Naturopathic physician to speak at WCSU

DANBURY, CONN. — The Institute for Holistic Health Studies (IHHS) at Western Connecticut State University will present naturopathic physician Dr. Shawn M. Carney, who will discuss “Improving Your Mood with Natural Medicine” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Room 127 of White Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. His talk is free and open to the public.

According to Carney, who practices at Northeast Natural Medicine in Newtown, “An estimated 15 percent of people will experience depression at some point in their lives.” Carney will review how dietary and lifestyle changes can improve mood. He also will discuss the scientific research that supports the use of herbal therapy and nutritional supplements to treat patients with mild to moderate depression.

Carney graduated from SUNY Purchase with a double major in environmental science and philosophy. He has combined these interests by pursuing a career in integrative medicine. Carney earned a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the University of Bridgeport after working for several engineering and environmental science firms and serving as an emergency medical technician.

Carney has studied in a wide array of settings, including AIDS Project of Greater Danbury, Casa Hostos Rehabilitation Center of Bridgeport, and with physicians from the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society. He is a licensed naturopathic physician in Vermont and Connecticut, where he serves on the board of directors for the Connecticut Naturopathic Physicians Association. Carney employs botanical medicine, nutrition, nutraceuticals, homeopathy, counseling and physical medicine in his approach to optimizing health.

IHHS Director Christel Autuori organized the lecture.

“Many people are looking beyond Western medicine to treat and prevent medical problems,” Autuori said. “Naturopathy takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellness, not only to address a current issue, but for a lifetime of health and vitality.” 

The IHHS, housed within the WCSU Department of Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences, seeks to provide the university and Danbury communities with an opportunity to engage in and explore different aspects of holistic and integrative health through programming and instruction. A holistic perspective on health and healing integrates conventional healing with traditional and modern alternative practices from around the world.

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