Integrative Cancer Care – How NDs Support Patients with Cancer

Over 1.5 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the Unites States. More than 80% of cancer patients incorporate natural medicine in their treatment. Join the AANMC and Dr. Rick Bhim to learn about naturopathic approaches to cancer care.

Here’s what will be discussed:
– Defining integrative oncology
– Goals of integrative oncology
– The three pillars of health and how they are related to cancer
– Evidence for the use of natural interventions during conventional cancer care
– Case study of a patient who used an integrative medicine approach to treating cancer

*Webinar does not qualify for CE

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About the Presenter

Dr. Rick Bhim is a resident at the CCNM Integrated Cancer Center where he works with oncologists in the greater Toronto area to continuously learn how to better support and improve the quality of life of cancer patients. Dr. Bhim received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Waterloo with honours. He continued his education at the University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine, obtaining his Doctor of Medicine degree before moving back to Toronto to complete his doctorate in naturopathic medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.

Following his graduation from CCNM, Dr. Bhim was accepted into the Clinical Residency program at the College where he was involved with teaching and clinical duties including supervising fourth-year naturopathic interns in the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic. The principles and practices of naturopathic medicine are what drove Dr. Bhim to become a naturopathic doctor. He believes in a holistic approach of care, treats the whole person and appreciates the real connection he is able to make with his patients, while educating and empowering them to achieve their health goals.


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Continued Growth and Strong Leadership – Bastyr Update

Bastyr University

With a vision to lead innovation in natural health education, Bastyr University finishes off its 2017-18 academic year and reflects on its exciting milestones in the field of naturopathic medicine. We look forward to continued growth and strong leadership under the University’s new president, Harlan Patterson, MBA.

Students Advocate for more Access to Naturopathic Health Care at DC FLI

On April 21-23, 58 Bastyr naturopathic medical students attended the Federal Legislative Initiative (FLI) on Capitol Hill. DC FLI is an annual event hosted by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) in Washington, DC, where naturopathic doctors, students and advocates from across the country lobby on behalf of expanding national access to naturopathic health care. DC FLI trains ND students to hone their advocacy and leadership skills, increase their lobbying effectiveness and explore involvement in state professional associations.

Bastyr University’s ND Mini Camp Offers a Full Immersion Experience Within the Field of Naturopathic Medicine

On July 22-27, 2018, students interested in exploring a career in naturopathic medicine are invited to attend ND Mini Camp. This five-day program follows major themes of the naturopathic medicine curriculum including wellness, disease and diagnosis, tools for restoring health and patient care. Campers will interact will several distinguished faculty and experience a taste of life as a Bastyr ND student. Registration to ND Mini Camp is open to all.

NMSA Hosts Leadership Panel for Students

NMSAA completely sold-out room of 150 students, practitioners and Bastyr faculty and staff listened to a panel focused on the topic of leadership. Panelists included local leaders representing various disciplines within the health care field. Their accomplishments included leading both state-wide and national organizations, serving on the Bastyr Board of Trustees and writing foundational books on naturopathic medicine, as well as training generations of graduates through ND residency programs. The students were thrilled by the opportunity to learn from the panel and to connect with the local NDs in attendance. The panel is hosted annually by the Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA), Bastyr Chapter.

Bastyr San Diego Recognized as a Live Well Partner

This spring, San Diego County officials designated Bastyr University as a Live Well San Diego (LWSD) recognized partner. As a recognized LWSD Live Well San Diegopartner, Bastyr University joins a network of over 300 organizations that are working together through committees, initiatives and events to support the vision of a region that is Building Better Health, Living Safely and Thriving. In celebration of this honor, the California campus hosted an afternoon community event that included presentations from special guests Dr. Nick Yphantides, San Diego County Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. Joe Pizzorno, Bastyr University co-founder. Bastyr was presented with a proclamation from the office of the County Supervisor to denote the new partnership.

Expanded Wellness Partnerships

In 2018, Bastyr Center for Natural Health, the University’s teaching clinic, also forged wellness partnerships with Seattle Musicians Access to Sustainable Healthcare (SMASH) and Meredith Corporation’s Seattle office. This expanded collaborative network brings the University one step closer to realizing Bastyr’s vision of transforming the health and well-being of the human community.

New Integrative Oncology Services Now Offered at Bastyr University Clinic in San Diego

Bastyr University Clinic, the teaching clinic of Bastyr University California, recently launched two new shifts that focus on the integrative medicine efforts and collaborations vital to the success of the California campus; Integrative Urgent Care and Integrative Oncology Services. Two new clinical faculty members have been hired to deliver expanded medical training opportunities to naturopathic medical students at the California campus and to enhance the health care offerings delivered by the clinic to the San Diego community.

Arianna Staruch, ND, Named Dean of the School of Naturopathic Medicine

Arianna Staruch, NDAfter much search and deliberation, Bastyr University has found its new Dean of Naturopathic Medicine! Dr. Staruch received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine in 1998 from National University of Natural Medicine in Portland Ore., and also holds a bachelor of science in laboratory animal technology from Quinnipiac College in New York. Prior to arriving at Bastyr University in 2011 as an Associate Professor of Clinical Studies, Dr. Staruch was the Academic Dean and a Professor of Health Sciences at the American College of Health Sciences; she was also a primary care provider in Portland. Dr. Staruch brings extensive knowledge to the position with her history on the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, past Institutional Board Member, (2012-2015) and site team evaluator (ongoing). Dr. Staruch is also a designated institutional voting member for the Council of Chief Academic and Clinical Officers of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC) since 2012 and was co-chair from 2014-2016. She also holds membership in both the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians (WANP), bringing a broad external presence to the Dean’s position.

SCNM Shares New and Upcoming Developments

SCNM Holds Spring Research Night

On February 23, 2018, SCNM hosted its semi-annual Research Night for our students, staff, faculty and local community. Under the guidance of our Director of Research, Jeffrey Langland, PhD, SCNM students have the opportunity to conduct research studies on topics they are passionate about, ranging from the characterization of botanicals effective against viruses to the effects of prolotherapy on chronic injuries.

When asked about the importance of the work that the SCNM Research Department is conducting, student presenter Elliot Zyglis said, “Research night is important for students at SCNM because it is a great opportunity to learn about some of the exciting research we are doing within the field of Naturopathic Medicine. Not only does it provide clinically relevant information to current and future physicians, but it opens doorways to new avenues of future exploration. I love the fact that we are able to conduct studies that are motivated by our individual passions and interests. We are standing on the shore of a vast frontier; there is so much within our field that has yet to be probed with the tools of modern science.”

Click here for a complete listing of presentations. The next research night will be held in the fall.

SCNM Students Continue to Produce Stellar NPLEX Scores

SCNM students recently produced another round of fantastic NPLEX scores! The recently released August 2017 testing results saw 95% of SCNM’s test takers passing the NPLEX Part I. This was 18% higher than the 77% average of all naturopathic schools.

We are proud of our students for their stellar work and our dedicated faculty for their efforts in preparing students for these important examinations.

SCNM Unveils New Website and Virtual Tour of Campus

Join SCNM on a virtual tour of campus! You can visit the SCNM campus from the comfort of your home. The virtual tour highlights many features of SCNM’s beautiful campus in Tempe, Arizona. Click here to experience the tour.

We’ve also launched a brand new website. Click here to explore!

ND Spotlight: Integrative Oncology Expert Dr. Jennifer Havens

We are excited to announce that Jennifer Havens, ND has recently joined SCNM. Dr. Havens is a naturopathic physician and clinical researcher specializing in integrative cancer care. After graduating from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, she completed an NIH/ NRSA clinical research fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle and then continued her clinical training as a Resident in Naturopathic Oncology at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia.

Dr. Havens focuses on integrative protocols for patients with cancer, informed by genomic analysis and quantitative cellular nutrient status. Prior to becoming a naturopathic physician, Dr. Havens completed her doctoral training at the University of Virginia in the Department of Molecular and Cancer Biology after which she continued as a researcher specializing in DNA-based molecular diagnostics. Her background in cancer biology and genomics, coupled with her training as a naturopathic physician, makes her uniquely qualified to create integrative treatment protocols driven by patient-specific genetic analysis.

Dr. Haven’s current research investigates the effects of somatic hyper and hypomethylation on tumor biology during both conventional and integrative treatment, as well as the use of natural products to modulate methylation both during treatment and during survivorship. Additionally, she is investigating the role of natural products in conjunction with Viscum album extract (VAE) therapy and modulation of progression of disease in patients using conventional chemotherapeutics and patients who have failed all lines of conventional therapy.

SCNM Leading the Way on Regenerative Injection Therapy

Regenerative injection therapies are a growing treatment choice for patients suffering from pain and illness. We are excited to announce our Regenerative Injection Therapy Program, which will provide medical professional with high level training to bring injection therapies to their practices.

This hybrid online course will consist of two on-site weekend workshops as well as recorded lectures and materials online. The onsite workshops will be taught by Dr. Tyna Moore and the SCNM Pain Relief Center’s Dr. Casey Seenauth. Furthermore, the program is open to 3rd and 4th year medical students and is available for 5 hours of pharmacology and 96 hours general CME credits.

Don’t Miss SCNM’s Open House Saturday, April 14th!

Hear from students, alumni and practicing NDs to learn more about the profession and the SCNM experience. Click here for more details.