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:
Additionally, there will be a free lecture from 6:30-8 p.m., "How Naturopathic Medicine Can Help You," by Emily Lesnak, ND, who will discuss how naturopathic medicine can help:
"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.
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