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The Reason for The Run
From: Dennis Godby, MA, ND, Founder of The Run
After receiving overwhelming support from the American people on The Run 2011, and recognizing that The Run’s work is just beginning, what actually began as a one time run across the USA for natural medicine, is now blossoming into a extremely needed permanent organization to help transform America’s health. Despite the many obstacles on a run of this nature, the runners agreed that any discomfort paled in comparison to the seeds that were planted in the form of conversations with thousands of Americans, in the sixteen states of last year’s run! Potentially millions of people were reached through the mass media. The runners and other Run supporters were able to talk with thousands of enthusiastic and spirited American people – ranging from: 24 U.S. Members of Congress, and high school classes in Washington, DC, to shop owners in Winnemucca, Nevada, to a 20 year pregnant waitress in Kansas, to college students in Dayton, OH.
Among the many people that know of The Run, a virtual consensus exists across the USA that The Run’s mission – to improve the health of the American people through healthy lifestyle management and increase awareness of, and access to, natural medicine, including naturopathic medicine – reached the hearts of the American people, and is making a difference! If, even in only a small way, The Run is significant in helping to lead to the transformation of our nation’s health! What we can do, we must do!
The movement is far from over, as there are still tens of millions of Americans still suffering from often preventable conditions, such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, and depression, and awareness and access to natural medicine, for most Americans, is limited!
Every day I see patients suffering from a wide variety of medical conditions. Some that are life-threatening, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, and others, while not immediately life-threatening, such as anxiety, mood swings, headaches, and hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances, are certainly joy-threatening. Tens of millions of Americans are living below their health and vitality potential, unaware that there are a plethora of answers to their diminishing quality of life that can help them to flourish and live their lives with energy and passion.
Very often, after just one or two appointments with naturopathic doctors, patients return feeling wonderful, with a new outlook on their life and health. Often, however, patients also feel incredibly frustrated that it took so long – usually years – to get to the root cause of their illness.
It is quite frustrating and sad for me knowing that so many people are suffering, unnecessarily, simply because they do not know that options such as naturopathic medicine exist to help them heal. Naturopathic Doctors, are ready and able to guide patients on their journey back to health. The American people simply don’t know NDs exist – that has to change!
As long as I have a heart, conscience, voice and a body, I must speak to the American people about what I have seen, witnessed and heard from my patients. I ask you to join me in this potentially historic effort.
Original Statement on The Run:
On July 17, 2011, beginning in San Francisco, my two sons, Isaiah and Jeremiah Godby, and my nephew, Jonas Ely, and I will begin a 3,258 mile run across the USA to tell Americans the story of naturopathic medicine – providing the opportunities for millions of Americans to hear true stories from patients of their healing through naturopathic medicine – like the story has never been told before!
We hope you join us! Together, we can improve our nation’s health.