Welcome
I am Dr. Marie-Sabine Thomas, a trained Naturopathic Physician and a fellow at Bastyr University Research Institute.

The purpose of this blog is to educate people so that they can make informed decisions about their health. I answer burning questions about natural medicine and discuss research findings that can better support wellness. I invite you to join the discussion!

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Projects

NON FOR PROFIT

Sound and Sustainable Innovative Health Alliances (SASIHA)

SASIHA is non-profit organization based in Seattle, WA. We  support the promotion of traditional medicine and environmental health  education. We create medicinal gardens and implement ways to catalog indigenous  plants and conserve their seeds. Our projects are in Seattle (Washington State, USA), Les Cayes (Haiti) and soon in Lubumbashi (DR Congo, AFRICA). Our platform is to involve both the youth and the elders and to promote intergenerational conversations to enhance communication and learning processes.

For more information about this organization please visit: www.sasiha.org


ACADEMIA

Academic Research

As a National Institute of Health/National Center for Complementary and Alternative post-doctoral research fellow, my expertise lies in exploring interdisciplinary approaches to practicing and bringing integrative medicine in medically underserved communities locally and
internationally. I review and create well documented research publications. I have trained primarily as a qualitative researcher and often utilize mixed methods platforms.

Teaching

I teach didactic and clinical courses at Bastyr University.  In the school of  Naturopathic Medicine have taught students the following classes; “Naturopathic Clinical Theory”, “Dermatology in Color”, “Naturopathic Medicine in Global Health”.

In the department of Midwifery I teach “Introduction to Qualitative Research”. As a professor my motto is to encourage students to think critically and outside of the box.

You can learn more about Bastyr University at: www.bastyr.edu


MEDICAL PRACTICE

The most important part of my medical practice is to educate and fully involve patients in the health management process.  We do so by researching the root cause of illness and disease, promoting preventive lifestyle changes and implementing realistic treatment plan. One of the principles of Naturopathic Medicine is “doctor as teacher” whereby the physician role’s is to guide the patient through education, and ultimately supporting the patient through the learning process.

Favorite quote: “The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while Nature cures the disease.” -Voltaire