Traditional medicine has finally turned to embrace the practice of alternative
healthcare providers, recognizing the value of a different approach and
appreciating the complementary care that is given to patients.
Atlantic General Hospital’s Visions for Total Health Conference planners
felt it was vital to include practitioners of alternative medicine in
the conference to provide visitors with a whole, or total, approach to
healthcare. Through the alternative and complementary healthcare track
for the 2006 conference, Kim Furtado, ND, will be joined by Stephanie
Porter, ND, to lead a discussion titled
The Root Causes of Cancer.
Both are naturopathic doctors, hence the ND after their names, and maintain
general naturopathic family practices, with Dr. Porter holding a specialty
in cancer. During their breakout session, Drs. Furtado and Porter will
present the theories about the underlying causes of cancer from a naturopathic
perspective. They will also give an overview of the biology of cancer
in a discussion of the multiple factors surrounding the development of
“Cancer is a complex disease, and in the conventional and naturopathic
medical worlds, our attempts to understand its origins guide the development
of treatments,” said Dr. Furtado. “With a naturopathic perspective,
we will explore the risk factors that are known or suspected to be associated
with the development of various cancers, and what that can mean for lifestyle
and nutritional guidelines.”
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct healthcare profession that combines
the wisdom of centuries of natural, non-toxic therapies with current advances
in health and medicine. Doctors of naturopathic medicine have completed
a four-year course of study at an accredited graduate school and employ
nutrition and dietary changes, counseling for lifestyle modification,
herbal medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, and nutritional supplements
to promote healing. A focus is placed on preventative medicine, and naturopathic
physicians provide care that complements a patient’s treatment as
prescribed by an MD or DO.
Other breakout sessions in the alternative and complementary healthcare
track include Tai Chi with True and The Healing Power of Touch, a session
on the benefits of massage therapy, presented by True’ly Tiger Lilly,
CMT, of A Peaceable Place. Georgette Rhoads, RN, RT, of Atlantic General
Hospital, will provide a session on yoga.
Visions for Total Health Conference, scheduled for
Saturday, August 26 at the Ocean City Convention Center, is a day-long event of presentations,
exhibits and demonstrations centered around three themes of environmental
health, traditional medicine, and alternative and complementary healthcare.
The keynote speaker for this year’s event is internationally-known
physician, journalist and author, Bob Arnot, MD. Attendees will have the
opportunity to meet Dr. Arnot at the book sale and signing, provided by
Barnes & Noble Booksellers of Salisbury, after the keynote address.