Bastyr's Most Popular Stories of 2015

Sun rays shine through the trees on the Kenmore campus

2015 was nearly bursting at the seams with fascinating news about natural health. Sometimes the most popular stories illuminated trends, like turmeric (aka curcumin) in the news at every turn, or everyone’s favorite hot topic: the human microbiome. 

It can be something visual that unites us: whether that’s simply savoring the beauty of our Kenmore campus, scrolling through the wildly popular infographics from Naturopathic Medicine Week, or discovering the Heart of Bastyr video. Or, occasionally there’s the tendency to click on things that are just a little unsettling, such as this image of Bastyr University California’s naturopathic medicine students studying a human brain.

Many people wanted to discover the Top 5 Herbs for Relaxation, to learn more about using a plant-based diet to fuel hikes and the 8 Ways to Get Your Money Right for School.

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Students are always looking for ways to make their education more affordable, and that was reflected in the popularity of this article about Bastyr’s new initiative, the Alternative Credit Project, which helps nontraditional learners gain a college degree.

We also toured the human microbiome with Penny Simkin PT, CCE, CD(DONA), and watched Bastyr University's mind-body medicine guru, Brad Lichtenstein, ND, BCB, explain the many benefits — health, financial, spiritual — of learning how to meditate, or how to “breathe into life.”

When it came to the most popular recipe and food content, everyone flipped for the Honey-Sweetened Carrot Cake that’s a favorite in the Bastyr Dining Commons, discovered a common love for Shakshuka, and shared far and wide this brightly colored, botanically packed, energizing Turmeric Anti-Inflammatory Drink.


It seems we’re all eager to read more about the continually excellent research happening at Bastyr, especially the $3 million grant awarded to study integrative oncology — as well as the faculty associated with the study, Leanna Standish, PhD, ND, LAc, FABNO.

And finally, this year more than any other, our Bastyr experts were consistently out in the world, educating the community, appearing on the local news and in national magazines. Whether it was Jamey Wallace, ND, chief medical officer of Bastyr Center for Natural Health, explaining why you should consider seeing a naturopathic doctor in Prevention Magazine, or a team of Bastyr experts from both our Kenmore and San Diego campuses passing along their favorite effective medical home remedies, 2015 was a year where “Bastyrians” were seen and heard – a lot!