An Opioid Crisis or Avoidance Crisis?

An Opioid Crisis or Avoidance Crisis?

“Article V, Section 5. The use of sedatives, analgesics, anaesthetics, narcotics or barbiturates to relieve pain, (except temporarily or in an emergency) at the expense of future health, or because of failure to eradicate the underlying causes of disorder of which pain is only a symptom, shall be considered contrary to the accepted theory and practice of naturopathy. The continued use of such substance is poisonous to the body, habit-forming, or makes the patient dependent upon them.” 

Standard Naturopathy, Paul Wendel. 1951.  p109-110

The Forest v The Trees

The Forest v The Trees

Stay with me on this one….

Look closely at the picture above. Do you see lots of trees, or do you see a forest?

Is there a difference between the two?

If you were to remove one or even two of the trees, do you really influence the forest?

But consider this: What if you changed the soil? The light, the air, or the nutrients? Would that have a greater influence?

Hydrotherapy: More than just getting wet

Hydrotherapy: More than just getting wet

What does hydrotherapy do?

An increase in circulation is the primary and initial response of the body to hydrotherapy.

Why is an increase in circulation in specific areas so broadly beneficial?

By moving more amounts of blood and lymphatic fluid, you increase the amount of (and speed) metabolic waste removed from the tissue area, and increasing the amount of nutrients and oxygen reaching the area. Since it is in a system, effecting one area will have an effect on the whole system.

Why cold water?

Kneipp's Five Pillars

Kneipp's Five Pillars

Father Sebastian Kneipp (1821-1897) was a Catholic priest who practiced medicine in Bavaria, Germany. He was extremely well known and loved throughout Germany and adjacent countries--even the Archduke of Austria visited Father Kneipp to be treated. In fact, Kneipp told the Archduke that if he did not follow his principles of health, he would not treat him, and soon had him out chopping wood.

Naturopathic Philosophy

Naturopathic Philosophy

Selections from the “Narcotic Education” article from the August 1937 Naturopath and Herald of Health Journal give provocative food for thought regarding the practice of natural medicine.  The Journal went through many name changes in its 35+ year history. But throughout its time of publication, the Journal, its editor and the contributors held firmly to what they believe to be Naturopathic medicine, giving definition, clarity and direction to this art of healing.

Hering's Law

Hering's Law

Constantine Hering was born in 1800 in Saxony. He later immigrated to the United States in the 1830’s and continued to work and teach until his death in 1880 in Pennsylvania. During his work in both Europe and the US, he began to more closely observe the healing process. What he learned affected his practice and our use of homeopathy, as well as his study and teaching in natural sciences, in a way that is particularly helpful for us today.