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Sleep Deprived in Seattle

Let’s offer our heartiest congratulations to Dr. Catherine Darley, whose work appeared in the Top Doc issue of Seattle magazine (July).  The article profiles the success story of a patient with Shiftwork Sleep Disorder, and illustrates her alternative approaches to pharmacological solutions for sleep disorders.

Each year Seattle magazine comes out with a list of Top Docs in the region, though unfortunately they don’t typically list naturopathic physicians.  It’s nice to see our profession represented! We are coming of age, folks!

Let’s write and thank them for appreciating Dr. Darley’s significant work, and perhaps encourage them to add NDs to their Top Doc list in the future.

You can read the full article here:


Naturopathic Research Institute Demonstrates Value of ND Approach

The article is titled How Naturopathic Doctors Are Proving the Value of Naturopathic Medicine.

On June 18, the Huffington Post piece by former Bastyr VP and AANP executive director John Weeks had 1,394 “likes” and 525 Facebook re-posts. The article is based on the whole practice research of Ryan Bradley, ND, MPH, Carlo Caalbrese, ND, MPH, and Erica Oberg, ND, MPH. All four are associated with the Naturopathic Physicians Research Institute, and the WANP supports their research in every way possible.

The WANP will be running a series of articles on their research, beginning with the first article this month by Dr. Caalbrese, and we encourage members not only to check out their valuable work, but to make immediate use of their important statistical findings to educate current and potential patients and legislators.

Weeks is publisher-editor of the Integrator Blog News & Reports, considered the top publication on policy and business issues relative to healthcare integration. Free subscriptions are available on the upper right of the Integrator site: www.theintegratorblog.com

State of Washington Notification Regarding Pertussis (Whooping Cough

A detailed account of our states’ pertussis epidemic was published July 19, in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Our ongoing pertussis epidemic shows that whooping cough trends are changing. We’re seeing more disease in school age children, and we’re learning one of the reasons is that protection from whooping cough vaccines wears off. Even though it doesn’t last as long as expected, vaccination is still the best protection for everyone, especially to prevent disease in infants.

As of July 14, 2012, there were 3,014 reported cases throughout the state compared to 219 reported in the same period last year. This year so far, 185 babies less than one year of age have been reported as having pertussis, and 39 of them were hospitalized. Thirty-one of the hospitalized babies (79 percent) were 3 months of age or younger. Adolescents 10–13 years of age have the highest incidence rate at 218.2 per 100,000, and comprise 25 percent of the total cases.

Read the full notice or read our summer issue’s article on the return of whooping cough.

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