Thyroid Health

October is turning out to be a busy month! It started off with the nasal release technique course I went to earlier this month, a thyroid seminar I went to over the weekend, and coming up next weekend I'll present my labor and delivery story for the Illinois Homeopathic Medical Association meeting. The weekend after that we're celebrating my grandma’s 90th birthday!

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Oct 20, 2017 4:59:23 PM
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Nasal Release Technique

When I attended the Essentials of Acute and Chronic Prescribing homeopathy course in Montreal in May 2016 and 2017, the instructor showed us a technique that he uses on many patients called bilateral nasal specific, also known as nasal release technique. I wanted to learn how to do it, but couldn't find anyone at NUHS trained in it, so I got a group of students together who also wanted to learn and found an instructor from Pittsburgh to teach us!

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Oct 11, 2017 1:05:11 PM
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Shedd Aquarium

The city of Chicago has many fun places and events to offer. Once in a while, I make my way into the city to take advantage of it all! My father-in-law and I went to the Shedd Aquarium over the weekend. All the museums have certain days throughout the year where Illinois residents can enter free of charge, and we got in on one of those days.

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Oct 6, 2017 11:01:00 AM
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The Art of Medicine

Last week, I went to a talk by Louise "Lou" Edwards, ND, one of the elders in the naturopathic profession and a faculty member at NUHS. We talked a lot about compliance, and what to do when patients don't follow our recommendations. 

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Sep 29, 2017 12:02:00 PM
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Clinic Internship

My clinic internship has begun! I'm officially in my 8th trimester (although it took a longer to get here because of the flex track). Eighth tri ND clinic is on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays to ease us into seeing patients full time in tris 9 and 10. Being an intern allows us to put together all of the information we've learned from the basic science and clinical science classes to help patients improve their health. There will be a lot of learning and growth for my patients and me! 

The first week of school was orientation where we learned the clinic expectations, how the clinic operates, electronic medical records, HIPAA, and OSHA trainings. In our orientation, we also talked about all the emotions that we may be experiencing, like excitement and nervousness. We are still learning, we are human, and it is entirely normal to feel overwhelmed and make mistakes along the way. Thankfully, we have our supervising clinicians to guide us, approve our treatment plans, and oversee that we give our patients safe and quality care.

I'll be able to start seeing patients shortly, after demonstrating competency performing the 72-point physical exam on a fellow intern.

If you're in the area and need naturopathic medical care, I'd love to see you! I'm able to start patient appointments on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30-5:30 PM, and Thursdays from 11:30 AM-3:30 PM. The campus clinic has appointments available for both students and community members. To schedule an appointment, call 630-629-9664.

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Sep 15, 2017 4:58:00 PM
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Polypharmacy

In a class I'm taking called Special Populations, a topic we covered was polypharmacy. Polypharmacy refers to the effects of taking multiple (5 or more) medications concurrently to manage several health problems. This is most common in the elderly population, and it poses several challenges like unknown interactions, lack of evidence, and cost. I found this lecture in class helpful because it can be overwhelming where to begin when working with a patient who has several conditions and is taking multiple medications.

Adverse drug reactions/events are linked to preventable problems in the elderly like depression, constipation, falls, immobility, confusion, and hip fractures. Some risk factors for developing an adverse drug event include more than six chronic disease states, and taking over nine medications or over 12 doses of medications daily.


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Sadly, it's easy to get on a downward spiral with prescriptions, when one prescription is given to treat a condition, and a second is added in to combat side effects of the first medication, and so on and so forth.

In naturopathic medicine, we must be educated and prepared to help people on multiple pharmaceuticals. This includes reviewing all symptoms and medications, investigating side effects, and knowing when it's appropriate to help patients wean off of medications (in licensed states) or refer to the prescribing doctor to do so (in pre-licensed states). With naturopathic medicine, we can help patients by using botanicals that are safer and have fewer side effects in lieu or in addition to pharmaceuticals. Additionally, we have other tools in our toolbox to work with like nutrition and hydrotherapy to enhance overall well-being.

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Aug 25, 2017 10:13:45 AM
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Natural Childbirth

Our daughter, Jade, has arrived! We were able to have the natural, unmedicated, childbirth for which we had been preparing. Studying naturopathic medicine helped me in many ways, and I was able to use natural healing modalities throughout the entire labor, delivery, and recovery process. 

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Aug 25, 2017 10:13:00 AM
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Due Date is Days Away

I haven't blogged much about my pregnancy, so here it goes. 

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Aug 25, 2017 10:12:13 AM
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The Secret Ingredient

Every time exams approach, I do my best to thoroughly prepare by studying all of my notes a few times. Even with putting in hours of studying, the reality is that I will never know everything! I used to struggle with this fact, but coming to accept it and developing the secret ingredient -- intuition -- has helped my studying and exam-taking habits.

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Aug 25, 2017 10:09:10 AM
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Lyme Disease

I recently did a presentation on Lyme disease in my Functional Medicine class based on a book the professor recommended (The Beginner's Guide to Lyme Disease), and I have a paper to write on Lyme disease epidemiology for my Environmental Medicine class. These two classes gave me the motivation to dive in deeper and learn more about treating Lyme disease so that I'm more prepared when I start seeing patients. Lyme disease is becoming more and more common, and those who have it are seeking out Lyme-literate doctors to get better.

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Aug 25, 2017 10:08:26 AM
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