Inducing Stress to Restore Health

David A. Tallman, DC, ND

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” 

 -Nietzsche

Microtrauma to the muscle filaments from isotonic exercise begets larger and stronger muscles. Wolff’s law mandates that weight bearing exercises increase bone density, and mental strain such as learning a new language or consistently engaging in difficult word puzzles builds mental capacity and increases memory. Pruning my rose bushes ensures a beautiful fragrant spring and pinching off tomato plant suckers yields a sweeter crop. I recently read that one reason produce grown without the use of pesticides is more nutritious is due to the fact that when the plant is potentially exposed to pests and other environmental stress it manufactures a greater amount of plant vitamins and nutrients.

Nature cure and regenerative medicine has long used the concept of inducing stress to restore health since its inception, and there are examples of which are too many to mention here. An examination into the most rapidly evolving branches of medicine would reveal aesthetics and healthy-aging (anti-aging) medicine at the forefront. This branch of medicine continues to be more and more “naturopathic-like” of all the specialties as time unfolds. The theory and application of regenerative medicine in the form of facial peels, varicose vein sclerotherapy, dermabrasion and nutriment facial creams has not only avoided becoming archaic in practice like other forms of natural medicine throughout the “medical dark ages” of the1930’s and 1940’s, but has continued to flourish exponentially. When one considers their aesthetic appearance, because they can see it, their grip seems to ease on the pocketbook and that person’s conscious mind tends to become a little more involved in their critical decision making process. Aesthetics is an inseparable part of the whole.

We as naturopathic physicians are on the forefront of aesthetics and healthy-aging medicine because of our inherent wherewithal to enhance a patient’s aesthetics by treating the whole and using nature cure in combination with the administration of regenerative therapies. This uniquely positions the ND in an authoritative position with regard to aesthetics and anti-aging.


David TallmanDavid A. Tallman, DC, ND, co-founder of ND News & Review, continued his family tradition at the Ohio State University for his undergraduate education. He then attended Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena, Texas, where he received a doctorate of chiropractic with an internship focus on orthopedics and radiology. Dr. Tallman went on to medical school to earn a doctorate of naturopathic medicine at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. He is a board-certified, licensed chiropractic physician (DC) and a licensed naturopathic medical doctor (NMD). He is also board certified in physiotherapy. Dr. Tallman is in private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he treats orthopedic and rheumatological conditions.

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