Allergy-Free Meals Make Summer Camp Special

Ah, to be a kid on summer break. No classes, only books you want to read, and if you’re lucky, a week away from home at summer camp. For many children with food allergies, though, summer camp is either a nightmare of constant eating vigilance or completely out of the question. That’s why ND student …

Farm-Fresh Nutrition

Sandwiched on Portland’s East Side, in the highly developed area between Interstate 205 and Southeast 122nd Avenue, Zenger Farm seems an unlikely location for agriculture of any kind, let alone an educational farm. You expect to hear the sounds of traffic and city noises when you arrive. Yet, close your eyes and instead you’ll hear …

Alumna Applies Caring, Acupuncture to Cancer Care

Cancer and acupuncture? It has long made sense in the natural and alternative medicine community, but the notion in traditional allopathic medicine is relatively new. Enter Dr. Angie Rademacher, a 2009 graduate of NCNM’s naturopathic doctoral program and its master’s in Oriental medicine program. Dr. Rademacher recently became the first acupuncturist to practice in the …

“Bad Bugs” No Match for New Medical Officer

“Welcome to the tribe,” she says to the new staff recruits, a few of whom look a little pale after having their blood drawn as part of new employee orientation. “I’ll bet you never had to ‘donate’ blood to get a job before!” In her year and a half as NCNM’s Chief Medical Officer, Regina …

Here’s Mud on Your Knee

Mud has been used for centuries due to its therapeutic effects—and peat, the swamp and bog-derived mud, is believed to have a range of complex components useful for medicine, including analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. NCNM student Lindsay Rogers is conducting what she believes is the first study in North America of peat and its healing …

Letters from Tanzania

Tanzania is a fascinating place that includes two of Africa’s great wonders—Lake Victoria and Mount Kilimanjaro. The country also includes the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar, an ancient center of trade, including the notorious slave trade. Dr. Heather Zwickey, dean of NCNM’s School of Research & Graduate Studies, led her third trip to the country this …

Momentum Builds for Naturopathic Licensing

What a difference time can make. In 1914 New York City, practitioners of massage, therapeutic baths and nutrition counseling were jailed, heavily fined or otherwise persecuted at the behest of the leading medical societies. In one sad case, a woman sent to the infamous Rikers Island prison for allegedly practicing medicine without a license was …

Herb Pharm and Traditional Roots Institute Discover Synergy

It’s the kind of synergy natural medicine practitioners like to see in their herbal formulations: One component works with another to make the combination stronger. Herb Pharm, the Oregon-based company that grows and produces a wide range of herbal products, has always had education high on its list. The company also has a long history …

Summer Conference Roundup

World Naturopathic Federation Emerges from Paris ND Conference A busy summer of conferences was capped by the second annual International Congress on Naturopathic Medicine (ICNM) held in Paris. Co-founded by NCNM’s Rare Book Room Curator Dr. Sussanna Czeranko and Dr. Anne Marie Narboni, a Parisian naturopathic physician, the Congress brings together naturopathic physicians from some …

Nature Cure Retreat, an Rx for Natural Medicine Education

Student Node Smith, now in his fourth year of naturopathic medicine study at NCNM, was honored as the only student to present a paper at the ICNM conference. (See Summer Conference Roundup.) Smith’s presentation, “The Revitalization Retreat: Bridging the Gap Between Didactic Instruction and Experiential Education Within Naturopathic Curriculums,” highlighted the need for more experiential …

I AM NCNM: Dr. Tabatha Parker

Going back to its founding in 1956, the National College of Natural Medicine has a long, rich history of producing many of the profession’s luminaries. The tradition continues with naturopathic graduates like Tabatha Parker, ND (’04). A visionary committed to social justice and international healthcare change, Dr. Parker is the co-founder and executive director of …