New Classes

This past week we were introduced to two of the more interesting classes I have taken here at NUHS over the past three years. These classes are Minor Surgical Techniques and Environmental Medicine. 

Minor Surgical Techniques is perhaps our best example of medicine's greatest force of intervention, while also following one of the Naturopathic principles of "do no harm." The task of bringing injured tissues together (so that they can heal more completely without complication) while piercing that tissue with a needle and suturing material (some tissue damage in order to help the whole person heal) can help prevent local infection building and possibly invading the circulatory system, where it can infect the person's entire body. 

While many of us will never use the procedures taught in minor surgery, some of our licensed states require that the naturopathic physicians in that state be able to perform all procedures that a primary care doctor would perform in their normal duties. 

Environmental Medicine is a review of the "total load" of today's environment upon the human body. We look at all sources of toxins from our food supply, items of everyday living, air, water and electronic sources. We measure the impact of these sources upon the human body, both in the short term as well as over a lifetime. We research ways of detoxifying the human body from these influences and ways of helping the human body, mind and spirit recover from an overload of toxins. 

These classes roll up many of the concepts we learned in the basic sciences portion of our curriculum from anatomy, inflammatory process, tissue injury and healing, our bodies' built-in filtration systems and just about every process we learned. Now, as I have said before, the concepts are being applied on a daily basis, both in our classes as well as when we see our patients at the Student Clinic.

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In Memory...

Finally, on this Memorial Day weekend, I'm taking the bully pulpit of this blog to honor two of the veterans who have given their lives for our country, our freedoms, our people--not just for their generation, yet for those who follow, both born here and who immigrate here for a better life. These men are my uncles: U.S. Army Private First Class Edward Ammons, who was killed in action in 1945 on Luzon Island in the Philippines during the waning months of World War II after having fought much of the Pacific Campaign; and U.S. Army Private First Class Otto Ammons, who was killed in action in early 1952 near the 38th Parallel during the Korean War. Our family has never forgotten them and I will do my best to ensure that none of our veterans who have given their lives willingly for our country and innate liberties, regardless of the war, action or operation are forgotten.