Advancing Naturopathic Medicine in all 50 States!
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The Run – it’s a Collaboration…
Currently, Naturopathic Medicine is licensed in 19 states (almost 20) with a combined population of 113 million people. Thirty pre-licensed states with a total population of 213 million are still not regulated. This means that two thirds of the American people, who live in these pre-licensed states, do not have access to and/or are unaware of Naturopathic Medicine and its benefits. To reiterate: most Americans have not heard of naturopathic medicine and are unaware of its benefits. This knowledge gap must be rectified, so that every American has the right to choose naturopathic healthcare. Twenty-two states and territories have successfully overcome all obstacles to provide naturopathic healthcare. We must move forward with the laurels of their success and pursue licensure for the remaining 30-31 states.
Awareness of Naturopathic Medicine across the nation continues to grow, and we must persevere with our efforts. We need to spread the word and educate our fellow citizens about the value of Naturopathic Medicine. We all know that knowledge is a powerful tool, and we must move forward with our goal to license NDs in all 50 states by 2025. State licensure is the most significant means to gain both the awareness of and access to the practice of Naturopathic Medicine.
It is important to recognize that the destinies of both licensed and pre-licensed states are bound together. It would be extremely beneficial if NDs and patients in licensed states would rally together to help the pre-licensed states accomplish their goal of attaining licensure. Why? Quite simply, the more states that become licensed in naturopathic medicine, the greater the security and significance an existing ND license has.
Naturopathic Doctors are valuable assets to the health of all Americans. It is time for us to let everyone know that our knowledge, skills and tools are indispensible!
The Run: Advancing Naturopathic Medicine in All 50 States, is ready to carry the torch for the AANP’s commitment to licensing all 50 states for Naturopathic Medicine. The previous run in 2011 from San Francisco to Bridgeport, CT raised awareness of naturopathic medicine across the U.S. and is now back, reenergized and focused on state by state licensure for all 50 states.
It is important to remember that in every great movement for truth and social change, the minority, Gandhi said, must lead the majority, and that:
“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” Arthur Schopenhauer
The Truth: Naturopathic Medicine has proven to be extremely safe and effective in restoring health. The Run will articulate this successful paradigm of healthcare and deliver this message across the remaining pre-licensed states. As a result, the American people will be empowered with knowledge of naturopathic medicine and have the freedom and right to choose natural medicine to heal and thrive.
The two primary goals of the Run:
1) To attain licensure for Naturopathic Doctors in ALL 50 states and U.S Territories. The duration of each event will be 50 miles to symbolically demonstrate licensing in all 50 states. The starting point of each run will 50 miles from the capitol (e.g. our first scheduled run from historic Jamestown to the capitol in Richmond). Duration of the event will be a period of 3 days.
2) To encourage Naturopathic Doctors nationwide to unite and to promote the naturopathic profession throughout ALL 50 states and U.S. Territories.
Run Outline – Schedule of Events:
Arrival in the pre-licensed state from California and elsewhere on Friday evening
Start the 50-mile run on Saturday morning with media kickoff
Conclusion of The Run would be on Monday about 12 pm at the Capitol carrying hundreds of local patient testimonials for legislators – ideally culminating in a discussion with state legislators, possibly on the state association’s Lobby Day
Fundraising dinner – Saturday night – to be sponsored by a nutritional company or laboratory that would benefit from all 50 states being licensed for naturopathic medicine; patients giving testimonials; speeches by local and nationally-known NDs; other supportive members of the community discussing why licensing is essential, etc.
Dignitaries, and media would be invited
The runners will be supported during the 50-mile run by the state association (food, vehicle support, airport pick-up/drop-off, etc.)
It is my experience drawn from previous runs dating back to 1978, that when a person believes in something strongly enough to put their body on the line, the media and others listen. The media dubbed our run across the USA in 1984-85, a “Run of Conscience.” One could say that the runners have “earned the right to be heard.”
The Run can assist in attaining state licensure for NDs by generating the following:
Media exposure because of the human interest in The Run
Raising money for the state association
Inspiring NDs from all over the country to work together to support state association’s licensing efforts
Energizing the base (NDs and patients), and many more intangibles that will, no doubt arise when people are committed
When all or most of the 50 states become licensed, more patients will receive the health benefits. Additionally, due to heightened awareness, the naturopathic profession will grow and prosper throughout the USA.
The 50-mile runs are already a reality and ready to launch. The next 50-mile run has been scheduled in Virginia, late January/early February 2018 with sponsorship by Virginia Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Every naturopathic institution and individual ND to promote the runs in their circle of influence, via social media, email newsletters, media contacts, student organizations, etc. Currently, the 50-state licensing committee (AANP’s State Alliance), INM, AANP and the VAANP are extremely supportive.
Statements of support from organizations and individuals, and organizational help wherever possible.
Please note, The Run is NOT requesting financial support from naturopathic institutions. The goal is to raise money for the state associations in their effort to get licensed. The Run national steering committee is now being formed.
The Run Steering Committee:
Dennis Godby, ND, founder of The Run; AANP and CNDA Public Affairs; AANP Diversity Chair; BOD, Institute of Natural Medicine
Patricia Diefenbach, ND, CNS, CPT, President of VAANP
Traci Hobson, JD, LLM, Director of State Relations, American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Heather Carrie, MAS, Director of Bastyr University’s Center for Health Policy Leadership; Community Outreach Coordinator, INM; IM4US Policy Comm.; ACIH Policy Working Group; IHPC Federal Policy Comm.; Research Associate, GHPI.
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What is Natural Medicine? Brought to you by The Run (therun.org) and Runegade
Natural Medicine treats the whole person and attempts to heal the cause versus symptoms using natural methods.
Naturopathic Physicians are fully trained and licensed to provide Natural Medicine.
Naturopathic Physicians are primary health care providers.
Naturopathic Medicine represents the “vitalistic” tradition of medicine in our Western world. That is, it treats disease through the stimulation, increase, and support of the person’s inherent healing capacity. These treatments are chosen to work with the patient’s vital force, respecting the natural healing processes of nature.
The practice of Naturopathic Medicine includes six underlying principles of healing. These are based on the observation of health and disease. This observation process involves the use of modern scientific methodologies and language.
The following principles make Naturopathic Medicine different from all other medical approaches:
First do no harm:
Primum No Nocere
Illness is a purposeful process of the organism. The process of healing includes the generation of symptoms which are, in fact, an expression of the life force attempting to heal itself. Therapeutic actions should be complementary to and synergistic with this healing process. The physician’s actions can support or antagonize the actions of the vis mediatrix naturae — the healing power of Nature. Therefore, methods designed to suppress symptoms without removing the underlying causes are considered harmful and to be avoided or minimized.
The healing power of nature:
Vis Mediatrix Naturae
The body has an inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health. The healing process is ordered and intelligent; nature heals through the response of the life force. The physician’s role is to facilitate this process, to identify and remove obstacles to health and recovery, and to establish or restore a healthy internal and external environment.
Identify and treat the cause:
Illness does not occur without cause. Underlying causes of disease must be discovered and removed or treated before a person can recover completely from illness. Symptoms express the body’s attempt to heal, but are not the cause of disease. Symptoms, therefore, should not be suppressed by treatment. Causes may occur on many levels including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. The physician must evaluate fundamental underlying causes on all levels, directing treatment at root causes rather than at symptomatic expression.
Heal the whole person:
Health and disease are conditions of the whole organism, a whole involving the complex interaction of many factors. The naturopathic physician must treat the whole person by taking these factors into account. The harmonious functioning of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects are essential to recovery from and prevention of disease. This requires a comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment.
The physician as teacher:
A cooperative doctor-patient relationship has inherent therapeutic value. The physician’s major role is to educate and encourage the patient to take responsibility for their own health. The physician is a catalyst for healthful change, empowering and motivating the patient to assume responsibility. It is the patient, not the doctor, who ultimately creates/accomplishes healing. Teaching with hope, knowledge, and understanding, the physician acts to enable patients to heal.
Prevention is the best cure
The ultimate goal of any health care system should be prevention of disease. This is accomplished through education and promotion of life-habits that create good health. The physician learns to assess risk factors and to sharpen their deductive reasoning, and understand the patient’s circumstances. Appropriate interventions are then sought to avoid further harm or risk to the patient. Building health works better and more surely than fighting disease.
Naturopathic philosophy serves as the basis for naturopathic practice. The current scope of naturopathic practice includes, but is not limited to:
A cornerstone of naturopathic practice is that food is the best medicine. Many medical conditions can be treated more effectively with foods and nutritional supplements than by other means, with fewer complications and side effects. Many pharmaceuticals can be strengthened and targeted more safely with knowledge of nutritional sciences. Naturopathic physicians use dietetics, natural hygiene, fasting, and nutritional supplementation in their practice. These methods can be used as either alternatives to mainstream medicine, or as complementary and in concert with it, depending on the desires of the patient.
Many plant substances are powerful medicines. Whereas a single chemically derived drug may address a single problem, botanical medicines are able to address a variety of problems simultaneously. Their organic nature makes botanicals compatible with the body’s own chemistry; hence, they can be gently effective with fewer toxic side effects. Their availability and safety make them more useful and affordable for home care of chronic conditions.
Naturopathic physicians provide natural childbirth care in either an out-of-hospital setting, or in a hospital. They offer prenatal and postnatal care using modern diagnostic techniques. The naturopathic approach strengthens healthy body functions so that complications associated with pregnancy can be prevented or minimized.
Homeopathic medicine is based on the principle of “like cures like.” It works on a subtle yet powerful electromagnetic level, gently acting to strengthen the body’s healing and immune response. Because these are both effective and very safe, naturopathic physicians share a respect for this system of medicine with practitioners of many other healing arts. Homeopathy is a central part of our comprehensive training for these reasons.
Naturopathic medicine has its own methods of therapeutic manipulation of muscles, bones, and the spine. Our physicians also use ultrasound, diathermy, exercise, massage, water, heat and cold, air, and gentle electrical pulses to treat acute or chronic physical injury. Many recent advances in Sports Medicine and exercise physiology are essentially adaptations of herbal and homeopathic materials into the modern arena.
Oriental medicine is a complementary philosophy of natural healing brought to the medical community, largely through naturopathic medicine. Asiatic and Oriental systems offer an important understanding of the unity of the body and mind, which add to those of the West. Unification between philosophy and practice in the East and West offers health benefits for all of our cultures. Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda provide ancient understandings and methods of treatment. These promise to help harmonize the imbalances present in disease conditions and restore the dynamic balance of health.
Mental attitudes and emotional states may influence, or even cause, physical illness. Counseling, nutritional balancing, stress management, hypnotherapy, biofeedback, and other therapies are used to help patients heal on levels other than only the physical.
As general practitioners, naturopathic physicians do in-office minor surgery, including repair of superficial wounds, removal of foreign bodies, cysts, and other superficial masses. We refer to surgeons when their skills are needed for our patient’s well being.
These are the major areas that most Naturopathic Physicians’ practices include.