SIX TENETS as taught by Deborah Frances
1. Primum non nocere - first do no harm (suppression is harmful)
2. Vis Meicatrix naturae - the healing power of nature (elemental)
3. Tolle causum - seek and remove the cause
4. Tolle totum - whole person
5. Docere - doc as teacher
6. Praeventare - prevention
Tonify, balance, bring to the middle
Do not Suppress symptoms, allow them to express, or else you push the illness deeper
Depression = suppressed fire: let it out and you have irritation, anger
Healing occurs in 3 directions
within-outward (more severe within, less severe the more peripheral)
in reverse order that it happened
ALIVENESS OF MEDICINE
vitamin C from a factory as vs from rose hips
complexity of plant medicine: many constituents with the wisdom of a living thing
HIERARCHY OF CARE
stimulate the vis
foundation -- start here and work upward in the heirarchy
The Naturopathic Physician's Oath as written in the 2008 NCNM convocation brochure is long and wordy and I do not like it. I must prefer and do swear by the Classical Chinese Medicine Oath:
I will promise to follow the way of the great physician.
I will strive to live in harmony wiht nature, and teach my patients to do the same.
I will stay calm and completely committed when treating disease.
I will not give way to personal wishes and desires, but above all else hold and nurture a deep feeling of compassion.
I will be devoted to the task fo saving the sacred spark of life in every creature that still carries it.
I will strive to maintain a clear mind and be willing to hold myself to the highest standards.
It will be my duty to diagnose sufferings to treat disease.
I will not be boastful about my skills and not drive by the greed for material things.
Above all, I will keep an open heart.
As I move on the right path I will receive great happiness as a reward wihtout asking for anything in return.
OH I just dug deep enough into the notes to find some gold. I'm not going to dissolve this file after all. Going in archive.
“Everything is interconnected. Gratitude improves sleep. Sleep reduces pain. Reduced pain improves your mood. Improved mood reduces anxiety, which improves focus and planning. Focus and planning help with decision making. Decision making further reduces anxiety and improves enjoyment. Enjoyment gives you more to be grateful for, which keeps that loop of the upward spiral going. Enjoyment also makes it more likely you'll exercise and be social, which, in turn, will make you happier.”
--UCLA Neuroscience researcher Alex Korb
Four Rituals that Make You Happy:
(in summary, and as suggested by science to date)
1. Be grateful.
2. Name negative emotions.
3. Make good enough decisions.
4. Touch people.
Dr Paul brings ribs from a restaurant. He's in his 90's and doesn't mind spending his money on food for others. He's a retired physician, orthopedic surgeon to be specific. His sons are all in medicine too, some clinical and some research. He gave me the Mayo clinic book on Alternative Medicine. They basically have a stoplight rating system for all things alternative, and the majority of treatments get the yellow light based on the science that they found. I appreciate it pretty much. They don't damn naturopathic medicine, it gets yellow also. There are good and bad parts. I wish they'd do the same approach for conventional medicines. People might be shocked how weak the evidence is for some of them. The degree to which pharmaceutical businesses drive the FDA and the delivery of medicine is apalling. I love it every time I read of another review that shows reasonable conventional doctors understand that some of the uses of pharmaceuticals are unsubstantiated and may do more harm than good.
"This is a complicated issue Jacob: to make it simple, non-licensable ND's have been taken advantage of a licensing law that did not have rules and regulations to promote their practices. Last legislative session was about as close as we could get to full licensing but it got shut down literally in the last minute despite intense negotiations from all 3 or 4 or who knows how many parties involved - one legislator who actually understood what was going on, took it into his hands to repeal the original licensing law if no compromise could be reached. This is a good thing because it gives us a clean slate now."
--ND in Idaho, October 27, 2015
UnD = non-licensable naturopath
More than you wanted to know--unless you are into knowing about trees. =-]
I do have mixed feelings about the ACA and negative feelings about insurance in general. I wish that we had a different system.
Link to press release: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.oanp.org/
...Marketing: I will leave the word "holistic" out of my elevator speech, but it will be a part of the next speech to follow.
Here's a case of energy medicine turning out to be something real. Scientists have found that acupuncture points are detectable by CT (computed tomography, fancy medical imaging). All those points have a certain size of larger blood vessels, and also thick mats of fine blood vessels that have lots of forks (birfucations) in them. Piercing the tissues at these points is probably affecting the nervous system associated with those blood vessels. This supports my belief that energy medicine (that actually works) has a anatomical and physiological basis. Acupuncture is well proven to be effective for pain, short term at least. To treat pain longterm one must take the naturopathic approach and find the reason for the pain, and change that.
Senate Passes Naturopathic Medicine Week Resolution
The U.S. Senate last night unanimously passed a resolution designating October 7 - October 13 as Naturopathic Medicine Week.
The resolution recognizes the value of naturopathic medicine in providing "safe, effective, and affordable health care..." and encourages Americans to learn about the role of naturopathic physicians in preventing chronic and debilitating conditions.
Passage of this resolution is an historic achievement for naturopathic medicine. The Congress has now officially recognized the important role naturopathic medicine plays in effectively addressing the nation's health care needs as well as in addressing the increasingly severe shortage of primary care physicians.
Not exactly big news:
I searched google news for "naturopathic medicine senate" today 9/11/13 and got NADA.
( The new Code of Ethics )
If you know me, you know that I have mixed feelings about Obamacare. My issue with it is the fact that insurance is not healthcare, and modern healthcare would be better named sickcare for the profit of insurance. But since Obama is back in, and the law passed the Supreme Court challenge, I'm going to be working under it. What a sad state of affairs to be required to purchase insurance that would not cover naturopathic care. So I signed the petition, and I hope you will too.
Her name is Jody Powell, and she is brilliant, intuitive, and honest. She's also a serious athlete (rock climber especially). Basalt is a very small town and she says getting started is slow going. I have no doubts that she will attract visitors to their small town.
Here's her site: http://aspennd.com/Site/Welcome.html