About Dr. Kirsten West
ND, FABNO, LAc
Dr. West consults exclusively with other health and medical care providers on detailed metabolic and natural medicine approaches for specific patient cases. She also has extensive experience training other clinics and physicians on how-to use and support patients with the use of mistletoe therapy (a standard of cancer care throughout Europe).
Dr. West has a passion and deep respect for the practice of true/terrain based integrative oncology. Her passion began in college and grew as she navigated the world of post-graduate medicine. Her journey led her to Naturopathic medical school, which was soon followed by a naturopathic oncology residency at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Philadelphia, and then a private clinical practice alongside a medical oncologist. Years later, she made a move to Durango, CO to work in clinical practice alongside Jess Higgins Kelley and Dr. Nasha Winters who she has continued training with and practicing as an integrative oncology consultant for.
She holds the belief that cancer is a result of physiological, mental and emotional imbalance and is a disease of modern society. By harnessing and balancing the terrain, cancer can be mitigated and the person returned to a greater semblance of health and most importantly, healing. This type of healing often leads to a place of well-being unparalleled to that place that existed prior to the diagnosis of cancer.
Dr. West helps guide other clinicians to understand the terrain of their patients/clients via use of in depth lab analysis, epigenetic assessment, lifestyle modification, deep nutrition, and mental/emotional exploration. This approach allows for prioritized and individualized treatment plans. It is the treatment of the whole person and not the cancer, which must be the priority.
Since graduating with her medical degree in 2009, she continues to foster relationships with the conventional and integrative oncology world at large. She maintains relationships with Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers and University of Colorado Hospital’s Integrative Wellness center and. In addition, she serves as Membership Chair of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP).
Check out some of Dr. West's published work
West, KL, N.D. “Does Curcumin Reduce Radiation Dermatitis?”, Natural Medicine Journal. 2013 November: 5 (11) https://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2013-11/does-curcumin-reduce-radiation-dermatitis
West, KL, N.D. “Topical Curcumin for the Prevention of Oral Mucositis in Cancer Patients”, Natural Medicine Journal. 2014 May: 6(5) https://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2014-05/topical-curcumin-prevention-oral-mucositis-pediatric-patients
West, KL, N.D. “Should Curcumin Be Used with Chemotherapy?”, Natural Medicine Journal. 2014: 6 (8) https://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2014-08/should-curcumin-be-used-chemotherapy
West, KL, N.D. L.Ac. “Does Glutamine Reduce Radiation Dermatitis”, Natural Medicine Journal. 2016 July: 8 (7) https://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2016-07/does-glutamine-reduce-radiation-dermatitis
West, KL, N.D., L.Ac. “Topical EGCG for Radiation Dermatitis”, Natural Medicine Journal. 2017 February: 9 (2) https://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2017-02/topical-egcg-radiation-dermatitis
West, KL, N.D., L.Ac. “Olfaction, Radioactive Iodine and Salivation”, Natural Medicine Journal. 2017 April: 9 (4) https://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2017-04/olfaction-radioactive-iodine-and-salivation
Ferri C, West KL, Otero K, Kim YH. “Effectiveness of Curcumin for Treating Cancer During Chemotherapy”, Alternative and Complementary Therapies. 2018 February: 24 (1) https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/act.2017.29147.yhk
West, KL, N.D., LA.c, FABNO. “Topical Milk Thistle for Capecitabine-Induced Hand-Food Syndrome”, Natural Medicine Journal. 2018 June: 10 (7) https://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2018-07/topical-milk-thistle-capecitabine-induced-hand-foot-syndrome
Kim YH, Luo W, West KL. “Pragmatic Evidence-Based Guide to Using Chinese Herbs for Cancer Patients.” CPQ Medicine. 2019 7 https://www.cientperiodique.com/article/CPQME-7-3-195.pdf
West, KL, N.D., LA.c, FABNO “Boswellia and Brain Tumors”, Natural Medicine Journal. 2020 March; 12 (3) https://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2020-03/boswellia-and-brain-tumors