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Telemedicine Guidelines in Washington

The Board of Naturopathy adopted guidelines for naturopathic physicians regarding how telemedicine is “to be defined, supervised, regulated, and disciplined” that are accessible by clicking here. These guidelines establish the standard of care expected for patient services provided in this manner. They do not address what a health plan may or may not pay for. […]

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VAC Update 4/18/2019

Hello WANP Members, Happy Spring to everyone. I hope this update finds each of you happy and healthy. Below is an outline of updates from the Washington State Vaccine Advisory Committee. Unfortunately, it’s been a very busy several months in terms of vaccine preventable disease in our state in light of the measles outbreak. Please […]

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In Memoriam: Mark Gignac, ND

Mark Gignac, ND     June 13, 1957 – September 20, 2018 It is with deep sadness that we share news of the passing of our colleague Mark Gignac, who passed away suddenly on September 20, 2018. Mark graduated from Bastyr University in 1992 as a doctorate in naturopathy and in 1996 with a masters degree […]

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In Memoriam: Steve Austin, ND

Dr. Steve Austin        May 14, 1947 – March 10, 2018 (The following is a re-posting of a tribute to Dr. Austin published by the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians.) Steve was born in Brooklyn, New York to Joseph and Mollie Austin. He lived in many places around the US but Portland was […]

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Member Report: Volunteering at the Seattle/King County Clinic

I had the great experience of volunteering for the Seattle/King County Clinic (SKC Clinic) that was held at Key Arena from Oct 26-29 this Fall. I was overwhelmed by the abundance of altruism, compassion, and love displayed by all the volunteers involved in this amazing endeavor. The SKC Clinic provided thousands of people with no or […]

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Flash News: Fall 2014

Update:  Prescription Review, the Prescription Monitoring Program for Washington State, regarding the prescription drug query system that health care providers use. Redesign of the System’s Practitioner User Interface: The practitioner user interface for Prescription Review is changing. Prescription Review is the online system you access to query patient histories for controlled substances in Washington. The […]

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Member Report: Vaccine Advisory Committee

This is a brief update about the Vaccine Advisory Committee (VAC) at the WA state Department of Health (DOH) and includes some of my own recommendations about vaccination and naturopathic medicine.  The VAC’s purpose is to advise the DOH on matters related to vaccination and is made up of 15-20 voluntary members from Public Health […]

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One Potato, Two Potato

Patients often come seeking our advice on what foods are good for them to eat and expecting clear-cut answers. These aren’t the sorts of questions that answers come easily for. Take wine as an example. Sure it lowers risk of cardiovascular disease but it raises risk of upper GI cancers. Then again it lowers risk […]

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