"Like vitamins, minerals are absoultely essential for your health. Your body is unable to manufacture any of these minerals, so they must be obtained in your diet." - Dr. Tieraona Low Dog
Ever since she was a young girl, Dr. Tieraona Low Dog has been interested in the natural world and natural medicine. She studied and practiced massage therapy, martial arts, midwifery, and herbal medicine, serving as the President of the American Herbalist’s Guild, before going on to receive her medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.
Tieraona has long been an advocate for health care that is compassionate, effective, equitable, and environmentally conscious. She currently serves as Director for the first Interprofessional Fellowship in Integrative Health and Medicine (www.aihm.org), after leading the Fellowship program founded by Andrew Weil, MD at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine for many years.
In addition to caring for her patients and teaching, she has spent much of her life in public service. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the White House Commission for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and then appointed by Secretary Thompson to the advisory council for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She has served on numerous NIH advisory panels over the years, including the National Cancer Institute.
Given her vast expertise in dietary supplements and herbal medicine, she has been the elected Chair for numerous dietary supplements and botanicals panels for the United States Pharmacopeia for more than 15 years. Tieraona is recognized as one of the leading experts in integrative medicine, particularly in the area of women’s health. She is a founding member of the American Board of Integrative Medicine and the Academy of Women’s Health, and has been on the editorial board for the Journal of the North American Menopause Society since 2003, amongst many others.
She has published more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific articles, authored 22 chapters for medical textbooks and numerous books including Women’s Health in Complementary and Integrative Medicine; National Geographic’s Life is Your Best Medicine, Healthy at Home and Fortify Your Life (due February 2016). She co-authored National Geographic’s Guide to Medicinal Herbs and The Botanical Safety Handbook (2nd edition) and was co-editor for Integrative Women’s Health by Oxford University Press. Tieraona has spoken at more than 550 medical/scientific conferences around the world over the span of her career.
Dr. Tieraona Low Dog has been honored by numerous organizations over the years. She was named by Time magazine as an “Innovator in Complementary and Alternative Medicine,” she received the Burt Kallman Scientific Award, NPR’s The People’s Pharmacy Award for Excellence in Research and Communication for the Public Health, the New York Zen Center’s Compassionate Care Award, the Integrative Healthcare Leadership Award, the American Herbal Products Association’s Herbal Insight Award, and Clinician of the Year Award by the Natural Products Association in 2015. You can visit Dr. Low Dog's website at: drlowdog.com