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Greenspan Dies

David Greenspan, ND, a well-known and well-respected member of the naturopathic community, died March 13. Shortly after graduation from NCNM in 1990, Dr. Greenspan opened the Greenspan Good Health Clinic in Tigard, Oregon. In addition to the devotion he paid to his patients, he was a dedicated member of the naturopathic community, serving as an NCNM board member, as president of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OANP) for two terms, and as a member of the OANP’s continuing education committee. Dr. Greenspan also developed a Portland public access TV program called “Nature’s Way.” Dr. Greenspan is survived by his two children, 10-year-old Kyle and 3-year-old Abby; his longtime partner, Kellie; and his mother and two sisters.

Web Site Offers Free ND Directory

MedicineTalk.org, a website that supports the naturopathic community through public outreach, awareness and education, now offers a free online directory called Find an ND. The directory allows NDs to reach patients in their area through an online listing that includes address, phone, e-mail, website address, photograph, area of specialty, and practice description. Registration to be included in the directory is free, and is open to NDs who have graduated from an accredited school only. A membership at MedicineTalk.org is not required for the public to view listings. For more information, visit the ND Corner at www.MedicineTalk.org.

Survey Says Med School Students Support CAM

A published survey funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) concluded that knowledge of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) could help Western doctors better perform their job. Findings from the survey included: • 99% agreed that a patient’s mental state influences his or her physical health. • 80% agreed that the focus of a primary care physician should be on promoting health rather than treating disease. • 74% believed that a blend of conventional and CAM would be “better than either approach by itself.” • 77% believed patients would benefit if their conventional doctors knew more about CAM. The findings were based on 1,770 responses to a 30-question survey sent to 126 medical schools. View the full article online from Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine at http:// ecam.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/ full/nep195.

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