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Hi, I’m Dr. Liz Carter
Nice to meet you!
As a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist, I have a deep appreciation for the body’s own inner wisdom and ability to heal itself.
This core concept has guided the development of my natural health practice, New Leaf Natural Medicine, and my teaching and writing style.
The body is always right. It’s constantly telling us what it needs. And it’s my passion to help you understand what it’s saying.
Think of me as a translator — as the middle ground. I’m here to help you understand the language of your body, mind, and spirit so you can become a better, happier, and more fulfilled version of yourself.
The Latest from Dr. Liz Carter
What Was the Most Difficult Part of 2020? The Unacknowledged Reality of the Year of Our Personal Development
Last year a patient asked me what I thought the most difficult part of 2020 had been. I immediately knew what I’d say but I was hesitant to share.
I don’t think the hardest part of 2020, and now 2021, has been the pandemic. Nor was it the extremely necessary social upheaval we’ve experienced with the Black Lives Matter movement. It also wasn’t the feeling of unrest that blanketed the nation last September and October around the election or the vaccine mandates being rolled out.
These events have precipitated, highlighted, and magnified my deepest concern.
This pot o’ beans is my favorite kind of food.
Spend 10 minutes getting it prepped, forget about it for a few hours, then bam! Delicious food to eat for a week. YES.
I call these lazy refried beans because they require minimal effort and they’re still tasty even if you don’t go the extra mile to fry them up.
To be honest, we often don’t go that extra mile and they are still fabulous.
I spent most of my teens and 20s trying to close off my heart.
I wanted to become impervious to the pain of the world and to my own.
Hard, impenetrable, and strong. Not soft, weak, and tender like I’d felt my whole life.
I fantasized about what a welcome relief it would be to feel less.
I was “too sensitive” for most people and was encouraged to push my feelings away, pull myself up by my bootstraps and soldier through, like anyone else with common sense. I’m sure I’m not alone in this life experience.
In early March before COVID-19 hit the Pacific Northwest hard, my husband and I took a trip to Breitenbush Hot Springs in rural Oregon for some much needed rest and recovery.
The springs were as gloriously relaxing and rejuvenating as you’d imagine.
The land was pristine and so, so quiet.
But I was stressed out about the trip for a full month before we left.
The last time I had visited Breitenbush was 12 years ago at one of the lowest points of my life.
Have You Been Told That You’re a Difficult Patient? The Disservice Modern Medicine Does to Those They Serve
Last week a patient broke down in tears during her appointment.
She was in the middle of a massive pain flare in her back, but she wasn’t crying about the level of discomfort she was experiencing.
It was her third visit with me and we’d made some progress with her pain but she’d overdone it and her symptoms had escalated again.
She was understandably frustrated, but there was more to it -- she was afraid.
4 Strategies for Staying Engaged in Important Conversations Learn How to Soothe Your System so You Can Stay Present + Grow
With all of the deep unrest we’re experiencing around the role of police in our society, and the need for justice, safety, and equity for Black people PLUS a light dollop of COVID concern, I find my nervous system overstimulated and fatigued simultaneously.
Many with chronic health conditions are used to the peaks and valleys of the healing process and the deep personal work it takes to find and address the root cause.
We are now being asked to do this kind of work on a societal and global level.
It’s incredibly necessary that we stay engaged and do the work to bring about change, but it’s also exhausting.
Here are a few tips to help you cope as we move through this year that the history books will remember.