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Pancake Batter: From Sally Fallon Morell, Author of Nourishing Traditions

June 26, 2019

One of the most versatile and successful recipes from Nourishing Traditions is the pancakes. Freshly ground flour (spelt, emmer, or soft winter wheat) soaked overnight with equal parts of yogurt or kefir serves as the base for delicious, light tasting, and highly digestible pancakes. Every few weeks I make a double recipe of pancake batter […]

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AromaChemistry and Applications of Tea Tree Oil – Part 4 of 4

June 21, 2019

Absorption of Tea Tree Oil Applied Topically Tea Tree Oil has long since been used topically for a variety of conditions and is widespread in formulations of the cosmetic industry. However, little is actually known about its absorption and penetration through human skin and the consequential risks of application.  Due to the lipophilic nature of […]

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AromaChemistry and Applications of Tea Tree Oil – Part 3 of 4

June 13, 2019

Potential Uses For Humans In vitro studies have shown great potential for Tea Tree Oil as a therapeutic agent, but few in vivo studies have been conducted. Tea Tree Oil has been commonly used for acne, dandruff, cuts, as well as other conditions (10, 11). In vivo research is currently reviewing and determining the efficacy […]

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AromaChemistry and Applications of Tea Tree Oil – Part 2 of 4

June 7, 2019

Potential Modes of Action Even after substantial research, the mode of action of Tea Tree Oil is still not properly understood. Numerous studies have been conducted involving a variety of assays to hypothesize the mechanism behind Tea Tree Oil’s efficacy. Potential modes of action, as have been identified in bacteria, include inhibition of respiration, alterations […]

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AromaChemistry and Applications of Tea Tree Oil – Part 1 of 4

May 31, 2019

Introduction Plants, as a means of chemical defense, produce and store a variety of compounds that help protect against invasion from microorganisms. As a result, many of these compounds possess a multitude of medicinal qualities for humans. An extract of Melaleuca alternifolia, commonly known as Tea Tree, has been used within the practice of Medicinal […]

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Miasms and Mythology: Part 3 of 3

May 24, 2019

The Tubercular Miasm The Tubercular Miasm can be seen as a type of Pseudo-Psora, where the struggle is so intense, hectic, and destructive, that the person feels oppressed and needs to break away as soon as possible. It is even more revolutionary than the Cancer Miasm, which has a slower kind of pace to it. […]

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Miasms and Mythology: Part 2 of 3

May 16, 2019

The Ringworm Miasm The Ringworm Miasm is characterized by an unequal struggle, whereby despite all your efforts to overcome the problem, eventually you realize it is bigger than you and you resign yourself to succumbing to its greater power. This miasm is evident in almost everybody. It’s ubiquitous, with a tussle between striving toward one’s […]

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Topical Ceramides for Cosmetic Dermatological Concerns

May 9, 2019

  When one integrates aesthetics into their clinical practice, there are a few noted therapies which offer a benefit across most patient populations and concerns. In the realm of cosmeceutical ingredients, ceramides are a prime example of such therapeutic products, given their applicability for many common cosmetic/dermatological conditions. Further to the information provided in my […]

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Miasms and Mythology: Part 1 of 3

April 30, 2019

  The miasms at their most basic level are archetypal energy patterns ranging from very rapid, intense, and generalized symptoms, to slow, insidious, and pathological symptoms. Follow Homeopath Luke Norland on a journey from Acute to Syphilitic.   The Acute Miasm The Acute Miasm corresponds to the fight or flight response and is the body’s […]

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Dr. Christine Girard Named President of National University of Natural Medicine

April 24, 2019

Recognized Leader and Educator in Integrative Natural Medicine Returns to Her Roots PORTLAND, Oregon (April 23, 2019) –The National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) Board of Directors has appointed Christine Girard, ND, MPH, as the 18th president of NUNM. Dr. Girard will succeed David J. Schleich, PhD, who is retiring from the position after 12 […]

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Homeopathic Remedies for Insomnia: A Quick Review

April 12, 2019

Are your patients struggling with insomnia? Your patients might find it difficult to get to sleep initially, have trouble staying asleep, wake up too early, or just wake up unrefreshed from a night of tossing and turning. It is often difficult to pinpoint an exact cause and there are likely to be several contributing factors, […]

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Reviewing the Many Applications of Cannabinoid-Rich Hemp Oil and the Role of the Gut-Brain Axis

February 28, 2019

Written by Chris Meletis, ND and Kimberly Wilkes A Brief Review of the Endocannabinoid System Endogenous endocannabinoids that are produced within the body including anandamide (arachi-donylethanolamide) and 2-arachidonylglycerol (2-AG) are able to activate receptors in the endocannabinoid system. Phytocannabinoids such as Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of Cannabis sativa plant, and cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive […]

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Evidence for the Clinical Use of Cannabinoid-Rich Hemp Oil in the Management of Pain, Inflammation, and Stress

February 21, 2019

Written by Chris Meletis, ND and Kimberly Wilkes The endocannabinoid system is a fascinating regulator of many aspects of our health. Endogenous endocannabinoids that are produced within the body including anandamide (arachi-donylethanolamide) and 2-arachidonylglycerol (2-AG) are able to activate receptors in this system. Phytocannabinoids such as Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of Cannabis sativa plant, […]

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Hemp Oil Benefits and Challenges

February 14, 2019

Cannabinoid rich hemp oil has emerged as a promising botanical therapeutic with both clinical experience and published studies to support its use. The Stanley brothers are largely credited for first awakening the public to its benefits. The six Colorado siblings developed a hemp extract low in ∆9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component in marijuana, and high […]

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Dr. Chris Meletis Inducted into NUNM Hall of Fame

December 23, 2018

Beaverton, Oregon — Naturopathic physician Chris Meletis was inducted into the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) Hall of Fame on December 1, 2018 in recognition of the vital role he has played in the enhancement of Naturopathic Medicine’s reputation, prestige, and pursuit of excellence. Established in 1956, National University of Natural Medicine is the […]

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Skin Deep: Dermal Absorption of Essential Oils

December 6, 2018

For one reason or another, many of us have applied essential oils topically, either neat (undiluted) or as a blend in a carrier, possibly as part of a clinical aromatherapy application. The integumentary system (the skin) is designed as a selectively permeable barrier to protect the human organism from its external environment.1,2 The inherent nature […]

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Book Review: Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals, Volume 1

October 14, 2018

In Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals, Volume 1, the first in a five-volume series, Dr. Jill Stansbury makes a strong case for herbs in clinical case management–with tremendous success.  As a licensed naturopathic doctor and esteemed clinical herbalist, Dr. Stansbury shares thirty years of experience with botanical medicine from all over the globe in this […]

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Food, Medicine, and Poison: Solanaceae Family Values

October 10, 2018

Dr. Jillian Stansbury, botanical medicine professor extraordinaire, joins us on NatNotes as a guest blogger, waxing poetic on the physical and metaphysical aspects of the Solanaceae family of plants! Representative Plant Species Atropa belladonna – Belladonna Datura stramonium – Jimson weed Hyoscyamus niger – Henbit Solanum dulcamara – Bittersweet Nightshade Lycopersicon esculentum – Tomato Tabacum nicotania – […]

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From Herbalist to Author: the Writer’s Journey

September 24, 2018

How long does it take to publish a textbook series? For this naturopathic doctor and renowned herbalist, the journey spans nearly a decade. “I think this is the culmination of my many notes and class handouts and conference venues and powerpoint presentations or lecture notes that I would give to students or give to conference attendees. […]

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NUNM President David Schleich Announces Plans to Retire

September 12, 2018

Press release courtesy of National University of Natural Medicine PORTLAND, Oregon (Sept. 6, 2018) — National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) President David J. Schleich, PhD, has announced his plans to retire July 1, 2019. During his tenure, NUNM has undergone a period of growth and transformational change, becoming one of the nation’s foremost leaders […]

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Melaleuca: An Essential Oil Heavy-Hitter in the Battle with MRSA

September 6, 2018

Tea Tree Oil & Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus It is well-known that the world-wide overprescribing of antibiotics during the last several decades has led to the serious problem of antibiotic-resistant organisms and resultant infections. Agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working to address the issue, […]

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Sugar industry’s propaganda campaign exposed a half-century later

August 26, 2018

In the 1960s, British scientist John Yudkin challenged the popular belief that saturated fat and cholesterol were the main dietary factors involved in the pathogenesis of coronary heart disease (CHD). Citing epidemiological data and other evidence, Yudkin argued that refined sugar (which at the time was primarily sucrose) was the most important dietary culprit. In […]

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Nutritional treatments for opioid addiction

August 25, 2018

Addiction to illegal opioid narcotics (such as heroin) and prescription opioids (such as morphine, hydrocodone, and methadone) are major public health problems in the United States. In 2015, approximately 2 million Americans were addicted to prescription pain relievers (obtained legally or illegally) and 591,000 people were addicted to heroin. In that year, 20,101 drug overdose […]

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Why niacinamide is one of my favorite nutrients

August 24, 2018

When I first began studying nutritional therapies in the early 1970s, vitamin C was my favorite nutrient. As I learned more about individual nutrients, magnesium replaced vitamin C at the top of the list, and has remained there ever since. Students in my nutrition classes used to joke that, if they did not know the […]

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Improving the success rate of Helicobacter pylori eradication therapy

August 23, 2018

In the past few decades, it has become apparent that recurrences of peptic ulcers can be prevented by eradicating Helicobacter pylori, a bacterial infection that occurs commonly in the stomach of ulcer patients. Treatment with a combination of antibiotics, acid blockers (proton pump inhibitors) and sometimes bismuth is often effective for eradicating this infection, but […]

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In Service, with Love: How One ND is Changing the Face of Medicine in His Community

August 16, 2018

Chris Meletis always knew he wanted to help people. After graduating from Reed College in the late 1980s, he went on to continue three years of conventional medical school, determined to provide care to marginalized communities, before realizing that he was almost on the perfect path–but not quite. After a conversation with a naturopathic doctor […]

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Alkynes of Awesome: Dr. Tim’s Free Radical Love Has Revolutionized Aromatherapy Chemistry

August 10, 2018

If you’ve ever met Dr. Timothy Miller, you know that his love for life in general is absolutely insoluble, and his infectious enthusiasm only deepens when he’s talking about two of his greatest loves: aromatherapy and chemistry. (Do you see why aromatherapy chemistry was a perfect calling?!)   It’s no secret that truly understanding chemistry […]

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Educating, Innovating, and Inspiring: a Conversation with Rhiannon Lewis

August 2, 2018

Want to provide an immersive healthcare experience? Consider clinical aromatherapy, says nurse-turned-clinical aromatherapist, researcher, author, and educator, Rhiannon Lewis. Her heart’s path has called her to bring clinical aromatherapy to the forefront of complementary care, and decades later, it’s clear that her influence circles the globe. Rhiannon Lewis,Clinical Aromatherapist  From Bedside to Botanica: A Heart’s […]

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Sharing the Light: An Interview with Dr. Verna Hunt

July 12, 2018

Have you ever been in the awe-inspiring presence of a living legend? Dr. Verna Hunt, a chiropractor and naturopathic doctor in Ontario and graduate of what is now known as the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, carries with her the flame of wisdom — and she is more than happy to share the light. As […]

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A Practitioner’s Code of Ethics in the Age of Social Media and Partisan Politics

July 5, 2018

The Backstory After a late night of Facebook bingeing (because sometimes, you really cannot tear your eyes away from the reactions of your “friends” to current events), I woke up one morning feeling a little emotionally bruised from the goings-on in our world, and more than a little weary to take on the onslaught of […]

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Two Confessions and the Birth of NatNotes

June 27, 2018

Confession: I am not a research junkie. I don’t pour over articles in immunology journals while commuting home on the subway or conduct clinical trials in my spare time. In truth, my protocol is typically to wait for the headline-winning piece to emerge, then fact-check it and verify references before sharing it on my FB […]

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