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Naturopathic Medical Organizations Jointly Issue White Paper on Whole-Person Care

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October 22, 2021 (SEATTLE, WA) – Against the backdrop of 2021’s International Day of Natural Medicine, the Institute for Natural Medicine announced the publication of a white paper designed to raise awareness of the principles of naturopathic medicine and reaffirm the profession’s commitment to a collaborative model of clinical care. Naturopathic Physicians as Whole Health Specialists, The Future is Whole Person Health Carea collaborative effort with the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, provides supporting evidence for the profession’s significant contributions to preventive, whole person care while citing effective models of integrative practice that have called on the expertise of naturopathic physicians in both primary and specialty care environments.

White Paper: Naturopathic Physicians as Whole Health Experts
White Paper: Naturopathic Physicians as Whole Health Experts

The 44-page paper was issued at a time when the nation’s healthcare workforce is facing a significant undersupply of physicians to meet the growing needs of a system encumbered by pandemic-related requirements. The authors’ intention is to demonstrate how licensed naturopathic physicians, who have graduated from accredited naturopathic medical schools, are uniquely equipped to address this workforce dilemma, respond to healthcare disparities, curb increasing costs, manage chronic conditions, stimulate a passion for prevention and health promotion strategies, and solve some of the challenges associated with declining patient satisfaction in healthcare today.

“This white paper is a timely tool for informing the medical community about naturopathic medicine and how it is strengthening systems of care with evidence-based approaches for addressing chronic disease,” said Michelle Simon, Ph.D., ND, president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Natural Medicine as well as one of the paper’s 11 section contributors. “I have worked alongside medical doctors and other healthcare providers throughout my 19 years in clinical practice; our patients have come to rely on this multi-disciplinary approach, and this paper reveals a clear roadmap for how collaboration among naturopathic doctors and other healthcare providers can be maximized in clinical, hospital, and academic settings,” she concluded.

Whole Person Care in the Clinical Setting

The paper also features case studies that illustrate naturopathic approaches to conditions such as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder (GERD) and Long-Haul COVID-19, as well as a research section that summarizes successful clinical outcomes in patients with cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, depression, type 2 diabetes, and other illnesses and diseases.

“Policymakers are scrambling to find ways to expand the healthcare workforce, improve patient outcomes, and lower costs,” said Laura Farr, executive director of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and one of the paper’s contributors. “This white paper provides the framework for how naturopathic medicine has the research behind it for cost-effectiveness and patient outcomes, and a foundation of preventive patient-centered philosophy now known to be critical in achieving a more effective healthcare system,” she continued. “We call on all policymakers to take immediate action to remove barriers in the healthcare system currently preventing the rapid deployment of naturopathic physicians into all healthcare environments.”

Joining Dr. Simon and Ms. Farr as section contributors were Amy Rothenberg, ND, DHANP; Arvin Jenab, ND; Coquina Deger, MBA; JoAnn Yanez, ND, MPH, CAE; Julie Tran, ND, FAAEM, MBA; Melanie Henriksen, ND, LAc, CNM; Moira Fitzpatrick, ND; Pamela Snider, ND; Len Wisneski, MD, FACP; Susan Haeger and Kimberly Lord Stewart.

White Paper: Naturopathic Physicians as Whole Health Experts, Table of Contents
White Paper: Naturopathic Physicians as Whole Health Experts, Table of Contents

About the Institute for Natural Medicine

Founded in 1992 as a philanthropic foundation serving the profession of natural medicine, the Institute for Natural Medicine works for the transformation of our healthcare system through education about and the promotion of the principles and practices of natural medicine.

About the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Founded in 1985, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians is the national professional society representing licensed naturopathic doctors, naturopathic medicine students, and other healthcare professionals allied with the naturopathic profession.

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The Institute for Natural Medicine, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. INM’s mission is to transform health care in the United States by increasing public awareness of natural medicine and access to naturopathic doctors. Naturopathic medicine, with its person-centered principles and practices, has the potential to reverse the tide of chronic illness overwhelming healthcare systems and to empower people to achieve and maintain optimal lifelong health. INM strives to fulfil this mission through the following initiatives:

  • Education – Reveal the unique benefits and outcomes of evidence-based natural medicine
  • Access – Connect patients to licensed naturopathic doctors
  • Research – Expand quality research on this complex and comprehensive system of medicine

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