The Heart Pounding, Spirited Journey of Cancer
Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO
Lise Alschuler is a naturopathic doctor with board certification in naturopathic oncology and has been practicing since 1994. She graduated from Brown University with an undergraduate degree in Medical Anthropology and received a doctoral degree in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. Dr. Alschuler is past-President and Board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and a founding board member and immediate Past-President of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Alschuler works as an independent consultant in the area of practitioner and consumer health education. She has been an invited speaker to more than 100 scientific/medical conferences, published 16 peer-reviewed articles, been a co-investigator on 5 research studies, written 6 chapters for medical textbooks, and has co-authored two books, Definitive Guide to Cancer, now in its 3rd edition, and Definitive Guide to Thriving After Cancer. The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) recognized Dr. Alschuler in 2014 as Physician of the Year. She also received an honorary degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and the Joseph Pizzorno Founders award from Bastyr University in the same year. She was honored with the AANP President’s award in 2016 and received the Impact award from the National Association of Nutrition Professionals in 2017.

Dr. Alschuler is the Executive Director of TAP Integrative, a nonprofit educational resource for integrative practitioners. Dr. Alschuler is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine where she is on the faculty of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.  Dr. Alschuler is the co-founder of Five To Thrive, LLC., which has developed the iTHRIVE Plan SaaS mobile web application that creates customized wellness plans for cancer survivors. She maintains a naturopathic oncology practice out of Naturopathic Specialists in Scottsdale AZ. Dr. Alschuler also co-hosts a radio show, Five To Thrive Live! on the Cancer Support Network about living more healthfully in the face of cancer. Previously, she was the department head of naturopathic medicine at Midwestern Regional Medical Center – Cancer Treatment Centers of America. She was also the clinic medical director and botanical medicine chair at Bastyr, as well she was on the faculty of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.  

Dr. Alschuler envisions a world where all individuals with disease are offered personalized integrative care and are empowered to live exuberant and meaningful lives. She calls Tucson, AZ home.  Learn more at
  Lecture Descriptions  
  Saturday, October 19, 1:45pm-3:25pm
ACAM Track Lecture
Metabolic Drivers of Cancer 
  Cancer is a dynamically complex process with dysregulated metabolism playing a central role. There are characteristic metabolic aberrations that result in the formation of a tumor microenvironment. Systemic influences play a key role in the creation of this tumor microenvironment. This understanding provides the rationale and role for specific lifestyle, dietary and botanical interventions.

  Saturday, October 19, 10:45am-12:20pm
Integrative Medicine Academy Lecture
 The Heart Pounding Spirited Journey of Cancer

  This presentation will take you on an emotional and spiritual journey through cancer. Cancer brings forth the spirit in a dramatic and compelling way and can be a transformative experience. This transformation encompasses both the tremendously painful experience of cancer, but also includes cancer as a profoundly rejuvenating and clarifying experience. I will share insight gleaned from being a cancer survivor and from being a naturopathic oncologist. 


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