As most of my readers and friends were aware, I was chosen and honored to give the keynote address at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences in Phoenix Arizona Commencement Ceremony last weekend.
I was delighted to address the 41 graduating Naturopathic Doctors (ND) as well as their several hundred family members at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Phoenix Arizona.
I worked very hard on my speech, and I am delighted to say that it was extremely well received. In addition to a standing ovation for my talk, I was welcomed by the graduates as well as their families afterwards with many thanks for the inspiration and encouragement that I gave them.
The College has made my 20 minute presentation available for everyone to enjoy! Click here to view it now.
From the article on the school's website the following summary of my talk was given:
"The graduates were honored to have Dr. Soram Khalsa as their Commencement Speaker. Dr. Khalsa, a well-respected physician, integrates phytotherapeutics, homeopathy, acupuncture and environmental medicine with traditional internal medicine in his private practice. Dr. Khalsa is a member of the Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Council for the State of California and serves as Medical Director for the East-West Medical Research Institute. Dr. Khalsa expressed that these men and women could not be graduating at a better, more exciting time."
"You are the leaders of our medical future. Why? Because doctors today all need to be medically multilingual, and that's what you are. I do not refer to holistic, alternative, naturopathic, or integrative medicine as separate divisions of medicine. I regard it as what is best medically for our country.
Only seven percent of graduating medical doctors goes into primary care. In 2020, it is projected that there will be 40,000 too few primary care doctors. This is where NDs are needed.
Three things to remember, however, when it comes to seeing your patients is kindness, compassion, and caring. If you show these three things to them they will enrich your lives and you will love your patients. Be positive and let your presence begin their healing process."
It is my personal belief that Naturopathic (Integrative) Medicine will be growing rapidly in the years ahead and more and more people want a complement of natural modalities and less drugs. Naturopathic medical schools teach all about drugs (pharmacology) as well so their graduates are knowledgeable about both.
I think you'll find my speech both educational and inspiring!
More to come on the School where I teach…..
Let me know what you think!