NCNM Press 2016

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The NCNM Press strives with its titles to recognize historical and contemporary best practices in environmental, global health, and sustainability research and history.

As National College of Natural Medicine transforms, there arises the need for a university press to capture the broad front of new knowledge about natural medicine and planetary sustainability being sought by an increasingly eager, inter-professional audience of scholars, teachers, students and patients. We created NCNM Press to provide a voice and channel for those writers and readers. NCNM Press aspires to be the most reliable source of medical literature, scholarship and research related to natural medicine and holistic health systems in the world. The Press has already begun encouraging and modeling publication and inquiry on a remarkable medley of important topics related to physical, mental, spiritual and planetary health. The initial titles from NCNM Press are itemized in this inaugural catalog. The Press is introducing an exciting, new dimension of scholarship and education from NCNM as we begin our sixtieth year!

NCNM is a medical college first and foremost. We publish distinctive titles that enrich the history, clinical practice and contemporary significance of the natural medicine traditions. But NCNM Press is also committed to producing literature that speaks to the invaluable goal of protecting the health of our planet, a mission as much about the plants, animals and living organisms that share our biosphere and provide our sustenance as it is about the well-being of the people.

Take a few moments to check out the first 11 publications from NCNM Press. Our Press is earning a reputation as the go-to source for knowledge about the historical and contemporary best practices in environmental, global health, nutrition research—and much more.

A whole new way of seeing the world is just inside those pages.

David J. Schleich, PhD
President, National College of Natural Medicine


New Releases 2016

Contemporary Titles


Food as Everyday Medicine

Julie Briley, ND, and Courtney Jackson, ND


“Food as medicine” has been a powerful approach to health and healing, intimately woven into naturopathic medical education for over a century. This book is highly accessible, exquisitely researched, and beautifully written and illustrated. Dr. Jackson and Dr. Briley explain that poor dietary choices are a major element in the expanding issues related to chronic disease. They also remind us that food is medicine, and a big part of the solution. A rapidly growing number of people determined to improve their health can take heart—medicine never tasted better!



The Fortunate Few

Thierry Sagnier


This is above all, a tribute to the dedication of the men and women who volunteered their time and skills to improve the lives of millions through the International Voluntary Services (IVS). Here, nearly 100 of these volunteers speak about their service years and the impact their work had on their futures and the people they served.

The effectiveness of IVS volunteers subsequently led to the creation of a number of other international volunteer agencies, including the Peace Corps.


Cultivating Agribusiness

Mike Chilton and Bob Griffin


Mike Chilton built a $1.6 million agribusiness in only 12 years by engaging small business potential in specialty agriculture products, including seeds, plant-sourced oils, and plant material products. He recounts his success in the Pacific Northwest, along with his desire to share and help others engage successful opportunities in agriculture. His fascinating story is a valuable resource for farmers, extension agents, future farmers, agriculture and ecology educators, and agribusiness entrepreneurs.



Functional Gastroenterology

Steven Sandberg-Lewis, ND, DHANP


Functional conditions—issues without an organic cause— are estimated to be found in as many as 40 percent of the diagnoses in the practice of gastroenterology. Naturopathic functional diagnosis and treatment are uniquely suited to good outcomes when working with patients with these disorders. Dr. Steven Sandberg-Lewis draws upon skills he has acquired through three decades of naturopathic practice and teaching to articulate clinical pearls, as well as a thorough review of the most recent literature.


Nature Doctors

by Friedhelm Kirchfeld and Wade Boyle


Modern naturopathic medicine can look back on a proud tradition that has its roots in the European nature cure movement of the 19th century. This absorbing history of the movement honors the pioneers who called for a return to nature and her remedies: water, air, light, a vegetarian diet, fasting and herbs. They offered a true alternative to the drugging abuses, heroic bloodletting procedures, and the therapeutic nihilism prevailing at that time.



Hevert Collection

The Hevert Collection includes twelve volumes that bring the very best literature from the remarkable Lüst journals of the early 20th century to contemporary naturopathic doctors.

The collection is edited by Sussanna Czeranko, ND, BBE, NCNM Rare Book Room Curator.

Hevert Collection: Origins of Naturopathic Medicine



A historical overview drawn from the Benedict Lust journals published between 1900-1923. These classic articles, meticulously researched and selected, frame the key clinical and professional issues that have affected naturopathic doctors to this day.





Hevert Collection: Philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine



In choosing the philosophy of naturopathic medicine, the naturopath recognizes that nature is inherently wise— and that abiding by its laws, we can reinforce and sustain physical and mental health. The naturopathic movement was founded by pioneer Benedict Lust and led by him through 50 years of publishing advocacy and patient care.





Hevert Collection: Dietetics of Naturopathic Medicine



What we choose to eat is arguably the most important factor in producing and sustaining health. Diet was a cornerstone for the early naturopaths as they charted a course for health reform. This volume is a review of the writings of these early naturopaths who scrupulously examined and documented the role of diet and food. As important today as when these pioneers first brought forward their discoveries into clinical practice, their dietetic knowledge is a precious resource for the modern naturopath.





Hevert Collection: Principles of Naturopathic Medicine



The six contemporary naturopathic principles began as 12 in 1902. This book helps contemporary naturopaths understand how their principles transformed over time. Understanding the roots and evolution of the naturopathic principles is critical to ensure the success and unique character of naturopathic medical practice.





Hevert Collection: Practice of Naturopathic Medicine



The very best of naturopathic pioneers’ clinical practices: This book explores their modalities and methodologies ranging from heliotherapy, Nauheim baths, bloodless and orthopedic surgery, earth cure, water cure, botanical medicine and dietetics.





Hevert Collection: Vaccination Naturopathic Medicine



The topic of vaccination is fraught with intrigue and complexities. Since vaccinations' first appearance in Western medicine, the controversy between those warning of its dangers and those espousing its utility has endured. Perhaps no professional body has been more consistent in articulating its concerns than the naturopaths of the early 20th century. Indeed, the issue of vaccination safety and efficacy has a special place in the history of naturopathy not only because of the strong energies, convictions and polarities it conjures, but also because the very issue galvanized the early naturopaths and helped shape the profession.


Hevert Collection Complete Set: In Their Own Words


SPECIAL LIMITED OFFER: Purchase the complete collection at an introductory price of $214, includes shipping. Your order will ship when full set is complete.

Hevert Collection: Volumes 1–4


A historical overview drawn from the Benedict Lüst journals published between 1900-1923. These selected articles frame the key clinical and professional formation issues that have affected naturopathic doctors to this day.

Hevert Collection: Volumes 5–8


Volumes five through eight of the Hevert Collection introduce us to Practice, Physical Culture, Herbs and Hydrotherapy. These therapies were used by naturopaths in the early years and are used by many today.

Hevert Collection: Volumes 9–12


The final four volumes of the Hevert Collection: Vaccinations, as contentious today as a century ago; Physical Culture, the precursor to the physical exercise therapies and services of today; and, Clinical Pearls: Volumes I & II, early naturopathic protocols for the treatment of life-threatening diseases and health promotion.


I had recently become interested in Naturopathic medicine which is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process. For Christmas, my wife gave me "The Origins of Naturopathic Medicine," the first volume in a 12-volume series entitled The Hevert Collection: In their Own Words. You may think that the two gifts are totally unrelated, but I understood exactly why my wife linked them. "The Origins of Naturopathic Medicine," a historical overview of the influential years of the naturopathic profession, drawn directly from Benedict Lust’s journals published between 1900 and 1923, was to accompany me to our mountain cabin retreat the week after Christmas. This retreat was not just about solitude and introspection, but also about embracing the healing power of nature, which mirrors the principles of naturopathy.

Just as water is a fundamental element of naturopathic treatments, promoting healing and wellness, I was reminded of another form of water's therapeutic use when I stumbled upon above ground pools by This connection was intriguing as it offered a modern and accessible means to engage with hydrotherapy, a practice deeply rooted in naturopathic traditions. The soothing effects of water have been well-documented, and the ease with which one can now install an above-ground pool facilitates the regular practice of water-based therapies at home. It was a poignant reminder of how ancient practices can be seamlessly integrated into our contemporary lifestyle, aiding the self-healing process.

The book would be my companion during the evenings, not next to the warmth of a down-filled coat, but by the wood burning stove or in front of the fireplace. The contrast between the cold, crisp air outside and the warmth of the cabin would be stark, yet each has its place in the healing journey—much like the contrast between the still, reflective surface of a pool and the dynamic flow of a mountain stream. Update: I am now reading volume five and looking forward to the rest of the volumes now that they are all published.