Naturopathic Perspective

To Slow Neurodegenerative Disease, Reduce Toxins, Quell Inflammation

By Todd Born, ND, Contributing Writer

A holistic, integrative approach can often slow the neurodegenerative processes that underlie Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, and many other neurological conditions. But neurodegenerative disorders are typically very complicated, with multiple comorbidities, so it can be difficult even to know where to begin. A seasoned naturopathic physician offers guidance.

John Bastyr: Physician, Healer, Mentor

By Erik Goldman

“Dr. Bastyr was a true a physician-healer.  And he was always learning,” Dr. Joe Pizzorno told Holistic Primary Care. The founder of Bastyr University, now celebrating it's 40th year, reflects on his mentor and main inspiration.

Bastyr University at 40: An Enduring Legacy & a Bright Future

By Erik Goldman, Editor

It began with a dream, the zeal of youth, and the knowledge of a few elders. Oh, and $200 in cash. Forty years later, Bastyr University is a vibrant nucleus of naturopathic medicine, with two thriving campuses, thousands of graduates, multiple degree tracks, a robust research agenda, and an uncanny knack for making waves far greater than its modest size would predict. In this in-depth feature, HPC talked to the school's founders, current students, and early supporters to reflect on the vast legacy of this institution and its future directions.

Regenerative Injection Therapy: An Effective, Underused Option for Musculoskeletal Injuries

By Michael Traub, ND, FABNO - Vol. 11, No. 2. Summer, 2010

Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT), also known as prolotherapy, is an effective, low-cost treatment for treating musculoskeletal problems, and to truly repair overuse injuries. Yet it remains sadly underutilized in the US.

 

 

Naturopathic Medicine, Prescribing Rights & The Hard Road to a Better Health Care System

By Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 1. Spring, 2010
Last year, Hawaii naturopaths won a major victory when the state legislature expanded their independent prescribing authority. No sooner had the ink dried then the Hawaii Medical Assocation, with blessings from the AMA, sought to repeal the new law. The opposition is troubling given the dire shortage of primary care MDs in Hawaii and many other states.

Naturopathic Doctor vs. H1N1 Virus

By Michael Traub, ND, FABNO - Vol. 10, No. 4. Winter, 2009

What happens when a naturopathic doctor & his girlfriend get the H1N1 flu? A whole lot of coughing, sneezing, fevering and bed rest, that’s what. Swine flu is  nasty, says Dr. Michael Traub, but for most people it’s not likely to be life-threatening.

Healing Words: Communicating Effectively With Your Patients

By Lee Lipsenthal, MD, ABHM | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 4. Winter, 2006

A physician's words and manner of communicating can be of great help or great harm to patients. Lee Lipsenthal, MD, looks at communication styles that help activate a patient's own innate healing abilities.

Why the Natural Products Industry Needs the FDA

By Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 9, No. 4. Winter, 2008

The natural products industry has done a poor job of regulating itself thus far, making it difficult for many doctors who are committed to natural medicine to know which products they can trust. An overhaul of the regulatory system is long overdue.

Reconsidering Supplement-Pharmaceutical Interactions

By Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 3, No. 3. October, 2002

Not all interactions between dietary supplements and pharmaceuticals are negative. In fact, there are many cases in which a nutrient or herb can improve the effect of a drug or reduce drug side effects. Michael Traub, ND, explores some of these beneficial interactions.