A few months ago I wrote about making traditional healing bone
broth as a way to intake bone-building nutrients like proteoglycans
and minerals. This weekend I made another batch because it is
overall good for the immune system and the digestive tract.
The main difference between beef stock and traditional beef
broth is the length of time that the bones simmer: regular stock
takes a few hours, whereas traditional beef broth takes a few days
I made my batch for 72 hours, although I took about half the
broth out partway through and refilled the pot with additional
water and vinegar.
Here's a rough estimate of the proportions I used:
Bring everything (except the parsley, garlic, and salt) to a
boil and then drop down to a simmer for 48-72 hours. Add the
parsley, garlic and sea salt during the final 30 minutes of
Now that I'm writing this blog post, I looked at a book in the
NUHS library called Nourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy
for the Modern World by Sally Fallon Morell and Kaayla T.
Daniel. This book has numerous recipes for every type of bone. It
turns out the amount of vinegar I used should have been much more
(1/2 cup) to dissolve the bones further. The book also dives into
the research behind using bone broth as a treatment for the
following health conditions: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis,
scleroderma, psoriasis, wound healing, infectious disease,
digestive disorders, and cancer.
Using whole foods to heal and support the body is the natural
and traditional way humans have evolved since the beginning of
time. Getting back to the way our ancestors ate takes time and
persistence; implementing nourishing bone broth can be a step in
your wellness journey!
Botanical medicine is a significant aspect of our naturopathic
curriculum. At NUHS, we have three botanical medicine classes
that cover hundreds of herbs. I'm currently taking Advanced
Naturopathic Botanical Prescribing to learn how to appropriately
prescribe botanicals that are research-based for a patient's
condition. Every week, we have to formulate a botanical tincture
based on reading a case study, including the goals and rationale of
Goals of treatment are related to the action the botanicals need
to have. We usually will have a few actions to accomplish based on
one case study. Also, each botanical carries several actions. A few
of the many actions are listed below:
Botanical medicine is one of the main distinguishing features
between allopathic and naturopathic medicine. In
allopathic/osteopathic medical school, students may be taught some
general herbs that are common such as ginger and turmeric, but they
don't have formal classes on botanical medicine. In naturopathic
medical school, we have about 150 hours of class time to thoroughly
learn about the actions, constituents and clinical applications of
botanicals using research-based science.
Over the weekend, I attended a four-hour "Intro to Applied
Kinesiology" seminar taught by Dr. Louis C. Boven. My friend and
classmate Raheel has been learning from Dr. Boven for quite some
time and got him to come to the area to hold this free seminar.
I didn't know much about Applied Kinesiology, and I went to the
class to learn more.
Applied Kinesiology is a diagnostic system -- not treatment
protocol -- that incorporates muscle testing, postural analysis,
patient history, temporal-sphenoidal line palpation, and neurology
to efficiently discover the cause(s) of the patient's ailments. Is
the problem structural, mental or chemical? As physicians, we must
accurately diagnose to be able to treat the problem
For example, if someone has chemical imbalances, the most common
being chronic inflammation, spinal manipulation from the best
doctors in the world may provide temporary relief, but it won't
make a sustainable change because the problem isn't structural,
it's chemical (usually due to diet and gut issues).
Another example is that a structural problem like a hiatal
hernia can't adequately be resolved using chemicals such as
pharmaceuticals or botanicals because the structure needs to be
addressed! Identifying the problem is the first step.
Whether or not I decide to enroll in the 100-hour Applied
Kinesiology course to become certified in this modality, I gained
knowledge that can be translated into other aspects of naturopathic
medicine. I also have a better understanding of what Applied
Kinesiology is and how it may help my patients in the future.
The more types of diagnosis and treatments I learn, the better
off my patients will be because I recognize that I will not have
all the answers for every single patient. Being able to offer
alternative solutions including referrals when my resources are
exhausted will lead to patient trust, satisfaction, and most
Last trimester in my Clinical Nutrition class, we had a lecture
on iodine that sparked my interest into learning more.
Over winter break, I read a book titled "Iodine:
Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It" by Dr. David
Brownstein, MD. The book was written at a level that is easily
understandable by the general public, while at the same time
containing enough science to engage healthcare practitioners.
The Institute of
Medicine's recommended daily allowance (RDA) of iodine is 150
micrograms daily, an amount that's sufficient for the prevention of
goiters. In reality, the level that prevents goiters completely
neglects the amount required by other organs in the body to fulfill
their physiological functions without disease.
As you probably know, in the US, we iodize salt. Sea vegetables
and fish naturally contain iodine, and in areas that consume those
regularly like Japan, the daily intake is 12.5 milligrams (over 100
times the RDA value).
Iodine supplementation may help many conditions including breast
cancer, fibrocystic breast disease, detoxification, fatigue,
Graves' disease, and Hashimoto's disease. The book references many
research articles, which I plan to access and read in the
Should I start supplementing with iodine? How much iodine do I
need? There is an iodine urine loading test that the book
recommends in order to choose a safe supplementation amount. Also,
some people need other supplements in addition to iodine to
increase the transport mechanisms iodine uses to get into
Therefore, as with any supplement, work with a naturopathic
doctor to implement iodine supplementation safely with an amount
tailored to your individual needs.
This trimester I'm taking a mixture of Tri 7 and 8 classes
because I'm on the flex track. Every tri, the
material gets more and more clinical, and I'll not only be seeing
patients for hydrotherapy treatments at the clinic but also
treating simulated patients in one of my classes.
The ND program eases students into patient care through several
steps. A few trimesters ago, one of my classes was a clinic
observation shift for 4 hours per week. By observing, we can get a
feel for the flow of clinic and gain experience in charting
A class I'm currently enrolled in, Advanced Diagnosis and
Problem Solving, gives students the opportunity to work with
simulated patients -- paid actors -- who stick to a script and
learn the patient's story, prompting us to clinically think through
a diagnosis and come up with an effective treatment plan. An
accurate statement my professor said on the first day of class was
that aside from very few students who are already nurses, none of
us know what "real patients" will say, so we should never treat
these patients differently. These scenarios were all created to be
challenging and represent unexpected curveballs that real patients
will throw at us every day.
As for the hydrotherapy rotation, I won't be responsible for
making treatment plans, rather, I'll be following ND interns'
treatment plans and documenting the procedures and patients'
response. I'm especially excited for this new experience because
the clinic has a brand-new, state-of-the-art hydrotherapy lab! I'll
follow up on a separate blog post with photos about that later this
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