Monday, January 23, 2012

New Year's Day for Trees

Jacob Schor ND, FABNO
Photo by Gilabrand via Wikipedia, used
under the Creative Commons License.
The 15th day of the Jewish month of Shevat, or Tu B’Shevat, begins at sunset on February 7th this year and marks the Jewish New Year for trees. In Biblical times, knowing the age of a tree was important because the fruit from a tree less than three years of age was considered inedible. This date was set to approximate when the earliest blooming trees in Israel ended their winter dormancy, but during the Middle Ages, Tu B’shvat grew to be an esoteric holiday.
In the middle of the 16th century, the renowned Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzchak Luria of Safed and his disciples began to celebrate the day with a ritual meal. Each of the fruits of Israel was assigned symbolic meanings to represent concepts from the Kabbalah (the image of a tree is often used to represent the spiritual realms of the universe) and they were eaten in a ritualized order with the appropriate blessings and with adequate quantities of wine. It was believed that this would bring human beings and the world closer to spiritual perfection.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

2012: Be here now.

By Michael Cronin, ND
AANP President 
I invite you to ‘take a deep breath’ and appreciate our Naturopathic profession for a moment with me. We are a relatively small profession with strong institutions and deep roots, we have: nearly 4,000 ND licenses in the U.S., five U.S. colleges, legal recognition in 16 states (plus D.C., Puerto Rico and The U.S. Virgin Islands) and full scope in eight of those states. Meanwhile, the profession in Canada includes another nearly 2,000 NDs and an international Naturopathic community is taking form in India, England, Australia and New Zealand. Our community in America is growing and we have a distinct professional identity.
As people recognize that they must take more personal responsibility for their health, they will come to understand the advantages of our medicine. Our patients appreciate our expertise and clinical work: our doctors are in demand with successful practices and innovative approaches. There is a growing body of work that supports the methods we use and we are working to increase the amount of evidence of ND effectiveness.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Here's An Easy Tip For Curing Cancer

By Shiva Barton, ND, LAc
2011 AANP Physician of the Year

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Photo by esmtll via Flickr, used
under the Creative Commons License.
So now that I have your attention, you hopefully know that there are no natural cures that have been researched well enough to state that they can cure cancer of any kind. Yes, isn't it interesting that there are no known natural cures for ANY TYPE OF CANCER! Is this because there is nothing out there that works or because the scientific/medical community hasn't put the resources into finding the cure? I don't know the answer to that. Time will tell.
However, there are definitely things that you can do to improve the outcomes and help the survival of cancer patients. I am focusing on one of those treatments, below. If you are like me, you probably see many patients who have cancer. Some of you choose to treat people with cancer and some of you don't. I encourage all of you to treat these patients because there is so much that we can do to help these patients have better outcomes. Sometimes EXTREMELY better outcomes. That is what I want to share with you now.