On July 17, Dr. Dennis Godby of Sacramento, his two sons Isaiah and Jeremiah, and his nephew, Jonas Ely, set out on a coast-to-coast run from San Francisco to New York City. They’re on a mission to raise the visibility of natural and holistic medicine throughout the nation. You can learn more from the video above. (If you’re getting this by email and can’t see the video, click on the headline, and your web browser will take you to it.)
To find out whether they’ll be coming through your town, go to the website for the run and click on the “In Your Town” tab. The runners will be in St. Louis on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. If you’re in the area, come by the Arch about 5 p.m. on Friday the 30th to cheer them on.
To learn more about careers in natural and holistic medicine, come to the Webster University Center, 175 Edgar Road, Webster Groves, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. Dr. Godby will be joined by local naturopath Dr. Jamila Owens-Todd, Logan College of Chiropractic professor Dr. Danielle Spath, and others to conduct a seminar about careers in natural medicine, chiropractic and other forms of holistic medicine. My daughter, Kate, also will be on hand to provide the perspective of someone who just graduated from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Ore. (I’ll be there too.) There’s no charge, and you’ll learn about how you can get involved in these fast-growing fields.
I’d appreciate it if you would help get the word out. Send a link to this blog post to your friends. Also, you can download and print this poster and put it up in your local Starbucks, St. Louis Bread Company, Whole Foods Markets and other local establishments. (Ask permission if you need to!)
“We live in a nation where the only widely accepted approach to medicine is pharmaceutical-based and focused on treatment of advanced disease,” Godby said recently. “We need to go beyond treating disease, and even beyond preventing disease. We need to move toward real health, which means so much more than just preventing really bad things from happening.
“I want my patients to have great lives! To live their lives to the fullest, with energy, vitality, and enthusiasm. To this end, naturopaths, functional medicine practitioners, holistically minded MDs and nurses, and other like-minded professionals have much to offer the nation. We need to de-marginalize what we do. With The Run, we’re literally putting our bodies on the line for that cause.”
Come on by on Oct. 1 and see whether you’d like to get involved.