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Naturopathic Medicine Week–Celebrating a Profession with Real Healthcare Solutions.

If you haven't heard, this week (October 7th-13th) has been declared "Naturopathic Medicine Week" by the U.S. Senate. This resolution was passed unanimously on September 10th, which begs the question--how come Naturopaths can't Lobby to get the budget passed unanimously?! Seriously, for the size of our profession, having a federally recognized week is a huge step forward in bringing our message and medicine to the people who need it. Sadly, most Americans who could benefit from Naturopathic medical care have not even heard of Naturopathic Medicine, let alone have access to a Naturopathic Doctor. Read the rest of this entry »

Should your child be tested for Celiac Disease?

Celiac Disease, also known as Celiac Sprue, is caused when the body recognizes gluten as a toxic substance and eventually results in changes to the intestinal tract, making it more difficult to properly absorb nutrients. Common digestive symptoms include abdominal pain/cramping, diarrhea, constipation, pale stools, bloating, and decreased appetite. Besides the digestive symptoms associated with Celiac Disease, the latest research indicates that a number of people may have other manifestations of the disease that present before the changes to the gut are detectable. These symptoms include depression/irritability (presenting as behavior problems in children), rashes, sores in the mouth, muscle pain, joint pain, tingling/numbness in extremities, fatigue, weight-loss or difficulty gaining weight, stunted growth, and rash. Read the rest of this entry »

Are Natural and Alternative Therapies Really Safe for Children?

A recent Associated Press report from London titled, "Alternative Medicines Sometimes Dangerous for Kids" suggests that Alternative Treatments (such as homeopathic medicines) may result in death, in rare cases. This information is certainly enough to catch the attention of many parents who use natural or alternative medicines for their own children and potentially scare some into avoiding what may be a perfectly safe and effective treatment, if used appropriately. The article put out by the AP fails to mention the many deaths each year caused by appropriately prescribed pharmaceutical medications, not to mention the risks associated with certain commonly used conventional pediatric medications. Read the rest of this entry »
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