Treat the cause talk at library May 13

Apr 29, 2013
Barbara MacDonald

Dr. Barbara MacDonald will give a talk on “Treat the Cause: What is Naturopathic Medicine and How Can It Help Me Reach My Healthcare Goals?” at Camden Public Library at noon on Monday, May 13.

The talk is part of the Wellness series co-hosted by the library and Pen Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. MacDonald will share how licensed naturopathic doctors can help you reach your health and wellness goals by getting to the root cause of illness and treating the whole person using natural methods. She will answer questions about what a licensed naturopath does and doesn’t do in practice, how they are trained, what their scope of practice includes, what they can prescribe, and how they work with other types of healthcare practitioners in the community. You will learn about how herbal and homeopathic medicine, nutritional counseling, physical medicine, laboratory testing methods, mental-emotional and energetic modalities are used within the system of naturopathic medicine.

MacDonald will share how her life experiences, personal health challenges and her patients have inspired her throughout her 15 years as a holistic primary care doctor. You are invited to bring questions as well as concerns and create a dialogue about the role of integrative healthcare in our area.

Dr. Barbara MacDonald, N.D., L.Ac., is a licensed naturopathic doctor, acupuncturist, and Chinese herbalist, practicing at Camden Whole Health since 2010 where she practices holistic primary healthcare. She has extensive training in natural menopause support, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, women’s natural healthcare, Chinese medicine and complementary cancer care.

MacDonald graduated from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Ore., in 1997 where she completed an out-patient family practice residency. Prior to returning to her home state of Maine in 2010, MacDonald was in private practice as a primary care physician and women’s health specialist at A Woman’s Time in Portland, Ore. She was also an adjunct professor and clinical supervisor at the college.

She uses laboratory testing as well as traditional and intuitive methods for evaluation. She and her patients work in partnership to achieve their goals through a variety of treatments, such as nutritional counseling and lifestyle coaching; Western and Chinese botanicals; supplements and amino acids; CranioSacral therapy and acupuncture; and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.

MacDonald is the co-author of "The Breast Cancer Companion: A Complementary Care Manual," published in 2009 and 2010. She lectures around the state and across the country educating others about holistic healthcare options and natural breast cancer support.

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