Message from the President
Hello VAANP Enthusiasts!
I am very excited to share with you the launching of our very first monthly VAANP newsletter! I hope you will find it to be interesting and informative.
I recently returned from the Gaia Herbal Symposium “Medicines from the Earth” in North Carolina and was so inspired by the wealth of knowledge shared by Naturopathic Doctors, Registered Herbalists, and many other leading professionals. There are so much evidence-based research and thousands of years of cultural tradition available to validate the use and effectiveness of botanical medicine for health and healing. With the inspirational beauty of the natural surroundings, the Blue Ridge Mountains, it was easy to have the mental clarity to absorb all the new information.
I also wanted to share with you that VAANP is narrowing its search for a new government affairs specialist, who will conduct our strategic educational campaign during the next few months. Selecting the right lobbyist, combined with timing and momentum are essential ingredients towards achieving our licensure goal in 2019. Stay tuned for the latest update in our July newsletter.
Save the Date! On November 10, 2018, VAANP is planning to hold a live continuing medical education (CME) half-day seminar, with video streaming as well, so please mark your calendars and look for more details in upcoming newsletters!
Last but not least, we are fast approaching the summer solstice, so make sure you take time to be outside with nature and “smell the roses” or get a waft of fresh rosemary from your herb garden!
Patricia Diefenbach, ND