Five Questions with Kim Howes, ND

Updated: Mar 4

Making Self-Care a priority isn't always easy, but it’s so important to make sure you take good care of your body, mind, and soul every day, not just when you get sick.

Eating right, reducing stress, exercising regularly, and taking a time-out when you need it are touchstones of self-care and can keep you healthy, fit, and resilient. Actively engage in managing your own health by learning what your body needs to get well and stay healthy.

Dr. Kimberly Howes visits Be Well Studios this year with a series of workshops on naturopathic self care. Dr. Howes will explain how incorporating ​natural self-care strategies can support your body’s natural healing abilities and enhance other treatment modalities and medications with naturopathic therapies. We asked Dr. Howes some questions about naturopathy and her upcoming workshop.

What is naturopathic medicine and how is it different from conventional medicine?

Naturopathic medicine focuses on getting to the root cause of illness and aids the body to recovery.  Conventional medicine typically focuses on symptom management of disease, which does not allow the body to recover and heal. 

What training do naturopathic physicians receive?

Naturopathic physicians receive a four year, post graduate medical degree.  There are different schools of naturopathic medicine.  Federally accredited naturopathic schools provide training in both conventional and naturopathic medicine and have rigorous clinical training.  Many states license naturopathic physicians as primary care providers. The Michigan Association of Naturopathic Physicians is spearheading an effort to license accredited Naturopathic Physicians. Senate Bill 826 to license NDs passed the Michigan Senate in May 2018 and is currently pending in the House of Representatives.

Can naturopathic medicine be combined with conventional medicine?

Naturopathic medicine can absolutely be combined with conventional medicine.  It is important, if you are on prescription medications, that your provider knows the interactions between supplements and medications.  Typically, it is very safe and an effective to combine both forms of medicines. 

Why did you choose to be an ND instead of MD?

I chose to become a naturopathic doctor due to a number of reasons.  The obvious answer is that myself and those around me were not getting answers to personal health crisis.  The deeper answer is that I believe the body is a self-healing organism, when provided the correct input.  I also believe in informed consent and choices in health care. I saw modern medicine fail many people that should have otherwise been healthy.  

What can we expect to learn in your workshop series, Naturopathic Strategies for Self-Care? One of the six tenets of naturopathic medicine is "docere", meaning "to teach".  In these workshops you can expect to learn the basics of the body systems and how they work, key nutrients needed, how stressors impact health, how microbes impact our bodies, and simple everyday steps to improve the body.  There will be plenty of information and time for questions. 

Naturopathic Strategies for Self Care

Mood Disorders

January 21 and 28; 1 to 2:30 pm

Autoimmune Diseases

March 24 and 31; 1 to 2:30 pm

Gut Health, Part 1

September 22 and 29; 1 to 2:30 pm​

Gut Health, Part 2

October 20 and 27; 1 to 2:30

Dr. Kimberly Howes earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and practiced integrative medicine in Boise, Idaho. Although trained as a primary care physician, her passions include autoimmune disease, gastrointestinal conditions, hormone balance, mental health, chronic illness and fatigue in all life stages. Dr. Howes has worked extensively with chronic lyme disease and post lyme disease syndrome. She focuses on the biochemistry of the body to make recommendations that bring about actual, long term health. She believes that educating the patient is the first step towards achieving health goals. 

Kimberly Howes, ND

Howes Natural Health

821 South Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007, 269-216-3241

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