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Licensed Medical and Therapeutic Massage Services at the Natural Care Center

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The Natural Care Center at Maryland University of Integrative Health is pleased to announce that is has added two licensed medical and therapeutic massage therapists to its clinical staff. Services will be available beginning January 16, 2018, and an introductory discount is available for MUIH students, faculty and staff.

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Student Spotlight: Christine Cherpak

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I was drawn to Maryland University of Integrative Health because it satisfied my thirst for an innovative curriculum combining rigorous coursework, research, and experiential training. Maryland University of Integrative Health’s foundational principles of interconnections, holism, transformation, diversity, and resilience underscored my commitment to facilitate optimal nutrition and health; attending to one’s whole body, including physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual realms, as opposed to a body composed of parts in need of “fixing.” Nutrition is an art and science. Maryland University of Integrative Health understands this and integrates such a philosophy into its program offerings.

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Cultural Holiday Celebrations

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The month of December is filled with several religious and spiritual celebrations and a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate multiculturalism at MUIH.  We wish all members of our community a joyful and peaceful holiday season.

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Professor Emerita Sister Charlotte Kerr Recognized as Public Health Advisor by Former US Senator

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Sister Charlotte Kerr’s vision of healing has always included care of the whole person and care of a world broken in many pieces. In the 1980s she accepted then-Senator Barbara Mikulski’s invitation to be an advisor in shaping public health initiatives that go beyond the conventional model of health care. In that role she participated in the first Senate hearing on integrative health and served on two Presidential Commissions. Earlier this year, Senator Mikulski presented to Sister Charlotte a certificate of appreciation for her many years of service, stating:

“This citation is presented in recognition of your strategic advice and advocacy on behalf of the American people to improve their health and well-being through public policy initiatives in the areas of integrative health and achievement of wellness. The United States Senate thanks you and the Sisters of Mercy for their efforts and support to help so many for so long.”

Senator Mikulski noted that Sister Charlotte brought to each occasion the concept that true healing must include the spirit as well as body-mind, that she encouraged all to think in new ways and of new possibilities, and that members of Congress were more effective and mindful because of her presence and participation. In a letter accompanying the citation, the Senator stated, “. . . your work has had a transformative impact on federal health policy.”

Sister Charlotte’s was also recently acknowledged by Surgeon General Vivek Murphy in a Certificate of Appreciation “for outstanding service on the Presidentially-appointed Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health, and contributions to the implementation of the National Prevention Strategy.”

A registered nurse, acupuncturist, Professor Emerita at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), and public health consultant, Sister Charlotte sees patients in the MUIH Natural Care Center in Columbia, Maryland.

Read Sister Charlotte’s bio here.

What is a Naturopathic Doctor?

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Emphasizing prevention and wellness, and engaging the wisdom of nature to promote the body’s inherent healing ability, naturopathic doctors diagnose and treat disease and use traditional therapies combined with modern medical practices to help restore, maintain, and improve health. Naturopathic medicine can be used as a primary care approach, as a complement to conventional medicine and other forms of healthcare, for disease prevention, or for health and wellness support. Naturopathic doctors are experts in natural medicine, utilizing many modalities such as clinical nutrition, physical medicine, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, and botanical medicine, along with sensible concepts such as a healthy diet and lifestyle, regular exercise, and relaxation and stress management techniques.

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