October 6 – 12th is the second annual observance of Naturopathic Medicine Week, thanks to a Congressional resolution that officially acknowledges naturopathic medicine as “safe, affordable and effective.”
To celebrate, the campus of National University of Health Sciences is hosting several events sponsored by student organizations such as the Naturopathic Medicine Students Association, Yoga Club, Homeopathic Medicine Club, Applied Kinesiology Club as well as a conference sponsored by the Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
On Monday, students enjoyed a free one-hour yoga session in the Gym. On Tuesday and Wednesday, students will sell healthy autumn treats in Janse Hall such as “Pumpkin-Spice Zoom Balls,” to help fuel up for midterm exams.
Wednesday, October 8 at 6:30 pm in SC1, everyone is invited to a free screening of the documentary “Fed Up,” directed by Stephanie Soechtig and narrated by Katie Couric. Fed Up reveals why the conventional wisdom of exercise and eat right is not ringing true for millions of people struggling with diabetes, childhood obesity and other serious conditions. The vital information in this film could change the way we eat forever.
On Thursday October 9th at noon in D139, come hear a presentation on the “Face of Alternative Medicine.” ND patient Melissa Mangan will share her journey through the traditional medical system, what it took for her to take control of her health and how “alternative” medicine changed her life.
The grand finale of Naturopathic Medicine Week here at NUHS will be the second annual conference of the Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians (ILANP), October 11-12. This year’s conference will focus on integrative and nutritional approaches to gastrointestinal disorders.
“Our campus is dedicated, not only to educating students in naturopathic medicine, but in educating the public and our patients about the need for legislation that recognizes naturopathic physicians as licensed primary care doctors,” says Dr. Fraser Smith, assistant dean for naturopathic medicine at NUHS. “We hope that in addition to attending one or more of the many events on campus, that everyone will take time to contact their Illinois state legislators to support licensure for naturopathic physicians, and to become an active member of the ILANP to strengthen those efforts.”
NUHS offers the Midwest’s only accredited naturopathic medicine degree program, and is a leader in supporting the state’s naturopathic profession and licensure efforts, as well as preparing graduates in naturopathic medicine who are ready to lead their profession into the future.