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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

Grief + Grace for Our Younger Selves A Lesson in Integrating Past Experiences + Healing

Grief + Grace for Our Younger Selves A Lesson in Integrating Past Experiences + Healing

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

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

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.

How to Manage Guilt During Quarantine Learn to Care for Your Mental + Emotional Health

How to Manage Guilt During Quarantine Learn to Care for Your Mental + Emotional Health

A few weeks ago I wrote a little blurb for an article about how to best handle these quarantine times, or as I like to say now, quarantimes.

While other practitioners talk about diet and exercise, I chose to focus on mental health because that’s by far the most prominent issue I’ve been witnessing in my practice. 

People are scared and anxious, but the most common emotion I've observed is guilt.

Many of my patients feel terrible for being annoyed by the restrictions placed on their lives while others are facing a potentially life threatening illness, the death or sickness of loved ones, job loss, business collapse, and much more.

Support Your Lung Health Through Chinese Medicine Boost Your Immune System + Vitality with These Tips

Support Your Lung Health Through Chinese Medicine Boost Your Immune System + Vitality with These Tips

With the COVID pandemic, there’s a lot of concern about our lungs and their ability to fight off the viruses and remain healthy.

From a Western perspective, supporting our lungs seems limited to breathing exercises and hoping for the best. 

But if we look to Chinese medicine there’s plenty of action we can take!

Let’s take a tour through Chinese medical physiology and discover ways to nourish our lungs so they’re balanced and healthy.

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