How ANYONE Can be a Naturopath in 10 Simple Steps

shutterstock_10382539By Dr. Nicole Sundene

One day a student from UW Med School followed me around on my Bastyr Internship Rounds and said, “is being a Naturopathic Doctor all about fish oil and probiotics?”

To which I responded, “pretty much.”

As much as this is a little tongue in cheek humor for my colleagues, I hope you all will be reminded of the pillars of health.

Plus I don’t have all the time in the world to nag everyone on the planet so here is how you can help Dr. Nicole on her nagging mission:

#1 Tell everyone to investigate and TREAT THE ROOT CAUSE of their health problem. Remember that “Disease is Our Teacher” and symptoms are the only way the body can send messages that something has gone haywire.

#2 Nag everyone to eat a Whole Foods Diet. Processed foods were soooooooooooooo 1980’s. Whole Organic foods are the new millennium. McInflammation is NOT your friend! Don’t be cast to the wayside and don’t believe that the FDA is actually in your best interest when they approve food additives that have never even been tested on human beings. Be sure to also recommend Flavonoid rich foods like berries, chocolate, tea, and red wine; high in antioxidants to prevent free radical damage and inflammation. It is really quite simple to prevent aging, which is essentially cellular DNA damage. If that makes no sense just trust me on this one.

#3 Tell everyone they need probiotics because without healthy gut flora their immune system cannot properly function. Because 70% of our immune system surrounds our Gut also known as GALT (Gut Associated Lymphatic Tissue) when we over use and mis-use antibiotics we are not only causing antibiotic resistance, we are using broad spectrum antibiotics to that subsequently KILL off the good bugs living in your gut leaving yeast and possible pathogens to proliferate. Always re-seed the gut flora after a round of antibiotics.

#4 Nat everyone they need fish oil or flax oil or both! Omega 3’s are the new BLACK. Also remind them that the new more fashionable BUTTER is GREEN….OLIVE OIL should be used whenever cooking under 320F and Canola Oil (cold pressed) should be used for higher temps.

#5 Tell everyone they need more sleep.
We regenerate our tissues and detox BEST when we are asleep.

#6 Nag everyone that needs to lose weight that they need to lose weight.

#7 Tell everyone to exercise and get outside for twenty minutes of sunshine on their hands and face to get the needed vitamin D.

#8  Nag everyone they need to manage stress better and BREATHE in to their bellies. Now teach them Square Breathing or Five Minutes to Zen.

#9 Tell everyone they need counseling to work on their “issues” if you don’t have “issues” you are probably just in denial about them…..like me *stops writing to ferociously wash hands for the 100th time today*….just kidding…but seriously no one is “issue free.” Food is here to nourish us not nurture us, and if we have issues with eating a diet that supports the “Unleashing of our Inner Fabulosity” then they need to get counseling. Revert back to rule #1…Treat the Cause. Holding on to all of our old baggage is alot of work, maybe we should consider “Letting Go”which often entails forgiveness towards ourselves and others. No one is perfect.

#10 When all else fails, recommend an Allergy Elimination Diet to see if a certain food or food additive is the cause of the problem.

Remember “Progress not perfection” this simple list of ten tips to a healthier you, can easily improve your foundation and pillars to health. I will also be walking everyone through the allergy elimination diet next month since Farmer’s Market Fruits and Veggies should be ubiquitous!

While of course this article has my per usual DRY humor added to it, and of course there is a difference between Naturopaths and Naturopathic Physicians (I am not saying you can be a physician in ten simple steps, and I don’t have a problem with “naturopaths,” I just want people to understand there is a big difference!) Naturopathic Physicians typically have the same licensure privileges as Family Physicians.

I have found my family and friends spreading my nagging love throughout the world and I really appreciate it. My sister has become a naturopath vicariously and thinks that everyone should just get off wheat and dairy, take fish oil and probiotics.

So Nag away my dear friends and readers! Thanks for stopping by my Kitchen Table!

~Dr. Nicole

Have a simple healthy tip? Feel free to leave your remark or link in the comments section.

Photobucket Dr. Nicole Sundene, NMD is a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor at Fountain Hills Naturopathic Medicine 16719 E Palisades Blvd, Suite 205, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.

She believes we should utilize natural medicines to treat the root cause of disease rather than just treating symptoms, as symptoms are a message of imbalance sent from the body and will persist until they are properly addressed.

For appointments please visit http://FHnaturopathic.com for more information about Naturopathic Medicine services.
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34 Responses to “How ANYONE Can be a Naturopath in 10 Simple Steps”

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  2. Steven Shuel on May 31st, 2009 10:48 pm

    Great practical tips……nice to see you having some fun with your posts.
    Just arrived back from the IFM conference in Ft Lauderdale..Sat next to Dr. Pizzorno …Wonderful man.

  3. Dr. Nicole Sundene on June 1st, 2009 9:52 am

    Thank you! And I worship Dr. Pizzorno he is my hero, was a fav teacher along with the late Dr. Bill Mitchell I dedicated this site to. You were lucky to meet Dr. Pizzorno!

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  5. SteveAnderson on June 5th, 2009 6:40 am

    Great article Dr. Nicole but didn’t you forget one?

    11. Colon cleansing – I won’t go there, may you could comment ;) .

    In all seriousness though, that is a great list of common-sense things people can do for a healthy lifestyle.

    Thanks,

    Steve

  6. Andreas Guibeb on June 5th, 2009 11:26 pm

    There is great wisdom in the saying that the more things change, the more they remain the same. This applies especially to health and wellness and the fundamental truth that that everything is related and link as well as the fact that nature was conceived as a self-regulatory system and harbors all the secrets for our self inflicted problems. If we dare to observe and acknowledge and listen to expert advice there are natural cures for every lifestyle challenge.

  7. Julie McClelland on June 6th, 2009 1:31 am

    Excellent 10 tips for improving one’s health. I like your approach – ‘nagging’. Being a mother and wife, I come with the ‘nag’ label – seems to come with being a woman. Hence you and your sister working in tandem.

  8. Debra Berndt on June 6th, 2009 4:47 am

    Great points that we hear all the time but many rarely follow. As long as your family and friends know you are nagging with LOVE, then maybe they will take action to live a healthier lifestyle.

  9. Debra on June 6th, 2009 4:52 am

    What a terrific breakdown of the best tips on healthy eating. I hope those who are healthy can continue to nag their friends and family and hopefully do it with love which is more effective. Healthy eating actually TASTES better. Great article.

  10. ianharper on June 6th, 2009 7:19 am

    i love lists like this they get right to the point.

  11. rod francis on June 11th, 2009 5:08 pm

    this is one of the most enlightening article i have read for a long time & i have read some beauties.

    i have been interested in the healthy alternate way of living for most of life & though a lot of what is written is nothing new but to have it parceled together is worthy of a print out and pinned to the wall.

    actually i’m going to do it right now so it becomes a daily ritual to read.

    thanks a ton …. seriously :-}} :-}} :-}}

  12. Jim on June 11th, 2009 9:55 pm

    I always believed the 3 fundamentals of good health began with enough sleep, exercise and a good diet. These ten steps give further depth and meaning to 3 fundamentals. I would love to see the day when this is embraced by mainstream society.

  13. Peter Hanfileti, MD on June 15th, 2009 8:53 pm

    Hi Dr Nicole,
    I wholeheartedly agree with your list, and I especially would emphasize numbers 1 and 9. If more people were aware of these factors and actually utilized them, I think our society’s health could be much improved. Keep up with the good posts!
    P.S. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Bastyr, great place.

  14. Jim Hickey on June 16th, 2009 9:46 am

    Interesting and insightful post. I can especially relate to the topics on eating whole foods, reducing stress, getting more sleep and a few more. There seems to be a lot of buzz recently about the additional benefits of Vitamin D … nice addition!

    Though I agree we should be willing to be more conversant on all these topics, I don’t believe nagging works on a consistent basis …. Being honest and open sure …. nagging … well …..

  15. MoxKirby on June 17th, 2009 12:08 pm

    Great tips, my father actually managed to reverse his insulin dependency due to diabetes by switching to a vegan diet (+ fish oil).

    It’s called ‘natural’ for a reason.

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  19. Jon Clayton on June 27th, 2009 10:18 am

    I am not sure I can make it as a naturopath, but I found the list to be a great course in health and wellness. And this is always appreciated. Thank you for the advice, it is informative.

  20. Dianne Hansen on June 28th, 2009 5:36 am

    Here’s my absolute favorite phrase in your tongue-in-cheek article about naturopaths and how to be one: “don?t believe that the FDA is actually in your best interest when they approve food additives that have never even been tested on human beings.”

  21. Relationship Advice on June 29th, 2009 11:15 pm

    I try to follow most of those 10 tips. I know so many people who are on meds to fix their medical issues without the natural suggests to repair without side effects. Why do doctors consistently prescribe medication verses fixing the solution????

  22. Debra on June 30th, 2009 1:08 am

    The best advice here is to stay away from processed foods. So many health issues are caused by the junk they put into these foods. Thanks for the tips!

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  23. trish on July 3rd, 2009 12:09 am

    I just want to contest your recommendation for Canola oil- The lit says – it comes from a poisonous seed, and still contains small amounts of poison in the refined end product. I know many substances that have high concentrations of such a substance can be eaten in small quantities but Canola causes plastic like deposits on lungs and it is SUPER refined..many other side effects from utilizing this lubricant for industrialization is also on the list, leaving not much worthwhile with it’s use. Why not go the extra mile and warn of this hazardous sham by the FDA and advise coconut, palm or safflower oils for example. Evidence shows they are not the culprits of high cholesterol and the like but rather refined and hydrogenated products are. Butter too carries Vit D, K etc to the cells-important in a whole foods diet. I would love to know what all the Naturopaths think about this….

    Thanks for your great list-

    Trish

  24. Debra on July 3rd, 2009 6:10 am

    Being a nag about health can be the most loving thing you can do for someone you care about. Ultimately, though, the person has to make their own decision to live a healthier lifestyle.

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  25. Steve Diamond on July 4th, 2009 4:42 am

    This is a great list. Very entertaining as well as practical. I wish someone would nag me to get more exercise. (Sun is not a problem, as I live in Tucson.) I guess I have to learn to nag myself more effectively. Thanks!

  26. Healthy Living on July 5th, 2009 12:43 pm

    One good deed that we can do for other people is by being mindful of their well-being. Sometimes, people just need a little bit of encouragement and motivation in order to get them on their feet and start living a healthy life. I’m pretty sure nobody wants to be unhealthy, it’s just that some people just put off for tomorrow what they can do today.

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  27. Tim Owen on July 8th, 2009 12:03 am

    Wonderful post, thanks for the tips and your enjoyable humor. Very entertaining!

    It was a yoga teacher who reminded me that while food is important the influence of water and air upon our overall health is exponentially more of an influence. He highlighted this by reminding me how long I could live without food, verses water, not to mention air.

    This awareness of air quality and also the influence of smells has become a passion of mine ever since then.

    For instance,
    Why do you give flowers as a sign of love, good wishes, or blessing? What is so magical about the fragrance of a rose? The scent of a pine forest?

    Is it possible that these fragrances are not only beautiful but also life changing, not to mention something we all should pay greater attention to for optimum health?

    I would love to hear from you if water and air quality choices (increased awareness of them) are also something that might be added to your list?

    Thanks again for your post. I have enjoyed it and the other great information at your site. Nature seems the wisest doctor of all, your website does a fantastic job of increasing awareness of that. Looking forward to your next posts!

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  29. Papa_De_Q on August 11th, 2009 1:50 pm

    Yet Another Good Tip:

    The very first thing I learned in addition to staying away from processed foods was to stay away from anything white that does not occur naturally in nature as white.

    white flour (bleached – ever saw any white stalks of wheat?)
    white sugar (even carmel COLORED brown sugar)
    white rice (brown rice is significantly more nutritious)

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  32. Dr. Isaac Eliaz on June 3rd, 2011 5:44 am

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  33. Dareen on December 3rd, 2011 7:40 am

    Dr. Nicole.. thank you so much for this info, My ultimate goal is to follow in the footsteps you have taken, and become a naturopath. however in the meantime i’m doing or attempting to do my part in allowing everyone to be their own natural healer.

    I believe that the things around us, on us, and in us play a major role in our health and not many people understand that. They simply think that if they don’t get the side effects immediately from something, that these side effects don’t exist. Sometimes I wish we were made of glass, so as to be able to see inside our bodies and truly know what it’s missing or what it’s in need of.
    I decided to do the Nagging with a blog. http://WWW.INGENIOUSHEALTH.COM i love food, and i love spices and herbs. I think adding spices to your food is the simplest form of being healthy…. you provide your body with fighting power and all you have to do is sprinkle.

    Love the work that you do and the info you provide.. thank you

  34. Dareen on December 3rd, 2011 7:56 am

    Dr. Nicole.. thank you so much for this info, My ultimate goal is to follow in the footsteps you have taken, and become a naturopath. however in the meantime i’m doing or attempting to do my part in allowing everyone to be their own natural healer.

    I believe that the things around us, on us, and in us play a major role in our health and not many people understand that. They simply think that if they don’t get the side effects immediately from something, that these side effects don’t exist. Sometimes I wish we were made of glass, so as to be able to see inside our bodies and truly know what it’s missing or what it’s in need of.
    I decided to do the Nagging with a blog. http://WWW.INGENIOUSHEALTH.COM i love food, and i love spices and herbs. I think adding spices to your food is the simplest form of being healthy…. you provide your body with fighting power and all you have to do is sprinkle.

    Love the work that you do and the info you provide.. thank you

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