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Kurt Beil, ND, MSOM

Adjunct Faculty

Bio

Dr. Kurt Beil likes to live as close to balance with the natural world as possible, and hopes to bring that sense of harmony to his patients, students and community.  As adjunct professor in both the naturopathic and classical Chinese medicine departments, he believes that the holistic medical education programs at NCNM truly exemplify non-linear, systems-based approaches to healing.  As a graduate of Portland State University’s Master of Public Health and Sustainability programs, Kurt understands the need for restoring a feeling of relationship with the natural world in order to best produce an environment that promotes health for individuals, communities, and the planet.  He is very grateful to teach at NCNM and to share the gifts of knowledge, passion and compassion for natural medicine that he received when he was enrolled as a student.

Courses taught:
•    CCM 632 — Integrative Microbiology & Public Health
•    CLS 631 — Environmental Medicine

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION  
Portland State University, Portland, OR 9/2007-3/2010
    Master of Public Health  
    Graduate Certificate in Sustainability  
   
National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR 9/2000-6/2006
    Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine  
    Thesis: “Our Connection to Nature: A Holistic Examination of the Therapeutic
     Potential of the Environment, as Demonstrated in the Cardiovascular System"
   
National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR 9/2000-6/2006
    Master of Science in Oriental Medicine  
    Thesis: “Ling: Numinous Manifestations of Spirit in Classical Chinese Medicine”
   
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 9/1994-6/1998
    Bachelor of Arts, Biological Sciences (Evolution)  
    Minor – Psychology  
   
TEACHING AND LECTURING  
Adjunct Professor – National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR
    • Academic Research Environmental Health Fall 2011-present
    • Environmental Medicine Fall 2009-present
    • Integrative Microbiology and Public Health Spring 2007-2011
   
Guest Lecturer – National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR
    • "Environmental Public Health Policy" Oct. 26, 2012
    • "Influenza Diagnosis and Treatment in Chinese Medicine Nov. 1, 2009
    • “History and Practice of Naturopathic Medicine” Feb. 20, 2009
    • “The Therapeutic Potential of Nature” Oct. 7, 2008
    • “Neural Viruses” May 8, 2007
    • “Spirochetes and Protozoal Parasites” May 1, 2007
    • “Bacterial Epidemics in Chinese Medicine” Apr. 24, 2007
    • “Protozoal parasites”  Apr. 3, 2007
    • “Anti-biotic Resistant Bacteria and Nosocomial Pneumonias” Feb. 28, 2007
    • “Coliforms, Other Enterobacteraceae, and Obligate  
       Gram-Negative Rods” Jan. 25, 2007
   
Guest Lecturer – Portland State University, Portland, OR  
    • "Integrative and Ecological Medicine and Primary Prevention" Feb. 18, 2010
    • “Current Topics in Integrative Medicine Healthcare Policy” May 12, 2009
    • “Traditional House-hold Medicine” May 19, 2008
    • “Introduction to Naturopathic & Classical Chinese Medicine”  May 8, 2007
   
Guest Lecturer – Art Institute of Portland, Portland, OR  
    • "Sustainable Design and Health" Aug. 14, 2012
    • "Sustainability and Health" Feb. 14, 2012
    • "Biophilic Design, Health and Sustainability" Jul. 26, 2011
   
PUBLICATIONS  
"The Influence of Urban Natural and Built Environments on Physiological and Psychological Measures of Stress-A Pilot Study," Beil, K. & Hanes, D. ,
    International Journal of Environmental Research in Public March 2013
    Health, 10(4):1250-1267  
"Mental Health Outdoors: The Benefits of Nature"
    Rural Connections: Western Rural Development Center Pub. Sept. 2010
"Nature as a Therapeutic Agent"  
    Green Living Journal April 2010
"Nature as a Determinant of Health" (book chapter"  
    Foundations of Natural Medicine Textbook (in press)
"Environmental Influence on Holistic Health Measures" (research letter)
    Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing (under review)
Natural Medicine: The Healing Effects of Exposure to Nature”  
    Naturopathic Doctor News & Review   
June 2009
“Therapeutic Reactions to a Natural Environment” Symbiosis  
    The Journal of Ecologically Sustainable Medicine (in press)
“Toxoplasmosis: Mind-Body Parasite?”
    Naturopathic Doctor News & Review, Vol. 2, No. 4.   Dec. 2007
“The Importance of Stress-Reduction Classes for High School Seniors” 
     New York Times Letters to the Editor  Nov. 3, 2007
   
RESEARCH ACTIVITIES  
Principle InvestigatorDepartment Funded Post-Doctoral Researcher
    NCNM's Helfgott Research Institute  
  Projects:  
    • Environmental Settings & Health Effects II (ESHE II) 5/2012-11/2012
    • Heart Rate Variability & Autonomic Recovery in A Visual  
      Environment Stress Trial (HARVEST) 9/2010-12/2011
    • Environmental Settings & Health Effects (ESHE) 4/2010-10-2011
 
Report: "Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of the Intertwine: The Portland Metro
 Region's System of Parks, Trails and Natural Areas" - Metro 3/2010-12/2010
 
Public Health Field Experience Internship - Kaiser Permanente & Metro
    • "Health in Nature: Public Health Model for Urban Land-Use  
       Planning" Sept-Dec. 2009
 
Recipient–Miller Grant Award – PSU Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices
   • “PSU Sustainability and Health Awareness Survey” 9/2009-June 2010
   
RESEARCH INTERESTS  
Public Health, Human Ecology, Environmental Health, Ecopsychology, Civic Ecology, Community Development, Integrative Medicine, Natural Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Classical Chinese Medicine, Holistic Systems Science, Healthy Places, Urban Green Spaces, Biophilia, Traditional Ecological Knowledge
   
EMPLOYMENT  
Post-Doctoral ResearcherNCNM's Helfgott Research Institute  
    Restorative Healing Environments, Stress, Psychoneuroendrocrinology
 
Public Health Consultant–Metro
    Health Impact Assessment of Portland's Parks, Trails &  
    Natural Areas 1/2010-3/2011
   
Associate Professor – National College of Natural Medicine
    Environmental Medicine, Microbiology & Public Health April 2008-present
 
Private Clinical Practice 
Naturopathic & Classical Chinese Medicine,Portland, OR Nov. 2006-present
   
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS  
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians Since 2007
Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians Since 2011
International Society for Psychoneuroendocrinology Since 2012
   
LICENSURE  
Naturopathic Physician – Oregon Board of Naturopathic Examiners Since 2010
Licensed Acupuncturist – Oregon Board of Medical Examiners  Since 2006
   
CERTIFICATION  
Qi Gong Instruction – National College of Naturopathic Medicine   

Complete CV, including:
•  Presentations and Conferences
•  Clinical Training
•  Service Activities
•  Awards

Updated May, 2013