And We’re Off! Year 2 of Naturopathic Medical School

So we just completed the first week of our second year at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine! I am excited for this year because not only do I now know where the bathrooms are and where to throw out the trash, but also because this is a year to put everything we learned last… Continue reading And We’re Off! Year 2 of Naturopathic Medical School

Does Arnica Really Reduce Bruising After Rhinoplasty?

For my research class at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, I wanted to find out if the homeopathic remedy Arnica Montana really did work to decrease swelling and bruising after rhinoplasty (more commonly known as a nose job). I became interested in this topic because I had reconstructive rhinoplasty a few years ago and… Continue reading Does Arnica Really Reduce Bruising After Rhinoplasty?

Stress-relieving Acupuncture? Yes, Please!

Taking eleven classes a semester (yep! eleven!) in naturopathic medical school leads to a bit of stress no matter how good you are at organizing and color coding all of your notes. It’s just a lot of classes at once and a ton of information to fit into your brain. One amazing service we are… Continue reading Stress-relieving Acupuncture? Yes, Please!

Letting Go of ‘Perfect’: Tips for Success

When I entered my first semester at naturopathic medical school, only five months ago, I wanted to do my best and get everything right. I quickly learned that with 11 classes on my plate each semester that was NOT going to be attainable. If I focused on making sure every little detail was in place,… Continue reading Letting Go of ‘Perfect’: Tips for Success

Surviving the Midterm Academic Obstacle Course in ND Med School

I feel like I just competed in an Ironman crossed with a Tough Mudder of academics this week … and it’s just the first set of exams for this semester. We have just endured a week of six midterms in botanical medicine, homeopathy, anatomy, Asian medicine, biochemistry, and clinical physiology. Although I am mentally exhausted,… Continue reading Surviving the Midterm Academic Obstacle Course in ND Med School

The Power of Watsu (Water + Shiatsu)

I woke up to the ringing of my phone alarm at 7:00A.M. to do something incredible and disturbing — get out of my comfort zone. As I got up out of my sleeping bag in our wood cabin and started getting dressed into my bathing suit, it was like my body knew exactly what to… Continue reading The Power of Watsu (Water + Shiatsu)

Staying Open to the Journey in Med School

  Nervous. Anxious. Excited. Fearful. Sometimes a combination of all of these. This definitely describes my emotional whirlwind during the first week of naturopathic medical school. It seems like I have a thousand questions zipping through my mind every minute. “Will I be able to handle the course load? Does my financial aid cover my… Continue reading Staying Open to the Journey in Med School

Preparing for Naturopathic Med School

I sat on the beach in Florida last May, not sure what to do with my life. I watched the gentle crashing waves and felt the soft sand on my toes and heaviness in my heart. I was working as a traditional naturopath at six physical therapy clinics, in what I thought was my dream… Continue reading Preparing for Naturopathic Med School