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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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Circadian Rhythm Disorders

Circadian rhythm disorders are fairly common, affecting approximately 20% of the population. Yet it is one of the areas often overlooked in naturopathic education and one that’s going to show up in your primary care office. Here are a few faces of circadian rhythm disorders you may have seen: the shift worker who has hypertension […]

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Guidelines for Appropriate and Valuable Referrals to a Dermatologist – Part II

Impetigo and pyoderma may indicate serious medical/surgical problems. With adequate clinical and laboratory experience, a primary care physician may be able to diagnose and treat impetigo and other bacterial pyodermas with topical and oral antibiotics.   A referral to a dermatologist would be indicated if: The diagnosis was uncertain. Lack of satisfactory response to treatment […]

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Guidelines for Appropriate and Valuable Referrals to a Dermatologist – Part I

Recently I was asked to develop guidelines for appropriate use of dermatological referrals for naturopathic physicians. While many conditions can be properly assessed and treated by a primary care physician or naturopath, dermatology referrals often provide financial savings and quicker resolution of the condition. This is better for the patient and better for our medical […]

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Letter to the Editor: Prescribing Controlled Substances

To the Editor and members of the WANP: How is it that naturopathic physicians have the same level of responsibility to their patients as other physicians yet have limited prescription authority of controlled substances? As physicians, naturopaths need to have all of the necessary “tools” to manage patients appropriately. This is a respectfully pressing commentary […]

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Flash News: Spring 2014

            CE Update – Save the Date – October 11 – 12, 2014 The WANP is offering a two-day clinical conference this Fall at the Lynnwood Convention Center. This year’s program is entitled “Pain Management in Naturopathic Practice” and below is a tentative list of speakers and topics:   Christian […]

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