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Open House

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As I had mentioned last week, my friend Sarah landed a job at the National Center for Integrative Medicine in Joliet, Ill. The official ribbon cutting of the new facility was last Wednesday and it couldn't have been more perfect! The facility is state-of-the-art with all new equipment and treatment rooms. To top it all off, they served a gluten-free breakfast for everyone to enjoy! The alternative health care wing turned out beautifully and we are all so happy for Sarah and her new job!  

Julie Martin, ND, our newest clinician here on campus, attended the open house as the keynote speaker of the ribbon cutting ceremony. Dr. Martin stated that what this facility is providing for patients is exactly what health care needs in the future. One place, full of a variety of health professionals, all ready to work together to help regain health for their patients. She also spoke on the future of naturopathic medicine and how our profession fits into the current medical model. She commended Rao Kilaru, MD, the facility owner, for helping to change the future of medical practice to a more holistic practice.  

I could not imagine working in such a beautiful space and wish the medical group much success in the future!

Family in Town

I know it seems like I am always having family coming to town, but that's because I have been! My boyfriend's brother came to visit us from Boston for the weekend and we took full advantage of the opportunity to go out on the town. We went to my favorite comedy show in the world, The Cupid Players, at the IO Theater in Wrigleyville. No matter how many times I see the show, I laugh just as hard as the first time! I recommend it to anyone entertaining family and friends when they come to town!  

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Women's Health Seminar

In addition to hosting company, treating patients in clinic and celebrating Sarah's grand opening, I attended a Women's Health Seminar put on by Metagenics. The seminar was a great review of the biochemistry behind our natural therapies and provided many research articles on the various modalities we frequently employ. Although the seminar was long and took up my entire weekend, it was free to students, which is very rare! You have to take advantage of all the freebees being a student has to offer, because once you graduate you are paying full price!

Next week, I plan to finish my patient numbers at clinic… YEAH!!!!! So cross your fingers and your eyes for me!!

Graduation is One Month Away

Graduation is now officially one month away and I couldn't be more excited! I am more than ready to be done spending all of my time within the confines of the NUHS clinic walls and get out into the "real world." Sometimes I think we spend so much time worrying about graduation requirements and check-offs that we start to loose touch with reality; we are going to be doctors!! 

I think my reality set in hard this week when one of the adjunct faculty, Dr. Lou, wanted to take the 10th trimester ND students out for a graduation dinner before she left for the trimester. She praised each and every one of us and pointed out each of our strengths. She really knows how to speak to your heart. After some Thai food, talking and tears, we all left feeling confident and ready to graduate!   

A Favorite Memory

One of my most favorite memories of Dr. Lou was her lecture on finding your "target" - meaning, we all have goals in our life that we aim for. Some are small and some are large but they all are leading towards a common goal/target. That goal may be to have the means to support children and a family in the future, or to have the means to travel freely, or it may be to build your ideal medical practice. Whatever the goal "target" may be, there will undoubtedly be obstacles that will come along and try to knock you off of your course toward your target. 

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Dr. Lou explains that it is no one's fault but your own if you allow these obstacles to let you get off course. She also explains that once your start to rationalize the obstacles and let them lead you astray, you will in the short term be aiming for your target, but in the long term you will miss the target by a long shot. For example, if you are in an unhappy relationship and are aiming to have a happy healthy family in your future, you can rationalize that things will get better as time goes on and ignore the fact that you are no longer aiming for your target. As difficult as it may seem, removing yourself from a situation or people that do not support your reaching your target is what you must do. 

I know it sounds cheesy, but when you sit down and think about what makes you get out of bed in the morning and what actually makes you tick, you realize what your most important goals/targets in life are and this will help to re-direct you onto the appropriate path. 

Mama Chella comes to town!

My boyfriend's mother flew in from Boston this past weekend to pay us a very short but sweet visit. We were able to go downtown for a very nice dinner and drinks and some long overdue shopping! I also attended my first temple service with my boyfriend and his mom to observe the Jewish festival Purim. It was a learning experience to say the least! I love learning new religions and traditions and can't wait for the next holiday!

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Iowa Close to Licensure

The Hawkeye state is up again for a re-vote on whether or not to license naturopathic doctors as primary care physicians. Over a year ago Iowa NDs tried for licensure but were unable to pass the bill. As far as I have read and heard, licensure bill SF293 has already passed the Senate subcommittee and Senate committee. The next step is Senate floor. The president of the Iowa Association of Naturopathic Physicians e-mailed me stating that currently we have majority in Senate but the bill still needs much support to get passed! 

Over half of Iowa legislators have been directly informed of the need for naturopathic medicine in Iowa and you bet I have been recruiting friends and family back home to e-mail and call! I had not at all been thinking about moving back to Iowa to practice but this really throws my plans for a loop! If Iowa becomes the first Midwest state to become licensed with a full scope of practice…Iowa just may be my place!! 

If you know anyone in Iowa or would like to be part of the licensing efforts please send a quick e-mail stating the many wonderful benefits of naturopathic medicine! We need all the help we can get to get this bill through. The vote will take place around April 29th, so we only have a short couple months to raise awareness! 

The following link will take you the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) where you can send an e-mail directly to support Iowa licensing efforts!

Fonda of my Honda 

My gracious parents allowed me to borrow their Honda Civic for the time being since my old Subaru finally quit on me. I am so close to being done with school and this couldn't have happened at a worse time! Thankfully, I have a vehicle to get around and I can stop waking my boyfriend up early in the morning for rides! I really am so blessed… my family and friends always have my back!  

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I hope that everyone has a chance to vote for Iowa licensure!! Hopefully Illinois will be next!

Danville, IL

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Hello from Danville! I am writing to you from Danville, IL, where my fellow intern Sarah and I just arrived at our hotel to prepare for our shadowing opportunity tomorrow. We are meeting with Dr. Peters who is a chiropractic and naturopathic physician who practices as a primary care doctor here in Danville. He has a variety of conditions he treats but specializes in homeopathy. I am excited to report how tomorrow goes! 

Salvation Army

For the entire 10th Trimester, I am spending Friday clinic shifts at the Salvation Army in downtown Chicago. It has been nice to be able to track patients from week-to-week and monitor their progress. The past few weeks we have had several successful treatments with homeopathy, which I love to see!

One patient was treated with the remedy Calc Carb for a chief complaint of fear of change, as he was placed on a new job assignment and had a lot of anxiety revolving around his first day at the new job. The following week the patient reported feeling completely calm after being given the homeopathic remedy and had much less anxiety when he started his new job earlier in the week. I love hearing success stories like this, especially when these patients are so thankful for any help that we can provide.

Niece Update

My little niece is now 5 months old!! I recently found out she will be attending my graduation in April to watch
her Auntie A become a doctor. I am very excited about graduation of course, but most of all I am excited for my family to visit and spend time together. We have a trip planned for the Shedd Aquarium and Lincoln Park Zoo just to name a few! I can't wait to show off little Gracey!

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Have a great week!!

Metra Train Excursion

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I know this is absolutely ridiculous, but I have to admit I have never taken the Chicago Metra train in my whole 5 years of living here! I was actually forced to take the Metra from Downers Grove to my Salvation Army rotation in downtown Chicago this past Friday as my car quit on me early last week. Aside from my broken down car being a headache, the train was so easy and the best part was I didn't have to sit in traffic on the way back home! I am totally going to take the train much more often!  

Valentine's Day Fondue! 

Ashley -bottleSince Valentine's Day fell on a Monday, my boyfriend and I decided to make dinner and have a quiet night at home. When I got home from my clinic shift late in the evening, I was surprised with a bubbling pot of cheese fondue and heart shaped rice crispy treats! Yum! On top of my dinner surprise I also received some paraben and phthalate free bath products! I finally have my friends and family trained to look for products that are free of harsh preservatives that are known to create long term health affects.

Phthalates are used in plastics to give them their flexibility and durability. The use of phthalates is being phased out, as there are emerging health concerns over their safety. Parabens are used to increase the shelf life of cosmetics and are found in an array of products from shampoo to toothpaste. Parabens can also be added to food to prevent spoilage. Products without parabens and phthalates are becoming more available especially in many infant bath products. It's something to keep in mind the next time you go to the store for toiletries! 

The final move!

This weekend wrapped up my month of moving… FINALLY! My boyfriend and I rented a 16-foot truck with a car carriage attached to the back to haul the rest of my apartment and car back home. I know it had to be unnerving to drive that big truck with an additional car in tow, but my boyfriend would never admit it!  It was nice to spend some time with my family and get out of school mode for a few days. 

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I am counting down the days to graduation… Only 2 more months now!! I am so ready to graduate… can't wait!!