Naturopathic Doctors and Global Health

Did you know that naturopathic doctors work around the globe? Learn about the current field work in naturopathic service learning worldwide and how you can get involved! Join the AANMC and Dr. Sean Hesler – Executive Director of Naturopaths Without Borders to shape the why of your career through global health service. Plus, learn how to balance naturopathic medical school while staying involved.
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About the Presenter

Dr. Sean X. Hesler received his medical training from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ. He received the 2018 American Association of Naturopathic Physicians President’s Award and the 2011 SCNM Alumni Award for Community Service for his commitment to global and community health throughout his career. Alongside his wife Dr. Sarah Preston Hesler he co-founded the MamaBaby Haiti birth center in 2010. Dr. Sean currently serves as Executive Director of Naturopaths Without Borders (NWB), a not-for-profit organization operating in Haiti, Mexico, Thailand, and Phoenix. In addition to sharing lessons on global health at universities and conferences around the United States, Dr. Sean teaches medical students and professionals in seminars and at NWB’s sites. He is also an adjunct faculty member at A.T. Still University. Dr. Sean uses the tools of root-cause naturopathic medicine to stimulate profound healing and life shifts. He specializes in cognitive enhancement, genomic medicine, biohacking, mental-emotional conditions and pain relief through physical and mental-emotional therapies.

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Cutting Edge Regenerative Medicine for Pain Patients

Cutting Edge Regenerative Medicine for Pain Patients 

Join the AANMC and Dr. Casey Seenauth – Staff Physician at the Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) for an informative webinar on naturopathic approaches to pain management through the use of regenerative medicine. Learn how he and other naturopathic doctors treat acute and chronic pain, sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions.

Here’s what you can expect to learn:
– Common causes of musculoskeletal pain
– Definitions of regenerative medicine and prolotherapy
– How regenerative medicine fits in with the therapeutic order
– Considerations for creating a comprehensive naturopathic approach for pain management

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Cutting Edge Regenerative Medicine for Pain Patients

Join the AANMC and Dr. Casey Seenauth – Staff Physician at the Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) for an informative webinar on naturopathic approaches to pain management through the use of regenerative medicine. Learn how he and other naturopathic doctors treat acute and chronic pain, sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions.

Here’s what you can expect to learn:
– Common causes of musculoskeletal pain
– Definitions of regenerative medicine and prolotherapy
– How regenerative medicine fits in with the therapeutic order
– Considerations for creating a comprehensive naturopathic approach for pain management

*Webinar does not qualify for CE

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About the Presenter

Dr. Casey Seenauth is a 2013 graduate of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and a licensed naturopathic physician in Arizona. He has a passion for treating acute and chronic pain, sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Seenauth uses several modalities in his practice, including homeopathy, physical medicine, nutrition and botanical medicine. He has a special interest in regenerative injection therapies and prolotherapy. Dr. Seenauth completed his BS in biology/pre-medical sciences at Florida Atlantic University, where he also minored in Italian language.

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Dr. Casey Seenauth – SCNM

“I love being able to offer patients a new perspective on their health care. Many patients come to my office after being told that they have exhausted all the options that conventional medicine has to offer.”

Laying the groundwork to become an ND

“In college, I knew that I was working towards a career in health care, but I struggled to find the right place. I was considering nursing or pharmacy. One of my mentors in college was a registered dietician who showed me the power of nutrition in addressing chronic disease. She steered me in the direction of naturopathic medicine, and I was fascinated to learn that there was an entire field of medicine based on the body’s innate ability for self-repair.”

SCNM as a springboard

“I knew that naturopathic medicine aligned with my personal philosophy towards health and wellness. What I didn’t know at the time that I decided to come to Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) was if I would fit in. From my first week of orientation, I knew that I had made the right choice to become a naturopathic physician. I found myself in a community of like-minded individuals who were inspired to make a difference in the lives of patients and to transform how health care is provided.”

“SCNM caught my attention with the broad scope of practice being taught and the forward-looking stance on how naturopathic physicians can collaborate with other providers to change the future of healthcare. The deciding factor came down to the strong sense of community and school spirit at SCNM.”

“After graduation I completed a two-year general medicine residency at SCNM. During that time, I had the opportunity to train with pioneers in the fields of injection therapy and pain management. After residency, I was fortunate enough to be offered a position at the Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine, where I have been practicing since 2015. My education at SCNM gave me the foundations to launch my regenerative medicine practice.  It takes a strong understanding of anatomy and orthopedics to do injection therapy.”

Regenerative Medicine and Pain Management

“Coming from an athletic background, I have an affinity for anatomy, biomechanics and understanding how people move. As a self-professed geek, I’m inspired by research that seeks to unlock human potential. Regenerative medicine is both cutting edge and deeply aligned with the naturopathic traditions.”

“I treat patients every day for acute and chronic pain conditions. For most of these patients, a naturopathic approach is brand new for them. So much of my work is educating and empowering patients to stop being passive recipients of medical treatments and start being active participants in the healing process. I treat patients with prolotherapy, PRP, or stem cell injections alongside other naturopathic modalities: nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine.”

“SCNM has recently created an honors track program for students who are interested in learning about regenerative medicine. I work with a small group of fourth year medical students seeking extra education and training in regenerative modalities. We have a weekly journal club and once a month skills workshops in addition to the usual training they receive on shift.”

Dr. Seenauth invites everyone to join him for his free AANMC webinar – Cutting Edge Regenerative Medicine for Pain Patients on September 19th. Click here to register!

“People who tune in to this webinar can expect to learn how regenerative medicine can fit into a naturopathic medical practice. If you’re planning on creating a regenerative medicine practice, or if you’re just curious, you can learn the basics.”

Finding fulfillment as an ND

“Naturopathic physicians are such a diverse crowd. Each of us have our own niche as far as patients that we treat, modalities used, and treatment approach. This has been a great benefit for me, as it gives me a platform to express my creativity and practice the art of medicine.”

“I love being able to offer patients a new perspective on their health care. Many patients come to my office after being told that they have exhausted all the options that conventional medicine has to offer.”

Advice for aspiring NDs

“This is a tough road. Be sure that your heart is in it. Be prepared to face skepticism. There are great potential rewards and if you stick it out, you will have the opportunity to make a great impact on the health and well-being of those in your community.”

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Can Naturopathic Approaches Help Win the Battle Against Substance Abuse?

Can Naturopathic Approaches Help Win the Battle Against Substance Abuse?

Learn how naturopathic medicine can help patients manage pain and overcome addiction.
 

In 2017, 19.7 million Americans battled a substance use disorder, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Addiction is a serious issue that threatens lives on a daily basis; naturopathic medicine takes a whole-person approach to addiction management and recovery. NDs across North America are making an impact in natural approaches to pain management and helping patients avoid and wean off of addictive therapies for pain.

“Addiction is not just a mental problem, a physical problem, or a biochemical problem. It is very much all those things and more.” Turshá Hamilton, ND

NUHS Whole Health Center

“Pain patients treated with opiates have the same biochemical and neurochemical changes that addicts do on the physical side. Addiction may be seen as an attachment to the drug from the emotional side.” David Arneson, ND

SCNM’s World Addiction and Health Institute

Treatments vary depending on the specific patient, but NDs have a natural toolbox of possibilities.

 
“Acutely, the naturopathic doctor must consider what the patient is going through. Insomnia, elevated blood pressure, nausea and vomiting, and body aches are just a few of the symptoms during the first stages of withdrawal,” Dr. Hamilton says.

Recommendations for Initial Treatments:

  • nutrient IV therapy to replenish vitamins, minerals, and amino acids lost through addiction and the withdrawal process
  • acupuncture
  • hydrotherapy
  • homeopathy
  • herbs

“In this stage, it may also be necessary to consider prescribing medications to make the withdrawal process more tolerable (with the goal of using these drugs for as short-term as possible),” she explains.

“Some naturopathic doctors treat addiction by addressing alterations in brain chemistry that contribute both to addictive behavior and withdrawal symptoms. For example, amino acid therapies can be used to support restoration of neurotransmitter pathways that are depleted by long term drug use.” Casey Seenauth, ND

Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Arneson recommends amino acid therapies. “It is useful for the physician to understand that a lot of the drugs such as opiates or anti-depressants utilized for pain relief often lead to more pain, since these drugs lower the amounts of specific neurotransmitters over time,” he says. “These neurotransmitters need to be in sufficient healthy levels for our own endogenous pain system to work efficiently. This can be rectified by the utilization of specific amino acid formulas designed to bring these levels back into normal ranges once the drugs are out of the system.”

“Acupuncture, particularly, auricular acupuncture is very helpful to reduce cravings as well,” Dr. Seenauth adds. “The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association protocol is well-researched, standardized, and effective in dealing with many of the side effects of drug withdrawal.”

Dr. Arneson recommends a set of naturopathic protocols that he has implemented in the three in-patient treatment centers he co-founded:

  • treat aggressively with focused nutrition, intravenous nutrients, and specific amino acid formulas for the first month
  • ongoing 12-step program
  • intense counseling
  • intensive outpatient treatment

“85% of the patients that take responsibility for their recovery and follow these simple suggestions are clean and sober at the end of the first year of sobriety,” he says.

“In our experience, utilizing nutritional treatments, the initial repair work can be accomplished in three to six weeks on average. If we do not incorporate focused nutritional treatment this can take on the average six months to two years—or what we call post-acute withdrawal syndrome,” he says.

Dr. Arneson’s long-term approaches:

  • exercise such as yoga or Tai Chi
  • counseling
  • instilling responsibility for the recovery

Dr. Hamilton also has preferred treatments to employ after the initial stage of recovery. “In considering how to treat the person long term, the doctor, or team must address why they may have started using in the first place. I found many patients were self-medicating because of an underlying condition like depression, bipolar disorder, or they may have been abused or abandoned. Some may even have been addicted to a medication because they were in chronic pain and just trying to get some relief,” Dr. Hamilton says.

Natural approaches for chronic pain relief

  • teaching stress management skills
  • stretching, yoga, meditation, exercising
  • sauna or steam room therapy
  • volunteering to help deal with life, triggers, and past events that may have led to drug use
  • setting up a support system – both individual and group – to provide a place to talk through experiences

“As you can see, there is no one approach to addiction recovery. Each patient is unique so their treatment must also be unique and fit their specific situation and stage of rehabilitation,” Dr. Hamilton says.

Naturopathic medicine is a key tool in managing pain without pharmaceuticals.

“It’s my opinion that the best way that we can address the issue of addiction to opioid pain medication is through the proper and adequate treatment of pain,” says Dr. Seenauth.
“Where naturopathic medicine really shines is in managing painful conditions, helping the patient with diet and exercise recommendations, and supplementation when necessary.” Klee Bethel, ND

Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine

“We’ve seen that therapies that only include pharmaceuticals often don’t give the patient significant relief over the long term and can have very deleterious side effects,” says Dr. Hamilton. “By using medical nutrition, botanical medicine, mind-body medicine, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, and homeopathy, we can offer the chronic pain patient more options that may offer them relief, resolution, and hope in a future that has less pain and sickness, and more vitality.”

“Starting at a fundamental level, diet plays a huge role in treating pain,” Dr. Seenauth says. “Many painful conditions are aggravated by inflammation, which can be reduced and modulated through use of an anti-inflammatory diet, such as:

  • proper levels of omega-3 fatty acids
  • plant based foods
  • vitamin D supplements

“Diet is not a one-size-fits-all therapy,” he says. “Naturopathic physicians can help patients navigate which diet is appropriate for their individual needs.”

 

Dr. Hamilton recommends specific anti-inflammatory foods:

  • leafy green vegetables
  • vegetables that have rainbow colors like blueberries, bell peppers, squash, pumpkin
  • fewer processed foods (breads, pastas, muffins)
  • healthy fats (avocado, coconut, olive oil)
  • organically-fed, free-range, wild-caught meats

 

Regenerative injection therapies can repair injured tissues that are sources of pain such as:

  • prolotherapy helps to tighten ligaments and repair connective tissue that cause pain
  • tissue transfer using bone marrow or adipose can stimulate the damaged tissue to undergo cellular proliferation and repair
  • neural prolotherapy or perineural injection technique is a new therapy developed by Dr. John Lyftogt that targets neurogenic pain by injecting a dilute sugar solution near inflamed cutaneous nerves

In addition, homeopathy is very effective in treating pain. Dr. Seenauth’s recommended remedies include:

  • Arnica – bruises, soreness, tender to touch (commonly used after falls or other blunt trauma injuries)
  • Rhus toxicodendron – stiff, sore joints (pain is worse with rest and better with continued motion, pain improves with warm applications)
  • Ruta graveolens – strained ligaments, pain and stiffness in tendons

Herbal and Nutritional Supplements that Can be Effective:

  • turmeric (anti-inflammatory)
  • bromelain (anti-inflammatory)
  • boswellia (anti-inflammatory)
  • papain (anti-inflammatory)
  • ginger (anti-inflammatory)
  • John’s wort (for nerves)
  • milky oats (for nerves)
  • passionflower (for nerves)
  • lavender (for nerves)
  • peppermint (antispasmodic)
  • thyme (antispasmodic)
  • chamomile (antispasmodic)
  • magnesium (for tissue)
  • CoQ10 (for tissue)
  • calcium (for tissue)
  • potassium (for tissue)
  • vitamin D (for tissue)
  • B vitamins (for tissue)

Dr. Arneson also notes that “sometimes the simplest remedies are overlooked, such as ice or mild heat to the affected area to reduce inflammation or tightness of a muscle.”

Naturopathic physicians are uniquely trained to use a multitude of techniques and therapies to manage health and treat addiction. Click here to find an ND near you in the US and Canada.

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