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October 5 through 11 is Naturopathic Medicine Week

Sep 30, 2015 08:06PM

Naturopathic medicine considers the whole person; focuses on the causes of illness, not just the symptoms; emphasizes prevention and ongoing wellness; and uses natural treatments that are less invasive and less expensive than conventional drugs and surgery.

“Given the rising costs of health care, the anticipated shortage of primary care physicians and the ever-expanding interest in holistic health and wellness, the public deserves to know more about naturopathic medicine,” says Cathy Stuart, executive director of the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association. “Participating in one of the week’s many events with a naturopathic physician’s office is a perfect opportunity for people that may be curious about the benefits of natural medicine to get insights about how it works compared to conventional medicine.”

There are approximately 4,400 licensed naturopathic doctors (ND) in the U.S. that have graduated from an accredited four-year naturopathic medical school. NDs are rigorously trained in approaches that facilitate the body’s inherent self-healing ability. They treat a full range of illnesses and work closely with their patients, guiding and empowering them with education and self-care.

“Naturopathic Medicine Week is taking place all across the country the second week of October,” says Stuart. “From weight management and diabetes to allergies, digestion and bone health, we want to help people realize improved health and optimal wellness through the principles and practices of naturopathic medicine. We look forward to welcoming visitors to these events.”

Resolutions passed by the U.S. Senate, as well as a number of state proclamations, have recognized the ability of naturopathic physicians to provide safe, effective and affordable health care and to play an essential role in addressing the nation’s pressing shortage of primary care physicians. 

Visit the Facebook page Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association for upcoming events. For more information, visit the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association at


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