Naturopathic Doctors Offer Natural Therapies to Treat Cervical Dysplasia and HPV

January 2, 2017

 

Naturopathic Doctors Offer Natural Therapies to Treat Cervical Dysplasia and HPV

National Cervical Health Awareness Month

 

 

Washington, DC – For women diagnosed with cervical dysplasia or Human Papillomavirus (HPV), naturopathic doctors offer safe and effective treatments that address the root cause. This is according to the Institute for Natural Medicine (INM), which today released a new FAQ about how naturopathic doctors help prevent and treat cervical dysplasia and HPV, in partnership with the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).
The main risk factor for cervical dysplasia is the presence of HPV. Without treatment, advanced cervical dysplasia can progress to cervical cancer. Approximately 40 percent of American women, and 45 percent of men, currently have some form of HPV, putting them at risk.

 

Focusing on the whole person, naturopathic doctors take the time to identify and address the genetic, environmental, and behavioral/lifestyle factors that cause cervical dysplasia. Naturopathic doctors treat low- and mid-grade dysplasia with a combination of lifestyle modification, therapeutic diets, nutrient and botanical therapies, and local treatment of the cervix. Specific therapies are individualized to the patient based on their diagnosis, emotional, and physical constitution.


“Surgical procedures are often a prescribed treatment for cervical dysplasia. These treatments have risks and complications, and can lead to longer-term impacts on conception and childbirth,” said Michelle Simon, PhD, ND and Chair of the INM Board of Directors. “Naturopathic medicine opens up options for women. There are many natural therapies that treat dysplasia directly, and help the body’s immune system fight and clear the HPV virus.”
The complete FAQ, “How do naturopathic doctors help prevent and treat cervical dysplasia and HPV?” can be found here.

 

About the Institute for Natural Medicine

The Institute for Natural Medicine (INM) is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides public education about naturopathic medicine and increases consumer access to naturopathic doctors. As a close partner to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the INM strives to increase consumer and physician choice in safe, effective healthcare that improves patient outcomes and lowers costs. For more information visit www.naturemed.org or call 855-799-4490.

 

About the AANP

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians is the professional association that represents licensed naturopathic physicians. The AANP strives to make naturopathic medicine available to every American, and to increase recognition of naturopathic physicians as the identified authorities on natural medicine. Learn more at www.naturopathic.org.

Naturopathic Treatments for Chronic Conditions Are Safe and Effective, According to Numerous Research Studies

December 26, 2017

Naturopathic Treatments for Chronic Conditions Are Safe and Effective, According to Numerous Research Studies

Washington, DC – Numerous research studies of naturopathic treatments for common chronic conditions have shown that naturopathic medicine is both safe and effective. This is according to the Institute for Natural Medicine (INM), which today released a new FAQ about the safety of naturopathic medicine, in partnership with the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).

Naturopathic medicine emphasizes prevention and the self-healing process to treat each person holistically and improve health outcomes. Consumers evaluating whether naturopathic medicine is safe should be aware of the following:

  1. Numerous research studies of naturopathic treatments for common conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, chronic low back pain, and anxiety have shown that naturopathic medicine is both safe and effective.
  2. Licensed naturopathic doctors complete a rigorous, four-year, in-residence, science-based, post-graduate medical education consisting of 4,100 hours of coursework and clinical training at an accredited naturopathic medical school.
  3. Medical malpractice insurance rates for naturopathic doctors are among the lowest of any medical services provider.
  4. Few medical treatments are 100% safe, but some are safer than others.

“With 2.7 million serious adverse reactions to legally prescribed prescription drugs each year, Americans should be cautious when seeking medical treatments and providers,” said Michelle Simon, PhD, ND and Chair of the INM Board of Directors. “Naturopathic doctors follow the Therapeutic Order, a set of guidelines for clinical decision making that offer the greatest benefit to the patient with the least potential for damage. This means that naturopathic doctors begin with minimally invasive therapies aimed at supporting the body, and recommend invasive treatments as a last resort.”

The complete FAQ, “Is naturopathic medicine safe?” can be found here.

About the Institute for Natural Medicine

The Institute for Natural Medicine (INM) is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides public education about naturopathic medicine and increases consumer access to naturopathic doctors. As a close partner to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the INM strives to increase consumer and physician choice in safe, effective healthcare that improves patient outcomes and lowers costs. For more information visit www.naturemed.org or call 855-799-4490.

About the AANP

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians is the professional association that represents licensed naturopathic physicians. The AANP strives to make naturopathic medicine available to every American, and to increase recognition of naturopathic physicians as the identified authorities on natural medicine. Learn more at www.naturopathic.org.

National Diabetes Month: Naturopathic Doctors Emphasize Lifestyle Changes in Treating All Types of Diabetes

November 28, 2017

Washington, DC – Licensed naturopathic doctors help people with or at risk for diabetes make and sustain lifestyle changes that can prevent, improve or reverse the disease. This is according to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), which today released a new FAQ with advice for consumers on how naturopathic doctors treat patients with diabetes, in partnership with the Institute for Natural Medicine (INM).

Diabetes is one of the most common health conditions in the United States. On the rise for the last decade, today an estimated 30.3 million people live with the disease.

Naturopathic doctors take the time to identify and address the genetic, environmental and behavioral/lifestyle factors that play significant roles in diabetes. Nutritional deficiencies, environmental toxins and hormonal imbalances can contribute to insulin resistance. A naturopathic doctor explores all of these factors to determine which ones should be prioritized and how they can be modified.

“Lifestyle changes around diet and exercise are game-changers in the treatment of all types of diabetes,” said Michelle Simon, PhD, ND and Chair of the INM Board of Directors. “However, many patients have a difficult time making such changes. With advanced training in nutrition and counseling, naturopathic doctors are highly effective in engaging patients to take control of their own health.”

Len Wisneski, MD, FACP, board certified in Endocrinology and Metabolism says, “Lifestyle choices, correction of nutritional deficiencies, and stress reduction are extremely important factors in diabetes treatment, and naturopathic doctors excel at delivering whole person care. At the same time, NDs also work in conjunction with conventional endocrinologists to co-manage patient care.”

For more information on how naturopathic doctors treat diabetes, the complete FAQ, “How do naturopathic doctors treat patients with diabetes?” can be found here.

 

Naturopathic Medicine Empowers Patients to Take Charge of Their Health

November 7, 2017

Washington, DC – Naturopathic doctors are uniquely educated and trained to engage patients in prevention and lifestyle changes that help build and restore optimal health. This is according to the Institute for Natural Medicine (INM), which today released a new FAQ for consumers describing how naturopathic medicine empowers patients to take charge of their health, in partnership with the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).

Empowering people to become more informed about their health options, more involved in their healthcare decisions, and more capable of maintaining their own good health can lead to better outcomes and lower costs. Naturopathic medicine excels in these areas.

Naturopathic doctors believe you know your body better than anyone else, and most want you to provide detailed information about symptoms you are having and what you think might be causing them. Most naturopathic doctors will also want you to interact with them to make sure you thoroughly understand your overall health, chronic issues, or diseases you might be at risk for. When a treatment plan is being considered, naturopathic doctors will want to make sure you understand your options and collaborate with you on decisions regarding your care.

“Taking charge of your health is especially valuable when it comes to prevention and treatment of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes,” said Michelle Simon, PhD, ND and Chair of the INM Board of Directors. “Research has shown that for many people, these conditions can be prevented or better managed through dietary and lifestyle changes—treatments that require patients to actively participate in their own care.”

The complete FAQ can be found here.

 

Naturopathic Medicine Supports Breast Cancer Treatment and Prevention

October 17, 2017

Washington, DC – For patients with breast cancer, naturopathic medicine can help optimize tolerance to conventional medical treatments and also provide strategies to reinforce the body’s natural defenses and recovery systems. This is according to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), which today released a new FAQ with advice for consumers on how naturopathic medicine can support breast cancer treatment and prevention, in partnership with the Institute for Natural Medicine (INM).

While conventional medical treatments such as surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and pharmaceutical drug therapy are often essential components of breast cancer treatment, they can cause significant side-effects and increase the risk of other health conditions. Naturopathic doctors and naturopathic oncologists help to:

  • Boost and sustain the immune system and minimize inflammation after biopsy, lumpectomy, or mastectomy surgery with the goal of shortening recovery times
  • Safely reduce side effects of radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and pharmaceutical drug therapies, as well as provide natural synergists to these conventional treatments to enhance their efficacy
  • Support the patient through mental and emotional stresses that any cancer diagnosis and treatment brings
  • Emphasize prevention measures in healthy patients motivated to reduce their cancer risk
  • Develop post-treatment recommendations to reduce the risk of recurrence

“Naturopathic doctors aid and collaborate closely with conventional oncology treatment teams,” said Michelle Simon, PhD, ND and Chair of the INM Board of Directors.

“They can also help individuals at risk implement strategies that can reduce their chances of developing breast cancer, including modifications to diet, nutrition, sleep, and exercise, as well as stress reduction,” added Leonard A. Wisneski, MD, FACP and Chair of the INM MD-DO Advisory Board.

The complete FAQ can be found here.

Naturopathic Medicine Helps Address Anxiety Without Addictive Medications

October 13, 2017

Rosanna Blacker has suffered from anxiety since a very young age, but is now anxiety-free, exercising again, and back to her goal weight—all thanks to naturopathic medicine and without addictive prescription medications. We celebrate her success story this National Naturopathic Medicine Week, created by the United States Senate through its Resolution urging Americans to learn more about “the value of naturopathic medicine in providing safe, effective, and affordable health care.”

After moving from Hawaii to Connecticut in February 2016, Rosanna had a panic attack while driving and began taking a number of medications to treat her anxiety. These treatments brought unwanted side effects, made her feel even more anxious, and forced her to stop teaching fitness classes. Then she went to see licensed naturopathic doctor Jaquel Patterson. Dr. Patterson helped her rebuild her health by integrating a complete holistic spectrum. Just two months after starting Dr. Patterson’s personalized protocol, which combined supplements, herbal teas, homeopathy, acupuncture, nutrition, and exercise, Rosanna is now anxiety-free.

“What I appreciate the most about my naturopathic doctor is that she takes the time to really listen,” says Rosanna. “She helped me understand that it is harder to build a healthy relationship with anxiety than just pop a pill; but it is totally worth it to find real healing with naturopathic medicine.”

Following Dr. Patterson’s personalized naturopathic medicine protocol, Rosanna, who is a master reiki and certified essential oils aroma therapist, now feels healthier than she has in a long time. She is even teaching yoga and pilates again.

Watch this video to learn more and read more success stories in the naturopathic medicine patient gallery.

 

Naturopathic Medicine Helps Reboot Immune System and Reduce Reliance on Antibiotics

October 12, 2017

Christopher King used to rely on antibiotic medication 180 days per year for repeated sinus and throat infections, bronchitis, and walking pneumonia. But in the past eight years, he has only needed to take one cycle of antibiotics. He credits his healthier immune system to his naturopathic doctor. We celebrate his success story this National Naturopathic Medicine Week, created by the United States Senate through its Resolution urging Americans to learn more about “the value of naturopathic medicine in providing safe, effective, and affordable health care.”

After taking back-to-back rounds of Amoxicillin, Penicillin, and Z-packs for approximately three years to treat infections and relapses, a friend suggested Christopher make an appointment with licensed naturopathic doctor Amy Rothenberg. Dr. Rothenberg helped Christopher reboot his immune system with a personalized therapeutic plan that included diet modifications, a small number of nutritional supplements, and botanical medicine. As a result, he was better able to head off acute illnesses before they became severe and felt his overall energy improve as well.

That was nearly eight years ago, and since then, Christopher has seen a huge improvement

in his overall health.

“I simply do not get sick like I used to. If I do, I am back to good health in five to seven days without the need for medication,” he says.

What’s more, Christopher’s wife, children, and mother are now all patients of Dr. Rothenberg and they, too, are enjoying improved health.

Learn more in this video and read more success stories in the naturopathic medicine patient gallery.

Naturopathic Medicine Empowers Elite Mountain Biker in Her Race to Beat Breast Cancer

October 10, 2017

Victoria Cramer not only beat the most aggressive form of breast cancer, but also ran a half-marathon and hit a personal record in a 24-hour bike race–all during 16 months of chemotherapy treatments. She credits her extraordinary mental and physical resilience to a blend of naturopathic and conventional medicine. We celebrate her success story this National Naturopathic Medicine Week, created by the United States Senate through its Resolution urging Americans to learn more about “the value of naturopathic medicine in providing safe, effective, and affordable health care.”

In the three weeks after her diagnosis, Victoria had 23 different doctor appointments. But her meeting with naturopathic oncologist Dan Rubin was the most pivotal moment in her battle against cancer. His naturopathic medicine protocol supported Victoria’s conventional oncology treatment by:

  • Reducing her tumor activity while she waited for surgery
  • Strengthening her immune system to heal quickly post-surgery and prepare for chemotherapy
  • Building her energy and sustaining her immunity throughout chemotherapy, when her body would be most vulnerable to infection, so she could recover quickly from round to round

“The best thing about my naturopathic doctor was that he treated my whole self—mother, athlete, executive—and not just my disease,” says Cramer.

This April, Victoria marked her one year anniversary of finishing chemotherapy. As of January 2017, she has no evidence of active cancer in her body. She recently celebrated her twins’ 3rd birthdays, is back at the helm of her strategic consulting firm, and is getting ready for another bike race.

Learn more in this video and read more success stories in the naturopathic medicine patient gallery.

Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island Have Added Naturopathic Medicine as a Regulated Healthcare Practice

October 8, 2017

There are approximately 6,000 licensed naturopathic doctors in 23 regulated U.S. states and territories

Washington, DC – Three states added naturopathic medicine as a regulated healthcare practice in the past year: Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Legislation to regulate naturopathic medicine is pending in North Carolina. Today, there are approximately 6,000 licensed naturopathic doctors in the United States throughout 23 regulated states and territories.

The milestone growth is being recognized during National Naturopathic Medicine Week, created by the U.S. Senate through its resolution urging Americans to learn more about “the value of naturopathic medicine in providing safe, effective, and affordable health care.”

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct practice of medicine that emphasizes prevention and the self-healing process to treat each person holistically. Naturopathic doctors diagnose, prevent and treat acute and chronic illness, improving outcomes while lowering health care costs. Rather than just suppressing symptoms, naturopathic doctors work to establish and restore optimal health. They do this by identifying underlying causes of illness, and developing personalized treatment plans to address them, engaging patients as active participants in their care.

Naturopathic doctors are educated and trained in accredited naturopathic medical colleges. There are now eight naturopathic medical schools recognized by the federal Department of Education. Accredited naturopathic medical schools are four-year, in-residence, hands-on post-graduate medical programs where students are educated in the biomedical sciences as well as the latest advances in science in combination with natural approaches to therapy.

“Americans spend more money on healthcare than any other developed country, yet we have worse health outcomes,” said Michelle Simon, PhD, ND and Chair of the Institute for Natural Medicine (INM) Board of Directors. “More Americans die from preventable diseases or complications than citizens in many other countries. As healthcare in the United States evolves with a greater focus on wellness and prevention, naturopathic medicine is playing a central role in reversing current healthcare trends to deliver better health outcomes at lower costs.”

Naturopathic and Conventionally Trained Doctors Work Together to Deliver Optimal Care for Some Patients

October 6, 2017

Washington, DC – A growing number of naturopathic and conventionally trained doctors are working together to deliver optimal care for patients with certain health conditions. This is according to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), which today released a new FAQ with advice for consumers on how naturopathic and conventionally trained doctors work together, in partnership with the Institute for Natural Medicine (INM). Examples of patients who benefit include:

  • People with one or more chronic diseases or lifestyle-related conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or hypertension, which require a high level of patient engagement in their own health as well as time to realize the full benefits of recommended treatments
  • People with cancer or other diseases where commonly used medical treatments can cause significant side effects that can undermine health
  • People seeking relief from chronic pain without using highly additive opioids
  • People who want to build and maintain a foundation of optimal health and well-being
  • People with symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, and gastrointestinal distress who have exhausted options with conventionally trained medical doctors and still do not have an actionable diagnosis or are not improving with current treatments

“These are situations in which naturopathic doctors excel, providing diagnostic approaches and treatments that complement those of conventionally trained doctors,” said Michelle Simon, PhD, ND and Chair of the INM Board of Directors. “Patients benefit. But in addition, naturopathic and conventionally trained doctors who work together report that each practitioner learns from the other—opening up new possibilities for both and improving patient outcomes.”

The complete FAQ, “How do naturopathic and conventionally trained doctors work together?” can be found here.