The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution Sept. 10 designating Oct. 7-13 as Naturopathic Medicine Week.
The resolution recognizes the value of naturopathic medicine in providing “safe, effective, and affordable health care...” and encourages Americans to learn about the role of naturopathic physicians in preventing chronic and debilitating conditions. Delawareans will have an opportunity to realize the benefits to their health from naturopathic medicine during Naturopathic Medicine Week.
Naturopathic medicine is a form of medicine that considers the whole person; focuses on the causes of illness, not just the symptoms; emphasizes prevention and ongoing wellness; and uses natural, noninvasive treatments.
“Given the rising costs of health care, the anticipated shortage of primary care physicians, and the ever-expanding interest in holistic health and wellness, the public deserves to know more about naturopathic medicine,” said Dr. Kim Furtado, ND, of Lewes. Across the country, naturopathic doctors and their supporters will be holding a range of free events and activities expressly for people who may be curious about natural medicine and how it works. Quakertown Wellness Center will host a kickoff for the week at an open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7, at 1307 Savannah Road, Lewes.
There are approximately 4,400 naturopathic doctors, or NDs, in the U.S. who are currently licensed, having graduated from an accredited four-year naturopathic medical school. There are five such institutions in the country.
NDs are rigorously trained in approaches that facilitate the body’s inherent self-healing ability. They treat a full range of health issues and work closely with their patients, guiding and empowering them with education and self-care tips.
“Naturopathic Medicine Week is taking place all across the country the second week of October,” said Furtado “From weight management and diabetes to allergies, digestion and bone health, patients of naturopathic physicians are able to realize improved health and optimal wellness through the principles and practices of naturopathic medicine.”
This is the first time Congress has recognized the ability of naturopathic physicians to “provide safe, effective, and affordable health care” and to play an essential role in addressing the nation’s pressing shortage of primary-care physicians.
Further information is available by contacting Furtado at 302-945-2107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.