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The Vital Link, introduced in 1993, is the official naturopathic medical journal of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic doctors.

Vital Link features clinical and research-based papers for health-care professionals practicing naturopathic and integrative medicine.

Published three times per year, the Vital Link features original content covering a range of clinically-relevant topics and offers readers clinical pearls, practical guidance and a review of the literature and newest treatment protocols. Each article provides a comprehensive review of particular causal factors of illness and disease.

Annual Membership Directory

Provides all members with a current listing of the contact information for member naturopathic doctors across Canada as well as the contact information of all current corporate partners, provincial/territorial associations and regulators.


Is the CAND’s monthly members’ e-newsletter, distributed to naturopathic doctors and students across Canada. The e-Link is intended to keep members current about forthcoming conferences, research opportunities, government relations, pertinent news and job opportunities.

The History of Naturopathic Medicine: a Canadian Perspective

$39.99 (CDN)

The History of Naturopathic Medicine, a Canadian Perspective is a 400-page hardcover book has been written to educate the public and government on the strength and history of naturopathic medicine, to educate naturopathic doctors (NDs) on their history and the dedication of many of the early NDs and to acknowledge and thank naturopathic doctors who have been instrumental in creating naturopathic medicine as a viable and distinct medical profession in Canada. We trust that you will find this book valuable and hope you will share it with your friends and family.

Over 2,400 years ago Hippocrates was the first to proclaim “the healing power of nature”. Known as the founder of medicine, he believed in the natural healing ability of rest, a good diet, fresh air and cleanliness. Naturopathic medicine is based on this ancient philosophy. Early doctors such as Benedict Lust and Henry Lindlar were instrumental in bringing many of the healing practices from Europe to America in the late 1800s. During the early 1900s naturopathic medicine enjoyed much growth and acceptance. The 1920s to the 1970s were a time of tremendous struggle for the naturopathic profession as the focus of health care shifted toward pharmaceutical medicine and medical institutions. Today, naturopathic medicine has established accredited institutions and programs, has strong national and provincial associations and, most importantly, it continues to graduate naturopathic doctors that embrace the principles of the healing power of the body – treating the root cause of disease and offering individualized treatment to each person.

Read the Key Features

Key features of the book

  • Provides a detailed look at the philosophy and principles of naturopathic medicine
  • Explores the history of naturopathic modalities including hydrotherapy, hygiene, nutritional therapies, mind-body medicine, herbalism, homeopathy, physical medicine, acupuncture and others
  • Highlights the early founders of naturopathic medicine including Benedict Lust, Louisa Lust and Henry Lindlahr
  • Looks at the relationship and the influence of the chiropractic and conventional medical profession on the growth of naturopathic medicine
  • Explores the history of the CAND (originally called CNA) and the major achievements and focuses of the national organization
  • Explores the history of provincial formation and regulation, highlighting some of the naturopathic doctors that have played an instrumental role in the profession
  • Provides an overview of naturopathic education, the early naturopathic schools and the formation of Canadian naturopathic schools
  • Includes a number of the personal stories of “Champions” in the naturopathic profession
  • Provides an overview of research and its role and history in naturopathic medicine
  • Reviews the factors that contributed to the struggle of naturopathic medicine in the 1920s to the 1970s and the factors that have contributed to its growth and increased acceptance in the last thirty years
  • Includes copies of all the graduation photos from OCNM, CCNM and BINM from 1981 until 2008
  • Includes the names of all the NDs that have practiced in Canada or have graduated from a Canadian naturopathic school
  • Provides a timeline starting at 400 BC that walks the reader through the key events and significant people in the history of naturopathic medicine
  • Provides the statistics and details on the national association, provincial associations and schools, including regulatory history, chairs/presidents of the organizations and key points in their history

The History of Naturopathic Medicine, a Canadian Perspective has been compiled by Madeleine Lloyd and Iva Lloyd, ND over the last two and a half years. It also includes stories and contributions from a number of naturopathic doctors and friends of naturopathic medicine from across Canada and the United States. This valuable project has been supported by a generous donation from the Canadian Naturopathic Foundation (CNF) and from NaturPharm Inc. and Cyto-Matrix Inc.

Copies of The History of Naturopathic Medicine, a Canadian Perspective are available for purchase from the CAND office at a cost of $39.99 CDN, plus shipping. All proceeds from the book will go to support the marketing efforts of the CAND.