Chocolate and the Nobel PrizeWritten by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO, AANP Board Member
- Chocolate has long been associated with affairs of the heart and gifts of chocolate are considered particularly appropriate for Valentine’s Day. Medical writers first began alluding to an aphrodisiac effect from chocolate back in 1624. Joannes Rauch spoke of chocolate as a ‘violent inflamer of passions.’ Richard Cadbury was the first to package chocolate into heart shaped boxes for Valentine’s Day in 1861. Yet chocolate’s association with the heart goes back much further, to the prehistory of chocolate in the Meso-American cultures. The Aztec words for heart and blood were synonymous with their word for chocolate. They drew pods of the cacao tree in the shape of hearts in early illustrations and chocolate drinks were interwoven in the rituals of human sacrifice.
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Thoughts on Tracking and What Marks We May Be Leaving BehindWritten by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO, AANP Board Member
- A man, we think, of indeterminate age, medium height and weight, strides south, crossing a Forest Service dirt road into an open forest meadow darted with clumps of shrub and grass scattered amid dried hoof chewed mud. He walks slowly across the meadow at first toward a stand of pine trees a hundred yards to the south. His course skirts between small islands of grass yet intent on reaching the trees. The ground is uneven. It rained heavily a week before and cattle have grazed on the grass, their hooves sinking deeply into the clay rich mud, which is now dried and so hard that the man’s boots hardly make an impression. At one point, about halfway across the open space, he pauses and pivots in a circle so that his heels drill slightly into the sunbaked mud. He stands there, staring. At what it isn’t clear. Perhaps it was something in the sky because his weight rocks back. Suddenly, he takes a step then two steps to his right and crouches down, resting his weight on the balls of his feet and remains unmoving for minutes, at one point resting part of his weight on his right knee. We lose track of time but suddenly he continues in the original direction toward the trees, but with haste now, making longer strides at first his heels striking deeper into the soil and then breaking into a full out run. He makes the trees. This is when we eat lunch.
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On GivingWritten by Carrie Louise Daenell, ND, AANP Board Member
- I don’t know about you, but if you are anything like me, I get so much out of giving
that it almost seems an inaccurate term to describe what I am doing.
Maybe we need a new world for it… something like getving
I am sure Webster would beg to differ.
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Physicians Who Listen Have Found Their VoiceA special message from AANP President Micheal Cronin, ND
- This is the last article of my two-year presidency. The state of the AANP is strong and stable. AANP membership is up by nearly 20%. We have a talented CEO, a focused 2014 workplan, and a balanced budget with financial reserves. We have re-established 5 committees composed of dedicated AANP members that provides guidance to the Board. The Naturopathic profession in the US continues to grow and our potential for continuing strong, steady growth is excellent. Our challenge is having the bandwidth to manage all of our opportunities. In this short article I will briefly address a few of these.
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The Eagle is Back!Written by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO, AANP Board Member
- It is a cool morning, the temperature hovering somewhere between zero and a few degrees above. A long time ways from last summer when the “Prismatic Electric Fountain” in City Park’s Ferill Lake entertains visitors and as a side effect aerates the water.
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Fish Tacos to Radish Pickles: It's all about the sulforaphane
Written by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO, AANP Board Member
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Natural Therapies for Hypothyroidism
Written by Jenny Berg, ND, LAc -- Read more from Dr. Berg at www.ariaintegrative.com
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Slytherin House Coleslaw
From Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO, AANP Board Member
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Goodness and FloodsWritten by Jody K. Shevins, ND
Dr. Shevins is a naturopathic physician practicing in Boulder, Colorado since 1984. Completing her pre-medical studies at Cornell University, she graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland and maintains her license as a Naturopathic Doctor in the state of Oregon. Along with practical effective nutritional, herbal and lifestyle tools, Dr. Shevins' central expertise is homeopathy and a sharp ability to evaluate all the data and get to the heart of the matter. Gently guiding people to make salient lifestyle changes where needed, each person's treatment plan is individualized according their situation, ability and goals. Detailed histories and lab work are utilized as needed.
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Searching to Know Health and Healing
Blake Myers is currently a student at Bastyr University in the Naturopathic Medicine program, set to graduate in June 2014. He graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2010. His interests lie in holding onto and living the foundations of the naturopathic philosophy and the wisdom of our ancestors. Myers strives to share that practical and philosophical wisdom with those seeking his guidance, support, and perspective. His goal is to continually evolve in his understanding of medicine and the realities of the Universe in which we belong through experiencing those realities. He shares his blog articles to give a perspective into his journey as a student and the dynamic process of growth on that path. This journey for him is an attempt to better know medicine, what it means to be a healer, and how to belong to the Earth again.
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