Dr. Scott Buesing, ND
After receiving my Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University, I went on to acquire a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 2004 from Bastyr University. While in school, I received an NIH research training grant to study the in-vitro effects of an alternative cancer treatment from the 1930s. Upon graduation, I collaborated on several research studies at Bastyr University including the workout benefits of creatine for vegetarians and the weight loss effects of diets high in beans/legumes.
Along with private practice, I've gained experience working in two separate multidisciplinary programs, including a partial hospitalization program for patients suffering with mental health conditions in Seattle and a multidisciplinary pain clinic focusing on integrative care. Treatments included dietary and lifestyle changes, oral and intravenous nutrient therapies, botanical medicine, biofeedback, mind-body techniques, and meditation. While in practice, I've taught patient-oriented classes on meditation, nutrition, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and dietary approaches to wellness.
In addition to clinical practice, I have worked as a consultant, providing synopses of current medical research on numerous health topics including vitamin D and healthy dietary strategies. I also worked as head of the medical department for Diagnostechs, helping other providers treat their patients through integrated medicine.
Naturopathic Medicine Subscribes to the Following Principles
The Healing Power of Nature
The human body has an inherent, natural ability to heal. If an individual is struggling with a chronic illness, something is blocking that individual’s healing process. It could be on the physical level, like a poor diet. It could be on the mental level, like high job stress. It could be on the emotional level, like a failing marriage. It could be on the energetic/spiritual level, like a problem with proper chi flow as described in Chinese medicine. Removing these blocks allows for the natural healing power to re-engage.
Identify and Treat the Causes
Illness has underlying causes. In order to effectively treat an individual’s health problems, identifying the initiating factors and causes allows for a better understanding of how to correct the illness and restore wellbeing.
First Do No Harm
Always start by listening and understanding any situation or individual. When approaching a person’s health, choose the safest most efficacious healing modalities for every individual’s situation.
Doctor as Teacher
Doctor’s should strive to educate their patients, teaching them how to best take care of themselves. Ultimately, the best healthcare providers empower their patients to take charge of their own health through their own understanding.
Treat the Whole Person
People are not individual parts, they are an interconnected whole. We know how profound the mind-body connection can be and it makes sense to work with people in sum total of all that they are, rather than focusing on individual parts.
As is so commonly stated, prevention is the best medicine. It is always easier to prevent negative health outcomes than to reverse them once they are in place. Healthcare providers should think about the present and the future, focusing on ways to prevent progression or development of any disease process.
As a naturopathic doctor, I work under the tenets of naturopathic medicine.
I always do my best to support an individual’s health through the principles as described.
Scott Buesing, ND