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August 9, 2017

           By any measure, this nation is currently suffering from an epidemic stemming from diet-related health problems. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, non-communicable chronic diseases – such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes – “are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems.” Chronic disease management is a growing burden on insurers, government health programs, and businesses, not to mention the patients. Since this problem is so widespread, it is not enough to hope that someone else will enact change. If we want better conditions, each of us has to do something to make them happen. We need to come together as a society to protect the general population. From my experience as a Division I student-athlete, I have learned that we as individuals simply cannot do it alone. We are so much stronger in numbers, and the naturopathic community is just a small subset of a much larger group of medical professionals....

August 9, 2017

Naturopathic medicine is an integrative, functional, and holistic form of medicine that emphasizes disease prevention and lifestyle modifications in an ordered and logical way. It aims to identify and remove the root cause of imbalances in the body, by addressing and treating the whole person. To do this, naturopathic physicians utilize an extensive toolkit of modalities in their practice in order to restore health. Unlike traditional Western medicine’s ideals, which are primarily based on physical health, naturopathic physicians also consider and cater to spiritual, mental, emotional, genetic, and environmental health when aiding patients towards optimal health and wellbeing.

This wholesome, evidence-based approach to medicine is more sustainable than the typical and extensive utilization of pharmaceutical drugs, which suppress and manage disease symptoms, as opposed to treating the underlying cause. Naturopathic physicians make empathy a priority, and are uniquely equipped with the ab...

August 7, 2017

The gut microbiome: the hottest topic in biomedical research right now. As Hippocrates said, "All disease begins in the Gut," and if we have an imbalanced gut flora or increased intestinal permeability (leaky guy), than we are setting ourselves up for long term health complications.

When we habitually use Advil and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, take antibiotics, use oral contraceptives like birth control or other hormones, make poor food combining choice, excessively drink alcohol, and live very stressed lives, we increase the gaps within the intestinal wall also known as the lamina propria. These gaps in the tight junctions allow bacteria and undigested proteins to enter your bloodstream and react with our underlying immune system.

Did you know that 80% of your immune system is surrounding your intestinal wall? When these undigested proteins and bacteria seep through that barrier, the body reacts by mounting an inflammatory cytokine response in the bloodstream since i...

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