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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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 […]

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Castor Oil & Age-Related Cataract – A Case for the Therapeutic Order

Mary Fu, BA, MA Jennifer Brusewitz, ND Student Scholarship – Honorable Mention Case Study The Therapeutic Order describes the foundational philosophical principles of naturopathic medicine and serves as a guiding force in its modern practice (Figure 1).1 The following case illustrates the use of topical castor oil, within the context of the Therapeutic Order, for […]

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Adult Onset Acne: Case Study & Clinical Perspective

Briana Cain, NMD Tolle Causam Late-onset adult acne is a condition that seems to be presenting in many naturopathic medical practices at a growing rate. I see roughly 2 new cases of late-onset acne every month, with the majority of these cases being females over the age of 25. Each case comes with its own […]

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Sleep-Disordered Breathing: An Under-recognized Cause of Chronic Disease – Part 2

David Nortman, ND Docere Part 1 of this article covered the pathophysiology and clinical presentation of obstructive sleep-apnea syndrome (OSAS). Below, we continue with a description of the sleep study and an overview of treatment methods. Laboratory Diagnosis The primary tool for studying all sleep disorders is the Level 1 sleep study, or polysomnography (PSG), during which […]

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Homeopathic Injection Therapy – Treatment of Chronic Pain, Depression, and Fatigue

Donese Worden, NMD Naturopathic Perspective Homeopathic medicines have a long history of clinical use for the treatment of chronic pain and depression. They may be used alone or integrated with other therapeutic modalities, including conventional medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, and naturopathic medicine. Homeopathic medications are available over the counter (OTC) and by prescription (Rx), and […]

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Insomnia: Circadian Rhythms & The Gut Microbiome

Yasaman Tasalloti, ND Docere With about 60 million Americans affected each year by insomnia and an estimated 8.5 million taking sleep medications, there is clearly a need for a slightly different therapeutic approach to this health concern. As the incidence of chronic conditions increases, the gut microbiome is becoming the center stage in terms of […]

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Sleep-Disordered Breathing: An Under-recognized Cause of Chronic Disease – Part 1

David Nortman, ND Docere We spend 1/4 to 1/3 of our time sleeping (or trying to), yet most medical care is focused on our waking hours. Sound sleep heals and restores the organism on all levels. Poor sleep, on the other hand, may cause, maintain, or exacerbate any chronic complaint. Optimal health is therefore critically […]


What Begets Suicide?

Jonathan E. Prousky, ND, MSc, MA Naturopathic Perspective The first several minutes of the 2006 documentary, The Bridge,1 features what appears to be a rather idyllic day in San Francisco. The sky is blue and the Golden Gate Bridge is filled with sightseers and commuters. Among them is a man wearing a burgundy hat, green […]

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Food for Thought: How Sugar Can Affect Your Mental Health

Anna Garber, MSc Monique Aucoin, ND Sukriti Bhardwaj, BHSc Tolle Causam The field of nutritional psychiatry is relatively recent but is gaining momentum in terms of its evidence base and public interest.1 Several studies suggest a relationship between improved nutrition and better mental health outcomes. Epidemiological studies, including a recent meta-analysis, have shown that a […]

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Resetting the Clock: The Key to Restoring Healthy Sleep

Jennifer Bahr, ND Tolle Totum When you have insomnia, you’re never really asleep, and you’re never really awake. With insomnia, nothing’s real. Everything is far away. Everything is a copy of a copy of a copy. (Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club) As a naturopathic doctor who exclusively treats psychiatric conditions, I am eternally looking for sleep […]

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Sleep: The Emerging Science & Its Clinical Implications

Krista Anderson-Ross, ND Tolle Totum Sleep is a criminal waste of time, inherited from our cave days. (Thomas Edison) While it’s easy to believe that sleep deprivation is a manifestation of the modern world and the effects of increasingly occupied opposable thumbs, the first known study on the negative effects of sleeplessness was published in […]



Gerald Farnsworth, DC, ND 1928-2018

Oct. 15, 2018 NUNM mourns the loss of Dr. Gerry Farnsworth, dedicated naturopathic physician, a founding member of National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM), and a pioneer in the profession of naturopathic medicine, to which he dedicated his life. Dr. Farnsworth earned his chiropractic degree from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, Ontario. He then […]

How Does a Hangover Affect Cognitive Performance?

Node Smith, ND We all know that driving under the influence of alcohol isn’t a good idea. Our focus is impaired, our concentration is diminished and our reaction time is slowed. However, I’ve often thought that the morning after a heavy night of drinking is also probably not a great time to drive. A hangover […]

Do ‘Mindful’ People Feel Less Pain?

Node Smith, ND A recent study from the Wake Forest School of Medicine may give insight into why some people experience pain more intensely than others. The research study suggests that the degree to which a person is mindful may impact their experience of pain. The study is published in the journal PAIN.1 What is […]

Mediterranean Diet Better Than Viagra

Node Smith, ND Actually, not even the whole Mediterranean diet, just olive oil. According to a recent research study conducted at the University of Athens, nine tablespoons of olive oil a week outperformed Viagra (Sildenafil) in improving symptoms of male erectile dysfunction by 40 percent.1 The study was published in the journal Circulation. I love […]

NIH Awards $1M Clinical Research Grant to NUNM, OSU & Pacific NW National Lab

Collaborative Study Investigates Inflammatory Bowel Disease Therapies PORTLAND, Oregon (Oct. 10, 2018) —The National Institutes of Health, through the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), awarded $1 million to Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University (OSU); Helfgott Research Institute at National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM); and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), […]

Global Inadequacies in Access to Private Toilets for Women

Node Smith, ND A recent article underlines a widespread form of gender discrimination – inadequate access to private toilets. This is a serious problem for girls and women around the world, and perhaps one of the most pervasive forms of gender discrimination. There has been an increase in advocacy and research in this area, however […]

New Metabolites Found to be Produced by Sucralose, a Common Artificial Sweetener

Node Smith, ND Sucralose, a widely used artificial sweetener sold under the trade name Splenda®, is metabolized in the gut, producing at least two fat-soluble compounds, according to a recent study using rats. The finding differs from the studies used to garner regulatory approval for sucralose, which reported that the substance was not broken down […]

A Nutrient-Rich Diet May Be More Important for Women to Support Emotional Well-being

Node Smith, ND A recent study suggests that women may need a more nutrient-rich diet to support a positive emotional mood, and sense of well-being. The research comes from Binghamton University, State University at New York.1 There is evidence that the differences in neurological physiology and functional differences between men’s and women’s brains dictate their […]

Aspirin Caused Bleeds May Outweigh Cardiovascular Benefit, Without Effect on Cancer

European Society of Cardiology Aspirin prevented serious vascular events in patients with diabetes who did not already have cardiovascular disease, but it caused almost as many major bleeds and there was no effect on cancers. These are the late breaking findings presented recently in a Hot Line Session at ESC Congress 2018 and published in […]

Mind the Gap: The Value Proposition in Naturopathic Medical Education

Education David J. Schleich, PhD There are more naturopathic students and graduates at this end of the decade than there were at the beginning. That’s a fact. Recently, I spoke with a focus group of freshly minted grads, for whom the national licensing and entry-to-practice board exams (NPLEX) are looming, alongside 6 NDs with an […]





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 […]



2018 Winners of the NDNR Physician’s Choice Award

The NDNR Physician’s Choice Award is bestowed upon companies that embrace naturopathic medicine and support naturopathic physicians, their practices, and patients. Between July 15 and Aug 15, 2018, naturopathic doctors selected 1 company for each of the following 6 categories, which they felt provided the very best in quality products, superior customer service, community outreach, […]


Klaire Labs (SFI USA) Announces the availability of pure Saccharomyces boulardii powder for use in high potency and preventative maintenance protocols.

Reno, NV – Klaire Labs (SFI USA) today announced the launch of Saccharomyces boulardii powder. Complete with a dual scoop for measuring accuracy, this clean-label formulation is particularly effective and uniquely convenient for use in high-potency titration protocols. “In response to practitioner requests to simplify protocols recommended by Dr. Sid Baker and others, we are […]


Klaire Labs (SFI USA) Announces the availability of Acumen, the most extensively studied Bacopa monnieri : CDRI 08

Reno, NV – Klaire Labs (SFI USA) today announced the launch of Acumen, the most extensively studied extract of Bacopa monnieri (whole aerial plant extract CDRI 08). CDRI 08 is clinically demonstrated to support spatial working memory,1 new information retention,2 stress management, and mood.3 Bacopa monnieri, commonly known as Brahmi, is an adaptogen with a […]


The NDNR Physician’s Choice Award is bestowed upon companies that embrace naturopathic medicine and support naturopathic physicians, their practices and patients. Characteristics of a nominee should include, but are not limited to: quality products, superior customer service, community outreach, and social/environmental impact.

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