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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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Welcome to the Fall 2014 issue of Vital News for NDs! Due to an extra heavy work load – and a lack of article submissions – we didn’t publish a summer issue this year, so it’s good to be back. Here is a brief update on some of the activities that have been keeping me […]
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 […]
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 […]
Public Speaking Tips: Spreading the Work of Naturopathic Medicine When I was a student in naturopathic medical school in the early ‘80s, one of my teachers declared: “To be a practitioner in the world of natural medicine you also have to be someone who can stand up in front of a group and give a […]
Seattle/King County Clinic – October 23-26, 2014 – Providing FREE Dental, Vision and Medical Care The Seattle/King County community is coming together to host the first Seattle/King County Clinic with Remote Area Medical® (RAM) in October 2014. RAM is a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to providing FREE healthcare through clinics operated entirely on community involvement […]