Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Important news for those fighting cancer

Research published in the October, 2007 edition of Clinical Oncology supports the use of healthy lifestyle choices both in people trying to prevent cancer, AND those people currently fighting cancer. This article goes on to say:

"The evaluated evidence was utilized to show potential lifestyle interventions to facilitate well-being and quality-of-life initiatives. There is now persuasive evidence that dietary choice and exercise can improve teh physical and psychological function of patients with cancer. There is also persuasive evidence that lifestyle choice can prevent cancer or the reoccurrence in susceptible individuals, and possibly improve survival."

It is unfortunate how many people with cancer are told by their oncologists that they should eat whatever they want. This sort of poor advice can only set the patient up for malnutrition, and at best provide excess calories and sugars that cancer cells need to survive and grow.

If you know someone fighting cancer please make sure that they seek out the help of a physician well-versed in dietary and lifestyle strategies for fighting cancer.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Know Your Naturopath! There is a Difference!

An interesting article was distributed by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians this month that everyone who's interested in alternative medicine should read. The article which was originally printed in the Seattle Times explains the differences between true Naturopathic Physicians, and what are commonly referred to as "UN-D's." UN-D's are those people who practice alternative medicine without any formal training. As the article describes, there have been a number of instances where an UN-D has caused serious harm, or even death because of their lack of training and experience.

Right now only 14 States license Naturopathic Physicians, which means that in 38 States anyone can call themselves a Naturopath- even if they have no training at all. Licensing ensures that only those with the proper training can call themselves Naturopaths or Naturopathic Physicians. It is also important for people to realize that even traditional medical doctors who use alternative medicines may be inadequately trained in those modalities.

If you are considering visiting with a Naturopathic doctor for the first time make sure that you ask the right questions:

Did you graduate from an accredited Naturopathic medical school?
Do you have a medical license?

These are totally valid questions which may prevent you from seeing an unqualified person.

At NFC, all of our physicians are licensed graduates from naturopathic schools accredited by the Department of Education.

To read the article in its entirety follow this link:

Teen's death hastened by practitioner who had bogus diplomas