Monday, October 12, 2009

Canadian Thanksgiving

The pace of third year took me by surprise and Thanksgiving weekend could not have come at a better time. Next Monday, the midterm exams begin and the third year class has been so busy, with assignments and preparation for practicals, that it seems like we only have a week to prepare.

A walk through the forest this weekend calmed my mind (reminded me of the many things we have to be thankful for in this beautiful country) and rejuvenated my motivation to study for the upcoming botanical medicine midterm - known for being one of the hardest courses in third year. I found photography a great way to trick myself into studying!
Salidogo odora (Goldenrod)
This herb grows abundantly in open meadows and fields. The leaf is usually picked in the fall and can be made into a tincture or tea. Common uses are as a renal tonic, diuretic and carminitive.

Maple Forest Trail
Although third year is much busier than I had hoped for, clinic (internship) is only 7 months away. There is light at the end of the trail!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Business Side

I have a huge interest in the business side of naturopathy. I think that if an ND can be successful in their business then they are able to help more people, positively impact their community, pay their share of taxes to this great country and donate to the charities they like. So when our business professor invited Dr. Eli Camp to speak about building a practice, I was sure to attend. Dr. Camp (a graduate of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine) provided us with an overview of the extensive planning and work it takes to set up a business. She instilled that this is not something we want to try to figure out after graduation as there is so much to know about what happens on the business side of being an ND.

The course was filled with plenty of tools and tips from her business experience.

Check out Dr. Camp's business website:

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Quote of the Month

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self evident.”

Arthur Schopenhaur (1788-1860)