Siskiyou Vital Medicine: Dr. Boice, I’d like to start by asking you about all those letters after your name. What do they all mean?
Dr. Judith Boice: Like many of our doctors here, I am an ND, a naturopathic doctor. I’m also an LAc, a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese Medicine. Working with both naturopathic and Chinese medicines, I have two eyes, two ways of viewing the body, which gives me three-dimensional vision in assessing someone’s health.
SVM: And what about the FABNO? That’s a new one for us here at SVM.
Dr. B: FABNO stands for Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology. This means that I support patients in their cancer journey from a naturopathic perspective.
SVM: So, that leads right in to my next question about the class you’re teaching this month at SVM. Is that class just for people with cancer?
Dr. B: No, not at all! The class is called “Anti-Cancer: 5 Powerful Things You Need to Know,” and it addresses lifestyle and dietary factors that can help reduce your cancer risk, as well as things that people with cancer can do to improve their cancer survival rates. I think this is information that we can all benefit from. One in four of us will journey with cancer in our lifetime, and many of us have a loved one who’s experienced cancer, so this information hits close to home for all of us. I’m teaching here at SVM on Wednesday October 23 at 5:30pm, and the class is free.
SVM: Dr. B, you sound so passionate about teaching!
Dr. B: Well, the root of the word “doctor” is “docere,” which means to teach. I bring that into all aspects of my work. My aim is that you know more about yourself and your body when you leave my office. As the “Keeper of the Green Medicine Chest,” I teach my patients how to use natural medicines safely to care for themselves and their family. I am also an associate professor for the doctoral program of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine/California Institute of Integral Studies, and assistant professor of aromatherapy for the American College of Healthcare Sciences. I’ve also written ten books, four of which have won awards, and one actually became an international bestseller.
SVM: There is so much more to you than the letters behind your name!
Dr. B: My toolbox is very full! I work with clinical hypnotherapy to address chronic pain, change habits, and overcome addictions. Both acute and constitutional homeopathy are important medicines I work with to catalyze optimal health. Cold laser (also know as Low Level Energy Laser) helps resolve neuropathy, joint and muscle pain, and slow-healing post-surgical incisions. Bowen work is a very gentle form of non-force manipulation that relaxes muscles so that bones and joints can move back into normal alignment. Nutrition and food testing is another major aspect of the support I offer. All these are available to patients under my care at SVM.
SVM: That’s a full toolbox indeed! Is there anything else that we haven’t touched on that you want our community to be aware of.
Dr. B: I guess the last thing I’ll say is that I am a Senior Vitalist of the Naturopathic Medicine Institute. Vitalists draw upon the vast repository of wisdom inherent in the Earth and the native intelligence that is embedded in the processes of life itself. I view the human body as a self-regulating organism rather than a machine with interchangeable parts. Unlike a dented car or a scarred wooden chair, the human body has the capacity to restore and revitalize itself. I tend to work with complex, chronic conditions, e.g. environmental illness, autoimmune disease, hormonal imbalance, and chronic immune issues. I work with people to create the level of health they desire, which is completely different from getting rid of symptoms.
SVM: Thank you so much, Dr. Boice. We haven’t talked at all about Qigong which I know you’re offering a class at SVM on November 3rd, but for that I think I’ll refer folks to your blog post about qigong, which will have all the information about the upcoming class.