Curriculum

This is the planned curriculum that leads to the Vitalist of the Naturopathic Medicine (VNMI) certification. All Fellows of the NMI are chosen from certified VNMI Associates. We are creating a directory of VNMI and Fellow Naturopathic Doctors for the public and other NDs to utilize. This directory will be actively marketed thereby allowing the public to easily identify and find those doctors offering the medicine they are seeking and to allow colleagues the benefit of referring with confidence.

This curriculum will be taught through ongoing CE offerings (webinars and conferences), the Vital Conversation and Clinical Education at the NMI Clinical Centers of Excellence. Remember – these topics may look familiar but they are taught from a vitalist perspective and designed to be applied in that manner.

We request that you not contact the curriculum committee members directly. We have set up a form for you to provide comments, feedback, concerns and suggestions. Please use this form:  Curriculum Feedback Form

Topic 1: Philosophy and History

  1. History of Medicine
  2. Philosophy One
    1. Introduction and History of Medicine: Schism of Thought
      1. Handout: Coulter, Intro to Volume 1
    2. History of Naturopathic Medicine: Growth of Empiricism
    3. History of Naturopathic Medicine: Twentieth Century to Present
    4. Introduction of Naturopathic Philosophy: Vis Medicatrix Naturae
      1. Lindlahr Ch 2, 4
      2. Kent Lecture VIII
      3. Hahnemann Paragraph 9,10
  3. Philosophy Two
    1. Unity of Disease: Spectrum of Illness
      1. Lindlahr Ch 5, 7, 8
      2. Kent Lecture 1
      3. Hahnemann Paragraph 81 and footnote
    2. Catechism of Nature Cure: Law of the Normal
      1. Lindlahr Ch. 3
    3. The Three-Fold Nature of Man: Body, Mind, Spirit
      1. Lindlahr Ch XXXIX
      2. Kent Lecture IV, IX
    4. The Triangle of Health: Environment and Heredity
  4. Philosophy Three
    1. Science in Medicine
      1. Kent Lecture 1
    2. The THeory of Contagion: Microzymes
      1. Lindlahr Ch X
      2. Kent Lecture XIV
    3. Role of the Physician: Treatment in Conformity with Nature
      1. Kent Lecture 1
      2. Hahnemann Paragraph 1
      3. Lindlahr Ch III
    4. Law of Similars, Laws of Cure, Minimum Dose: Homeopathy
      1. Kent Lecture 2, 7
      2. Lindlahr, Ch XXV
  5. Philosophy Four
    1. Botanical Medicine
    2. Physical Medicine
      1. Lindlahr Ch XXXII, XXXIII, XXXIV
    3. Doctrine of Signatures: Intention
      1. Lindlahr Ch XXVIII, XL, XLI
    4. Art and Science and Philosophy
      1. Lindlahr, Ch XXXIII
      2. Kent XVII
    5. Vitalism and Modern Science

Concepts to be covered in Level One

  • Vital Force
  • Constructive vs. Destructive
  • Symptoms as manifestation
  • Acute vs Chronic
  • Healing crisis vs disease crisis
  • Susceptibility
  • Immunization, prophylaxis
  • Toxemia
  • Unity of Disease
  • Herring’s Laws
  • Therapeutic Order

Topic 2: Nutrition

Level One

  1. Nutritional Biochemistry
  2. Nutritional Assessment and diagnosis
  3. Physical Signs, Mental/Emotional Signs
  4. Lab Assessment:
    1. Minerals: hair testing, RBC, urine
    2. Micronutrients: WBC, Serum
    3. EFA: ACG, serum
  5. Effects of Nutrition on Health and Healing
  6. Review of vitamins and minerals

Level Two

  1. Food Sensitivities
  2. IgE, IgG, Carroll, D’Adamo, Vega Testing
  3. Supplementation
    1. Whole foods
    2. Elemental, purity, additives
  4. Toxemia and Anti-inflammatory Diets
    1. Tailoring the dietary plan for healing
    2. Pt Education

Level Three

  1. Nutrition and GI
    1. Gut Function
    2. Leaky Gut
    3. Microflora, Parasites
    4. HCL
    5. Digestion/Absorption
    6. Testing-Stool, OAT

Level Four

  1. Body Typing and Patterns
  2. Additional topics to be added

Topic 3: Homeopathy

Level One

  1. Foundation of basics
  2. Law of Similars
  3. Repertorization
  4. Polychrests
  5. Tissue Salts
  6. Isopathy
  7. Prescribing
    1. choosing, mixing
    2. prescribing, dosing
  8. Patient education regarding homeopathic care

Level Two

  1. Constitutional
  2. Simillimum
  3. Miasmatic
  4. First Aid Prescribing
  5. Combination Remedies
  6. Pathological Prescribing
  7. Nosodes/Isodes
  8. Remedy Grouping
  9. Drug pictures/Body Types

Level Three

  1. Organ Specific Remedies
  2. Drainage Remedies
  3. Miasmatic
  4. Case management and follow-up

Level Four

  1. Body Typing and Patterns
  2. Additional topics to be added

Topic 4: Labs and Diagnostics

Level One

  1. General Chemistries
  2. Urine Analysis/Indicant pH
  3. EFA, AA, OAT, MOAT, IgG, urinary opioids, pesticides
  4. Wellness panel
  5. Bone Density
  6. Heart Tests, Lipid Panels

Level Two

  1. Naturopathic Tongue and Pulse
  2. Bolen Blood work
  3. Chapman Points
  4. Iris Diagnosis
  5. Acoustic Cardiography
  6. Reflexes
  7. Calcium Cuff Testing
  8. Applied Kinesiology
  9. Other Energetic Testing

Level Three

  1. Endocrine Assessment
    1. Thyroid
    2. Adrenal
    3. Sex Hormones
      1. Saliva, Urine, Blood
    4. Optimal Blood levels
      1. Vit D, Ferritin, Cholesterol, etc
  2. Alternative imaging, thermal imaging

Topic 5: Botanicals

Level One

  1. Classes by Systems
    1. Nervines, soporifics, digestives, etc.
    2. Tonics
    3. organ or system botanicals

Level Two

  1. Eclectic materia medica
    1. Ellingwood
    2. Scudder
    3. Cook
    4. Felter
    5. LLoyd
  2. Apothecary Language and prescription
  3. Dosage (Useful prescriptions-Wilson)
  4. Pulse Tongue and Eye Diagnosis indications

Level Three

  1. Formulating Combinations for Health Problems
  2. Palliative vs Curative
  3. Tonic, Drainage, Detoxification
  4. Western, Ayurvedic, Chinese botanical choices

Topic 6: Hydrotherapy

Level One

  1. Theory of ND hydrotherapy vs Medical Hydrology
  2. Acute Hydro
  3. Palliative vs. Curative
  4. Physical Therapy Hydro
  5. Basic Applications
    1. Hot and Cold Ablutions
    2. Constitutional
    3. Colonic
    4. Detoxification
  6. Kellogg

Level Two

  1. Clinical Application
    1. Charting
  2. Home Hydrotherapy
  3. Advanced Clinical Prescriptions
    1. Varying therapy based on signs/symptoms
    2. Heart Tone Evaluation
    3. Water Fasting
    4. Detoxification Botanicals
    5. Homeopathy

Level Three

  1. Case Management
  2. Acute vs Chronic Condition
  3. Advanced Clinical Training

Topic 7: Physiotherapy

Level One

  1. Basic physiology principles
  2. Applications to stimulate lymphatics, blood, nerve
  3. Palliative vs. Curative
  4. “The Heating Compress” (review from hydrotherapy)

Level Two

  1. EMS
  2. High Frequency
  3. Galvanic
  4. Diathermy
  5. Lasers
  6. UV Light
  7. Hyperbaric

Level Three

  1. Advanced applications
  2. Case Discussions

Topic 8: Physical Medicine

Level One

  1. Basic spine and joint manipulation
    1. Cervical, thoracic, costal, lumbar, sacral, sacro-iliac
    2. Extremities
  2. Basic Cranial Techniques
    1. CST
  3. Intro to Biopuncture/Needling techniques

Level Two

  1. Non-force manipulation techniques
    1. basics of massage, trigger pts
    2. strain / counter strain
    3. Bowen Method
  2. Kinesiotaping
  3. Intermediate Cranial Technique
    1. BCT

Level Three

  1. Advanced Cranial Technique
    1. NCR
    2. Biodynamic Cranial Techniques
  2. Application
    1. case discussions
    2. Acute vs chronic M/S concerns
    3. Developing treatment plans

Topic 9: Emunctorology

Note: Course is already developed, need to determine if we have rights to existing courses.

Level One

  1. Cleansing/Fasting
  2. Detoxification
  3. Specific detoxification (ie: heavy metals)

Level Two

  1. Drainage Remedies
  2. Homeopathics
  3. Tissue Salts
  4. Enzyme Induction

Level Three

  1. Sauna/Steam
  2. Salt room
  3. Balneotherapy

Topic 10: Intention

Level One

  1. Doctor patient relationship
  2. Empowering patients to continue optimum healthy living/general health guidelines
    1. rest, sleep, exercise, mental attitude, stress management
  3. How to “live” with nature? bringing nature into life, air, light, water, earth/plants
  4. Therapeutic thought (Lindlahr, Bruce Lipton, Candace Pert)

Level Two

  1. Spiritual aspects of Healing, belief in healing, higher power as it relates to ability to heal
  2. Law of Attraction: Power of positive intention, positive thought
  3. Intention of touch, healing touch with manual techniques (Bowen, trigger pt)
  4. Prayer/Meditation, Science of meditation

Level Three

  1. Mental/Emotional healing techniques
    1. NET
    2. Touch for Health
    3. Cranio-Sacral
    4. Homeopathy
  2. Clearing mental/emotional blockage
  3. Creation, manifestation
  4. Cosmic Consciousness

Topic 11: Practice Management

3-day Seminar

  1. Business Plan: Why use a business plan?, Who needs a business plan?, General pointers, Basic Contents, Specific Elements (Cover, Contact sheet, Table of contents, Executive summary, Background, Business description, Management, Financing, Competition, Marketing, Appendices), More tips, Let’s Get it Started!
  2. Finances:
    1. Part 1: Business Plan: financial aspect: Projections for Business Plan, Creating your budget, Following your budget, Working with spreadsheets, Let’s Get it Started!
    2. Part 2: Getting Financed: Sources, Credit History, Approaching your Financier, The Presentation, SBA, Collateral, Owner Investment, Terms
    3. Part 3: Practice Finances: Accountant vs. Bookkeeper, Financial Management Software, Day-to-day Financial Operations, Multi-doctor Practices, Projections, Paying Yourself
  3. Marketing: Marketing vs Advertising, Market Research, Your Image, Media Planning, Sales Strategy, Customer Service, Community Involvement, Networking, Increasing Visibility and Awareness, Advertising, General Advertising Pointers, Stretch Your Dollars, Possible Strategies, Top Dogs, Online Marketing (working on notes), Tracking Results, Marketing Plan, Putting it Together, Let’s Get it Started!
  4. Website: Starting Point, Your Website, Graphics, Basics, Intermediate/Advanced, Let’s Get it Started!
  5. Passive and Group Income
  6. Safe and Lawful Practice: Get Educated, Be Protected, Challenges, Opportunities, License, Title, Getting Product, Performing Services, Making Contacts and Networking, Educating, Proactive
  7. Practice Structure: Type of Practice: Clinic-based, rent-based, home-based, house-call based, Size of Practice, Legal Organization of Practice: Sole Proprietor/DBA, LLC, Partnership, Corporation
  8. Finding the Perfect Space: Location, Parking, Build out, Access, Visibility, Energetics, Reception area, Handicap, Office manager, Landlord, Doctors, Storage, Medicinary, HIPAA, Telephone and internet access, Running water, Restroom facilities, Chemically sensitive patients, Growth, Education, Lease terms, Broker, Attorney
  9. Practice Management:
    1. Operating Procedures (Patient Policies, Office Procedures)
    2. Office Policies
    3. Basic Office Duties
    4. Insurance: Insurance Dilemma, Process, Personnel, Billing / Collection, Coding
    5. Practice Management Software
    6. Human Resources: Initial Preparations, Recruiting, Writing the Advertisement, Choosing Interviewees, Interviewing, Checking References, Hiring, Employee Taxes, Worker’s Compensation, Independent Contractor, Hiring Family, Benefits, On-going HR Duties, Student Rotations, Firing an Employee
    7. Patient Management
    8. Scheduling
    9. Time Management
  10. Information Technology: IT Person, Telephone service, Cell Phones, Pager, Answering service, Internet, Server, Software, Web-based IT
  11. Medicinary: Dispensary Type, Special Orders, Chinese Patent Medicines, Size of Initial Onsite Medicinary, Vendors and Distributors, Inventory Management System, Discounts, Charge-offs, Shrink, Medicinary Profit
  12. Insurance: The Insurance Dilemma, Process, Personnel
  13. Game Plan: Years 1 and 2 of school, Year 3, Year 4- around 12 months before opening, 9-10 months before opening, After graduating, 6-8 months before opening, 4-5 months before opening, 3 months before opening, 2 months before opening, 1 month before opening
  14. Philosophy of Business: Guiding principles, Physician Heal Thyself, Getting Paid, Success, Community, Creating a Team, Team Building, Goal Setting, Motivation