Every year, students from Bastyr University’s Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) program congregate as lobbyists in Washington, D.C., to advocate for naturopathic medicine. (Learn more about their experience in this short video.)
This year, they accomplished their goal of asking Congress to designate a week to naturopathic medicine, giving birth to the first ever national Naturopathic Medicine Week, October 7-13.
"Naturopathic Medicine Week is a huge achievement because it is the first time that we, as a profession, are recognized federally, and it recognizes the importance of naturopathic medicine in our health care system," says student LuLu Shimek, president of Washington state’s Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA).
To celebrate this achievement and to further the goals of Naturopathic Medicine Week, Bastyr Center invites the public to a free event from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, which will feature:
- Free blood pressure readings
- Info tables
- Healthy refreshments
- Coupons for free visits and dispensary discounts
- Prevent disease
- Encourage the body’s inherent healing abilities
- Treat the whole person
- Help patients take personal responsibility for their health
"Naturopathic medicine provides noninvasive, holistic treatments that support the inherent self-healing capacity of the human body and encourage self-responsibility in health care," says student Jacob Aguiar, a local representative with the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).
The NMSA is doing additional Naturopathic Medicine Week outreach Oct. 8 at the University’s Kenmore campus, the group is following the Senate’s lead by asking each Bastyr student to educate at least one person about naturopathic medicine.
"The Senate encourages the people of the United States to learn about naturopathic medicine and the role that naturopathic physicians play in preventing chronic and debilitating illnesses and conditions," says student Rosia Parrish, a local AANP representative.
The week of events are organized in part by the NMSA with backing from the AANP.
About Bastyr University
Bastyr University, located near Seattle, Washington, is internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural medicine. As the largest accredited university for natural health arts and sciences in the U.S., Bastyr offers more than 17 degree and certificate programs in fields such as naturopathic medicine, acupuncture & Oriental medicine, and whole-food nutrition. Founded in 1978, the University now includes a leading-edge research facility (the Bastyr University Research Institute) and outstanding clinical training at Bastyr Center for Natural Health. The University’s second campus, Bastyr University California, opened in San Diego, California, in fall 2012, becoming the state’s first and only accredited school of naturopathic medicine.