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Bastyr University helps fund new comprehensive naturopathic physicians textbook

Bastyr University is located in Kenmore. - Contributed art
Bastyr University is located in Kenmore.
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It is a project that has been more than a century in the making; one with the ambitious goal of corralling information from multiple generations of naturopathic physicians into one textbook. The Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine Project (FNM) just received a $55,000 grant from the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation, with the funds dispersed through Bastyr University for the project.

“Our goal in the FNM project is to provide this generation of naturopathic medical students a definitive source from which they can find and learn the vital information they need to organize their thinking as naturopathic physicians,” said Pamela Snider, FNM executive and senior editor and a Bastyr University alumna. “There has never been a comprehensive international naturopathic textbook that codifies naturopathic historical, philosophical, clinical and modern scientific information. Our goal is to make that book readily available to current and future students.”

The project is a collaborative effort by the international naturopathic medical community that began in 2006. Bringing together multiple areas of expertise FNM aims to provide a true integrative naturopathic medical guide based on applied naturopathic concepts. It will also disseminate the philosophy, principles, theories, clinical practice and scientific advances of naturopathic medicine to a broader health care and patient community, and it will support innovation in scientific research and public policy.

“We are excited about this historic collaboration of many of the field’s top minds, and are confident that this textbook will help bridge the gap between old and new while retaining and advancing the heart and core of naturopathic medicine,” said Snider. “We are extremely grateful to the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation for their generous grant and for their support for naturopathic education and scientific innovation. We are also thrilled to collaborate with Bastyr University and very thankful for their support.”

The tentative publish and distribution date is scheduled for 2014 through Elsevier, with a symposium in 2015 and additional volumes of the textbook and a companion online dynamic learning platform planned for the future.

 

 

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