Naturopathic Approaches to Anxiety and Depression

Millions of people experience depression and anxiety, and often feel their only option is to take medications that may not completely resolve the issues. Studies show that anxiety and depression are related both to our genetic tendencies and our exposure to various stresses in life. We can address our genetic tendencies and help our bodies recover from stress using natural approaches such as mindfulness, dietary changes, nutrients, amino acid therapy, as well as optimizing hormones, blood sugar, and gut bacteria. Naturopathic doctors can serve this population and help people resolve mood-related issues once and for all.

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About the Presenter

Donielle (Doni) Wilson, is a doctor of naturopathic medicine (Bastyr University alumna), natural health expert, nutritionist, midwife and author who believes it is possible to be healthy, even when we are stressed. After experiencing and recovering from stress herself, Dr. Doni wrote a book called The Stress Remedy. In that book she redefines stress to include toxins, food sensitivities, and lack of sleep. She explains how stress causes adrenal distress, leaky gut, and blood sugar imbalances. And she offers expert guidance on how to reclaim optimal health with the approach she has used to help thousands of patients. She specializes in gluten sensitivity, intestinal permeability, adrenal stress, insulin resistance, neurotransmitter imbalances, hypothyroidism, women’s health issues, autoimmunity and genetic variations called “SNPs”, such as MTHFR, which can have a profound impact upon your health. For nearly 20 years, she has helped women, men and children overcome their most perplexing health challenges and achieve their wellness goals by crafting individualized strategies that address the whole body and the underlying causes of health issues. Dr. Doni is frequently called upon to discuss her approach in the media, as well as at both public and professional events. She writes a blog that you can find at DrDoni.com.

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Naturopathic Approaches to PCOS

Join the AANMC and Dr. Jamine Blesoff for an overview of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

Here is what you can expect to learn:
-Different ways an individual may receive this diagnosis
-Impact on long-term health
-Treatment approaches through a naturopathic medicine lens
-Success story of a patient who turned her health around

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Jamine Blesoff, ND is an instructor in the Clinical Sciences department for the Doctor of Chiropractic and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine programs at National University of Health Sciences. She brings with her years of experience in providing women, infants, and children with natural preventative and integrative care.

Dr. Blesoff received her BA from the University of Connecticut and her doctor of naturopathic medicine degree from Bastyr University.  As a medical student at Bastyr University, she completed elective clinical shifts working with the pediatric population, Spanish speaking patients, and individuals with limited access to health care, including those in Nicaragua with Natural Doctors International.

She is a member of the Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians and Natural Doctors International.

 

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The Future is Bright for Naturopathic Medical Students

Guest post by Valerie A. Gettings, CNHP, NMSA president-elect, 3rd year naturopathic medical student, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Toronto, Ontario

Naturopathic medical students across North America came together earlier this month in Austin, Texas, for the annual Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA) winter workshop. During this event, student NMSA leaders representing nine schools across North America, met to conduct strategic planning, find common solutions, conduct conference planning, and further community building for the upcoming year.

“I am incredibly proud of my amazing board of directors this year,” said Blake Langley, NMSA President, and 6th-year naturopathic and Chinese medicine student, National University of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR. “Their drive and motivation to organize impactful events for naturopathic medical students at each of their schools is astounding. I am proud to say that, as an organization, we have recently increased the number of travel grants to 72 annual travel grants (over $14,000 in value), over four competitive fellowships (over $10,000 in value), and have put forth further investment into a truly collaborative environment with other organizations in the naturopathic profession. The future is bright!”

During the three-day event, students shared their chapter updates, helped each other to find solutions at each of their schools, and were able to gain additional leadership training. The team also worked diligently on conference planning for the upcoming American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)/NMSA co-located conference in Portland, OR, August 15-17, 2019 at the Oregon Convention Center.

This year’s NMSA Winter Workshop also allowed students to see the oldest naturopathic depository of books in the United States, housed in Austin, TX, at the Stark Center Library.

“I was so incredibly inspired and motivated after attending this year’s NMSA winter workshop,” said Sydney Freggiaro, NMSA VP communications, 4th year naturopathic medical student, Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA. “It’s been such a fulfilling experience to get to mentor each chapter president, watch them step into their roles, and be the voice of other naturopathic medical students at their schools.”

The NMSA international executive board, supported by executive director, Stephanie Fogelson, is made up of 16 student leaders, including nine chapter presidents, who oversee NMSA local boards at each school. The local boards put on local and community events and foster personal and professional development for students at each school.

The NMSA is a 501(c)3 non-profit that is a unified, sustainable, ethical and professional voice for naturopathic medical students across North America. The NMSA advocates for naturopathic physicians-in-training, and inspires educational and community building initiatives that prepare naturopathic medical students with tools, experiences and connections necessary to become successful physicians. The NMSA operates on the core values of empowerment, community, impact, and integrity. The NMSA serves to create opportunity, support, and represent the diversity of naturopathic medical students.

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Opportunities for Patients and Students Alike: A Quick Look at Bastyr in 2019

As a new year begins, we turn the spotlight to Bastyr students and alumni, to clinic partners, and to outdoor classrooms on campus. Now on the heels of its 40th anniversary, we look forward with anticipation to the advancements coming from Bastyr University in 2019 and beyond!

 

Army veteran and Bastyr patient becomes ND student

Brian Trainor’s journey to naturopathic medicine began as a patient at Bastyr University Clinic in San Diego, Calif. After suffering severe injuries in a bicycle accident, Trainor then began experiencing highly debilitating gastrointestinal issues. His diagnosis of ulcerative colitis ultimately led to eight hospitalizations, and eventually a medical discharge from the US Army. Doctors recommended removing his large intestine, but before undergoing this life-changing surgery, Trainor decided to seek autoimmune therapy at Bastyr University Clinic. The results he experienced from his care by Bastyr naturopathic doctors (NDs) inspired him to turn around and help others in the same way, and to enroll at Bastyr. Trainor’s story continues in this video.

Students gain an opportunity to learn from naturopathic leaders

Over 180 ND students gathered to learn from and build relationships with the greater naturopathic community. The sixth annual Hale’s Palladium Opportunity Forum continues to be the Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA) Bastyr-Kenmore Chapter’s largest and most successful event! Each year, the NMSA selects a panel of prominent doctors whose successes make them an ideal sounding board for students’ questions. This year’s notable panelists include:

Michael Cronin, ND, leading expert on the use of Regenerative Injection Therapy (RTI) and other safe and effective non-drug alternatives to treating pain

Nooshin K. Darvish, ND, medical director and founder of the thriving Holistique Naturopathic Medical Center, with fellowships in Integrative Cancer Therapies and Anti-Aging Medicine (candidate status).

Jill Ghormley, ND, coalition leader for medical aid in developing nations worldwide, also the first deaf, licensed naturopathic doctor in the US

Karim Abdullah, ND, whose practice integrates naturopathic and oriental medicine at Seattle Healing Arts Center, a multi-disciplinary community of holistic providers

This year’s, theme was opportunity, something surely top of mind for all students – whether close to graduation or about to enroll!

Seattle health care system partners with Bastyr’s teaching clinic

Local health care and hospital system Virginia Mason recognizes the importance of whole-person health care. In November 2018 the health system launched its Center for Integrative Medicine, seeking partnership with Bastyr for its expertise in natural medicine.

The Center is staffed by Astrid Pujari, MD, of Virginia Mason; and by Kevin Connor, ND, of Bastyr Center for Natural Health. “At Virginia Mason, we’ve always understood the importance of caring for the whole person,” says Ingrid Gerbino, MD, Chief, Primary Care. “The addition of the mind-body-spirit therapies of integrative medicine builds on that understanding and will elevate the quality of the overall patient experience.” The clinic offers naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, mind-body techniques, and other holistic treatment options in a coordinated way to benefit patients. Additional Virginia Mason clinics are expected to begin offering integrative medicine services later in the year. The partnership demonstrates one of numerous ways to answer the growing patient demand for natural remedies in an integrative setting.

Bastyr and community supporters honor native healing plants

The Bastyr University Gardens serve as outdoor classrooms for its students, and for the greater community as well — a place where people connect with and learn firsthand about the healing powers of the natural world. The Sacred Seeds Ethnobotanical Trail on Bastyr’s Kenmore Campus has become home to numerous species of endangered plants. Now, thanks to donations from the Tulalip Tribes and the Washington Native Plant Society’s Central Puget Sound Chapter, this beautiful trail will continue to increase awareness of the ecological importance and medicinal uses of the region’s indigenous plant species. Funds will be used to develop a K-12 curriculum, support forest canopy regrowth and make the Trail accessible to more people. “We hope that the Sacred Seeds Trail can serve as an outdoor classroom for all who wish to share and pass on their native teachings to their communities,” says Sheila Kingsbury, ND, RH (AHG), Chair, Bastyr’s Botanical Medicine Department.

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Dr. Eric Secor – Bastyr

 

Laying the groundwork to become an ND

Eric R. Secor Jr, ND, PhD, MPH, MS, LAc, Dipl Ac., NCCAOM

Dr. Eric  Secor sought out naturopathic medicine when standard medical approaches alone were not treating his chronic ear infections, skin inflammation and acne. He and his naturopathic doctor reviewed his diet and lifestyle with a common sense approach that lead to a rapid improvement in symptom management. The naturopathic approach resonated with Dr. Secor and his then girlfriend, Mary Markow, ND, MS, LAc, and together they began their exploration into the field of naturopathic medicine.

Bastyr as a springboard

With family recently settled in Seattle and an interest in the acupuncture program, Drs. Secor and Markow decided Bastyr University was the naturopathic medical school for them. “Bastyr provided an incredibly strong foundation in the fundamentals of naturopathic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and the application of wellness and lifestyle interventions.” Furthermore, the clinical rotations gave them the opportunity to experience a wide variety of approaches to private and group practice.

“Living the dream” after graduation

Immediately following graduation and the completion of the ND licensing boards, Drs. Secor and Markow packed up and started their lives together. They traveled to the Czech Republic and spent time in the medical spas and in Slovakia and Vienna. Once they returned to Connecticut, Dr. Secor pursued his interest in research at the Hospital for Special Care which had opened one of the first multi-disciplinary integrative medicine clinics. This experience led to publications and a transition to the University Connecticut School of Medicine, where he successfully competed for an NIH/NCCIH F32 and K08, venture capital funding and MPH and PHD in occupational and environmental health. His research was focused on evaluating the role and impact of botanicals such as ananas comosus and their extracts as immune-modulators.

Finding fulfillment as an ND

As the proud father of two teenage daughters, Dr. Secor will see his oldest off to culinary school this fall and his youngest will enter high school.  He currently oversees and advocates on behalf of integrative medicine within Hartford HealthCare and its Cancer Institute. Dr. Markow works for the same system as an Integrative Medicine Physician and acupuncturist.

Dr. Secor describes his role as “a challenge and blessing being one of the only NDs directing and growing a multi-site hospital-based IM program.” He enjoys the opportunity to work with an integrative team of health care providers to offer the best care possible.

Advice for aspiring NDs

Dr. Secor encourages prospective students to “visit and explore as many practices and professional areas as possible throughout your formal education. You will likely find a practice or professional model similar to your interests which you can emulate.”

Find a mentor. “Having a mentor or several mentors in a variety of key areas is critical to both long term personal and professional success especially in naturopathic medicine.”

As with any career, there are challenges that you may face in naturopathic medicine such as state licensure, variations of scope of practice and pay. “If you resonate with the philosophy and lifestyle of the naturopathic profession, go for it.” The naturopathic medical field is a viable career path with flexibility to pursue opportunities in many different fields such as academia, government, administration and media to name a few. “Tremendous opportunities exist nationally and internationally.”

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