Dr. Jody E. Noé, MS, ND, is a licensed naturopathic physician with over 25+ years experienceas as a licensed Naturopath and a practicing herbalist for over 35+. Dr. Noé obtained her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Prior to this she was awarded her Masters of Science in Botany, with a specialty in ethnobotany, and a Bachelors of Science/Premed from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Noé is the author of the Textbook of Naturopathic Integrative Oncology, CCNM Press, 2012; The Essentials for the Herbalist Series, Volume I, The Endocrine System for Herbalists 2nd Edition, self-published 2017, and Medical Cannabis Experiences and Protocols, self-published 2018.. Throughout her career Dr. Noé has authored several scholarly publications in the following: the Journal of Naturopathic Medicine, the Journal of Integrative Cancer Therapies, Mycologia, Ethnomedicine and Drug Discovery, just to mention a few.
Dr. Noé currently serves as adjunct faculty to the University Of Bridgeport College Of Naturopathic Medicine in Connecticut and is the founder of the Integrative Oncology Clinic at UBCNM, as well as serving as the Chair of Botanical Medicine during her 7 year tenure. She continues to serve as faculty to several Universities, colleges, herbal schools and conferences as an internationally known educator in her area of expertise. Dr. Noé also served as a senior staff physician at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she oversaw the naturopathic residency education and clinic, as well as research and publications. She was the primary investigator and author of a Phase III clinical trial on glutamine used adjunctively in cancer therapy. Dr. Noé served as a founding board member of the Naturopathic Oncology Association and the Botanical Medicine Academy, and a founding member of the Society of Integrative Oncology. She is president emeritus for both the Vermont and Oklahoma Associations of Naturopathic Physicians, and has sat on many cooperative boards and organizations in the communities she has inhabited. Dr. Noé also trained in her traditional Native American Medicine way and has worked as a traditional healer as well as Diabetic Coordinator and Naturopathic Physician for the Mashantucket Pequot tribe on their reservation within the Federal SDPI program. Her specialty training with her Elders in herbal medicines philosophy, psychology and spirituality has made her a leader in the field of integrative medicine. Her background as a clinical researcher, scientist and ethnobotanist adds a dimension of knowledge to her training that makes her unique and a leading educator in her field.
Dr. Noé has been allied with Cannabis since the mid-1970s, and using Cannabis medicines with people since 1980, during the time of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. She worked within her own community’s epidemic at that time with plant medicines and Cannabis being used conjunctively to help with symptomology and the debilitating coinfections and disease associated with people suffering from AIDS. During this plague she was a part of an underground support network created for people with AIDS to obtain Cannabis medicines when they were illegal and hard to find species specifically needed by these individuals. She was also a part of the network making these medicines into different forms and delivery systems for specific effects in people living with AIDS. When Dr. Noé was deciding on medical schools, she chose Bastyr because of its Healing Aids Research Project I and II and was awarded a scholarship and research assistant position on the HARP project under the direction of Dr. Leanna Standish. During this period of the early 1990’s, she also worked in Seattle as part of another underground network making Cannabis medicines and using these medicines to help people living with AIDS and cancer. Dr. Noé continues to use Cannabis medicines clinically in her current practice, Natural Family Health & Integrative Medicine, LLC, 82 Norwich-Westerly Road, North Stonington, CT. Her practice in Connecticut has a predominance of patients with cancer using integrative strategies to treat and heal from cancer; naturopathic, herbal and Cannabis being the strategic targeted therapies to achieve this affect. Dr.Noé was one of the first lecturers to teach about this important medicine to be used clinically, and how to use it, calling on her decades of experience with the plant, to tailor the plant prescription and specific species recommendations.
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In recent years, much has been discovered about the structure and function of the gut, not just as an organ of digestion and absorption but also as a barrier against the passage of pathogens and endotoxins. A healthy gut, with its tight junctions intact, effectively prevents the passage of macromolecules into the bloodstream. Any impairment in the modulation of the intestinal barrier can readily result in pathological increase in permeability of the intestinal mucosa, or leaky gut syndrome. An increase in intestinal permeability (IP) leads to increased absorption of intestinally derived endotoxins, antigens, inflammatory mediators and, in some cases, bacteria.
These agents can cause local and systemic reactions associated with a broad range of acute and chronic diseases. Increased IP is typically observed in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) but it is also seen in various conditions initially related to gut disorders, including inflammatory response syndrome, allergies, asthma and even autism. Infections, dysbiosis, stress and food intolerance represent major influences on the integrity of intestinal barrier and should therefore be key targets for therapy.