Acupuncture & Chronic Pain

Acupuncture Acupuncture has been practiced for over 3,000 years. It is a safe, drug-free, effective and holistic healthcare system that can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including chronic pain, pre- and post-operative care, and digestive disorders.

Chronic Pain: Lawmakers Agree Naturopathic Doctors are a Solid Choice to Combat Chronic Pain
Many patients now prefer to use integrative health care approaches, especially to treat chronic pain. This trend has given licensed Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) even greater leverage to push for veterans and others who suffer from chronic pain to have access to the full range of treatments – and physicians. Members of Congress have made clear their interest in licensed NDs becoming employed by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

clip_image002-110x110Fibromyalgia – Is It Treatable?
The causes of fibromyalgia can be multi-factorial – it is essentially an energy crisis within the body, triggered by a sudden or chronic stressor, infection or injury. The body perceives an overload and effectively blows a fuse to protect the rest of the system.


Depression & Anxiety

Alternative Approaches to Depression
There are many natural antidepressants and nutritional options that can be used in the treatment of depression.

cp-and-depression_benchmark_sauter-110x110Resources for Patients with Cerebral Palsy Many children with cerebral palsy are likely to develop depression or anxiety, but unfortunately, it often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. These educational resources provide information and support to families in need.

Gut Psychology & Depression
When barrier cells are damaged due to stress, poor diet, nutritional deficiencies or infection, the synthesis of serotonin and other compounds can be compromised, and the barrier can break down, allowing toxins to escape into the blood. These toxins and the lack of proper serotonin production can lead to serious conditions, like depression and anxiety.

Mindfulness & Meditation Meditation can relieve anxiety, promote relaxation, and improve your outlook—but above all, meditation is about waking up to life, to its choices and possibilities. Meditation is often used to clear the mind and ease many health concerns, such as high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety.

clip_image002_0000-110x83Neurotransmitters & Mood
Neurotransmitters have roles not only in mood, but also sleep and immune function, among others. This is why GI distress and mood disorders seem to go hand in hand with each other. They are intimately connected.



Blood-Glucose-110x110Diabetes & Nutrition
The clinicians at the Benchmark Clinic have treated an increasing number of patients with Type II Diabetes (DMII) this year. While the trend is disturbing, what’s really gotten my attention is fact that these patients have typically seen multiple doctors before coming to us, and most of them have never been given sound dietary advice.

Natural Medicine

Enzyme Therapy for Healing & Digestion
Foods today contain fewer enzymes than foods did a hundred years ago. Why? Because in the natural world, both plant and animal foods in their raw state contain a significant amount of natural enzymes that assist in digestion when we eat them. But in the modern world, all these foods come to our table enzyme depleted. How does this happen?

Illustration_Salix_alba_natural_medicine_benchmark-110x110Herbal Medicine: The Natural Path
As early as 500 B.C, the Chinese recognized the anagesic properties of the white willow (Salix alba) which contains the active ingredient salicin. This chemical was isolated more than two millenia later – in the 19th century – and transformed into acetylsalicylic acid, or aspirin.


Arnica_montana_benchmark_natural_homeopathic-110x110The Science of Natural Medicine
Human beings have used plants for their healing properties for thousands of years. Plants continue to be the first choice for natural medicine in maintaining wellness by the majority of the world’s peoples, and even for those of us who obtain medicines from the drugstore, about half of those remedies had a biological source or are still obtained directly from plants, while there remain many sources of natural medicines still to be uncovered.

P1050032-level-110x110Natural Remedies: Cold & Flu Season
When the annual onslaught of colds, flu and other viruses is getting under way, here are some resources for natural remedies to help you stay well – and to help you get well if you succumb to one of the bugs.


How Are Naturopathic Doctors Educated, Trained, and Licensed?
Accredited naturopathic medical schools are four-year, in-residence, hands-on medical programs consisting of a minimum of 4,100 hours of class and clinical training. During naturopathic medical school, students are educated in the biomedical sciences as well as the latest advances in science in combination with natural approaches to therapy. They also study disease prevention and clinical techniques.

What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic doctors utilize knowledge gained in both western and traditional areas of scientific study, observation, and experimentation, including anatomy, cellular biology, chemistry, and pharmacology. Naturopathic doctors have extensive training in orthomolecular physiology and nutrition, botanical, physical and homeopathy.

National Recognition for Naturopathic Medicine
“A naturopathic physician (ND or NMD) is an expert in natural medicine. NDs combine natural, non-toxic therapies with current advancements in the study of health and human systems, covering all aspects of family health from prenatal to geriatric care. They are committed to using cutting edge medical knowledge and tools to resolve their patients’ health issues and to create health solutions that can be uniquely tailored to each individual patient’s needs.”

Nutrition, Diet & Exercise

Food Intolerance – Could It Be Wheat?
Food sensitivities are on the rise, and you or someone you know is probably affected, most likely within your own family. Something you consumed up to four days before your symptoms began can catch up with you later, which can make it a little hard to figure out!

wholesome-110x110Nutrition Apps & Websites
Track macronutrients (protein/carb/fat) and micronutrients, input your foods daily to track your calorie intake. Monitor your workouts and exercise by the the calories you burn, and adjust your macronutrient ratios, generate time-lapse reports for weight loss or gain, and enter your own recipes.


free-food-photo03-110x110What is Nutritional Medicine?
Instead of nutritious food, we may spend years ingesting heavily processed, food-like products that are confusing for the body and destructive within the body’s tissues. The introduction of a diet rich in phytochemicals from various fruits and vegetables, along with whole food sources of lean protein, provides the body with the nutritional support to correct imbalances, restore normal processes, and heal itself.

free-food-photo04-110x110What is Optimal Nutrition?
Most of us know that good nutrition is important. But how, exactly, does a nutrient-dense diet help us prevent disease, fight illness, reduce pain, and recover from health problems?

The Realities of the Paleo Diet
Being a bit of a born skeptic myself, I have looked at both sides of the Paleolithic equation, and being a naturopathic doctor who has extensively studied and specializes in nutrition, it was inevitable that I would feel the need to weigh in on this debate.

2017 EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce ranks pesticide contamination of 48 popular fruits and vegetables. The guide is based on results of more than 35,200 samples of produce tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration. Download here:

benchmark_sauter_probiotics_flu_virus-110x110Probiotics & Gut Bugs – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Ever had a bad gut bug? These are commonly called intestinal viruses, gastroenteritis or food poisoning. Bad gut bugs come in a lot of different shapes and sizes and your susceptibility to these organisms always depends on one thing… the terrain. In naturopathic medicine, the foundation of the human terrain is the gut, and we pay a lot of attention to it.

02dinnerparty_span-articleLarge-110x110Recipes: download some of our favorite recipes. Tips on nutrition, anti-inflammatory diet, calcium, protein food sources, and more.



benchmark_weight-loss-110x110The Natural Approach to Weight Loss
Medically supervised weight loss protocol: Given the proper nutrients, a low calorie diet can be maintained without hunger or muscle wasting. Ask a doctor about the details if you want to achieve a quicker weight loss without health risks.


Sleep & Insomnia

benchmark_sleep_weightloss-110x110Sleep Hygiene: Healthy sleep is important for both physical and mental health, and it can improve productivity and overall quality of life.

Snoring, Sleep Apnea & Weight Loss
Weight connection: A prominent feature of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the difficulties with weight loss. About 70% of people with sleep apnea are obese.

Water & Hydration

benchmark_hydration_natural_medicine-110x110Drink Water for Life – Hydration & Filtration When people don’t drink enough water (at least 10 glasses per day) it affects the health of our brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, digestive system, temperature regulation, joints, back, skin, and urinary tract. It’s especially critical for patients who are immuno-compromised, children, and the elderly. Here are a few links for supplemental information about water purity and filters.

benchmark_hydration_natural_medicine-110x110Water: Hydration & Natural Medicine
We may take water for granted, but it’s one of nature’s most precious resources. Beyond being thirst quenching, it also maintains normal body temperature, but the rest of the story is told by minerals.