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Does "organic" equal "safe?"
The "Father" of Naturopathic Medicine
Legislative Update
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Recipe of
the Month 
Colorful Coleslaw
2 c. red cabbage, shredded
2c. white cabbage, shredded
3 carrots, shredded
1 apple,shredded
1/4c. raisins
1/2 onion
2 T. red wine vinegar
1 T. lemon juice
3 T. olive oil or flax oil
1 t. horseradish
1/4 t. garlic powder
2 T. fresh cilantro
1T. honey
Boiling water
sea salt or tamari, to taste
Add cabbage and raisins in a bowl and pour boiling water over them, cover and let sit for 5 minutes.
Strain the water and add remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Store in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving for flavors to mingle,Omit the raisins and apple if you don't want a sweet coleslaw.
from Eating Your Way Back to Health,
A Guide to Anti-Inflammatory Cooking
-Jessica K. Black, ND
Issue: # 7June 2010


Greetings and welcome to the June edition of the FNPA newsletter.  You're probably reading this while taking a break from the waves, sunning by the pool or picnicing in one of the Sunshine State's glorious parks.  Summer is here and it brings carefree days spent by the water with family and friends, enjoying Dad's best BBQ creations.  Happy Father's Day to all the Dads reading!
"When I was a boy of fourteen my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around.  But when I got to be twenty-one I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years,"   - Mark Twain
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Does "organic" equal "safe?"

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 Whether you're walking through a farmers' market or browsing the aisles of a food store, the fruits and vegetables burst with color during the summer months.  But deciding what to bring home goes beyond cucumbers, watermelon and cherries; now we can choose ORGANIC cucumbers, watermelon and cherries. 
Certified "organic" as defined by the latest ( October 2001) United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) revision is food produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations.  Organic meat,poultry, eggs and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones.  Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides, petroleum-based fertilizers or sewage sludge-based fertilizers, bio-engineering or ionizing radiation.  Before a product can be labeled "organic" a government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown (or raised) to make sure the owner is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards.  Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local markets or restaurant must be certified.  All of these regulations are required by the 1990 Organic Foods Production Act and the National Organic Program  which required the USDA to set the standards and certify inspectors.  Since 1990, retail sales of organic foods has increased from $1 billion to over $7.8 billion in 2003.  But what can a consumer expect after she has paid almost double for a bunch of organic grapes vs its conventionally grown alternative?  The USDA has not made any health claims for organic foods.  The US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USDA, and Environmental Protection Agency are all expanding research to explore any scientific basis for health benefits of organic foods.
But a recent study of health data linked children's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with exposure to common pesticides used on fruits and vegetables.  A team of scientists at the University of Montreal and Harvard published results in the journal Pediatrics ( 5/17/2010) after comparing urine samples and questionnaires from 1139 kids ages 8-15 years old..  Researchers found higher urinary levels of organophosphate metabolites in the children more likely to meet the diagnostic criteria for ADHD. 
Pesticides break down into compounds that can be measured in urine.  Throughout the entire study detectable levels of these compounds turned up in urine samples of 94% of the kids.  Researchers did not determine how children were exposed.  Exposure may have been through ingestion of food treated with pesticides, inhalation or swallowing contaminated drinking water.  Experts agreed that those children who do not live on/near a farm were probably exposed through what they ate.  Exact causes behind reported ADHD cases is unclear.  There could be any number of factors, not just pesticides.  But children are more prone to health risks of pesticides because they are still growing and may consume more pesticide residues then adults relative to their body weight.  Maryse Bouchard, senior scientist of the study at the University of Montreal emphasized that the findings show an "association -not a direct link between ADHD and pesticide exposure."  But all the scientists involved with the study agreed the research is very persuasive.
(For a "Shopper's Guide to Pesticides"  go to the web site Environmental Working Group 
- Dr. Deirdre D. Keeler
The "Father" of Naturopathic Medicine
As a young boy with dreams of the prospects born in America, Benedict Lust came to the Unites States from Germany in 1892.  He worked as a waiter in New York City but contracted tuberculosis.  Lust had heard about the renowned water-curist Sebastian Kneipp so he returned to Munich to seek out Kneipp's healing institution.  Treated and cured by Kneipp's hydrotherapy practices, Lust brought the "water-cure" therapies back to New York in 1896 and began forming Kneipp Societies  He opened the Kneipp Water Cure Institute and a "Kneipp Store" in New York City as well as the Yungborn Nature Cure facility in Butler, New Jersey..  In 1897 Lust became an American citizen and a year later graduated from medical school and became a licensed osteopathic physician. 
Upon receiving his license, Lust set up his own practice enlarging on Kneipp's methods with the addition of herbs, dietetics, massage, electrotherapy, sun baths and other "nature" modalities.  He acquired a chiropractic degree and between 1898 and 1902 began the New York School of Massage and the American School of Chiropractic all under the umbrella of the Kneipp Institute.  The Kneipp Store became the "Health Food Store" and was the first facility to utilize that name and concept in the United States.  The store specialized in organic foods and all kinds of materials necessary for a "drug-less" cure. 
The Naturopathic Society of America and the American School of Naturopathy were formed in 1902.  But Lust is famously credited with purchasing the rights to the term "NATUROPATHY" from John H. Scheel, M.D. in 1902 and hence-forth calling himself a "naturopath."  The term was widely criticized, even by other naturopaths as it translates to "natural disease," and not "natural healing" as many believe.  But Lust preached that each person was responsible for the "attacks on his own body with unnatural habits of life."  Illness was viewed as natures "punishment" for the self-abuse.  Therefore the term "natural disease" fit Lust's interpretation of naturopathy.  The" principal object" of naturopathy, according to Lust, was "to re-establish the union of man's body, brain, heart and all bodily functions--with nature." 
Between 1912 to 1914 Lust earned degrees in Homeopathic medicine from the Homeopathic Medical College, New York and Eclectic medicine.  He traveled to Florida and obtained an M.D.'s license based on his graduation from the Homeopathic Medical College (!!).  Tangerine, Florida became the home of another "Yungborn" Institute.  Guests enjoyed their days hiking, sunbathing ,mudbathing and frolicking nude in the clear springs while dining on fruits, vegetables and fine herbal teas.  Yoga and Ayurvedic therapies were also utilized and introduced to America through the Yungborn sanitariums and Lust's publications and magazines.  Because of his medical practices, Lust was arrested at least 19 times by New York and Federal authorities for promoting his unorthodox approaches to healing involving massage and nude sun-bathing.
The Kneipp Societies were replaced with the Naturopathic Society of America and in 1919 the Society was dissolved.  In its place Lust invested funds and resources to forming the American Naturopathic Association in an attempt to organize a Naturopathic profession.  The Association was incorprated in 18 additional states and in 1821 the Association elected Lust to a lifetime term as president. 
Next month: Lust's battle with the American Medical Association, JAMA and the decline of Naturopathic medicine in the United States.
Dr. Deirdre D. Keeler
Legislative Update
Florida Naturopathic Physicians Association is pleased to announce as of June 1, 2010, the newly elected FNPA Board members are:
Immediate Past President: Michelle Clark
President: Katherine Clements
Vice President: Judith Thompson
Treasurer: Eli Camp
Secretary: Katie Swedrock
2 other Board positions: Michael Hall and Susan Pataky
In national news:
Doctors, medical students, patients and others from all 50 states, are planning, an amazing public media and educational campaign to familiarize all Americans with Naturopathic medicine, through a 3,250 mile, transcontinental run from San Francisco to Bridgeport, CT, via Washington D.C. and New York City.
Former transcontinental runner, and founder of the R.U.N., Dr. Dennis Godby, son Isaiah Godby, nephew Jonas Ely, and tens of thousands of other runners and supporters along the way will meet with other doctors, patients and newly awakened advocates along the path to the White House to meet with President Obama.  They will conduct daily press conferences and evening presentations about natural medicine in the towns and cities they pass from California to Connecticut. As the mass of advocates continues to swell over the course of the 3,250 miles, media coverage will grow exponentially, including national news. You can view more information, when the run begins and even SIGN UP at:
Check out Naturopathic Medicine in Florida on YouTube to view the new video on Naturopathic Medicine. 
We are asking for your testimonials and letters.  How have you been touched by naturopathic medicine?  Do you have a story on how you could have been better served by a licensed ND with a full scope of practice in Florida?  Are you an MD, DO, DC, PA, RN that would like to support the mission of the FNPA and understands the importance of having NDs as licensed primary care physicians in Florida?  If you have a story you would like to share, we are collecting letters that will be given to legislators.  We will also be using some of your letters on our FNPA website under our new testimonial section (with your permission only).
Please send your letters to aluznd@gmail.com
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