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I deeply resonated with the of using the healing power of nature and food as medicine to facilitate self-healing and wellness. This belief is also prevalent in my own Southern Black-American roots and traditions, because for generations, my family had to depend on growing our own food, using herbs from the backyard/forest as our medicine, and passing along home remedies to manage our health.
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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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I want to be a provider who focuses on engaging patients in the cultivation of a healthy lifestyle which is individualized based on family history and identified risk factors so people can live, healthier, happier, longer lives. When I came upon the principles of naturopathic medicine, I knew naturopathic medicine was it for me. The principles speak for themselves, and, if followed well, they work wonders. 
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National University of Natural Medicine and its Helfgott Research Institute are at the forefront of naturopathic research. Active projects and initiatives include NIH-funded research of natural products, research embedded within ND clinics, and NIH-funded research training programs, plus ongoing support for those entering research careers.
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Sarah Denotter is a second-year naturopathic medical and Master of Science in Nutrition student at National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM). She shares her path to naturopathic medicine, global health experience, and excitement in being awarded the John Milner Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Research Practicum.
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Dr. Eli Andersen is a naturopathic primary care doctor at a federally qualified health center (FQHC) serving the north Oregon coastal community. He shares his path to naturopathic medicine and his passion for providing care to underserved communities.
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At National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), supporting the community through medical care and social responsibility has always been paramount. Learn how NUNM is diving into new ways of supporting the community, and to that end teaching students how to be nimble and socially conscious in their future careers.
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Every year the field of naturopathic medical education advances significantly. Each of the seven accredited naturopathic medical schools share an overview of what happened on their campus to further academics, scholarship and community outreach.
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Naturopathic medicine has made tremendous strides since 1919 when Washington became the first state to license NDs, but some things remain the same: genuine patient-centered care, adherence to the unique guiding principles and therapeutic order that define our profession, and the commitment to restoring health over managing symptoms. Journey with us through time at AANP 2019, the Annual Convention as we celebrate the past, present, and future of naturopathic medicine.
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Join the AANMC and President of the Naturopathic Medical Student Association – Blake Langley for an informative session on what it takes to thrive as an ND student!
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