic and resilient our cells and tissues are. I saw first hand how well organized we have been assembled. I even witnessed how long an individual could survive sans sleep on a dark chocolate and coffee diet. And while the human body is a spectacular machine that never ceases to amaze or inspire, I found looking into the circumstances surrounding naturopathic licensure to be the most enlightening. Observing the politics of medicine led me to reflect on my own experiences and refine my understanding of how naturopathic medicine fits into the current medical model.
2nd Annual ILANP Conference set for October 11th and 12th
This year, the ILANP has partnered with the American Nutrition Association and the burgeoning Midwest Naturopathic Physicians Association to put on a great 2 day event. Thirteen continuing education credits for NDs, DCs, and CNSs are being offered.
OncANP Update
The OncANP was pleased to co-sponsor, with the AANP, a one day conference on survivorship. The conference was a smashing success with excellent presentations from start to finish. Attendees left with a deeper understanding of the unique health challenges of this population and with clinically specific tools to implement in their practices immediately. You can purchase the audio recording of the conference on the homepage.
Honey Update
Every year at this time, Aunt Carmi sends us a new calendar from Israel to mark the start of the new Jewish year. Because honey is traditionally eaten in conjunction with our New Year celebrations, it has also become something a yearly routine at this time for me to search through the medical and scientific literature to see what is new in the realm of honey research.
Naturopathic Medicine Goes Global
A World Naturopathic Federation has been formed, with AANP members Tabatha Parker, ND and Michael Cronin, MD in the forefront. Representatives from many countries are involved, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Kenya, South Africa, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Italy, France, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Japan, USA, Luxembourg, Saudi Arabia and Morocco. This is literally every continent except South America and Antarctica!
NCNM to Offer Master's Program in Nutrition in 2014
"There are an abundance of books appearing regularly about nutrition, as if the concept of food as medicine is a new discovery," he said. "But nutrition has always been the root of the education we offer students who want to go into healthcare careers. Our master's in nutrition will appeal to a new demographic of students with a diversity of career interests. We are offering them the opportunity to be trained by some of the very best and most experienced health educators in the nation," Schleich said.
Dedicated to Hosting Healthy Meetings
At AANP's conference we strive to embody naturopathic medicine by providing nutritious, delicious meals and by offering occasion for physical activity. This year we have made our intents official by signing the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s “Healthy Meeting Pledge.”Signing the pledge means AANP joins 22 other organizations in recognizing “that having healthy meetings, conferences, and events help to create an environment that supports employees and members in their efforts to eat well and be physically active.”
Results of the 2015 Board Elections Announced
A President-Elect and five Directors have been elected to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians' Board. The results were announced at the annual membership meeting held August 8, 2014, at the Arizona Biltmore.
On Writing and Reading
I heard a story recently of an administrative assistant whose job performance appeared erratic. One day every task was completed in an exemplary manner and the next day few if any assigned tasks were even begun. Cutting to the end of the story, it turned out that the problem was that this young and intelligent aide could not read cursive writing and some of the to do notes were printed and some written in script.
Defining Excellence
We have worked diligently, over the years – decade after decade, for inches of recognition for our medicine. Why? Because we know that we bring real healing when treatments and disease-management fall short. The world needs our medicine. Suddenly the world seems to have reached a tipping point of awareness and demand for our medicine. Exciting! It is what we have worked for, against all odds, and in the face of dedicated detractors and nay-sayers. Finally… it is our time.
Do not try this at home!
I have just completed an experiment and wish to report the results. You do not need to try this at home. I have just returned home from the AANP conference at the Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona. With the various board meetings and the oncology pre-conference Lise Alschuler and I organized for OncANP, I spent over a week living as my mother used to say “Living High on the Hog.”
Unanimous Vote to Form the World Naturopathic Federation
At the 2nd International Congress on Naturopathic Medicine ICNM, July 4-6, 2014, Paris, over 30 participants representing national associations from around the world voted unanimous on Sunday July 6th, 2014, to form the World Naturopathic Federation (WNF).
Celebrating Thanksgiving in August
I fly to Phoenix this coming Saturday and should be using my free moments to think about packing. Instead I got distracted tonight by the cucumbers in the garden and decided to make dill pickles. While hemming and hawing about whether I could really spare the time for pickles, I found myself staring at a photo on our refrigerator.
The cherries have ripened in our city neighborhood and I’ve spent a good part of the last few days perched onto of a ladder picking them and contemplating many things.

All the cherries on a tree don’t ripen all at once, the sun has something to do with it but other factors are clearly at work as cherries adjacent to each other or hanging from a nearby twig are not necessarily on the same ripening schedule. Thus when picking cherries, one learns to cherrypick them, that is select only the ripest, and leave the less ripe ones for another day.
Boat-to-Bottle Manufacturing
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Vital Nutrients Exceeds Industry Standards in Recent FDA Inspection
Vital Nutrients recently received a flawless evaluation following a routine FDA Inspection. As always, the inspection was unannounced and comprehensive, reviewing all aspects of manufacturing and quality control from raw materials through finished products and all associated testing.
Be a Video Star in Phoenix
AANP and the Institute for Natural Medicine will be launching a website in the fall dedicated to serving consumers with information and insight about naturopathic medicine. At this year’s convention, we have a goal of filming 30 NDs giving the explanation they give patients every day about treatments and conditions, and about our form of medicine in general. These short videos (2-4 minutes each) will be professionally directed and produced (by myself) and will appear on the consumer website.
Random Acts of Leadership
M: How do you recognize leaders?

CL: They are easy to spot. They join and engage, they show up and they give back, perhaps even before they are in any position to take anything for them.
Paying Our Dues
A recent issue of The New Yorker contains a three-page fold out advertisement for a well-known cancer hospital chain. The majority of the text explains the benefits naturopathic medicine brings to integrative cancer care. Times have changed.
Screen Time
OncANP and AANP Partner in Oncology Focused Pre-Conference at the Biltmore August 5, 2014
This year's OncANP pre-conference, in keeping with the overall theme of the AANP conference, will focus on the information that all primary care naturopathic physicians need to know when dealing with cancer survivors. Whether or not you choose to practice naturopathic oncology, you will be seeing cancer survivors as patients. These are a unique group of people who have different needs and concerns from your general patient population. OncANP's goal is to provide you with the information to feel comfortable with these patients but more important to offer them the help they need.
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An Excellent Way to Go Green at the Annual Meeting
NDs attending the AANP Conference in Phoenix will have a unique opportunity – to take advantage of a green room to record their own short video acquainting consumers with naturopathic medicine! The videos will be used for a new consumer-focused website sponsored by the Institute for Natural Medicine (INM). If you record a video, you’ll also be able to use it on your own website to promote your practice.
Naturopathic Doctor Lise Alschuler to Receive First-Ever Honorary Degree from CCNM
Naturopathic doctor Lise Alschuler will be the first individual in CCNM’s thirty-six year history to receive an honorary bachelor of naturopathy degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine at its 34th convocation ceremony today.

Lise graduated from Brown University with an undergraduate degree in medical anthropology and received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University in 1994. She also received her board certification in naturopathic oncology. She currently practices at Naturopathic Specialists, based in Scottsdale, AZ.
Dr. Lise Alschuler Receives Honorary Degree from CCNM
The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) will honour its 2014 graduating class at the College’s 34th convocation on Thursday, May 22, at the University of Toronto's Convocation Hall.
NCNM Introduces The Hevert Collection
As one of the initial collaborations in the newly formed partnership between Hevert Pharmaceuticals and National College of Natural Medicine, a new book series, The Hevert Collection: In their Own Words,has been released by NCNM Press. This remarkabletwelve-volume anthology unearths and dramatically restores to their original luster the revered writings of founding naturopathDr. Benedict Lust. Through the dedicated efforts of Hevert and NCNM, and the painstaking work of Editor Dr. Sussanna Czeranko, naturopathic physician and NCNM Library’s rare book curator, this historic collection has now been brought back to life and relevance.
Bob Moore to Receive Honorary Degree from NCNM May 12
National College of Natural Medicine will confer its highest academic honor upon natural foods pioneer and Oregon philanthropist Bob Moore in recognition of his steadfast advocacy of natural medicine and his enduring support to promote food as medicine at NCNM. Moore, the iconic founder of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at a special ceremony held at NCNM on Monday, May 12.
National College of Natural Medicine to Offer Global Health Master's Degree
National College of Natural Medicine today announced that it is expanding the number of degree programs it will offer matriculating students in fall 2014 with the addition of the Master of Science in Global Health (MScGH), recently approved for accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. This is the first global health degree offered by an accredited naturopathic medical school in North America.
Surge of Interest in Herbal Medicine Sparks NCNM Symposium
NCNM's Traditional Roots Institute today announced its inaugural herbal medicine conference to be held May 16-18 at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Ore. NCNM has a celebrated history of leadership in medical education. Herbal medicine, a foundation of the medicine taught at NCNM, is regaining popularity throughout the nation. In addition to educating medical students, NCNM now offers educational resources to both healthcare practitioners and laypeople interested in learning more about natural medicine under the auspices of NCNM's Traditional Roots Institute.
Integrative Medicine: Bridging the Gap
The Naturopathic Medical Student Association is excited to be hosting our 10th Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon, at National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM). This year’s theme is Integrative Medicine: Bridging the Gap. We invite you to join us for the largest gathering of current naturopathic students, along with alumni and guests.

The NMSA conference is the only event of its kind in North America. The 2-day conference will feature a slate of expert speakers in the field of integrative medicine and a corporate sponsored Expo.
Bastyr ND Students Raising Awareness Along with Funds
Last Fall, Bastyr University's AANP student representative, Jacob Aguiar, challenged prospective participants to come up with our own fundraising campaigns to get us to the DC Federal Legislative Initiative (DC FLI), April 26-28, 2014. $5 for FLI is a fundraising campaign that reflects the purpose of DC FLI: raising awareness of naturopathic medicine. In developing the campaign, our team decided that we'd rather challenge many people to show their support of naturopathic medicine by donating a small amount of money and spreading the word than a few people donating a lot.
Licensure Nearly Accomplished in Maryland
Hevert Partners with NCNM, Grants $495,000 Award
In a major show of supportfor the advancement of homeopathic medicine in the United States,Hevert Pharmaceuticals announced today that it has partnered with theNational College of Natural Medicine, pledging its support with a gift of $495,000 that will help provide funding for groundbreaking new college programs through August 2018. The donation will underwrite several key initiatives developed jointly by Hevert and NCNM, including The Hevert Naturopathic Residency Program, The Hevert Homeopathic Symposium, thedevelopment of an accredited Master of Science in Homeopathy Degree, The Hevert Starter Medicinary Program, and The Hevert Collection.The grant also includesan in-kind gift of Hevert products to NCNM's community clinics.
Free Access to Nine Years of Naturopathic Archives
Naturopathic Doctor News and Review is the leading clinical information resource of naturopathic medicine in the U.S. and Canada. NDNR is excited to announce the release of the Library, a free online directory of nine years of published issues in an e-version format. Subscribers can access their favorite e-version of NDNR on any web-enabled device and can now direct peers and patients to particular articles and editorial.
OncANP Turns 10
The Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians celebrates our 10 Year Anniversary this April! The organization has grown rapidly over the last 10 years se we now have over 400 members, have held 3 national conferences, and are about to administer the 5th round board certification exams in naturopathic oncology. Our 2014 Conference, which was held in February in Phoenix, was our best conference yet. We were joined by an amazing group of speakers and a wonderful group of attendees. We hope to see many of you in Phoenix for our 4th Annual OncANP Naturopathic Oncology Conference on Feb 13-15, 2015, so save the date!!!
Naturopathic Medicine's Exponential Reach = Good Medicine
March is National Nutrition Month! So...congratulations to Amy Frasieur, MS, RD of Bastyr University! She was named 2014 Young Dietitian of the Year by the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Skin Disorders Meet their Match
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Mohan Nair, Cambia SVP, and Winston Cardwell, ND, Join NCNM Board
National College of Natural Medicine announced today the election of two new board members. Joining NCNM’s board are NCNM graduate Winston Cardwell, ND, LAc, president of the Georgia Association of Naturopathic Physicians and Mohan Nair, chief innovation officer at Cambia Health Solutions. Cambia is a family of companies that provide a wide range of products and services, including healthcare IT and software development, retail health care, health insurance plans that carry the Blue Cross and Blue Shield brand, life insurance, pharmacy benefit management, consumer engagement and wellness.
SCNM Receives 2014 Business Excellence Award from Tempe Chamber of Commerce
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine received the 2014 Business Excellence Award from the Tempe Chamber of Commerce at the Breakfast for Chamber Champions on Feb. 28. The annual award honors outstanding organizations that have demonstrated commitment to quality, value leadership, a passion for the community and actively pursued innovative services and products.
NCNM Announces Food as Medicine Institute
National College of Natural Medicine today announced the formation of the Food as Medicine Institute (FAMI), the latest in its line-up of community-education initiatives. The institute’s mission is to provide nutrition education for healthcare professionals and the general public. FAMI will offer a variety of lectures, workshops and conferences for healthcare professionals who want to expand their understanding of the relationship between nutrition and health as a means of preventing and reducing chronic disease. It will also provide public classes and workshops for those who wish to deepen their knowledge about the value of whole-foods nutrition and preparing delicious, healthy meals.
Bastyr University President Announces Retirement
After serving a decade as president of Bastyr University, Daniel K. Church, PhD, has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2015.

“After careful consideration, I believe now is the right time for me to make this move,” said Dr. Church. “I feel strongly that the University is in good hands and will continue to flourish. I am committed to ensuring Bastyr University remains a world leader in the natural health arts and sciences, and will always remain a part of the Bastyr family as I take the first steps to spending more time with my own.”
NCNM Receives $1.06 Million Bequest for Student Endowment Fund
National College of Natural Medicine has announced a $1.06 million bequest from the estate of Adrienne and Percy Frazier of Missoula, Mont. Announced at a meeting of the college's board of directors last week, the largest bequest in NCNM's 58-year history will be used to establish the Adrienne and Percy Frazier Endowed Scholarship fund, a need-based program for both naturopathic and Chinese medicine students.
Late Breaking Research and Clinical Pearls in Naturopathic Oncology
The OncANP conference is coming up this weekend in Phoenix. Jacob Schor has recently sent out a post outlining the quality of speakers from our community as well as prominent thought leaders in fasting, ketogenic diets, copper reduction, and IV Vitamin C, among many other topics. This year, we will have Dr. Seyfried, author of Cancer as a Metabolic Disease, as one of our invited guest speakers.
Individualized Naturopathic Care Reduces Presenteeism and Improves Cost-Savings for Employers, Study Shows
Adding naturopathic treatments to conventional care not only helps reduce cardiovascular disease among those at risk, but also reduces presenteeism and improves cost-savings for employers concludes a new study by the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM).
NCNM Introduces Center of Excellence in Naturopathic Cardiovascular Medicine
National College of Natural Medicine, in collaboration with the Center for Natural Medicine (CNM), has established a Center of Excellence in Naturopathic Cardiovascular Medicine, a naturopathic medical center dedicated to patient care and clinical education focused on cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine. The Center is located at the NCNM Clinic in Southwest Portland and at CNM, a privately owned natural medicine clinic in Southeast Portland.
Be a Part of the Change
With all the changes in health care, it is an exciting time for our profession. Officially being in my role as President since January, it has been a busy few weeks, and it is moving as rapidly. We always have exciting projects underway at AANP, and now is no different. Aside from a clinic and family life, I have spent the other third of my time preparing my administration, populating committees, and setting personal priorities for my planned three years of service.
Mountain Peak Nutritionals Supports AANP & Naturopathic Community
Over the past 17 years Mountain Peak Nutritionals has continued to donate to the licensure efforts in Colorado, donating a percentage of annual sales and supporting them any way possible. MPN is a reliable partner in financially supporting states’ efforts for licensure as well as advocating for improvements in naturopathic legislation. Karen and Jim have attended all but two AANP conventions and are excited to be corporate partners with AANP. They have great respect for the naturopathic profession and the courageous, pioneering doctors who support this wonderful organization.
New Dean Appointed at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine
The University of Bridgeport is pleased to announce the appointment of Marcia Prenguber, ND, FABNO, as the new Dean of the UB College of Naturopathic Medicine, and she will be assuming this role starting on March 1, 2014. The University and the College of Naturopathic Medicine could not be more pleased to have such an experienced physician and leader within the naturopathic medicine community join us. We look forward to her leading the ND program to its next level of growth and evolution.
Portland's "Top Docs" List Honors NCNM Faculty & Graduates
Ten National College of Natural Medicine faculty and 14 of the medical school's graduates were featured in Portland Monthly magazine's annual Top Docs" issue, which is on newsstands this month. This was the first time that the magazine included complementary medicine in its listing of top medical practitioners. Portland Monthly compiled this year's list by including Portland-area acupuncturists, naturopathic physicians, chiropractors and massage therapists alongside medical doctors and nurse practitioners in its yearly survey.
Gold for Bioclinic Naturals
As of January 2nd, 2014, Bioclinic Naturals is proud to announce that it is Emerson Ecologics' newest Gold Partner in the Emerson Quality Program. This rigorous third party evaluation and audit process, from one of the United States premier distributors of professional-grade nutritional supplements, is designed to recognize organizations achieving excellence in manufacturing, quality assurance and quality control. After an extensive evaluation, Bioclinic Naturals has successfully completed all stages of the EQP requirements achieving Gold status, their highest Partner level.
January Webinars
SCNM to Break Ground on 47,000 Square Foot, $9.5 Million Mixed-Use Building
“Our campus expansion will provide space SCNM needs including a much larger library, more group and individual study spaces, a cafe, exercise space and updated classrooms to support lecture and team-based learning. Additionally, SCNM will explore new frontiers in naturopathic medicine with an integrative regenerative healing center for the treatment of pain and a demonstration kitchen for patient and community education. At every step of the process, we reaffirmed our commitment to the healing power of nature and the goal of serving humanity through naturopathic medicine," said Paul Mittman, ND, Ed.D., president and CEO of SCNM.
2013 PANP Year in Review
On October 2, 2013, House Bill 612 was passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by an overwhelming majority: 161-33. House Bill 612, sponsored by Republican Mark Mustio, would provide licensure of Naturopathic Doctors in Pennsylvania. It would allow Naturopathic Doctors to practice with a defined scope of practice and increase our ability to help the people of our state.
Massachusetts Society of Naturopathic Doctors 2013 Round Up
Our year was spent with ongoing work to attain licensure for NDs in the state which has taken up the bulk of our time and efforts. We hired an additional lobbyist with stronger political connections in the State House to help with our legislative effort. The Bill is currently sitting in the Joint Committee for Health Care Finance; we learned this week that Speaker of the House DeLeo will be exerting his considerable influence to get the Bill moved from the Committee and on to the House for a vote.
The Stress Remedy: Master Your Body's Synergy and Optimize Your Health
The Stress Remedy: Master Your Body's Synergy and Optimize Your Health, by Dr. Donielle (Doni) Wilson, is a long-awaited definitive resource to understanding and treating stress-related ailments. Penned by one of the nation's leading naturopathic doctors and nutrition specialists, this resource offers insight into stress, a condition we all experience on some level, and the culprit of a host of ailments. Importantly, The Stress Remedy provides step-by-step advice about diet, rest, exercise, and more, to help readers tap into a well of energy and vitality in their own lives through simple lifestyle changes.
The Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians Picks up Steam in 2013
We are so proud of all of our success in 2013 and look forward to continuing the momentum into 2014!
2013 OncANP Year in Review
The Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians has come along way this year! We finally broke the 400-member mark! We are so excited to be providing the ND community with great continuing education opportunities as well as providing a network of doctors who can work together and learn from one another.
2013 PedANP Year in Review
2013 has been a big year for the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians. The PedANP now boasts over 200 members and has provided an amazing year of pediatric webinars which have include lectures from leaders in the field in topics ranging from autism to infertility to newborn jaundice.
Deadline Approaching!
Would you like to get your 2014 Arizona Biltmore Convention costs covered? Well, perhaps not all costs, but you could qualify for the cost of registration plus an honorarium. How? Submit a proposal to become a speaker. If your proposal is selected, and you serve as faculty, you will receive an honorarium plus full conference registration (research presenters receive an honorarium and a one-day registration).
Update from the Ilinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians
The Henry Lindlahr Award is a celebration of the ND community. Whereas, many Illinois Naturopathic Physicians were nominated and are deserving of the award, Dr. Smith stood out from the crowd. Dr. Smith, in 2006, helped NUHS launch their new Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Degree Program and has seen it though to full accreditation. He trained at Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario and is the former Dean of the Naturopathic Program at CCNM.
Dr. Christine Doherty Receives the 2013 NHAND Naturopathic Doctor of the Year Award
She has been practicing at Balance Point Natural Medicine in Milford, NH for 15 years and her practice has been named, "Best of Souhegan" for the past two years. Dr. Margrit Milkulis, NHAND executive board member presented the award to Dr. Doherty, stating, "Her years of practice, her dedication to the profession, love of the medicine, doctor, mother, wife and friend, on behalf of the NHAND Board and our membership we honor Dr. Doherty with the Naturopathic Doctor of the Year Award for her excellence, dedication, and tireless loyalty to Naturopathic Medicine in New Hampshire and beyond."
Maryland Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Florida Naturopathic Physicians Association
Integrative Therapeutics and AANP Renew Partnership for 2014
Integrative Therapeutics strongly believes in social responsibility and charitable giving as evidenced by its commitment to medical schools, community clinics, and professional associations like AANP. The company is honored to continue this partnership and work together to cultivate healthy practices within the entire integrative community.
National College of Natural Medicine Launches New SIBO Center
National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) announced the opening of NCNM Clinic’s SIBO Center, believed to be the first natural medicine clinic in the U.S. with a center dedicated to the treatment of small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and associated gastrointestinal disorders. IBS, one of the most common and hard-to-treat health conditions, is thought to affect more than 60 million Americans. A small but growing number of physicians are recognizing the significant link between IBS and SIBO.
National College of Natural Medicine Launches Historical Book Series
Through the scholarly and painstaking efforts of Dr. Sussanna Czeranko, a naturopathic physician and NCNM Library's rare book room curator, the words and wisdom of Benedict Lust and his medical collaborators have been culled, edited and compiled into each of the 12 books of The Hevert Collection series, bringing the writings from the Gilded Age into the present.
Smithsonian Scholars Uncover the Mediterranean Origins of Western Medicine
Smithsonian research scholars Alain Touwaide, PhD, and Emanuela Appetiti have spent the past two decades on a scientific quest that appears to be lifted straight out of an Indiana Jones movie. The treasures they seek don’t put them in the path of rolling boulders, but do offer critical insight into the lost knowledge of ancient Mediterranean medicine. The pair, through their Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions, conducts groundbreaking research bridging past and present, restoring the broken lineage of ancient Mediterranean medical traditions to modern medical practice.
Life Extension - Helping People Live Quality Lives
Unique to the health and wellness industry, Life Extension features a health advisor team comprised of distinguished health professionals. Among this knowledgeable group of health advisors are seven naturopaths who provide a valuable service by helping customers review dietary supplement products and current studies about nutrients, as well as the latest data on almost any health and wellness issue.
Bastyr Center for Natural Health Celebrates Naturopathic Medicine Week
Celebrating Naturopathic Medicine Week
Kamedis Bio-Herbal Skin Care Signs Corporate Partnership with AANP
Kamedis Bio-Herbal Skin Care, a global provider of clinically proven skin care product lines, announces it has entered into a corporate partnership with the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).
Getting to Know the AANP Membership
In 2012, AANP completed its annual membership survey which revealed a lot of fascinating information! Read on for some fun facts.
Commonwealth Laboratories Partners with AANP
Commonwealth Laboratories, Inc., and AANP announce a new partnership which will work to promote small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and its correlation with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Public Education and Media Outreach
Bone Loss Study Announced
"Current drug treatments for osteoporosis are not ideal. Osteopenia treatment is usually postponed until it advances to osteoporosis. Then it's only at about 30% compliance, which really drops after 6 months," said Witt-Enderby. "What's needed is a natural, convenient, well tolerated, effective, preemptive therapy. In the end, its all about normalizing bone density, restoring quality bone, preventing fractures, and improving quality of life in the most amount people who need it," she added.
The Way Forward
NCNM Launches Traditional Roots Institute
American Herbal Community Mourns Death of Cascade Anderson Geller
Riding the Trail that has been Blazed
The growth of naturopathic medicine globally has been unprecedented in the last 10 years and our ability to be leaders in that world will depend on our ability to address certain strengths and weaknesses we collectively have, improve those weaknesses, and develop the strengths.
AANP's New Code of Ethics
Consultant David Matteson Departs AANP, Takes a New Path