Dr. Martin Milner

Martin Milner, N.D.



B.A. in Secondary Education, University of Rhode Island, 1974

M.A. in Counselor Education, University of Rhode Island, 1975

L.M.T., Licensed Massage Therapist, States of  Hawaii 1978, Oregon, 1982

N.D., Naturopathic Physician, NCNM, Board Certification in Oregon, 1983

Key Credentials

CEO, Medical Director, Center for Natural Medicine Inc., Portland, OR. since 1983

Professor, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Medicine, NCNM, Portland, OR. since 1986

Guest Professor, Endocrinology, NCNM, since 2006

Medical Advisor, Health Sciences Institute, Baltimore, MD, since 1996


Dr. Milner received his N.D. in 1983 from NCNM in 1983.   He has remained at his alma mater since 1986 as Professor of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Medicine.  Dr. Milner is also the CEO and medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine (1983-1991) and Center for Natural Medicine (CNM), Inc. (1991-present).   Established in 1991, CNM is the first and one of the largest ongoing, integrated health care facilities in the Northwest. The Heart and Lung Wellness program is the newest addition in Dr. Milner's professional life, linking his identities as professor and doctor. This exciting program started in 1999 provides a clinical training ground for 24 senior naturopathic medical student interns and resident doctors, supervised by Dr. Milner.  This experience engages medical students and patients in collaborative, complementary and alternative health care of cardiovascular, pulmonary disease and primary care conditions.  In this capacity CNM functions as a teaching clinic of NCNM.


Dr. Milner has treated over 25,000 patients with heart disease alone over the course of his career.  He is world renown for his natural treatment protocols for heart disease, menopause and hypothyroidism.  Over 10% of his patients come from around the country outside of Oregon to seek his expertise.  He has international patients coming for treatment from the far reaches of the globe including Germany, England and Western Europe, Japan, Pakistan, India, Africa, Australia and South America.

Brain Chemistry – Mental, Emotional, Heart and Adrenal Health

Dr. Milner has evolved a very effective protocol using amino acids and nutritional cofactors in the management of neurotransmitter deficiency diseases including adrenal exhaustion, fatigue, depression, anxiety, insomnia, tremors, concentration and memory impairment, chronic pain, unresponsive allergies and stress decompensation.

Publications – Cardiology, Menopause, Hypothyroidism, Cancer and others

Dr. Milner is well published with texts, medical journal articles and studies in cardiology, endocrinology, pulmonology, oncology, and environmental medicine.  Dr. Milner published in May 2005, Menopause Revolution: Smashing the HRT Myth- Alternatives to Manufactured Drug Therapy , Agora Health Books, available through themenopauserevolution.com. He enjoys what he calls practicing "integrated endocrinology" balancing all the endocrine hormones using bio-identical hormone replacement and amino acid neurotransmitter precursors.

Dr. Milner has published several articles on new treatment protocols for hypothyroidism.  Most recently, " Hypothyroidism: Optimizing Medication with Slow-Release Compounded Thyroid Replacement" was published in the peer review journal of compounding pharmacists, International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding (IJPC) Vol. 9 No. 4 July/August 2005.  In 2006 and 2007 he lectured around the United States guiding physicians and compounding pharmacists in the management of hypothyroidism using his protocol of slow released compounded thyroid replacement.   Also to his credit are "Wilson's Syndrome and T3 therapy - A Clinical Guide to Safe and Effective Patient Management"  IJPC Vol. 3 No. 5, Sept/Oct 1999, p. 344-349 and Assessment and Management of Thermoregulation,  IJPC Vol. 3 No. 5, Sept/Oct 1999, p. 350-351.  Reprints of many of these and other Dr. Milner articles are available at  CNMWellness.com,  the medical education website of the Center for Natural Medicine. Dr. Milner co-authored chapter 14 in An Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer by J. Diamond and W.L. Cowden, the most definitive text on alternative cancer therapies.  He also served as the primary consulting physician for Judith Sach's book Natural Medicine for Heart Disease. The has authored many articles over the years in cardiology

Medical Editor of Health Sciences Institute

Dr. Milner has been the medical advisor for the Health Sciences Institute (H.S.I.) and its publications since 1996.   H.S.I.'s monthly newsletter circulates to approximately 100,000 subscribers around the world introducing cutting edge, breakthrough and well research nutraceuticals to the readership.  He has delivered a compelling presentation titled "ADDSOIL- 7 Keys to Optimal Health" available as a self help resource guide with companion audio tapes through Health Sciences Institute, Agora Publications, 1999. 

Design and Development of Dietary Supplements

Dr. Milner has offered his expertise to many supplement companies in the design and development of dietary supplements and homeopathic medications for the treatment of a wide range of conditions including allergies and heart disease.  His feature article "Natto and Its Active Ingredient Nattokinase." Alternative and Complementary Therapies (June 2002) introduced the use of Nattokinase into the United States.  He recently completed the design and development of a cutting edge product for cardiovascular health, CardioGOLD, Arista Nutraceuticals, 2007.  The product is marketed through a thirty minute education infomercial where Dr. Milner is interviewed as the featured speaker. This is available free as a DVD upon request. Further information on CardioGOLD is also available at our online store at www.NaturalMedicineWellness.com.

Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields

Dr. Milner is actively involved in using a pulsed electro magnetic field cellular exerciser as a wellness adjunct to the services offered at CNM. Feel free to contact CNM for additional information concerning this exciting new technology.  For further information visit www.BioMagneticRelief.com.

Public Speaking

Dr. Milner is a dynamic speaker with a bachelors and masters degree in education from the University of Rhode Island.  He brings a fresh, enjoyable and comprehensive approach to his lectures.  He has lectured extensively for over 30 years nationally and internationally to physicians groups and public audiences alike.

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Dr. Martin Milner Receives NCNM & OANP 2013 Living Legends Award

December 23, 2013 in News and Views

 Dr. Milner was honored with the naturopathic medicine’s prestigious Living Legends award for his demonstrated leadership, commitment to excellence and outstanding contributions to the advancement of natural medicine.

Portland, Ore. ( Dec. 11, 2013)Martin Milner, ND, was honored with the 2013 Living Legends award by National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) and the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OANP) at a banquet held Dec. 7 at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel. NCNM and the OANP selected Dr. Milner to be honored with the naturopathic medicine’s prestigious Living Legends award for his demonstrated leadership, commitment to excellence and outstanding contributions to the advancement of natural medicine.

In addition to his private practice, Milner, a 1983 NCNM graduate, is an OANP past president and current board member, and an NCNM professor in cardiopulmonary medicine. In April 2013, Milner’s Center for Natural Medicine, an NCNM teaching clinic since 1999, received the national distinction of being the first naturopathic clinic in America to be credentialed (by the Oregon Health Authority) as a Tier 2 Patient-Centered Primary Care Home. Milner’s clinic will also soon be celebrated as an NCNM Center of Excellence in cardiovascular medicine.

Milner has a long list of accomplishments. In addition to teaching and his clinical practice, Milner is a popular lecturer as a keynote speaker at conferences and symposia nationally and internationally. He has served as an expert witness to the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Examiners, consulted with the nutraceutical industry, and contributed an extensive list of scholarly research for publication to peer-review journals on topics including coronary heart disease, cardiac arrhythmias, respiratory disease, hypothyroidism, menopause and Alzheimer’s disease.

NCNM President David J. Schleich, PhD, praised Milner’s legacy of educating NCNM students at the Center for Natural Medicine: “Dr. Milner has long had a reputation as a superb clinician whose work has broken ground for naturopathic physicians in Oregon and continues to advance the profession of naturopathic medicine. It’s also important to note his dedication to educating generations of NCNM students. They are fortunate to learn from a professor of his stature. We are very proud to have Marty on our faculty and grateful to him for his tireless efforts on behalf of NCNM.”

OANP Executive Director Laura Farr agreed with Schleich’s assessment. She added that the Living Legends nominating committee also recognized him for “his pioneering work in teaching cardiology and primary care, and his deep commitment to training new doctors by being among the first and most consistent in offering residencies and preceptorships. Last, and importantly, Dr.Milner has provided unfailing support and leadership for the OANP.

In accepting the award, Milner reminded attendees they were stewards of the profession of naturopathic medicine at a pivotal time for health care in America. “In your most challenging moments, remember that no other physician is being asked to learn all of conventional medicine and natural therapeutics as a licensed primary care provider,” Milner said. “We are the true and only fully trained physician-healers on the globe today. We are the medical intelligentsia of the modern era-an elite class of physicians engaged in…aiding in the healing of one patient at a time, while transforming the face of health care.”

The Living Legends award dinner also celebrated the accomplishments of four other accomplished NCNM alumni, who were inducted into the Naturopathic Hall of Fame:

Drs. Rita Bettenburg, Bruce Canvasser, Bruce Dickson and Corey Resnick. The Hall of Fame was established to honor naturopathic physicians who have made significant contributions in the advancement of natural medicine.

  • 1989 NCNM graduate, Dr. Rita Bettenburg, former dean of NCNM’s School of Naturopathic Medicine whose 25 years of dedicated service to NCNM has been instrumental in establishing NCNM’s reputation for academic and clinical excellence; she also contributed years of service to the OANP, including key roles as its vice president and president. In addition, Dr. Bettenburg also was a member of the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education and sat on the board of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).
  • After his graduation from NCNM in 1977, Dr. Bruce Canvasser stayed on to teach botanical medicine and was clinic director at the college, as well as an NCNM board member. In 1978 he founded and was president of NF Formulas, a nutraceutical company that was acquired by Integrative Therapeutics, Inc. (ITI). He now sits on ITI’s medical advisory board. Dr. Canvasser was appointed by Gov. Vic Atiyeh to two terms on the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine.
  • Dr. Bruce Dickson has achieved the distinction of being NCNM’s longest-serving board member to date (1979-1996); he was board chair for seven years. When he completed his studies at NCNM in 1979, Dr. Dickson began private practice in McMinnville, Ore., and has continued to see patients there for nearly 35 years. In addition to being a member of the OANP since 1978, he is a longstanding member of the AANP and a diplomate of the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians.
  • Dr. Corey Resnick, a longstanding member of NCNM’s board of directors, was named director emeritus in 1999. After his graduation from NCNM in 1978, Dr. Resnickjoined NCNM’s faculty as a clinical supervisor. Since 1987, he has been devoted to developing supplements and specialty nutritional products for professionals. As co-founder and executive vice president of Tyler Encapsulations, and later as executive vice president of Integrative Therapeutics Inc., he now serves on its medical advisory board. He has been a member of OANP since 1978 and was an early member of AANP, serving a number of terms as treasurer of that organization.


Originally published on NCNM.edu

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Need treatment, will travel (to Portland)

July 4, 2013 in News and Views

This article by Peter Korn was published in The Portland Tribune on Thursday, July 4, 2013

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Center for Natural Medicine is Recognized as Patient-Centered Primary Care Home

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 25, 2013) — The Oregon Health Authority recently credentialed the Center for Natural Medicine, a naturopathic teaching clinic of the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM), as a Tier 2 Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH). The Center for Natural Medicine is the first naturopathic clinic in America to be recognized with this credential.

The Center for Natural Medicine (CNM) is unique in North America as the only clinic offering naturopathic cardiology training and care in a clinical facility. Dr. Martin Milner, CNM medical director and longtime NCNM professor, supervises NCNM’s internship and residency programs in naturopathic primary care, cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine.

Oregon is pioneering the new PCPCH model to replace the Medicaid Oregon Health Plan, as part of the federal Affordable Care Act, which takes effect in 2014. Credentialing clinics like CNM as a Primary Care Home is part of the state’s drive to transform health care by creating a patient-centered delivery model that optimizes health and wellness, and decreases costs. The PCPCH healthcare delivery model is being carefully watched at the federal level as a potential model for other state plans.

Milner, a naturopathic physician and an NCNM graduate, said, “We’re delighted to be recognized by the Oregon Health Authority in this way. It means that CNM will be able to serve Oregonians in this health plan on an equal par with conventional medical PCPCH clinics. We anticipate that with this new designation, we’ll be better poised to coordinate CNM healthcare services with other medical specialists and care organizations.”

NCNM President David J. Schleich, PhD, said that CNM’s focus on medical excellence and quality of care extends to the clinical training it provides to NCNM students and residents. “We have been blessed to have CNM provide clinical training for our students. CNM’s new Oregon Health Authority designation is an honor for natural medicine—and will be an added bonus for our students.”

Schleich observed that Milner’s commitment to education extends to his patients. “One of the principles of naturopathic medicine is ‘Doctor as Teacher,’” Schleich said. “A primary care home will be expected to be an advocate for all aspects of the patient’s health.”

Milner agrees. “One of the ways doctors can help patients is by encouraging them to play an active role in their health,” he said. “Education is a powerful tool to help people along the continuum toward improved health. I work with my patients to understand their health so they can become part of their own healing process.”


Founded in Portland in 1956, NCNM is the oldest naturopathic medical school in North America and an educational leader in classical Chinese medicine and CAM research. NCNM offers accredited four-year graduate medical degree programs in naturopathic and classical Chinese medicine, and a Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research degree. Its community clinics provide low-cost medical care throughout the Portland metropolitan area. In addition to the campus-based NCNM Clinic, NCNM practitioners attend to approximately 40,000 patient visits per year. Until July 2006, NCNM was known as the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. The name change reflects the diversity of the college’s programmatic degree offerings. Visit www.ncnm.edu for more information.

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