President’ Message: Partnering towards Wellness By Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO

(This post is from the newsletter for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians – reprinted with permission.)
We live in tumultuous times, facing economic uncertainty, living with an ailing environment and struggling with increasing numbers of health challenges both personal and professional. I am acutely aware these days of just how critical it is that we naturopathic physicians focus on the patient, and more importantly, on the patient’s inherent health. I assert that it is our commitment to wellness, so much more powerful that the mere elimination of disease, that stands at the root of our promise to be healers.
As our patients navigate their way through the medical establishment, many experience a disembodying sense of hanging out with their bodies while they receive procedures. It is as if there is a checkpoint upon entry into the medical establishment with a sign reading: “Check your inherent sense of well-being and wholeness here – diseased bodies only allowed beyond this point”. In go the diseased bodies to receive sophisticated care from earnest and highly competent providers aided by advanced technologies. However, maintaining an awareness of being a whole person becomes increasingly challenging. If the diseased body is fixed within the system, recollecting a sense of being a whole self and experiencing whole health constitutes yet another journey, one that some people may never embark upon.
I recognize, more than any other time in my life, the absolute importance of treating each and every person that seeks our care as a whole person with inherent health – regardless of their disease state. Only through recollecting a sense of ‘whole self’ can one experience a different journey to ‘whole health.’ With our absolute faith in the intrinsic wellness and wholeness of each person that we see, we support the integration of their being. This integrated self of body-mind-spirit births and sustains wellness. After all, it is wellness, not merely removing disease that we, as naturopathic physicians, have consecrated ourselves to. As naturopathic physicians I invite you link your arm into the arm of your patient and walk the journey towards wellness with them. Within this partnership, created from shared intent and nurtured by willingness to embrace health, we doctors become healers.

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