What follows is an excerpt from the oath I took and continue to take daily in practice as a naturopathic doctor.
“I dedicate myself to the service of humanity as a practitioner of the art and science of Naturopathic Medicine.
By precept, education and example,
I will assist and encourage others to strengthen their health,
reduce risks for disease,
and preserve the health of our planet for ourselves
and future generations.”
I endeavor in my evolution to share of myself as much as I can. As a naturopathic doctor I have committed myself to what I consider a much needed and honourable cause – to work on behalf of others and with others to both directly enhance their lives and thereby indirectly effect even more people. My continued efforts in search of ways to do this bring my attention to some benevolent causes. One that embodies so much of what I stand for more than anything else is called Kiva.
Kiva.org is a WebSite devoted to changing people’s lives. Their mission statement is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. I, and millions more around the world, attest to their sheer humility and power of this statement of purpose. A great visionary once said that poverty is the worst form of violence. Kiva seeks to reduce the weight of violence in the world, by pacifying lives through uplifting and empowering microcredit loan lending.
Kiva enables anyone, at most economic levels, to support others in need by removing any long-term costs to the lender. One need to not be financially wealthy to give, instead one needs to be rich with compassion. My own experience with lending through Kiva has further instilled in me a multitude of values, the strongest being capable of effecting Change. I am indebted to this organization for that. So as a subscriber to the Kiva philosophy I invite anyone reading this to become the same.
To learn more about Kiva:
“Give, give, give — what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don’t give it away? Of having stories if I don’t tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don’t share it? It is in giving that I connect with others and with the world…”- Isabelle Allende
Dr. Bobby Parmar