Volume 11, Issue 8, July 2011

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Anne Hussain, Junior Editor introducing nasty chemicals into our systems.

The first thing that I think of when I hear the word summer is the sun. This magnificent star

that we revolve around is a source of illumination and life; and, yet, many of us try very hard to protect ourselves from it in the most unreasonable ways possible. Don’t get me wrong, UV overexposure is certainly a concern, but we don’t have to slather ourselves with toxic sunscreens to avoid overexposure. Most commercial sunscreens are filled with various chemicals that have never been evaluated for

safety and are actually toxic and/or carcinogenic. By using these unsafe sunscreens that have been sadly approved by “authorities” not only are we preventing our bodies from producing vitamin D, but we are also The best way to protect yourself is to build your inner protection and use safe photoprotectants that are found in nature instead of using chemical-laden sunscreens that do more harm than good to us and the environment. Take good care of yourselves, be informed, and have a wonderful rest of the summer!


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VP Internal: Scarlet Cooper VP Internal & Design Editor: Kaylee Alton Editor: Janis Li Jr. Editor: Anne Hussain Special thanks to everyone who contributed!


Study of the Month: Hashimoto`s Thyroditis..... Pg. 3 Words of Wisdom.................................................... Pg. 3 Media Spotlight on CCNM..................................... Pg. 4 The Gathering 2011................................................. Pg. 4 OAND Convention 2011........................................ Pg. 5 Vipassana................................................................... Pg. 6 Food & Recipes: Colour My Rainbow Salad........ Pg. 7 Loquacious Talk: The Simple Thing...................... Pg. 7 Congratulations Class of 2011............................... Pg. 8 Announcements........................................................ Pg. 8

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Chris Habib, ND, Research Resident Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (HT) is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. It is an autoimmune condition where antibodies attack the thyroid, causing hypothyroidism. The symptoms and disease of HT are thought to be caused entirely by lower levels of circulating thyroid hormones. As such, the standard treatment is supplementing with levo-thyroxine, or the common pharmaceutical drug Synthroid, which acts as a replacement for thyroid hormones. This study followed women undergoing thyroid surgery and measured their antithyroperoxidase antibody levels, thyroid hormone levels, and symptoms. Those with elevated antithyroperoxidase antibodies likely had HT and this was confirmed histologically. The women included had normal levels of thyroid hormones. The investigators found that the mean number of reported

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis A ects Quality of Life Unrelated to Hypothyroidism
symptoms was significantly higher in patients with higher antibody levels. Chronic fatigue, dry hair, chronic irritability, chronic nervousness, a history of breast cancer and early miscarriage, and lower quality of life levels were significantly associated with a level of higher antibodies. The investigators used the cut-off of 121.0IU/mL for a high level of antibodies. This study shows that hypothyroidism is only a contributing factor to the development of associated symptoms in HT. Treatment of HT should include the replacement of thyroid hormones, but the real cause of HT is autoimmunity. If we want to remain true to our naturopathic principles, we should treat the cause. Selenium supplementation is a natural treatment that has been shown to decrease antibody levels. A deficiency in selenium can also contribute to the development of HT, meaning that

we should be diligent about the selenium status of our patients. This study also validates the use of therapies which help manage autoimmunity, such as vitamin D and probiotics.
Reference: Ott J, Promberger R, Kober F, et al. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Affects Symptom Load and Quality of Life Unrelated to Hypothyroidism: A Prospective Case-Control Study in Women Undergoing Thyroidectomy for Benign Goiter. Thyroid 2011. 21;2:161-167. Natural Environments Have a Greater Effect on Physical and Mental Wellbeing than Physical Activity Indoors? A Systematic Review. Journal of Environmental Science and Technology. 2011;45:1761-1772.

Any questions? Ask the Research Resident, Chris Habib, ND: chabib@ccnm.

WORDS Anne Hussain, Student OF WISDOM Selected by
“We have a body, over which we rule as lord and master... It is the first empire over which we can have dominion; it is the first nation we can govern; it is the first form of leadership we are able to bestow beyond the leadership of our own minds. We have no right to try to conquer others till we have conquered the flesh. We must accomplish in ourselves the leadership that we expect to bestow upon others. If we want to see a better world, we must begin with the self. in very many cases, the beginning of a better world is a healthy body.” - Manly P Hall “It is of course always easier and pleasanter to let others think for us... But if people wish to pursue a course that will certainly lead them to true health, to the springs of life, each must be his own doctor.” - Adolf Just “We could say that meditation doesn’t have a reason or doesn’t have a purpose. In this respect it’s unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don’t do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of a composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.” - Alan Watts “Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves.” -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Media Spotlight on CCNM
Nii Sackey Sackeyfio, Social Media Specialist
Here’s what CCNM has been up to over the past few months:

MAC AIDS Fund has approved a grant for $49,720 to Sherbourne Health Centre to support the Naturopathic Clinic for People Living with HIV/AIDS. The clinic is a partnership of Sherbourne Health Centre, CCNM, and the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation. Thank you MAC Cosmetics, the MAC AIDS Fund and all MAC’s retail partners and employees for their ongoing support of the VIVA GLAM campaign.

CCNM has joined forces with other accredited naturopathic colleges to offer the first centralized application service for naturopathic medical school applicants. In conjunction with the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC), CCNM will launch the Naturopathic Doctor Centralized Application Service (NDCAS) in September 2011.

they may best be able to contribute to provision of safe and effective care to people living with HIV.This, alongside CCNM’s long-standing involvement with the Sherbourne Health Centre in downtown Toronto, is a testament to how NDs have been positively impacting this community. Visit these links to get the latest news and to show your support for CCNM!

The Ontario HIV Treatment Network has invited CCNM to assist in providing education to Meet The RSNC Interns policy makers, practitioners and was featured in Snap North patient advocates in a series of talks York Newspaper http://www. over the next few months. This is snapnorthyork.com/?option=com_ another exciting opportunity to s n g e v e n t s & i d [ 0 ] = 2 7 2 2 7 6 share what NDs do and discuss how

CCNM www.facebook.com/myCCNM www.youtube.com/myccnm www.twitter.com/myCCNM RSNC www.facebook.com/myRSNC www.twitter.com/myRSNC CCNM Integrated Health Centre www.facebook.com/myCCNMIHC www.twitter.com/myCCNMIHC

Philosophy in Naturopathic Practice:

The Gathering 2011 Organizing Committee
With the hope of instilling a new sense of passion, vision, unity and focus into the study and practice of naturopathic medicine, CCNM will play host to students from across North America for the Naturopathic Gathering 2011 between November 4th6th, 2011. The purpose of this weekend assembly is to bring the elders of naturopathic medicine together for a conversation with the new generations about vitalistic medicine in practice and theory. In doing so, attendees will deepen their understanding of naturopathic philosophy by bringing together students, doctors, and elders in a safe, spirit-filled space for the vis medicatrix naturae to work within them. Attendees to this “story- telling festival” can expect to nurture mind, body and spirit with brilliant keynote speeches and small-group sessions amongst an up-lifting and inspiring atmosphere. The focus will be on the “Diversity of the Vis.” For more information on The Gathering and how to register, continue checking in over the coming months at: http://www.naturopathicgathering.com/ or you can email: info@naturopathicgathering.com. We hope to see you there!

Want to get involved in organizing and running The Gathering 2011? E-mail info@naturopathicgathering.com

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The OAND Staff Team Summer’s here! While you NCNM, SWCNM and CCNM will are enjoying the nice hot weather, be in attendance to share their vision and hopefully some time off, for the future of the profession. Join the OAND wants to keep you in us for what will be an historical event! the loop about the biggest event Bring your questions and enthusiasm of the year, Convention 2011! as the discussion following the Convention 2011: Emerging panel presentations will provide Trends and Treatments in the foundation for the rest of Naturopathic Medicine will host convention. The panel presentation world class speakers that reflect a will be followed by a reception and myriad of specialties and approaches networking event for all delegates. at the International Centre from New this year, the OAND is November 18-20, in Toronto. You offering a series of intensives on don’t want to miss out on what will a variety of topics that will run on be a very memorable event that could Friday afternoon. If you are attending change the future of your practice. the Convention on the weekend The Convention kicks off on Friday you are also able to sign up for the evening with a panel presentation intensive sessions (at additional cost). and discussion. Presidents and Keep an eye out for the detailed CEOs from most of the major Convention Brochure which will teaching colleges in the profession be out to the membership shortly. will come together to discuss the We want you to join us! emerging trends in health care and Coming to Convention is in naturopathic medicine that are now easier than ever before! impacting curriculum and the vision that the teaching institutions have for the future of the profession. Come see how your school and program compares to others across North America. Presidents from Bastyr,

Convention 2011: Why you NEED to be there!

Tradeshow Silver Sponsors Seroyal International and Metagenics have covered bus transportation for all students attending the Convention from CCNM to the International Centre and back on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sign up for your seat when you register online for Convention. Registration will be available online in July. We will notify you by email as soon as it opens. Register early to take advantage of early bird pricing and to ensure that you get first pick of the breakouts that you wish to attend. For those interested, the OAND will once again run the Work Exchange program for a limited number of students, more detailed information, applications and deadlines will be available in late summer. Contact our Member Relations Associate for more details. Be part of the discussion, continue to invest in your education and help to further build the ND community in Ontario by coming to Convention 2011. If you have any questions, comments or feedback please be in touch with us at info@oand.org. From all of us at the OAND we wish you a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing many of you again at CCNM in the fall and at the Convention!

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VIPASSANA: How to Become a Great Naturopathic Doctor
Erica Robinson, Student strength and determination to go through with a ten-day course of this nature, and it will forever reward us. People ask, But didn’t you drown in your own thoughts? Doesn’t your mind race? How can you ever sit still so long? I should mention there are ten hours of meditation per day with at least four of those done in the common meditation hall, and one 90-minute video discourse each evening. And yes, your mind will It was in my first semester at CCNM race: that’s why you’ve come. You’ve that I heard the term, mentioned come to learn to control your wild by Drs. Gowan and Montgomery. mind and learn Vipassana technique. Vipassana, I searched it: To see things as they really are. Vipassana is a universal remedy for universal ills: suffering and misery. An art of living. A nonsectarian, non-religious, scientific form of meditation that people of any belief system can partake in; and one that you should strongly consider on your journey to becoming a Naturopathic Doctor. During the ten-day intro to this technique, you live in complete silence without speaking, without A wild mind, like a wild animal, is using any forms of technology or dangerous to society. A tame mind, the internet; you spend your time like a tame animal, will serve all of segregated from the opposite sex. humanity, including yourself. You take on five precepts including The technique of Vipassana to abstain from killing, stealing, lying, was used by Buddha to gain taking intoxicants, and engaging in Enlightenment and he brought sexual activity. My friends, family, it to the people. Buddha offered and fellow future NDs seem to get Vipassana technique as a method stuck on these details and think that of working out one’s own salvation this quest is too arduous for them. in this lifetime, so that we may enjoy Friends, might I argue that life without peace and harmony. Vipassana is not Vipassana is in truth too arduous? a Buddhist practice, it is universal and We need to look inwards to find the non-sectarian. Vipassana offers benefits to future NDs: a greater sense of presence and awareness, less reactivity, improved listening skills, and a greater compassion and love for humanity. Vipassana may also be the ideal prescription for your patient: whether they have cancer, chronic pain or disease, are nearing death or have fears of death, suffer psychosomatic illness or disease connected to stress, Vipassana can help people stop suffering. While it may not necessarily alleviate physical symptoms (but often does), it allows people to no longer respond to these symptoms or pain in a negative way. It allows them to feel their greater purpose, instead of being stuck in a state of depression, sadness, or anxiety. To read more about Vipassana, see my blog on the topic: http://wholelifehealth. ca/2011/06/20/the-low-downdirty-deets-on-vipassana/ Or go to our local Vipassana Centre’s website; note the centre is only an hour’s drive from CCNM! http://www.dhamma.org/

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Amy Florian, Student Serve this colorful salad as a meal for two or bring dressing (blend all ingredients or stir well to mix dressing ingredients). it to a picnic or potluck this summer! - Serve warm or chilled before devouring! Dressing Salad 1 tablespoon water 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed 1 tablespoon flax or olive oil 4 small red beets, peeled and cubed 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 bunch beet greens (stems and leaves), diced and washed well 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup ½ cup spelt berries, soaked for several hours ½ cup mung beans, soaked for several hours 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon coconut oil - Bring the mung beans to a boil in 1½ cups water, 3 cloves garlic, minced then reduce to low-med heat and simmer (covered) for A good pinch of cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper approximately 45 min. - Bring the spelt berries to a boil in 1½ cups water, then reduce to medium heat and simmer for approximately 30 min. - Toss the potato and beets in a tablespoon of coconut oil then spread them onto a lined or well-greased baking sheet. Bake for 30-35 min at 400F. - During the last 5 min of the vegetable baking, sauté the beet green stems in 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Then add the leaf parts of the beet greens and cook just enough so that they wilt slightly. - Mix all ingredients and toss gently with the following

FOOD & RECIPES: Colour My Rainbow Salad

LOQUACIOUS TALK: The Simple Things
Nicole Daniels, Student Since I was a child I have always, and will always, love cartoons. The reason I love cartoons, besides all the colour and adorable talking animals, is that they have such simple perfect messages. I recently watched Kung Fu Panda during a “study break” last week. Although the story line was completely unrealistic (yes, I know pandas do not practice the awesomeness of kung fu!), the moral was pure genius – you are who you are. To explain more eloquently, you are defined by how you act and live in the present and not by what happened in the past. It’s such a simple message that many would brush it off and not give it a second thought. But think about it – how much do we live in the past, dwelling on past issues, and how much does that negatively affect our ability to live and grow? For example, how many times have you written an exam and dwelled on the outcome? How did that affect you physically? I’m guessing not well. I’m not suggesting that we should ignore our past. Our past experiences and struggles heavily influence our personalities and present state. I say don’t specifically dwell on the past and let it govern your actions. Be present in the present (another simple saying, almost redundant, but if you think about it for a minute it is a powerful statement). Simplicity is beautiful. Embrace simplicity, embrace the present, and have a fantastic summer everyone!

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Congratulations Class of 2011
Mark Fontes, CCNM 2011 Graduate; Photo Credits: Mark Fontes & Terry Manzo

On May 27th, the CCNM Class of 2011 had their graduation at U of T’s Convocation Hall to receive their ND diplomas. Two days earlier, we enjoyed being out together one last time at the graduation formal. This program challenged

all of us, and made us grow and develop into the naturopathic doctors we are today. After going through so much together and becoming close friends, it was great to share the accomplishment of completing this program with each

other. Our class would once again like to thank the CCNM faculty, administration, supervisors and student community for their support throughout these past 4 years. And to the Class of 2011, congratulations!

If you are interested in becoming a buddy to an incoming 1st year student, please e-mail Alison and Anthony, your NSA social reps, at nsa_social@ndnet.ccnm.edu.

First Year Buddies Wanted!

Online registration for the 2011/2012 academic year will be available beginning Monday, July 4, 2011. All returning year 2 and 3 students must register by Friday, July 29 to avoid a $100 late registration fee. Please see Moodle and NDNet for more information and instructions. Questions can be directed to Student Services at 1-866-241-2266 ext. 245 or info@ccnm.edu.

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