Naturopathic Medicine

The field of naturopathic medicine is becoming increasingly popular and more widely accepted as a vital component of healthcare delivery. 1 Naturopathic medicine has been in use for hundreds of years, and traditional/world-medicine for thousands, however the evidence base for natural therapies has grown substantially in the last few decades. 2 
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2-20% of people have a food intolerance of some kind, but many aren’t aware, and continue to eat foods that are triggering a negative physical reaction. 1
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I honestly didn’t know that naturopathic medicine existed! I was looking for something in healthcare where I could spend a good amount of time with patients and not feel rushed. I also considered Teacher’s College! So, when I found out about naturopathic medicine, it seemed like a great fit. NDs are already teachers by nature with their patients, and I’m fortunate to also do it formally at CCNM.
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I left a PhD program in Pharmacology to pursue an ND because I wanted to do research on lifestyle and non-pharmacologic interventions. Before I left Duke University to go to ND school, the Heart Health Study was published by Dean Ornish, MD, demonstrating advanced cardiovascular disease could be stabilized by lifestyle changes. Upon learning about that study’s findings, I decided I didn’t want to study drug mechanisms anymore, and instead I wanted to learn how to help people create health.
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The practice of fasting has been in use for millennia and is built into many religious traditions. More studies need to be conducted on the health impacts of fasting, however emerging research suggests that intermittent fasting can enhance overall health, slow the aging process, and help to manage weight.
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Meditation has become a more widely used practice in recent years because of its positive effects on overall health and mental wellness in particular. 1  2  Adding a regular meditation practice to your routine has a number of benefits to mental health and overall wellbeing. 
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“I love the naturopathic principle of docere, which means doctor as teacher. Doctor as teacher has been something I have been passionate about for a long time.” shared Dr. Laura Belus.  She embodies this belief into her clinical practice and interactions with patients. 
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What is Alzheimer’s Disease? Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that causes dementia and is especially common among aging populations. 1 2 The disease is characterized by neuro-inflammation, blood-brain 
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Acupuncture is a growing service many NDs provide. Approximately 30% of NDs incorporate acupuncture in their practice according to the AANMC 2020 Income and Compensation Survey.
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“I was reminded when looking at the calendar that October is National Patient-Centered Care month. I was a registered nurse for 35 years and worked in multiple settings before my 
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