Naturopathic Primary Care Update: An Integrative Approach to Esophageal Reflux Syndromes, Hypertension, Diabetes Management, Migraines, Anxiety, & Asthma (WANPHOME-12PRIM000)

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Instructors: Various. 12 CEUs/CMEs approved for: NDs (except CA), RNs & ARNPs in WA, MDs & PAs - Category II CMEs. This package contains 14 audio CDs and a copy of each presenter's handouts on CD.

This seminar was originally held at Bastyr University in November, 2012.

Presentation Descriptions:

Esophageal Reflux Syndromes, Eric Yarnell, ND

Lower esophageal and pyloric sphincter dysmotility can lead to various clinical syndromes including functional heartburn, non-erosive gastroesophageal reflux, erosive esophagitis, Barrett’s esophagus, and atypical syndromes such as asthma, laryngitis, and globus sensation. The complex biology of each condition, including bile and acid regurgitation, will be considered including true underlying causes. The controversy about whether these conditions progress or not will be reviewed. Naturopathic approaches to relieving underlying causes and symptoms will be presented along with case examples -  including those for complex patients who have not responded to common first-line therapies.

Getting Comfortable Choosing Antihypertensives:  When Non Drug Options Fail, Kasra Pournadeali, ND

This presentation will review “naturopathic” application of antihypertensive drugs, and JNC guidelines for their use.  A must attend presentation for when you are considering a prescription medication for patients needing more than lifestyle change, therapeutic nutrition, or plant medicines. 

An Integrative Approach to Back Pain – Clinical Pathways & Procedures, Robert Martinez, DC, ND

Processes and procedures are presented to help clinicians effectively categorize back pain, choose to refer or treat, and offer insights to enhance their skills to provide effective options for managing back pain. A quick review of the “red flags” and on to garner insights into deciding when to consider imaging, referral for interventional procedures, physiatric or surgical consult. Next we will review the common drugs used for back pain, learn which ones NDs can prescribe, and discuss better options than drugs. We will also explore how ‘diagnosis’ versus ‘categorization’ of back pain can direct the design of your treatment plan for your back pain patients.

A Patient-Centered Approach to Diabetes Management, Ryan Bradley, ND, MPH

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that requires a long-term and sustainable management strategy. Patient preferences, medical risk, and treatment risk-to-benefit ratios all require consideration in choosing treatments.  This presentation will take a case-based approach that will teach options for managing four common scenarios in diabetes management: pre-diabetes, first line treatment upon diagnosis, sub-optimal control despite medication treatment, and poor control.

Community Standards of Care for Asthma, Matthew Brignall, ND

Asthma is a prevalent condition that presents unique diagnostic and therapeutic challenges for the primary care provider. In this presentation, we will unpack the EPR-3 guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of asthma. In addition, we will cover much of the vast and contradictory research on diet and lifestyle management of this condition. We will use case presentations to propose a format for managing patients in a manner that is simultaneously holistic and consistent with best practice standards.

Migraine: Naturopathic Management & Integrated Treatment Involving Prescription & Natural Interventions, Paul Anderson, ND 

Migraine is an exceedingly common presentation in the primary care and general naturopathic clinical setting.  Causes can be incredibly varied, and responses to therapies can be quite different among patients.  In this presentation we will look into the causes for most migraines, diagnosis and pharmaceutical therapies commonly offered in allopathic medicine.  We will then compare and assess commonly available natural therapies for migraine syndromes.

Anxiety: Naturopathic Management & Integrated Treatment Involving Prescription & Natural Interventions, Paul Anderson, ND  

Anxiety can be one of the most difficult ailments to assess and treat in medicine.  Finding true cause can be difficult, and therapeutics often either create addiction and dependence or have poor efficacy.  In this presentation an emphasis on common pharmacologic interventions, the neurobiology of anxiety and potential natural therapies will be made.  Issues regarding addiction and dependence on prescription medications, safe tapering of such medications and natural prescriptions will be explored.

Effecting Deep Change by Integrating Present-Moment Therapeutic Communication into Your Practice, Cathy Rogers, ND

People who experience trauma while in a state of helplessness (falls, motor vehicle accidents, early developmental trauma and neglect, physical abuse, medical or surgical treatments and the like) suffer an autonomic freeze state. This state impairs the body’s ability to regulate, often leading to a loss of resilience and reduced capacity to face further threats. Research in neuroscience over two decades makes it clear that addressing chronic disruptions in the physical and psychological well-being of patients necessitates changes in the nervous system.

The practitioner’s present moment attunement to a patient biases the brain toward conscious, explicit learning states rather than conditioned fear states that tap into disempowered learning and memory. Over time the practitioner’s face-to-face rhythms of mindful, caring challenge and reliable support lead the patient to enhanced learning and improved emotional regulation.

Through lecture, demonstration, and guided practice, Dr. Rogers will unpack concepts from neuroscience, regulation theory, and somatic psychology and weave them together with naturopathic philosophy in an approach to verbal and non-verbal present moment therapeutic communications to enliven the Vis, repair self-regulation, and restore resilience.

Presenter Bios

Eric Yarnell, ND

Eric Yarnell, ND (Bastyr University, 1996) is associate professor of botanical medicine at Bastyr University. He is a co-founder of the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in Vancouver, BC. Dr. Yarnell is chief financial officer of Healing Mountain Publishing, a provider of natural medicine textbooks, and  president of Heron Botanicals. He previously served as chair of the department of botanical medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and helped edit the Journal of Naturopathic Medicine. His published works include Clinical Botanical Medicine 2nd ed, Natural Approach to Urology and Men’s Health 2nd ed, Natural Approach to Gastroenterology 2nd ed, Natural Approach to Nephrology, The A-Z Guide to Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions, and The Natural Pharmacy. In his private practice he focuses on men’s health, urology, and nephrology. For more information on this presenter go to

Kasra Pournadeali, ND

Dr. Kasra Pournadeali (pour-na-deli) is Founder and Director of the Northwest Center for Optimal Health, one of only a few private CNME-approved off campus residency training facilities in Washington State.  He has been a health care provider for over 20 years, and is a graduate of Oklahoma University and Bastyr University where he serves as faculty. 

Dr. Pournadeali is a recognized expert on cardiovascular disease, successful practice management, and making the political case for naturopathic regulation and primary care status. He has made over 1,000 radio and television appearances, and published hundreds of articles in the professional and lay press.  He is a candidate for president of the AANP, and as past president of the WANP he led the administration that expanded naturopathic practice to full scope to include injections, prescriptions drugs, and minor surgery.  Find Dr. P on the web at or email

Robert Martinez, DC, ND

Robert Martinez received his Doctor of Chiropractic from Western States Chiropractic College in 1981, his Doctor of Naturopathy from Bastyr University in 1985, board certification in chiropractic orthopedics in 1986, and McKenzie Certification in Manual Diagnosis and Therapy in 2004. He is a past postgraduate faculty member of Los College of Chiropractic, Motion Palpation Institute and Bastyr University. He is in private practice in Kirkland, Washington.

Ryan Bradley, ND, MPH

Dr. Bradley is currently the Director of the Center for Diabetes & Cardiovascular Wellness at Bastyr University - a center of clinical services, research and community education focused on prevention and treatment of cardiometabolic disease through patient activation toward healthy lifestyle choices. He is also a Clinical Research Assistant Professor and Core Clinical Faculty member at Bastyr. Dr. Bradley has published his research in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including foundational research on the role of naturopathic medicine, as well as research on mind-body interventions in diabetes and natural products. He is a frequent speaker for conventional and complementary health care providers on the topic of integrative approaches to reduce cardiometabolic risk.

Matthew Brignall, ND

Dr. Matthew Brignall is a core faculty member at Bastyr University, where he teaches Diet and Nutrient Therapy and Standards of Care, as well as supervises the supportive cancer care program at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health. His goal as a professor is to help his students think critically, and to use consistent evidence-based standards to evaluate their management and therapeutic options. As Director of Health Sciences at Salugenecists, Inc, Dr. Brignall manages corporate wellness programs and is involved in a project to evolve the continuing medical education model.  Dr. Brignall is a 1999 graduate of Bastyr University.

Paul Anderson, ND

Dr. Anderson is a graduate of NCNM and practices in Seattle at Anderson Medical Specialty Associates and the Bastyr Clinical Research Center.  He is a cancer researcher at Bastyr University and his research concentrates on IV therapies and their influence on cancer and chronic disease.  He also teaches board reviews for the NPLEX examinations, as well as many CME classes for physicians, including some CME offered through IV Nutrient Therapy for Professionals.   

Cathy Rogers, ND

As a naturopathic physician practicing in the Seattle area for 33 years, Dr. Cathy Rogers specializes in therapies that enhance the inherent self-healing powers of the individual, including body-based psychotherapy, hydrotherapy, and lifestyle change. She operated Chico Water Cure Spa on the Kitsap Peninsula for 13 years and continues to train students and professionals in the powerful healing modality of attended hydrotherapy in nature. Since 2005 she has trained in somatic psychotherapy and its scientific foundation in affect regulation, attachment, and interpersonal neurobiology. In her practice and teaching Dr. Rogers employs right-brain processes to access in the present moment sensation, gesture, emotion, image, archetype and meaning to heal the whole person.  Her skill is in guiding students to engage in the therapeutic encounter with regulating affect in order to repair, organize, build and strengthen neural networks to enhance well-being in a patient.