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Background and Credentials

1 Jul

Male Fertility – the lifestyle burden isn’t just on women

10 Feb

Male Fertility

Ok guys, this one’s for you!  I’ll keep it short and sweet. Here are factors that may affect male fertility that you might not have thought about.

The quality of sperm is a measure of both the sperm’s genetic integrity and its capacity for fertilizing an oocyte (egg). Poor sperm quality has been associated with abnormal sperm motility (movement) and the inability to complete the processes of fertilization. The following may negatively impact sperm and may have other negative effects on male fertility:

  • Oxidative stress – think alcohol consumption, the standard american diet, and lack of exercise

  • Being overweight – not only does this affect your sperm’s ability in the fertilization story, but it may affect your future child’s health!

  • Smoking cigarettes or marijuana

  • Steroids

  • Cocaine

  • PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – especially those used regularly

  • Certain antibiotics, especially when taken the 4 months before trying to conceive

  • Specific pesticides and chemical solvents

  • Sedentary jobs

Please remember that optimizing your fertility holistically isn’t just about the woman.  It’s about both people optimizing their fertility to increase your odds in any given attempt. GO TEAM!

If you need help, schedule an appointment today.

Happy Holidays!

10 Dec
Dr. Kate Naumes || Holistic Wellness

 We have moved down the hall! Turn right off the elevator to find our beautiful new space.

 Also, as a reminder, the office will be closed December 24th – January 2nd for Winter Break.

 Please visit our convenient online scheduling system to schedule an appointment. If you need to refill a supplement, please submit your request to All orders will be  drop shipped to your home address and will include shipping/personal order fees until our next group order on January 11th.

 Stay safe and warm!

Naturopathic Medicine Week

12 Sep

The U.S. Senate last night unanimously passed a resolution designating October 7 – October 13 as Naturopathic Medicine Week.

The resolution recognizes the value of naturopathic medicine in providing “safe, effective, and affordable health care…” and encourages Americans to learn about the role of naturopathic physicians in preventing chronic and debilitating conditions.

Passage of this resolution is an historic achievement for naturopathic medicine. The Congress has now officially recognized the important role naturopathic medicine plays in effectively addressing the nation’s health care needs as well as in addressing the increasingly severe shortage of primary care physicians.

For the latest information about Naturopathic Medicine Week (NMW), visit the NMW page on AANP’s website.

An Open Letter to Sheryl Sandberg From Dr. Kate Naumes ND

8 May

Open Letter Sheryul Sandberg

Dear Sheryl,

I enjoyed the letter that Alexandra Chang wrote to you in the latest issue of WIRED – it has inspired me to write one of my own. I want to tell you what I think about your enlightening new book urging women not to shy away from ambition and leadership. But first, a little bit about why I’m writing you…

Since my teenage years, I’ve felt strongly that women had something particular to contribute to a healthier world. For my undergraduate studies, I choose Mount Holyoke College – a beautiful, rural all women’s college – in hopes of finding role models that would inspire, create, and contribute to a more feminine world. I hoped these role models could help me figure out how to find the freedom to be my best self and support other women to do the same. While studying Biochemistry didn’t exactly get me any closer to that goal, it was a part of my path to naturopathic medical school and midwifery, where it seemed I’d finally found a feminine paradigm for medicine that supported women to be free of the beliefs that don’t promote self-love.

Now that I’ve just finished reading your book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, I must say that I’m heartened by many of your suggestions and glad to see you open up a new chapter in the ongoing conversation about women, work, and family.  As you point out, thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. And so, I think it’s important that you are encouraging women to “sit at the table,” to seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals.

That said, I don’t think it’s enough to offer strategies for women to better succeed mostly by acting like men in a man’s world. Rather, for women to be better represented in government, higher education, corporate boardrooms, and public life, I think we need to reimagine what work looks like.

Read the rest of Dr. Naumes’ letter over at DMoms Blog.

Build Your Own Wellness Library

13 Mar

Wellness Library


These days, the amount of wellness related books out there competing for your eyeballs is staggering. Every book can be a rabbit hole leading towards another set of rabbit holes, and on and on…  So while this list of some of my favorite books is by no means be exhaustive, I do want to highlight a few books that I’ve found to be particularly eye opening, as well as a few that I return to over and over again.

Herewith 7 of my go-to reads grouped by “heart,” “mind,” and “body,” plus a bonus book:


  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma
    This book is an exquisitely organized exploration of my ‘Why?’ In exploring the food chains that sustain us, Michael Pollan asks questions that have profound political, economic, psychological and moral implications.
  • The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell
    In his history of New York City (via the renowned oyster beds of the Hudson River), Mark Kurlansky raises interesting points about city planning, human impact on our environment and how we might live more sustainably. I’m hoping he’s working on one about water and Texas.

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ favorite reads over at D-Magazine’s D-Moms Blog.

The Importance of Preconception Care

29 Jan

Importance of Preconception Care

If you’re thinking about becoming pregnant, your health in the months prior to pregnancy is more important than you might think. Preconception care is important for making healthy, happy babies. If a woman is in optimal health before conception, she increases her chances of having a full-term pregnancy and a successful delivery with minimal medical intervention. Cases of premature births, low birth weight, and health problems in newborns and infants could be prevented with proper preconception care.

According to an article in Midwifery Today, the health of the mother and the father prior to conception is reflected in the health of the pregnancy, delivery, and the new baby. As a further benefit, women who have gone through a guided detoxification program before conception have an easier time during the third trimester.

A licensed naturopathic doctor can work with you to set the stage for a healthy pregnancy. If you have already been trying to get pregnant for over a year or have been told that you have infertility, you may particularly benefit from working with a holistic practitioner. Just how effective is preconception care? The Foresight Study implemented a program of integrative preconception care for 300 couples struggling with infertility. Within two years, 89% of these couples that had previously been declared infertile had conceived naturally without the help of IUI or other similar fertility interventions. Of those who had experienced a previous miscarriage, 83% had given birth to a healthy baby within three years of the study without experiencing another miscarriage.

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D-Magazines DMoms Blog

Optimizing Your Fertility

15 Jan

Optimizing Your Fertility

This week we’ll talk about some ways to naturally improve your fertility. As an added bonus, achieving your optimal state of health before getting pregnant makes it more likely that you will have a healthy, glowing pregnancy and a healthier baby.

The year leading up to pregnancy is a key window for making changes that support radiant health, inner beauty, and optimal fertility. Some of these changes might sound like your new year’s resolutions, so if you’re trying to get pregnant, here’s extra motivation to stick with them!

    1. Start decreasing your exposure to harmful chemicals now.
      • Reduce the pesticides that you ingest by choosing organic fruits and vegetables
      • Use all-natural body products, choose green cleaners for your home, and never dry-clean your clothes.

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D Magazines D-Moms Blog

Benefits of Naturopathic Care

12 Dec

Benefits of Naturopathic Care


Increasing levels of chronic disease including: diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain, cancer, and obesity, have created a multi-trillion dollar financial burden on the medical system. Naturopathic medicine (referring to NDs from accredited medical schools) may reduce the need for expensive conventional care by promoting health and decreasing the need for medical interventions over the long term. Naturopathic doctors are primary care providers that treat acute and chronic conditions as well as address health promotion and disease prevention.

Today I’m going to breakdown three major benefits of Naturopathic care.


Naturopathic medicine costs less than conventional care.

  • A 2006 University of Washington study found that in Washington state, naturopathic care cost insurers $9.00 per enrollee vs. $686.00 for conventional care. (2)
  • One year of a lifestyle intervention program (similar to that recommended by naturopathic physicians) for patients with coronary artery disease not only improved all health outcomes and reduced the need for surgery but also cost significantly less then conventional treatment ($7,000 vs $31,000 –$46,000). (4)
  • Naturopathic care, when used for reduction of cardiovascular risk factors (high blood pressure and cholesterol, for example) improved health and increased job productivity and was determined to actually be a cost-saver for an employer. (5)
  • Naturopathic care used for chronic low back pain not only cost less than a standard physical therapy regimen but also decreased absenteeism by up to 7 days in a worker’s year. (6)

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D-Magazines D-Moms Blog

Facts about Investing in Prevention

29 Oct

In 2006 the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians submitted excerpts from the Blue Ribbon Commission proposal: Evidence-based Chronic Disease Prevention. The following are facts excerpted from that proposal:

Adoption of a Health Lifestyle = Evidence-based, Chronic Disease Prevention (EBCDP).

  • 62% of coronary events are preventable by following a healthy lifestyle (The Health Professionals Follow-up Study (n=42,847) Circulation, 2006)
  • 58% of Type 2 diabetes is preventable by lifestyle modification (Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP); (New England Journal of Medicine, 2002)
  • Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer are all preventable through lifestyle practices (Preventing Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes: A Common Agenda American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and the American Diabetes Association, Circulation, 2004)

EBCDP is more effective than early medication for disease prevention.

  • Lifestyle (58%) was superior to early metformin (34%) for the prevention of diabetes (New England Journal of Medicine, 2002)
  • Lifestyle change is the only intervention proven to reverse coronary artery disease (Ornish et al., JAMA, 1998)
  • Early TZD class medications were ineffective in diabetes prevention (Knowler et al. Diabetes, 2005)

Few WA State health care providers are making EBCDP recommendations in practice.

  • Only 16% of adult respondents said they were advised by their doctor, nurse, or other health professional to eat fewer high fat or high cholesterol foods
  • Only 20% were advised to eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Only 23% were advised to be more physically active (The Burden of Heart Disease and Stroke in Washington State 2004; WA State Dept. of Health)

EBCDP programs are cost-effective.

  • Chronic diseases currently accounts for 12% of all health care expenditures (Hogan, Diabetes Care, 2003)
  • Preventive services are widely accepted as a cost-effective strategy to reduce disease. Research supported by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shows that health education and lifestyle modification reduce the negative impacts, including costs, associated with chronic disease (Research News. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality No 02-0018 April 2002)
  • A recent demonstration project implemented the Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle intervention in adults age 50 and prevented 37% of expected cases of diabetes over 15 years at a cost of $1288 per quality-adjusted life year (QALY). Private insurer investments in this EBCDP program showed recovery of costs in the form of medical expenses avoided after three years implementation. (Ackermann et al., Diabetes Care, 2006)
  • A private payer could reimburse $655 (24%) of the $2,715 in total discounted intervention costs during the first 3 intervention years and still recover all of these costs in the form of medical costs avoided. If Medicare paid up to $2,136 in intervention costs over the 15-year period before participants reached age 65, it could recover those costs in the form of future medical costs avoided beginning at age 65 (Ackermann, Diabetes Care. 2006).
  • Additional cost analysis of the Diabetes Prevention Program in high-risk populations resulted in a cost of $1,100 per QALY for the lifestyle program versus $31,300 per QALY for early prescription drug therapy (Herman, WH. Annals International Med 2005).
  • A recent study aimed at getting sedentary Americans active compared lifestyle recommendation to a structured program in the gym.  Results were equal but the 24 months costs were $17.15 vs. $49.31 per participant per month. Lifestyle intervention was more cost-effective than the structured intervention for most outcomes measures. (Sevick et al. American Journal Preventative Med 2000)

Ignoring EBCDP is very costly.

  • Almost 60% of Washington adults are overweight or obese. Obesity is one of the primary factors in many health problems, including diabetes and heart disease. In one year alone, diabetes-related hospitalizations cost about $1.27 billion
  • Escalating costs of chronic disease nationwide despite higher priced treatments
  • Avoidable medical costs of amputation, blindness, dialysis, kidney transplantation, cardiovascular surgeries, and long-term hospitalization
  • Avoidable human costs of blindness, amputation, work-time losses, and depression

As the above facts detail, the adoption of a healthy lifestyle would go a long way towards saving Americans a lot of money in the long term. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Naumes today to discuss what changes you can make in your life to move towards optimal wellness.

DISCLAIMER: Dr. Kate Naumes holds a Doctorate in Naturopathy and a Certificate in Midwifery from Bastyr University. The state of Texas does not license Naturopathic Doctors. As such, she holds her license in California and acts in Texas as a wellness consultant, not as a physician.

Naturopathic Qualifications and Training

15 Oct

Licensed Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Naumes holds a Doctorate in Naturopathy and a Certificate in Midwifery from Bastyr University; she holds a BA in Biochemistry from Mt. Holyoke.  Dr. Naumes is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Texas Association of Naturopathic Doctors. As a Naturopathic Doctor licensed by the State of California, she is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an MD, but has also been trained in holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness.

The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education and the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges have accredited six colleges of Naturopathic Medicine approved by the U.S. Department of Education. All six doctoral programs require a bachelor’s degree for admission. These Naturopathic medical programs consist of four-year, graduate-level naturopathic medical curriculum that begin with a focus on Biochemistry, Human Physiology, Histology, Anatomy, Macrobiology, Microbiology, Immunology, Human Pathology, Neuroscience, and Pharmacology. The final two years of the medical program include clinical setting internships under the close supervision of licensed professionals in addition to studying the medical sciences, clinical nutrition, classical homeopathy, lifestyle counseling, botanical medicine, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, minor surgery, and obstetrics. According to an article in Midwifery Today, a Naturopathic Midwife completes “approximately 37 additional classroom and lab credits (425 hours) and approximately 1300 clinical hours” in addition to the Naturopathic medicine training. This program is “fully accredited by the American Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC).”

Naturopathic Doctors then sit for rigorous professional board exams and may also need to pass local state exams to become licensed. The North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners require two exams that include the five basic medical science exams: anatomy and histology, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, and pathology; and the 10 clinical science exams: physical and clinical diagnosis, laboratory diagnosis and diagnostic imaging, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine and pharmacology, emergency medicine, minor surgery, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, classical homeopathy, physical medicine and counseling psychology.

Graduates from online programs are not recognized as Naturopathic Doctors in any jurisdiction that licenses Naturopathic physicians. These programs are not accredited and lack approval by the Department of Education. According to AANMC “graduates of such programs are neither qualified nor eligible to sit for the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX), so they have no means of becoming licensed physicians upon graduation.” “Practitioners who hold licenses have received degrees from accredited medical programs, abide by legal and ethical standards, and fulfill yearly continuing education requirements in order to provide optimal patient care.” The Texas Association of Naturopathic Doctors only lists licensed NDs in good standing who maintain their license in a licensed state.

*The state of Texas does not license Naturopathic Doctors. As such, Dr. Naumes holds her license in Vermont and acts in Texas as a wellness consultant, not as a physician.  Our goal for this website is that it acts as a resource for current and future clients by providing an introduction to Naturopathic Medicine.  If you think our practice is a perfect fit for you or someone you know, we hope to hear from you soon and we appreciate the referral.

How Naturopathic Doctors Are Proving the Value of Integrative Medicine

13 Jul

Here is a great article recently posted by the Huffington Post:

In the mid-1980s, leaders of the reemerging naturopathic medical profession faced a tough challenge. They had to make the case for a scientific basis for their field prior to any history of federal support for naturopathic research.

The naturopathic physician authors of such pioneering volumes as the Textbook of Natural Medicine and bestselling, consumer-focused counterpart the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine searched the world’s literature. They referenced diverse studies on diet, therapeutic nutrition, lifestyle, stress and exercise and profession’s whole person, multi-modality, natural therapeutic-focused form of integrative medicine.

Many of these references were gleaned from conventional medical literature. Bottom line: The reemergence of naturopathic doctors (N.D.s) owed a significant debt to research of their medical doctor (M.D.) colleagues.

Read the rest of John Weeks’ article here.

Wellness Dollars and Cents

2 Jun

Most Americans have a disease-focused outlook on health, not thinking much about their health until something goes wrong. The World Health Organization defines health as a “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” but we tend to think of wellness as a luxury to be sought after when all the bills are paid, the kids are in bed, the house is clean, etc. Actually, it turns out good health is a great investment. One Harvard Medical School study found that the return on one of their preventive measures was $36 for every dollar spent.

When we’re not sleeping well, when we’re overweight, when we’re not eating right, we grossly underestimate the cost of those lifestyle choices on our longterm health and our pocketbook. Many insurance companies and company health plans exacerbate the situation by often failing to cover preventative measures like botanical remedies, nutritional counseling, massage, acupuncture and exercise programs that would save people and governments money in the long run.

Schedule an appointment today to discuss your wellness path and start saving money.