Maine Naturopathic Week and MOFGA

For those of you follow U.S. Senate minutiae, it should come as no surprise that it’s Naturopathic Week here in the U.S. I want to thank our own Senator Angus King, for sponsoring the resolution along with Senators Mikulski, Harkin, and Ayotte. It’s a pretty lengthy resolution, but I’ll put the link and the whole thing at the end. 

So in honor of Maine’s Naturopathic Week I want to promote a partner in Maine’s health, MOFGA. Most of us know MOFGA as the farmers who put on the Common Ground Fair. But that’s just a couple of days compared to the incredibly hard work of farming the land. These are people who live what they preach. They grow the food that feeds more and more of us.

Becoming a member of MOFGA (here) means supporting those farmers. Helping them with research, providing support during tough years, and showing your support to organic farming in Maine.

But wait, there’s more! Now the back of the member card has all these little numbers that correspond to discounts throughout the state. For the membership fee, you can get $20 off one visit with me. For the frugal-minded among you (which is everyone I know) signing up with five dollar renewing plan means you’ll spend $60 this year, and get $20 back from me. If you use two other farms or services (out of over 100) then you’ll make your money back. You can feel virtuous and not pay a dime doing it. Sign up here today!

So enjoy Maine Naturopathic Week with me, and support MOFGA. 

Here’s the whole language of the resolution. It makes me look pretty good.

Congressional Bills 113th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [S. Res. 420 Agreed to Senate (ATS)] 113th CONGRESS 2d Session S. RES. 420 Designating the week of October 6 through October 12, 2014, as “Naturopathic Medicine Week” to recognize the value of naturopathic medicine in providing safe, effective, and affordable health care. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES April 10, 2014 Ms. Mikulski (for herself, Mr. Harkin, Mr. King, and Ms. Ayotte) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary September 18, 2014 Committee discharged; considered and agreed to _______________________________________________________________________ RESOLUTION Designating the week of October 6 through October 12, 2014, as “Naturopathic Medicine Week” to recognize the value of naturopathic medicine in providing safe, effective, and affordable health care. Whereas, in the United States, more than 75 percent of health care costs are due to preventable chronic illnesses, including high blood pressure, which affects 88,000,000 people in the United States, and diabetes, which affects 26,000,000 people in the United States; Whereas nearly \2/3\ of adults in the United States are overweight or obese and, consequently, at risk for serious health conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and depression; Whereas 70 percent of people in the United States experience physical or nonphysical symptoms of stress, and stress can contribute to the development of major illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, depression, and diabetes; Whereas the aforementioned chronic health conditions are among the most common, costly, and preventable health conditions; Whereas naturopathic medicine provides noninvasive, holistic treatments that support the inherent self-healing capacity of the human body and encourage self-responsibility in health care; Whereas naturopathic medicine focuses on patient-centered care, the prevention of chronic illnesses, and early intervention in the treatment of chronic illnesses; Whereas naturopathic physicians attend 4-year, graduate level programs that are accredited by agencies approved by the Department of Education; Whereas aspects of naturopathic medicine have been shown to lower the risk of major illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes; Whereas naturopathic physicians can help address the shortage of primary care providers in the United States; Whereas naturopathic physicians are licensed in 20 States and territories; Whereas naturopathic physicians are trained to refer patients to conventional physicians and specialists when necessary; Whereas the profession of naturopathic medicine is dedicated to providing health care to underserved populations; and Whereas naturopathic medicine provides consumers in the United States with more choice in health care, in line with the increased use of a variety of integrative medical treatments: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate– (1) designates the week of October 6 through October 12, 2014, as “Naturopathic Medicine Week”; (2) recognizes the value of naturopathic medicine in providing safe, effective, and affordable health care; and (3) encourages the people of the United States to learn about naturopathic medicine and the role that naturopathic physicians play in preventing chronic and debilitating illnesses and conditions.

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