The Vital Gathering: clinical skills and decision making strategies based on an understanding of the philosophical and practical application of Naturopathic Medicine. The information presented at this conference shows how the philosophical constructs of naturopathic medicine guide every decision we make as doctors. Attendees will build upon their existing skills and learn new strategies to dramatically improve their clinical expertise in treating people who suffer from complex chronic and sometimes debilitating illness.
The Vital Gathering II focuses on the clinical application of the vitalistic philosophy presented during The Vital Gathering I. Instructors deliver practical, hands-on, vitalistic clinical assessment and treatment taught directly by our Naturopathic elders.
A Vitalist understands the powerful, innate healing potential of the human body. Over 100 years ago, Dr. Henry Lindlahr wrote Nature Cure, a cornerstone text of modern naturopathy, and put forth the Laws of Cure, three simple, yet elegant “rules” to restore health:
remove obstacles to cure
give the body what it needs to be well
stimulate the vital force
Building on the philosophy of VG1 and the cornerstones of health from VG2, our next gathering, VG3, dives deeper into assessing an individual to determine obstacles to health and treatments options to stimulate the body’s self-healing.
The information presented at VG IV was specific to three areas of Vitalistic Naturopathic Medicine – Mind/Body Medicine, Nutrition, and Physical Medicine. The purpose of this gathering was to dive further into the use of these powerful modalities and clinical pearls in the practice of Vitalistic Naturopathic Medicine.
Communicating principles of the mind and body connection effectively to people can open new pathways to healing. At VG IV, you will learn to help your patients understand how this connection can strengthen the body and stimulate health. You will also learn how to facilitate Mind/Body Medicine in your practice.
Nutrition is a cornerstone of Naturopathic Medicine and the restoration of health. Learning to assess proper nutrition for each individual is key to building/restoring health and disease prevention. Attendees will learn to use food and fasting as therapies as well as how to use and evaluate diet dairies for practical, improved clinical outcomes.
As Naturopathic Doctors, we know the importance of and the passing on of healing through touch. You will learn how to gather information about a person’s level of health- physically, mentally and emotionally- by laying hands on the human body. Attendees will also gain an understanding of what can be sensed through the doctor’s hands and how to use hands for healing.
At the NMI, we are building a thriving, supportive and encouraging community in an effort to preserve, strengthen and teach the legacy of vitalism to the public, students and one another.
Drs. Jim Sensenig, Jared Zeff, Thomas Kruzel, Letitia Dick-Kronenberg, Rick Kirschner, Charley Cropley, Mona Morstein, Aviva Wertkin
Experience Naturopathic Medicine at its best! Join us monthly for live-streamed Grand Rounds with Senior Vitalist Naturopathic Doctors from around the world. These sessions are offered live but are also recorded and available anytime to Student and Vital Associates.
Continuing Education credit is available with the purchase of the NMI 2020 CE Package.
Vital ND Grand Rounds is part of the NMI 2020 CE Package. The package includes 12 General CE hours, 10 Pharmacy CE hours and 2 Ethics CE hours. Vital ND Grand Rounds is not available for purchase on its own.
The NMI 2020 CE Package is only available for NMI members.
Cultural Competency for LGBTQ+ Patients in the Naturopathic Clinic
2 Hours Ethics CE with Dr. Sandy Colvard
Recording in process
2 Hours Ethics CE pending NANCEAC approval in all States and Canada
Note: The live session is offered at no charge for NMI Associates. If you would like CE credit, it is included in the 2020 CE Package. It can also be purchased as a stand alone product, if you did not purchase the CE package.
Infantile Botulism: AKA Floppy Baby Syndrome – Case Presentation
1.5 hour Vital ND Grand Rounds
Presented by Eli Camp, ND, DHANP, VNMI and Jennifer Southard, ND
Recorded CE Session
1.5 hrs CE through NANCEAC (all states and Canada), includes 1.0 hrs general and 0.5 hrs pharmacy
Infantile Botulism, aka Floppy Baby Syndrome, is frequently misdiagnosed, most often as a polyradiculoneuropathy (Guillain-Barre or Miller-Fisher syndrome), myasthenia gravis, or other diseases of the central nervous system, especially in the infant. This illness is characterized by hypotonia that could present as either peripheral hypotonia or central. Depending on the origin of hypotonia, the infant will present with different symptoms that ultimately have the characteristic feature of hypotonia. While there is testing available, the length of time it takes to receive the results can put infants at risk for loss of ventilatory function. This is a case presentation of a 4-month-old infant in which the diagnosis was made rapidly and treatments applied. We will discuss presenting symptoms, available tests, recommended allopathic treatments, naturopathic treatment and case outcomes.
3 hours general CE, NANCEAC approved (all states and Canada)
$65 Note: NMI Associates log in for your discounted price
Homeopathic Drainage is often practiced and taught based on high-end boutique Naturopathic practices, with relatively high costs. However, there are methods to practice this therapy quite economically, suitable for patients of all income levels, and offering no diminished effectiveness. Join Dr. Paul Theriault to learn how to extend the effectiveness of drainage therapy to all socioeconomic classes, and for new remedies and assessment methods that he has developed.
2 hours general CE, NANCEAC approved (all states and Canada)
$45 Note: NMI Associates log in for your discounted price
This course is very practical in nature. It will be particularly useful for students and practitioners who have found learning the systems of combination homeopathic drainage remedies confusing or frustrating. It is also useful for practitioners who like having several different kinds of tools on hand so they can personalize care even more precisely. Single dose homeopathic drainage is an accessible, cost effective tool that blends very nicely with concomitant herbal therapy. In many respects it is the perfect approach for a practitioner of nature cure.
Holistic Counseling Foundations Course with Moshe Daniel Block, ND, VNMI, HMC
Live Weekend Course, 18 hours with OBNM.
$450.00 (Early bird specials available)
“Discord in the mind is translated into physical disease in the body…” Dr. Henry Lindlahr “Nature Cure”
Learn how to heal even physical pathology with mind-body counseling
The body reflects our thoughts, beliefs, and feelings. Suppressed emotions can be expressed as physical symptoms and negative beliefs can cause illness and inhibit deep healing. This Holistic Counseling Foundations course will teach you a simple and powerful way to dialogue with patients to get to the bottom of their struggles and buried wounds in order to bring about awareness, liberation, and lasting changes to their physical, emotional, and mental health.
This is a transformative and life-changing course for naturopathic doctors and students. You will SEE, EXPERIENCE, and PRACTICE the Vis Dialogue, watch real live cases demonstrated in front of the class, and practice the technique with your classmates. You will also leave with a greater understanding of what unhealthy beliefs are affecting your life and with new skills ready to be integrated immediately into practice.
Come experience the essence of vitalism in naturopathic medicine!
Follow the registration button for up and coming courses in a city near you and for more info on the content of the course.
VC: De-Prescribing Pharmacy Series 2019 with Christie Fleetwood, ND, VNMI, RPh
Webinar, 10 hours Pharm CE, AANP and OBNM. $275
Following in the same pattern as last year’s “Diseases of the Drugs” series, we’ll look at the same Top 100 Drugs in Sales and Top 100 Drugs in Volume, the same diseases for which these drugs are used, but now with an eye to treating those disease states (rather, the people who happen to be experiencing dis-ease) from a vitalistic, naturopathic standpoint. Once the patient is SO STINKIN’ healthy, it becomes clear— through both Subjective and Objective measures—that the patient is over-medicated! This series is designed to help the practitioner know how to safely remove the drugs in question.
Sessions will be recorded and available any time after they complete.
VC: Ethics of Prescribing Mental Health Drugs and Biologics with Christie Fleetwood, ND, RPh
Webinar, 2 hours Ethics CE, AANP and OBNM. $45
This is the conclusion to the Pharmacy Series looking at the ethical considerations of prescribing mental health drugs and their consequences. Whether you like the drugs or not, write for the drugs or not, your patients are taking them! As naturopathic doctors, our 1st principle is “First, Do No Harm”. While herbs, physical manipulations, homeopathy, and other modalities have the potential to cause harm, prescription drugs out-potential them all.
VC: Diseases of the Drugs: Respiratory
with Christie Fleetwood, ND, RPh
Webinar, 2 hours Pharm CE, AANP and OBNM. $45
While herbs, physical manipulations, homeopathy, and any other modality we employ have the potential to cause harm, prescription drugs out-potential them all. This series provides factual edutainment and a look behind the hype so that when your patient asks, “Is this drug right for me?”, you’ll know how to respond with full disclosure. Focus: Respiratory.
VC: Diseases of the Drugs: Nervous Part 1, Immune Part 2 with Christie Fleetwood, ND, RPh
Webinar, 2 hours Pharm CE, AANP and OBNM. $45
While herbs, physical manipulations, homeopathy, and any other modality we employ have the potential to cause harm, prescription drugs out-potential them all. This series provides factual edutainment and a look behind the hype so that when your patient asks, “Is this drug right for me?”, you’ll know how to respond with full disclosure. Focus: Nervous Part 1, Immune Part 2.
VC: Diseases of the Drugs: Cardiovascular + Diabetes with Christie Fleetwood, ND, RPh
Webinar, 2 hours Pharm CE, AANP and OBNM. $45
While herbs, physical manipulations, homeopathy, and any other modality we employ have the potential to cause harm, prescription drugs out-potential them all. This series provides factual edutainment and a look behind the hype so that when your patient asks, “Is this drug right for me?”, you’ll know how to respond with full disclosure. Focus: Cardiovascular + Diabetes.
VC: Diseases of the Drugs: GI, GU, Immune Part 1 with Christie Fleetwood, ND, RPh
Webinar, 2 hours Pharm CE, AANP and OBNM. $45.
While herbs, physical manipulations, homeopathy, and any other modality we employ have the potential to cause harm, prescription drugs out-potential them all. This series provides factual edutainment and a look behind the hype so that when your patient asks, “Is this drug right for me?”, you’ll know how to respond with full disclosure. Focus: GI, GU, Immune Part 1.
VC: Cannabis as Medicine
with Eric Yarnell, ND, RH(AHG)
Webinar, 2 hours Pharm CE, AANP and OBNM $45
Cannabis sativa has been used as medicine since before the advent of writing, and is finally receiving some of its due in modern times. Here the endocannabinoid system will be reviewed to help understand the pharmacology of cannabis, with a focus on pain, insomnia, and autoimmune disorders. The appropriate prescription of cannabis including detailed dosing guidelines for various dose forms is discussed. Contraindications and potential problems (along with their management) are reviewed.
VC: Practical Medicine for NDs – GI System with Jared Zeff, ND, LAc
Teleconference, 4 hrs gen CE OBNM, AANP. $75
The Gastrointestinal System is based upon Dr. Zeff’s personal experience with what works in practice. Dr. Zeff characterizes a “vitalistic” naturopath as one who relies upon the Vis Medicatrix Naturae to bring about healing, utilizing the traditional tools of the naturopathic physician, predominately diet, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, botanical medicine, and thier hands. These sessions focus upon the gastrointestinal system, and how to quickly, in the clinical setting, assess and treat the common problems NDs see in the office, from hemorrhoids to Crohn’s Disease.
This is a suggested pre-requisite for the Vital Gathering 3.
These aired live on VC May 16 and 23, 2018.This is the same presentation held through Medicine Talk Pro Nov 28, 2016 and Dec 5, 2016.
VC: Homeopathic Prescribing Made Easy (Pediatrics) with Dr. Thomas Kruzel
Teleconference, 2 hours gen CE OBNM, AANP. $45
Join NMI Senior Vitalist Dr. Thomas Kruzel as he discusses a number of topics including posology, homeoprophylaxis, case taking strategies and more. Many naturopathic physicians who do not use homeopathy as part of their therapeutic regimen cite the hours of study required to master this complex subject and an emphasis by some of the medical colleges to produce “world class” homeopaths. In this session, Dr. Kruzel shows practitioners how this therapy can be integrated quickly and effectively into practice. The focus is on pediatrics.
Suggested pre-requisite for Vital Gathering 3.
These aired live on VC April 18 and 25, 2018. This is the same presentation held through Medicine Talk Pro Aug 26-27, 2017.
Whether you file insurance, ask that your patients file for themselves or are completely uninvolved in the insurance process, this webinar series is invaluable for Naturopathic Doctors. Presented by Dr. Mona Fahoum, she walks through ICD-10 coding, submitting properly coded claim forms, and can help you get the MOST reimbursement for your services.