Dr. Jolene Brighten – NUNM

“Throughout school through today, I have maintained a growth mindset, a gratitude practice, and had faith in my ability to create my own success. I coach many practitioners in business, and mindset is always a foundational piece that has been in place for me in order to succeed.”

Dr. Jolene Brighten is a naturopathic physician, leading expert in women’s health and Post-Birth Control Syndrome, best-selling author, international speaker, and clinical educator.

Laying the groundwork to become an ND

“As a child, I was always fascinated with natural and herbal remedies, and I witnessed the power of food as medicine. That was really the kind of medicine I was looking for. I wanted the ability to integrate nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, herbal medicine, and lifestyle therapies to be able to offer my people the most individualized medicine that would enable them to heal.

Prior to naturopathic medicine, I was pursuing my Master’s in nutrition science and was on track to go to UC Davis to get my PhD. What I came to recognize, was that while I had a lot of science under my belt, I was lacking a philosophy and an understanding of the body’s innate ability to heal. I realized that even if I produced the best research, it may never make it into clinical practice and actually change medicine in a way that benefited the patients. That’s what made me want to become a doctor and work one-on-one with patients. In naturopathic medicine I can read and implement the latest research in real time to provide my patients better care. Overtime, I’ve built a ​platform​ to educate more people about their body, while giving nutrition the respect it deserves and changing medicine for the better.”

NUNM as a springboard

“I chose NUNM because it was the oldest naturopathic medical college, and from what I could tell, was the most rooted in naturopathic philosophy, which is what I was looking for.

While I was a student, I started my own ​website​, producing articles and freelance writing wherever I could. I tend to look ahead of trends and borrow from other industries in terms of their innovations in order to shape the direction of my own company. I often laugh about how I was studying social media advertising while I was studying for my board exams. You won’t find many doctors who love learning about business as much as they do about medicine. As a student I recognized that if we, as naturopathic doctors, were going to be able to make a positive impact in people’s lives then we had to step out of the communities already familiar with us and start reaching a larger community.

Throughout school through today, I have maintained a growth mindset, a gratitude practice, and had faith in my ability to create my own success. I coach many practitioners in business, and mindset is always a foundational piece that has been in place for me in order to succeed.

After graduation I established a practice in California. I rapidly filled my practice and found myself with a six month new patient waiting list in less than a year. This forced me to get creative and to bring in other clinicians who could support patients on their journey. I built an integrative team and in very little time found myself being asked to speak on numerous podcasts, stages, and workshops. I also authored my first book, ​Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth​, which was inspired by my own experiences as a mother and from my work with patients. I went on to publish my second book, ​Beyond the Pill​, which is aimed at supporting women in addressing the root cause of their hormone imbalance and detailing how to stay safe on birth control and transition off successfully. I had become known as “the doctor who believed women’s birth control stories” and because of it, had more patients requesting to work with me than I had time in the day. Recognizing women needed this information that I could make a positive global impact, I have dedicated much of my career to providing education through books, speaking, social media, and clinician mentorship.”

Finding fulfillment as an ND

“After building and scaling three clinics and authoring two books, I now work on a global level as an international speaker and have been blessed to speak alongside many influential people, including ​Ricki Lake, Abby Epstein, Dr. Izabella Wentz, Dr. Alan Christianson, Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, Dave Asprey, JJ Virgin, Dr. Anthony Youn, Kara Goldin, and Robbe Richman.​ In my practice, I’ve had integrative residents, and I now work exclusively with high profile clients. I’ve collaborated on projects with change makers such as Deepak Choprah, Dr. Mark Hyman, and Danielle LaPorte. I’ve been ​featured in several documentaries including ​The Human Longevity Project​, Broken Brain 2, ​The Thyroid Secret​, ​Love is Medicine​, and ​Digestion SOS​.

What I like the most about being a naturopathic doctor is the ability to integrate any tool that my patient needs, and to leverage the therapeutic order to serve my patients best. I’m passionate about the advancements in women’s medicine and the ability to integrate new research as it becomes available. I enjoy educating patients and clinicians.”

Advice for aspiring NDs

“If you’re considering naturopathic medicine, I would advise you to shadow naturopathic doctors in your area to try to get a feel and sense of the practice of medicine. Knowing not all doctors practice the same, you will want to shadow several doctors and see what appeals to you. That might mean looking for a doctor that has an endocrine focus vs a gastroenterology focus. My other advice is to think about what your ideal life would look like. Spend some time journaling about what it is you want your life to look like. Understand how being a naturopathic doctor fits into that and get really clear on what your why ​ is. Medical school is no joke, and is going to demand a lot out of you. If you don’t know your ​why, it’s going to be hard to stay motivated. Hook into your ​why ​ and be clear on what you want your life to look like.

I’ve always asked for help and looked to others when I know something is not my strength. I have also avoided relationships with people who have limiting beliefs, especially around success and money, which I think is very important. If you’re surrounding yourself with people who don’t believe in you or are shaming you because you’re aiming to have a successful practice, you’re going to find yourself bogged down by their own mindset issues. Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you, who are more successful than you, and always ask for help.

Also know there are no overnight successes. Everything takes work. You have to be willing to work at it and be the dumbest person in the room in order to learn. There have been so many experts who have said, ‘your success will be defined by the five closest people you keep in your life,’ and I find that to be true time and again. Ensure you are surrounded by people who have already done what you want to do. Recognize that when you go to medical school, you’re not going to learn how to run a business. Those are going to be the skills that you have to cultivate or you have to hire out for. I have a fantastic team that supports me. I’ve hired business coaches and mentors who have supported me over the years. Get help when you need it.”

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Dr. Cynthia Anderson- UBSNM

“I love teaching what I believe in. I love the enthusiasm of my students for this medicine and their belief in it. Basically, I love my students.”

For Cynthia L. Anderson, ND, CNM, teaching has truly been a life’s calling that has taken her around the world. She shares her passion in naturopathic medicine by educating the future generation of NDs at the University of Bridgeport School of Naturopathic Medicine – her alma mater.

Why did you choose naturopathic medicine?

“I chose naturopathic medicine because I wanted to learn how to understand and treat the underlying causes of disease rather than use a Band-Aid or mechanistic approach. Working in the allopathic field for many years, I came to realize there was a more holistic way to help others. My father was an honoree naturopathic doctor, curing his gout with black cherry juice, his hypertension with exercise and beet juice. He was my champion in becoming a naturopathic doctor.”

Furthermore, Dr. Anderson experienced the healing power of nature while fighting cellulitis. She was amazed to see tea tree heal her infection within a few days without the side effects that she may have endured through the use of prescribed antibiotics.

What can students learn from you?

Dr. Anderson teaches naturopathic OB/gynecology, gynecology lab, medical ethics, physical examination lab full-time. She also supervises clinic shifts including a women’s healthcare shift. Her career experience is not only inspirational, but also educational.

“My hope is that students incorporate my abiding and deep love for naturopathic medicine and it’s principles into their practice. I intersperse life stories of various work experiences into my classes.”

Dr. Anderson worked as a midwife and as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Midwifery school where she led residents through the birthing process. She supervised and volunteered as a midwife in St. Lucia, the West Indies, and Thailand. In Cambodia, she spearheaded the training program for Khmer midwifes.

“On my clinic shifts, I emphasize working holistically with mind, body and spirit, adhering to naturopathic medicine principles. I impress on my students that the four-year program is only the beginning of a life-long journey in learning naturopathic medicine and the art of helping others.”

Dr. Anderson is continuously learning and incorporating her education into her work. She is certified in Wilson Temperature Syndrome and trained in holistic counseling.

“I am continually grateful to all of my teachers, many whom I work with at UBSNM.”

Finding fulfillment as an ND

“When naturopathic principles are combined with the natural ability of our bodies and minds to heal, it’s so powerful. As a midwife and life-long feminist I am passionate in educating women about their bodies and providing them with the guidance to stay healthy throughout life. Utilizing naturopathic medicine alongside my midwifery skills has enabled me to help women heal more effectively and profoundly than I could have ever imagined.”

Dr. Anderson has presented at the American College of Nurse Midwifery (ACNM) annual convention on natural options for menopause, and more recently on non-surgical options for urinary incontinence related to pelvic floor prolapse.

“Sharing naturopathic medicine with midwives and a broader population is one of my missions as a naturopathic doctor.”

As a part of increasing awareness of naturopathic medicine, Dr. Anderson hosted a radio show Your Health is Your Wealth where she featured many prominent naturopathic doctors.

“Dr. Ben Lynch was a guest and discussed the MTHFR gene mutation and its relationship to miscarriage. One of my listeners emailed me many months later to thank me, as after hearing the show she was tested for the mutation, treated and finally had a healthy baby.”

“Another story is in regards to Dr. Dennis Godby and his sons Isaiah and Jeremiah who literally ran from California to the East Coast with the goal of bringing the message about naturopathic medicine to the general population.” The brothers joined the podcast weekly to share updates on their journey and advocacy efforts.”

Dr. Anderson has a private practice called Sabita Holistic Health located in Southport, CT where she offers holistic, individualized care.

Advice for aspiring NDs

Dr. Anderson advises prospective students to explore their interest in naturopathic medicine. Shadowing or interviewing a naturopathic doctor is a great way to gain insight and network. If you decide naturopathic medicine is for you – jump in whole-heartedly, be prepared to work hard, and make your education a priority. Finally, “remember during the struggle of school what an honor it is to be a student of this medicine.”

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Naturopathic Approaches to Women’s Health

May is Women’s Health Month, an opportunity to remind women of the importance of screening, health education, and preventative care.
The AANMC shares resources that are important for women, not just in May, but all year long.

Heart Disease

25% of female deaths are attributed to heart disease.1 64% of women who die suddenly from coronary heart disease have no symptoms.Watch naturopathic cardiologist Dr. Decker Weiss’ webinar on naturopathic approaches for women with heart disease.

Osteoporosis

Approximately 25% of women will develop osteoporosis in their lifetime.1 The National Osteoporosis Foundation reports that approximately half of women over the age of 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis.2 Lifestyle factors such as exercising, specifically weight bearing, and maintaining a nutritious diet with vitamin D and calcium are critical to bone health.

Stress

Stress can ripple through all aspects of our mind and body. Dr. Brad Lichtenstein shares how NDs help patients identify and prevent stressors, teaching them simple techniques to manage stress, and how to avoid situations that may lead to negative impacts on health and well-being.

Infertility

12% percent of women have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term.1 Naturopathic approaches to improved fertility help couples conceive quickly and safely while addressing the root cause of conception issues.

Cancer

Over 1.5 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the Unites States. 38% of women will develop cancer in their lifetime.1 Drawing on decades of combined experience in naturopathic oncology, Dr. Marcia Prenguber and Dr. Marie Winters review the role of a naturopathic physician from risk reduction to survivorship.

Arthritis

Arthritis impacts over 50 million Americans, making it the number one cause of disability in the country.1 Learn about the large toolbox naturopathic doctors have to help those suffering with any form of arthritis.

Pain Management

Millions of American are prescribed opioids to cope with chronic pain. It’s estimated that 21-29% of patients will misuse them, and  8-12% will develop an abuse disorder.1 46 people die every day from overdosing on prescription opiods.2 Dr. Tyna Moore discusses the opioid crisis and non-pharmacological approaches to pain management.

PCOS

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age.1 Dr. Jamine Blesoff discusses the impacts on long-term health and how naturopathic medicine can make a difference.

Depression and Anxiety

Women are nearly two times more likely to be diagnosed with depression than men.1 Studies show that anxiety and depression are related to our genetic tendencies and exposure to stressors. Dr. Peter Bongiorno explains how naturopathic medicine can help resolve mood-related issues.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Most people are embarrassed to talk about problems they experience in the bathroom. With a worldwide prevalence of 10-20%, it’s time to start talking about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).1 Hear from four NDs about why naturopathic medicine may hold the key to uncovering the root cause of IBS.

Endometriosis

200 million women worldwide and 1 in 10 women in the United States suffer from endometriosis.1 Dr. Alison Egeland discusses naturopathic approaches to women’s health and a tricky case of endometriosis.

Weight Management

Greater than 2 out of 3 women in the United States are either overweight or obese.1 Dr. Afsoun Khalili reviews natural approaches to weight loss and healthy weight maintenance.

PMS

Over 90% of women experience some form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).1 Dr. Ellen Lewis shares how NDs guide patients to combat PMS and irregular periods, naturally.

Diabetes

1 in 9 women in the Unites States has diabetes.1 Learn how naturopathic approaches to diabetes treatment can relieve symptoms, help patients manage blood sugar levels better, and in some cases reverse disease progression.

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Naturopathic Approaches to PCOS

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

Learn More About Becoming a Naturopathic Doctor

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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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About the Presenter

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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