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HEALTHCARE JOURNAL OF NEW ORLEANS 
NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE
application of the six principles throughout
each course of study.
“ ey’re getting conventional biology and
biochemistry,” says Dr. Yanez. “But when
they’re discussing a case, they’re discussing
it in terms of how the whole body is related
to each other. So even in basic sciences and
biomedical sciences, there’s an emphasis on
the entire person.”
Both practitioners in the NewOrleans area
attended one of these accredited schools,
and both have licenses in the state of their
schooling. Dr. Whittemore is a graduate of
Southwest College of NaturopathicMedicine
in Tempe, Ariz., and Lisa Chambers Pate, ND,
is a graduate of Bastyr University in Ken-
more, Washington.
is deep study of the body and mind as
a whole translates not only in practice but
in the passing along of that knowledge to
patients. Armedwith the power of knowledge
concerning everything from nutrition and
exercise to stress levels and relationships,
patients walk away from their appointments
with amore grounded understanding of their
own health and body.
“We’re teaching people how to have
healthy lifestyles so that hopefully theymini-
mize their illnesses or get rid of them alto-
gether,” says Dr. Yanez. “Personal responsi-
bility and personal awareness are the tools
to living a healthy lifestyle.”
Two of the most effective applications of
naturopathic medicine are in the realm of
preventative care and disease management.
“It’s effective at preventative care because
it educates people on diet and lifestyle in
order tomaintain health and prevent disease
processes,” says Dr. Whittemore. “It’s also
effective in treating chronic illnesses because
it focuses on restoring health rather than
managing symptoms, and in many cases, it
can reverse diseases.”
If someone visits one of the city’s two
naturopathic practitioners, he or she can
expect an initial visit of an hour to an hour
and a half in which the naturopathic physi-
cianwill discuss the patient’s history in depth
website, these six principles are:
eHealingPower ofNature
- Trust in the
body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
Identify and Treat the Causes
- Look
beyond the symptoms to the underlying
cause.
First DoNoHarm
- Utilize themost natu-
ral, least invasive and least toxic therapies.
Doctor as Teacher
- Educate patients
in the steps to achieving and maintaining
health.
Treat the Whole Person
- View the body
as an integrated whole in all its physical and
spiritual dimensions.
Prevention
- Focus on overall health,
wellness, and disease prevention.
At these accredited colleges, students
enter a four-year curriculumparallel to that
of conventional medical schools. Where they
differ, according to JoAnn Yanez, ND, MPH,
executive director for the AANMC, is in the
“They’re getting conventional
biology and biochemistry. But when
they’re discussing a case, they’re
discussing it in terms of how the
whole body is related to each
other. So even in basic sciences
and biomedical sciences, there’s an
emphasis on the entire person.”
JoAnnYanez, ND, MPH
Ashley Whittemore, ND
JoAnn Yanez, ND, MPH