Like many who find our profession, I struggled with my own unresolved chronic health issues from years of stress, frequent travel, and excessive antibiotic use. I found the best solutions for myself with naturopathic medicine.
Dr. Yalda Shokoohinia, SCNM faculty, states, "One of my main goals in the educational process is to transfer an interdisciplinary experience to students including chemistry, biology, and clinical aspects of pharmacology."
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.
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.
A career as a licensed naturopathic physician is exciting and rewarding. With numerous types of naturopathic programs advertised, how do you choose the program that is right for you? Learn the difference between a traditional naturopath and a licensed naturopathic doctor in North America.