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The nature of the healing process using alternative means to conventional medical care

(July 18, 2003) Washington, DC The public's willingness to consider alternative medicine has jumped dramatically in the last 15 years. This is due in part to some of the limitations of conventional medical care, frustration with medical bureaucracies, and the growing desire of consumers to use a natural, holistic approach for preventing and treating chronic disease for themselves, their children and their parents.

Through grants, including monies from the National Institutes of Health, Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers are examining the nature of the healing process using alterative means to conventional care. Accordingly, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) kicks off its 18th annual convention at the Portland, OR Convention Center from August 13-16, 2003, which this year focuses on the status of research using botanical and nutritional therapies.

Highlights of this year's presentations by include:

Treating Antibiotic-Resistant Infections By Naturopathic Methods
Antibiotic-resistant infection is becoming an increasing cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. A 25-year veteran of naturopathic clinical practice presents the principles for treating these infections by naturopathic means, and provides examples of successfully treated cases.

Nutritional and Botanical Therapies for Women Instead of HRT?
Significant recent research in the area of women's health with a focus on nutritional and botanical therapies will examine how these approaches can be used in the diagnosis and management of premenstrual syndrome, menopause, vaginitis, and heart disease.

Herb/Drug Combinations: The State of This Union
What's hype and what is fact when combining herbal and drug therapies? Are there synergistic interactions between drugs and botanicals? Does the dose make the poison? Can a botanical alter a patient's metabo
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Contact: Donna Krupa
djkrupa1@aol.com
703-527-7357
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
18-Jul-2003


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