CAM News Archives 2002-2004

(January 12, 2004) - President Paul Mittman is proud to announce that Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine is the first recipient to receive a donation from The Victoria Lund Foundation, a special philanthropic foundation named in honor of Walt Disney’s granddaughter who passed away in 2002.

Beginning with the ceremony at the College’s Arthur Hamilton Elementary School Clinic in Phoenix (Friday, January 16 at 10:30 am), the College will receive $20,000 from the Foundation each year for three years. Mittman plans to use these funds for expansion of the Hamilton Clinic, to increase medical support for children of low income families. For more information or reservations, please contact Sheila Jacobs at 480.222.9333 or

(January 9, 2004) - A progressive group in Ithaca, NY, has found a way to recapture health insurance premiums for local health purposes. Prompted by rising costs of health insurance and care (by half last decade), the group has created a local non-profit fund to reduce health costs, to support each other, and to make healthy living easier.

For about $8.50 a month, the program draws upon just about every type of health care – from emergency room to dental and optical, even alternative and complementary medicine, which is often the first choice for many. The Ithaca Health Fund plans to help more people to keep healthy by selecting their own preferred treatments.

(January 7, 2004) - The [SCNM] Health Science Center will break new ground by combining the Southwest College Research Institute and the Environmental Medicine Clinic," says Dr. Paul Mittman, SCNM president and chief executive. The integrated clinic and research center will allow researchers to study naturopathic treatments in a scientific way.

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) slowly are making inroads into the health care community, with large hospitals offering increased CAM services. "All eyes are on Arizona as to how we see the interaction between naturopaths, medical doctors, osteopathic doctors, nurses and so on," says Dr. Samuel Benjamin of Humana Inc. "I have every reason to believe that Paul Mittman and Andrew Weil [founder of University of Arizona Health Sciences Program in Integrative Medicine] will show those to the rest of the country."

(December 22, 2003) - From fledgling naturopathic school to booming, 50-acre, wooded campus, Bastyr University celebrates 25 years of educating naturopathic doctors. Their growth is fueled, in part, by growing consumer demand for alternative medicine and a rapid rise in available federal-grant money for research. But as the university grows, new challenges are emerging.

(December 2, 2003) - This echinacea study marks a couple of firsts: the largest study ever on natural medicine and children, and the first Bastyr University research to be published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The study was conducted in collaboration with the principal investigator from the University of Washington and Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center. Bastyr’s Dr. Wendy Weber and Dr. Leanna Standish are the second and third authors of the study.

The American Botanical Council emphasizes the potential preventive benefits of echinacea measured in the study.
Read the published results.

(November 15, 2003) - Vancouver AANMC forum examines naturopathic medical care for illnesses such as HIV and AIDS as well as irritable bowel syndrome…

(November 1, 2003) - New York City AANMC forum sparks interest in practicing naturopathic medicine in NYC, with a focus on HIV/AIDS…

(November 1, 2003) - Los Angeles AANMC forum stimulates discussion and Q&A panel on the future of naturopathic medicine…

(October 25, 2003) - AANMC’s hosted naturopathic medicine forum draws interest in Boston, where professionals in the field discuss naturopathic diagnosis and more…

(October 24, 2003) - Sort through the riff raff of alternative health content online. Discern the difference between reliable, evidence-based information and undocumented, unreliable or misleading data. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine provides a simple guide to help you evaluate the medical resources you find online.

The Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine also lists some credible, online CAM resources, along with their standards for quality.

(October 16, 2003) - This growing movement is changing the setpoint of getting well and staying that way. Twenty five years after its founding, Bastyr University has clearly met a social need. "We wanted to show how science can be used to bridge any gap [between conventional medicine and natural health therapies]," says co-founder Joe Pizzorno. "What surprised me about our progress as a university is I never thought we would grow to be so big." New Times reports on the many ways to join the 'Bastyr nation.'

(September 15, 2003) - SCNM increases its presence of off site medical clinics from 74 sites two years ago to 109 today. A stunning commitment on behalf of the local health care community, these off site clinics are not just other naturopathic physicians; they include osteopaths, chiropractors and allopathic medical doctors as well – practitioners from all walks of life and modalities. "The [naturopathic medical] profession is slowly becoming in the public’s eye what we already know we are, caring professionals that get clinical results with our philosophy." says SCNM's Joanna M. Hagan.

(September 8, 2003) - NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) announces the creation of a new director's fellowship in complementary and alternative medicine research. The program will sponsor outstanding research fellows to work in NCCAM's division of intramural research, based at the NIH (National Institutes of Health) in Bethesda, Md.

(September 4, 2003) - Having now cleared by both the State Senate and Assembly, the final signing of this bill (SB 907) by California's governor would extend state licensure to clinically trained naturopathic doctors, allowing California to join 12 other states with licensure laws already in place for naturopathic doctors. "This is an historic day for the naturopathic profession, and the countless individuals and families in California who embrace a natural approach to health care," stated Sally Lamont, ND, executive director of the California Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

(September 2, 2003) - A victory for many public health campaigns, this decrease in antibiotic use among pediatric patients can be attributed to "increased patient and clinician awareness of antibiotic overuse and resistance from other sources," reports Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

(August 29, 2003) - Bastyr University's Sandi Cutler, senior counsel, and David Matteson, director of government relations, were granted the 2003 President's Award from the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). Cited for their work in the naturopathic physician licensure efforts in California, in support of the California Association of Naturopathic Physicians (CANP), the two were also crucial in the re-recognition of the Council on Naturopathic Medicine Education (CNME) by the US Department of Education this year.

(August 29, 2003) - From fair trade coffee to genetically engineered fish – consumers are becoming more active about demanding purer quality foods. Search the web to find out how to voice your health and nutritional concerns to major food corporations like Kraft and Kellogg’s, and to US government regulatory agencies.

(August 21, 2003) - The recipient of the 2003 David Wastchak Spirit of Rotary Award is Paul A. Mittman, ND, DHANP, president and CEO of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences, in recognition of his leadership in establishing a free medical clinic for low-income families in the Murphy school district.

(August 13, 2003) - Southwest College welcomed 74 new naturopathic medical students to the college community. View some photos of the orientation events and celebrations.

(August 7, 2003) - With the objective of improving the country's medical services, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Society for the Arts in Healthcare have recently released a strategic plan for advancing cultural programming in health care. The report on the Arts in Healthcare Symposium is grounded in the philosophy that arts provide proven benefits to patients and care providers.

"The arts and medicine: these are two human callings that belong together and our challenge is to rediscover the ways in which they can most effectively be brought together again. If you go back in ancient times, the arts in health care, arts and medicine, are intricately related. I think one of the great opportunities we have right now in America is to connect art – its strengths, its potentials, its possibilities – with the inevitable journey of human life," says Dana Gioia, NEA chairman.

(August 4, 2003) - Recently 22 medical students from around the country and several nursing-faculty members from the University of Washington converged on Bastyr University to attend its second annual Complementary and Alternative Medicine camp. Their motivation: to better serve patients using the connection between traditional and alternative medicine. Visit the Bastyr Campus website.

(August 1, 2003) - The American Medical Association CPT editorial panel has created two new seats for CAM professionals on its Health Care Professional Advisory Committee. These positions are concerned with establishing tracking codes for performance measurement, and provide the CAM profession with an opportunity to influence payers, via coding, to ultimately decrease the cost impact of health care for Americans.

(July 16, 2003) - Marking the first annual Natural Health Scholars Program, the Institute for Natural Medicine selected these five recipients for their capacity to strengthen the leadership, creativity, excellence and diversity of the naturopathic medical community. ”Our inaugural scholars represent an extraordinary sense of wisdom and empowerment, symbols that have come to define the naturopathic medical profession,” says the Institute’s chair of the board.

Bastyr University’s Chad Aschtigen is one of the five scholars program recipients.

Other new scholarship awards gain attention at NCNM.

(July 5, 2003) - Biotechnology's vocal critics expect European consumers to reject newly labeled, genetically modified products. Critics hope for US legislation to also adopt mandatory labeling, in spite of past resistance. "I think the European action marks the beginning of the end for agricultural biotechnology," said critic and activist Jeremy Rifkin.

(July 3, 2003) - Seminar reveals health care patients are becoming more informed and empowered. As a result, patients expect a more personalized relationship with their physician, easier access to information, the ability to self-educate under their physician’s supervision, and in some cases to electronically communicate with the physician and their staff.

(July 2, 2003) - A recent study indicates that overall health risks of HRT may exceed benefits, stimulating breast cancer growth and hindering diagnosis. Bastyr Center for Natural Health’s Dr. Jane Guiltinan and other researchers discuss options women have.

(June 23, 2003) - Almost 300 students were awarded graduate and undergraduate level degrees or certificates from Bastyr University. The festivities at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Wash. included one important milestone: the 1,000th degree granted in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr.

(June 13, 2003) - Andrew Weil, MD, believes naturopathic doctors in the state of California will benefit from the pending licensure requirement.

(June 13, 2003) - The Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy - Naturopathy has put a policy into effect stipulating that all Ontario Naturopathic Doctors are required to meet certain continuing education (CE) requirements. This groundbreaking policy came into effect as of 2003. As a condition for registration renewal beginning with the 2005 registration year, all NDs will have to document that they have met the new CE requirements.

(June 6, 2003) - Better care of patients with dementia is the goal of the new book Dementia Practice Guidelines for Treating Disturbing Behaviors (primary authors: Linda Buettner, Ph.D., CTRS and
Suzanne Fitzsimmons, MSN, RN, GNP
). Experts agree that non-pharmacological interventions such as recreational therapy should be attempted before prescribing medications for disturbing behaviors, however few health professionals know which types of interventions work best for certain behaviors.

(June 5, 2003) - "Dr. John Bastyr was one in a million…He looked at everything in your body as somehow contributing to what you were," says Al Larsen, a patient of Dr. Bastyr for 50 years. Al and his wife Cecilia shared their memories of Dr. Bastyr on May 16 for the first annual John Bastyr Day, a celebration of what would have been his 91st birthday.

(May 2003) - Bastyr University’s sixth annual Herb and Food Fair drew over 2,000 people to the campus to hear speakers about herbs and nutrition, learn about organic cooking, take guided herb garden tours, and sample a variety of natural foods, beverages and herbal products.

(May 29, 2003) - SCNM conducts a clinical trial, collaboratively, to test the effects of MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane), a dietary supplement, on arthritis pain of the knee.

(May 27, 2003) - CCNM will graduate 127 ND students on May 30, 2003. In addition, they’ll award three exceptional individuals the doctor of naturopathic philosophy diploma, honouring those who have contributed to the naturopathic profession.

(May 22, 2003) - Legislation to expand statewide access to naturopathic medicine has passed for the first time by the California Senate. The bill has now advanced to the State Assembly. If passed, the bill would extend state licensure to clinically trained naturopathic doctors in California state. See the California Association of Naturopathic Physicians website for more.

(May 20, 2003) - AANMC member schools will graduate 375 naturopathic doctors (NDs) in spring/summer 2003. In addition, 3,386 NDs have already graduated from accredited, AANMC member schools.

(May 6, 2003) - “Bastyr University shows nation the way to naturopathy.” King County Journal reports on the school’s 25-year growth – from 31 students studying “alternative'' medicine in rented rooms in the University District, to 1,200 students studying multiple disciplines at an accredited university on the northeast shore of Lake Washington.

(April 2003) - National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is partnering with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in the first large-scale clinical trial of EDTA chelation therapy as a treatment for coronary artery disease (CAD), the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

(April 28, 2003) - To honor the spirit and innovation of the class of 2003, CCNM hosted a lively wine and cheese celebration on April 28. The event marked the graduation of CCNM’s 23rd class and the launch of a new alumni association.

(April 2, 2003) - Bastyr University Celebrates 25th Anniversary. The school began in April 1978, when its founders shared the dream of creating an outstanding school of naturopathic medicine. Starting from little more than a $200 donation, the school has become a world-renowned multi-disciplinary academic center and a destination for students from all over the globe.

(March 4, 2003) - Bastyr University announced the launch of a new clinical doctoral program in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) to begin in fall quarter 2003. Specializing in oncology, the program will only be open to licensed acupuncturists.

(February 12, 2003) - Seattle's Group Health Cooperative has agreed to refund millions of dollars to its members who paid out of their own pockets for naturopathic, acupuncture and massage-therapy treatments.

(February 4, 2003) - Naturopathic physician, Dr. Jane Guiltinan, has been re-appointed to the Harborview Medical Center Board of Trustees in King County, Wash. Dr. Guiltinan has been a practicing naturopathic physician since 1986 when she graduated from Bastyr University, and will be serving her second 4-year term on the board.

(January 14, 2003) - SCNM’s Fellowship in Environmental Medicine position is slated to begin September 1, 2003. The postgraduate Fellow will develop expertise in the field of environmental medicine while assisting in the development of therapeutic protocols, conducting research, educating naturopathic medical students and other responsibilities.

(November 1, 2002) - Guest speaker Bill Mitchell, an ND and teacher with almost three decades of experience in naturopathic medicine, visits CCNM campus to lecture on naturopathic medicine topics and to consult with interns.

(October 21, 2002) - CCNM and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) co-host their second MPP Reception – an exiting opportunity for MPPs to meet NDs, students and educators, to learn more about the naturopathic profession, and for CCNM to advocate for degree-granting status.

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