NCNM Hosts International Medical Scholar in Speaker Series

Marilynn Considine
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PORTLAND, Ore. (October 22, 2008)—Shaul Sukenik, M.D., head of Internal Medicine and a specialist in rheumatology and at Soroka University Medical Center in Beer-Shiva, Israel, will present a lecture at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) Oct. 27 on the Dead Sea and the healing properties of its mineral rich waters. Dr. Sukenik is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of balneotherapy, also called “water cure,” the medically therapeutic use of natural mineral water and mudpacks for the beneficial treatment of asthma, arthritis and other diseases.

The lecture is part of the medical school’s Naturopathic Vitalism speaker series. NCNM President David J. Schleich, Ph.D., said, “As a medical practice, balneotherapy is extensively practiced in Europe and widely recognized for its curative benefits. Naturopathic medicine in North America is rediscovering this significant healing modality. NCNM is excited to have Dr. Sukenik share his storehouse of knowledge about this medical discipline.”

Dr. Sukenik, an international expert in the emerging field of medical tourism, has conducted more than 15 years of research in balneotherapy. He has published more than 200 medical research papers and is the author of “The Dead Sea, the World’s Ultimate Healing Resort.”

Dr. Sukenik’s lecture is free and open to the public. It will be held at NCNM’s Great Hall in the main campus building, 049 SW Porter Street in Portland on Monday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. For more information about the events, contact Dr. Sussanna Czeranko at (503) 552-1708 or

ABOUT NCNM: Founded in 1956, NCNM is the oldest accredited naturopathic medical school in North America. A nonprofit college of natural medicine, NCNM offers four-year degree programs in Naturopathic Medicine and Classical Chinese Medicine. Its teaching clinics offer free and low-cost medical care throughout the Portland metropolitan area and treat more than 40,000 patients per year. NCNM’s Helfgott Research Institute is a nonprofit research institute that conducts rigorous independent research to advance the science of natural medicine in order to improve clinical practice. Until July 2006, NCNM was known as the National College of Naturopathic Medicine.