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Transcripts: 559-4 & 559-5

Week: 559.4 Guest: Dr. Kathi Kemper, Pediatrician/Instructor- Bayview Hospital Ctr, Univ.of Washington and author, The Holistic Pediatrician Topic: Naturopaths help in prevention Producer/Host: Steve Girard

NEMA: A new type of medical help...coming up...

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NEMA: Some medical areas previously called alternative are now hitting the mainstream as Naturopathic medicine...and Dr. Kathi Kemper, author of The Holistic Pediatrician says practitioners are now licensed in 14 states.

KEMPER: They have four years of training after college, that in many ways is very similar to medical doctor's training, however they don't have long rotations in surgery and they don't have long classes in pharmacology. In most states, they don't have hospital privileges and they aren't licensed to prescribe medications. Instead, they have classes in herbal medicine, in nutritional medicine...some of them also study massage and acupuncture. So, they study a different range of therapeutic tools, but their basic science background is very similar to medical doctors, so their approach tends to be more natural remedies, or home remedies or those sorts of things.

NEMA: Naturopaths can help with nutritional support, avoiding allergens, and in techniques aimed at rounding out a healthy lifestyle through prevention and therapy. Dr. Kathi Kemper's The Holistic Pediatrician is from Harper Perennial. I'm Steve Girard for The Heart of the Matter.

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Week: 559.5 Guest: Dr. Kathi Kemper, Pediatrician/ Instructor, Bayview Hospital Center Univ. of Washington and Author The Holistic Pediatrician Topic: The state of herbal quality Producer/Host: Steve Girard

NEMA: Herbal news....coming up....

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NEMA: We're finding that many herbs, long touted for their effectiveness, aren't always produced at high quality. Dr. Kathi Kemper has put traditional and holistic remedies that work in her book, The Holistic Pediatrician...

KEMPER: One of the things about herbs that I think it's important for physicians and the regular public to understand is that herbs are not regulated by the FDA the same way medications are. So, at this point, there's an enormous variability in the quality of the products available, in their purity and their potency.

NEMA: Kemper sees some work is needed to make things better...

KEMPER: And I think it's going to be important for the medical community and the general public to join together and urge the FDA to exert more quality standards over the herbal industry, and that does not really exist right now. Which has made it difficult for many of us who routinely recommend a lot of herbal products for more serious problems.

NEMA: Dr. Kemper, from the University of Washington, says a proven way to get high quality herbs is to order from Europe, where they have been used by doctors for decades. I'm Steve Girard for The Heart of the Matter.

 

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