Morphea: Effective Treatment with Homeopathy

Student Scholarship Honorable Mention Terri Bugg, ND Patricia J. Rennie, ND Morphea, also known as localized scleroderma, is a rare disease with an incidence rate of 3 in 100 000 and a prevalence rate of 50 per 100 000.1 The disease affects women 2.6 times more than men, and can appear in all races, though […]



Cardiac Biomarkers: A Well-Validated Clinical Tool

Student Scholarship Honorable Mention Jocelyn Faydenko Fraser Smith, MATD, ND Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality in the United States.1 Although the classic lipid panel presents well-validated information about long-term risk, it does not provide insight into the degree of inflammation within the arterial intima. Since atherosclerosis is an inflammatory disease, it […]



CVD & ABO Blood Types

Student Scholarship Honorable Mention Far Rahman Ralph Esposito, ND, LAc An individual’s blood type has a considerable influence on many aspects of health, including digestion of food, stress response, immunity, and, importantly, cardiovascular health. According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the #1 cause of death globally, affecting more than 17.7 million […]



Medical Resources for NDs: A Review of Current Publications for the Naturopathic Industry

Education Lena Kian, ND Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals, Volume 2: Circulation and Respiration Dr Jill Stansbury, a naturopathic physician and leading expert in botanical medicine, has utilized her 30 years of clinical experience to compile a complete reference guide and collection of comprehensive herbal formulations for healthcare professionals. This is the second volume of […]



WNF: Global Naturopathic Terminology

Naturopathic News Tina Hausser, Heilpraktiker Language is the key that opens doors to global cultures, people, and nations. In times of globalization it is fundamental to communicate with each other on the basis of language. Words, as a tool of a language, unite people globally and allow international understanding, exchange of knowledge, and – in […]



Vital Burnout – A Call to Give Agency to the Vis

Naturopathic Perspective Alexia Georgousis, ND Burnout is becoming more and more prevalent in our community and the healthcare profession at large. According to the Ottawa Citizen, “In Canada, approximately 46% of all doctors are affected by moderate to severe burnout.”1 This rate is likely very similar to that within the naturopathic community. You only need […]



Treating Pneumonia: When Antibiotics Fail

Tolle Causam Shannyn Fowl, ND So many pulmonary pathologies are difficult to treat and sometimes even difficult to diagnose. Pneumonia, on the other hand, is usually a clear diagnosis after an X-ray, and naturopathic tools are pure gold when it comes to treatment. In this article I will share a few cases of pneumonia. Please […]



Cardiovascular Disease: Using Cactus, Crataegus, and Physical Medicine

Vis Medicatrix Naturae Deborah Frances, RN, ND Chris Chlebowski, DC, ND In answer to a question from a one of his students, Bill Mitchell, ND, picked up the chalk and proceeded to fill 2 blackboards with biochemical equations. He then set the chalk down, turned back to the students, and said, “Basically, we have no […]



Heartburn & Heartbeats: Exploring GERD & Atrial Fibrillation

Andrew Hubbard, BSc (Hons) Ellen Wong, BSc (Hons), ND Student Scholarship – First Place Research Review Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the most commonly diagnosed heart arrhythmia in America.1,2 Most causes are of cardiovascular origin and include hypertension, coronary artery disease, and cardiac valve disorders; however, the list of non-cardiac causes, such as obstructive sleep apnea, chronic […]



Is Your Bed Killing You?

Cory Ostroot, ND Vis Medicatrix Naturae When I was a child, my family time was split at Christmas between my mother’s and father’s sides of the family. I was either spending time on my father’s side, in a mansion in Minneapolis with multiple Christmas trees and more food than I could put in my belly […]


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New Tosh and Old Adjectives: When Terminology Obfuscates

Education David J. Schleich, PhD Before the widely touted term, “integrative” (clever label), there was “complementary and alternative [CAM]” (opportunistic tosh). Integrates what with what? Complements what? Alternative to what? Sometimes, though, in that often opportunistic musical chairs of terminology, there were helpful terms, such as “biopsychosocial” or “psychoneuroimmunology,” created to depict aspects of medicine […]


A Woman Champion: Mary Sargeant Gove Nichols, Hydrotherapist

Nature Cure Clinical Pearls Sussanna Czeranko, ND, BBE I felt then that I would lay myself on the altar, and be burned with fire, if woman could be saved from the darkness of ignorance, and the untold horrors of her diseases. – Mary Nichols, 1851, p.29   The effects of water cure in acute disease have […]

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Cannabis & the ECS: How Cannabinoids are Changing Health Care

Student Scholarship Honorable Mention Lee-Anne francois-dornbusch, ND Fraser Smith, matd, ND Pain is a challenging clinical syndrome that naturopathic physicians are well equipped to address. Society is realizing the shortcomings of conventional medicine’s pharmacologic methods to address a variety of problems. Unfortunately, conventional medicine is not conquering these ailments but is creating new ones. Well-intentioned […]


Practicing Rational Medicine

Naturopathic Perspective Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO A patient with a rare cancer came to see me recently and left me pondering an interesting phenomenon. This patient has worked as a police detective for decades, an occupation that entails the careful collection and evaluation of evidence. Yet he surprised me by bringing in a shopping bag […]

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Ulcers & Upper: GI Issues Conversations with Seniors

Naturopathic Perspective Andrew L. Rubman, ND I graduated from NCNM (now NUNM) in 1982. Taking leave of my senses, I abandoned my plans to open an integrative practice with one of my TCM instructors in Portland, OR, and instead went to New York City after accepting Robert Atkins’ offer to serve as a staff physician […]


WNF – Global Naturopathic Regulation

Naturopathic News Iva Lloyd, ND, RPP Naturopathy is practiced in every world region, spanning over 80 countries. Regulation of the naturopathic profession currently exists Africa, Asia (India), Europe, Latin America, and in jurisdictions in North America. To be a full member of the World Naturopathic Federation (WNF), associations must support and be working toward regulation. […]

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The Simple Life – Part 2

Similar Thought Joseph Kellerstein, DC, ND In my previous NDNR article, published in the June 2018 issue, I described the case of Alfred, a 50-ish-year-old man. He had complained of angry outbursts that would always follow a welling-up of energy in his stomach. He also complained of hip pain that was worse walking on level […]

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Modern Nature Cure: Using Your Own Cells to Heal Osteoarthritis

Orthopedics Dylan W. Krueger, NMD Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, affecting 30.8 million Americans.1 This number continues to grow as Baby Boomers age and retire.1 The condition, which is also known as degenerative joint disease, consists of a progressive deterioration of cartilage in the joint, causing pain, inflammation, swelling, and stiffness.1 […]

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Naturopathic Treatment of Acute Disease: 3 Case Studies

Vis Medicatrix Naturae Deborah Frances, RN, ND Chris Chlebowski, DC, ND Valeria Breiten, RD, ND, CCH In the present era of ever-increasing toxicity of and resistance to pharmaceutical antimicrobials, healthcare practitioners that are schooled in therapeutics aligned with nature hold a unique and vital role in the treatment of acute diseases. The following cases demonstrate […]


Gut Dysbiosis: An Underlying Cause of Obesity

Tolle Causam Alison Chen, ND The obesity epidemic has long been recognized as a fight against excessive calorie consumption and a sedentary lifestyle. Despite these well-known contributors, obesity rates continue to rise. In the United States, obesity prevalence for adults 18 years and older has risen steadily, from 19.4% in 1997 to 31.4% in 2017.1 […]

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CBD Use in the United States: A Cross-Sectional Study & Perspective

Docere Jamie Corroon, ND, MPH Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of more than 100 cannabinoids found in Cannabis sativa L (Cannabis spp, or Cannabis), a plant more well known colloquially as marijuana or hemp.1 With retail sales of hemp-derived CBD products reaching $170 million in the United States in 2016, and a projected compounded annual growth […]

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Melanoma & Aspirin

Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO Naturopathic Perspective Our patients often have strong beliefs about medicine, particularly natural medicine and the advantages it provides over standard medical practices. Most of the time this is a good thing. This is why they come to us as patients. They pay our rent, so to speak. They aren’t the pragmatic […]

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Red Light Therapy: How It Can Benefit Your Anti-Aging Regimen

Jannine Krause, ND, EAMP Naturopathic Perspective The quest to slow down the aging process is a daunting one, with a plethora of options that seem to be ever-changing, like the “flavor of the month” at a local ice cream shop. In a little over a decade of practice as a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist, I […]



Study: Effect of LSD on Communication Patterns Between Brain Regions

Node Smith, ND A recent study led by researchers from the University of Zurich and Yale University has shown that LSD changes the patterns of communication between various regions of the brain.1 This research may provide insights into how mental health conditions develop as well as how psychedelic medicines may provide treatment for these disorders. […]

Stress Could Be Affecting Memory and Shrinking the Brain

Node Smith, ND Is it stressful reading about the negative effects of stress?  A recent study has found a strong association with chronic stress and physical damage to the brain.1 Researchers are suggesting that chronic stress may actually cause loss of memory as well as shrinkage of brain volume. The stress hormone cortisol The culprit, […]

Stress Induced Mental Health Complaints Linked to Dysfunctions in Glucose Metabolism

Node Smith, ND An interesting study was recently published linking alterations in glucose metabolism and stress-induced mental changes.1 The study was conducted using a murine model, however generally known connections between chronic stress and mental disturbances such as depression, and the widespread prevalence of both depressive disorders and dysfunctions in glucose metabolism support its possible […]

Leafy Green Veggies Could Reduce Risk of Macular Degeneration

Node Smith, ND A recent study found that consuming vegetable nitrates may help to reduce risk of developing early-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD).1 Vegetable nitrates are found in high concentration in leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale, as well as beetroots. Vegetable nitrates found in high concentration of leafy greens The study is […]

Study Supports Coronary Calcium Score as Better Risk Predictor Than Traditional Risk Factors

Node Smith, ND A recent study presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Session conference supports coronary calcium levels as a better signifier of blocked arteries and heart attack risk than traditional risk indicators currently in use.1 Coronary calcium “With coronary calcium, we’re looking at a marker indicating the actual presence of anatomic disease — […]

Analyzing Your Food with Your Phone?

Node Smith, ND An infrared lab analysis of your food could be as easy as pulling out your phone. A recent news release from BASF, a German Company discusses a futuristic “lab that fits in your pocket.” From BASF In its latest example of innovation performance, BASF has developed HertzstückTM, a groundbreaking infrared detector that […]

College Students Educated on Dietary Supplements are More Likely to Use Them Properly

Node Smith, ND An interesting study speaks to the need for education around dietary supplements in younger adults. The study found that young adults educated about dietary supplements while in college are more likely to use them properly.1 A move toward a more health conscious culture? More and more individuals are utilizing dietary supplements, which […]

Muscle Mass is Critical to Health

Node Smith, ND The amount of lean muscle a person has may soon be considered a vital sign, similar to blood pressure, pulse and weight. Extensive research has begun to show that muscle mass should be reconsidered as a measurement that is able to give a more robust picture of an individual’s health. A recent […]

Food for Thought

From UC Santa Barbara – Andrea Estrada Reviewed by Node Smith, ND Two indigenous populations offer a glimpse into how diet — and western eating habits — impact health and wellbeing From the standpoint of heart health, the Tsimane are a model group. A population indigenous to the Bolivian Amazon, the Tsimane demonstrate next to […]

Study: Impact of mercury-controlling policies shrinks with every 5-year delay

From MIT – Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Reviewed by Node Smith, ND Toxin will accumulate in the environment, particularly in remote regions, as countries delay implementing emissions controls Mercury is an incredibly stubborn toxin. Once it is emitted from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants, among other sources, the gas can drift through […]





Branding Your Clinic Makes Sense

Todd Bosteder Practice Building When I started my first marketing agency, one of my core mantras was, “Branding is for billionaires.” I would tell my clients that they ought to bypass branding opportunities in favor of direct-response, transactional marketing tactics. The concept was sound: If the tactic or advertisement we were considering didn’t drive patients […]



Search Engine Optimization: 5 Essential Steps to Improve Local SEO for Your Practice

Teerawong Kasiolarn, ND, MSAc, LAc Practice Building What is SEO? And why is it so important when it comes to promoting your naturopathic practice? SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. Most people create their website while lacking knowledge of SEO, especially if they create the website without any professional help. The main reason for creating […]



Working with Genes: Integrating Genetic Health Reports into Clinical Practice

Tom Ballard, ND Practice Building Medicine has entered the “genome era.”1 Genetic reports are already helping practitioners and patients identify and treat chronic health conditions.2,3 “Recent developments in genomic sequencing technologies offer the potential to revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of many diseases…”4 The goal of this article is to help practitioners select a genetic […]



Direct Care: The Membership-Based Practice

Mark Swanson, ND Practice Building/The Expert Report Practice Made Perfect Direct Care is transforming private medical practices across the country. Think of it as healthcare revisited, a refresh button on the doctor-patient relationship and the way healthcare is delivered. Its advocates say that it makes healthcare simpler, more affordable and everyone a lot happier. The […]



Enviromedica Launches Groundbreaking Broad Spectrum Formula of Prebiotics and Probiotics, Terraflora™

Terraflora™ is the first synbiotic combining spore-form probiotics and advanced, food-based prebiotics designed for robust support of gastrointestinal health.   Austin, TX., December 7, 2018 – Pioneers in evolutionary medicine, Enviromedica™ innovates gut microbiome care with the launch of Terraflora™. Terraflora™ is a broad spectrum synbiotic bringing to market an advanced formulation of soil-based, probiotic strains […]


Swiss Biological Medicine Academy 

Swiss Biological Medicine Academy has restored professional education and new public outreach to North America. See our event calendar:  CLICK! The Academy program is a new expansion of team curriculum training that conveys the foundations of difficult disease programs and expertise of Dr. Thomas Rau M.D., the past 27-year Medical Director of Switzerland’s famous former Biological Clinic. […]


LENS – 14.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

You are invited to attend this exciting educational opportunity! Don’t miss 8 expert speakers, 2.5 days of advanced curriculum and up to 14.5 CMEs. Topics and Conditions Presented at LENS Gain additional insight and treatment considerations to evaluate some of the most prevalent and challenging conditions that patients present with, including: Hormone imbalance Menopause and PCOS […]


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