Boulder, Colorado — In a historic effort to spark a movement for natural medicine on Main Street, America, Dr. Dennis Godby, N.D., will run across the U.S. for a second time–this time with his two sons and nephew. The run will begin in San Francisco, California, on July 17, 2011, and end in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on Nov. 16, 2011. The coast-to-coast run is designed to educate and empower Americans about natural health care options: in preventing disease, finding and treating the cause of illness, and revitalizing the nation’s health.

The Run: Moving Natural Medicine Forward will cross the U.S. on foot to promote the causes of empowered health care choices throughout America. Its mission includes increasing the health of the American people, providing information about sustainable and quality holistic health care options, and educating the public about healthy lifestyle management and health maintenance. The four-month, 90-city journey hopes to introduce the concept of naturopathic medicine into national vocabulary, and make “naturopath” a household term. The run will also lead to increased health care options for Americans by stimulating interest in naturopathic care and encouraging more comprehensive insurance coverage for these alternate primary care choices.

A natural approach to wellness, naturopathic medicine is a natural approach to health and healing that recognizes the integrity of the whole person and represents the vitalistic tradition of medicine in our Western world. It treats disease through the stimulation, increase and support of each person’s inherent healing capacity. Treatments are chosen to work with the patient’s natural adaptive physiology, respecting the innate healing processes of nature. The practice of naturopathic medicine includes six underlying principles of healing–principles that make naturopathic medicine different from all other medical approaches.

  • First do no harm: Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.
  • The healing power of nature: Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
  • Identify and treat the causes: Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.
  • Doctor as teacher: Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.
  • Treat the whole person: View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions.
  • Prevention: Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.

According to Godby, “The American people have a right to know that they have options in their health care, beyond pharmaceutical drugs and surgery. The consciousness of natural medicine has been expanding rapidly throughout the USA in recent years, The run will help to generate the critical mass in propelling naturopathic and natural medicine into momentum and laying the foundation for a new medicine that will empower Americans to seek lifestyles leading to optimal health and vitality, not just the mere absence of disease.”

The run will tell Americans the naturopathic story like it has never been told before. This 123-day, compelling human interest story will reach as many as 65 million people in towns and cities along the route, providing the opportunity for millions of Americans to hear the real-life experiences of patients and their healing through naturopathic medicine. Dr. Rebecca Asmar, director of public relations and fundraising for the run, states, “We hope that this event sparks vibrant national interest in naturopathic medicine as an alternative primary care option. Instead of arguing over conventional and alternative approaches, we would like to create a useful conversation about the most effective solutions to acute and chronic health conditions. By making those therapies known and available to all, we wish to improve the overall health of the American people.”

At a critical time in the creation of public policy about the health of our nation’s citizens, Godby and his family will be the vehicles for introducing dynamic information about naturopathic medicine to millions of Americans who have not had access to information about alternative, natural healing practices in the past.

About the run

The Run: Moving Natural Medicine Forward is an extraordinary 3,250-mile run across America. Naturopathic physician Dr. Dennis Godby and a fantastic team are setting out to increase awareness, educate and empower people about natural health care options: preventing disease, finding and treating the cause of illness and revitalizing the nation’s health. The run is the primary project of the Institute for Natural Medicine, a public advocacy nonprofit organization (