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Letters to Seattle Met

December 20, 2008 Published in the September 2008 issue of Seattle Met

Consider Alternatives
I was pleased to see your coverage of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (“Top Doctors,” August 2008). The greater Seattle area is home to some of the nation’s leading providers of CAM therapies. Your Top Docs list provided invaluable information for readers looking to receive top-notch care from professionally trained, licensed practitioners.
Kate Lindsay

ND Cred
We were pleased that your recent feature “Top Doctors” (August 2008) included alternative practitioners. However, your category “Naturopathic Medicine” erroneously included a medical doctor. In the state of Washington, naturopathic medicine is a recognized medical profession with a distinct philosophy. Naturopathic physicians (NDs) are primary-care practitioners who diagnose, treat, and manage the full range of issues seen in general practice, including diet, nutrition, lifestyle counseling, homeopathy, herbal medicine, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging, physical medicine, prescription medications, as well as referral to and comanagement with other health care professionals.

Naturopathic education includes extensive premedical studies followed by a four-year accredited naturopathic program comprised of standard medical sciences and clinical training. Like our medical and osteopathic colleagues, NDs must then pass nationally recognized examinations for licensure. While other providers may utilize techniques and treatments similar to those used by naturopaths, only NDs licensed by the state of Washington are able to use the term “naturopathic “in representing themselves to the public.
Robert May, ND
Executive Director, Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Northgate


3D Devotee
I was so excited to find a copy of your magazine in my mailbox (“Best of the City,” July 2008), as someone had sent it knowing I would find it of interest. I couldn’t wait to grab a pair of 3D glasses and flip through the pages wondering what I would see next. Great job to you and your team for putting such effort into showcasing anaglyphic photography.
Dean Walch
Dean Walch Fine Arts, Oregon City, Oregon


Bonfire Bona-fide
In your article on beach bonfires (“Bonfire of the Bureaucrats,” August 2008) you cite Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s Mike Schultz, who told your writer that bonfires are low on the priority list of contributory greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the region. They are not low emissions—they constitute zero net GHG emissions. Wood is totally a renewable energy source. The carbon in wood is derived from the absorption of CO2 from the atmosphere during photosynthesis. When the wood is burned, this carbon is released as CO2—a zero-sum process. Schultz and his agency were advised of the fact by this author in July when the issue was reported in the local press. Apparently they couldn’t be bothered with the science.
Kay H. Jones, PhD

In our August “Top Doctors” list, Dr. Michael Hart’s office address should have been listed as 1221 Madison St, Ste 1411, Seattle. August’s Past Lives column, “The Human Fish,” was missing research credit to history writer Nena Peltin.


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