Dr. Andy Jackson is a naturopathic physician with a particular interest in endocrinology as it relates to stress management and the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis. He received his Bachelor of Science with a major in Natural Resources and Environmental Management and a minor in Biology from Ball State University. While pursuing his undergrad degree, Dr. Jackson was involved in research with wetland preservation and the abatement of metals in soils. He worked as an environmental consultant for several years before deciding to pursue a medical degree.
Dr. Jackson received his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine in 2016 from Bastyr University and completed a medical residency at The Center, a partial hospitalization mental health facility in Edmonds, WA. He has provided health care in a variety of settings beyond a standard naturopathic clinic including community centers, homeless youth clinics, and senior centers. Dr. Andy Jackson is the founder of Lifelong Health Management in Seattle, WA, where he currently works as a physician in private practice. Dr. Andy Jackson has advanced training in biofeedback, physical medicine, craniosacral therapy and mind-body medicine. He has a passion for seeking the root cause of disease while focusing on prevention and education to promote optimal health.
While the Naturopathic Principles and the Therapeutic Order are the foundations of Naturopathic Medicine, the foundation to Dr. Jackson’s particular approach to medicine (and to the challenges of living in general) was formed during an early biology class. His professor, Dr. Dodson, taught the class to approach the world from an evolutionary perspective. While this was introduced as a useful way to categorize species by determining if traits of one species were more or less advantageous relative to similar traits of other species, Dr. Jackson found this type of analysis could also be applied to people’s behaviors on a personal and population level. By determining how behaviors were advantageous when developed, one could better understand how they affected future behaviors and heuristics. Shortly afterwards, but around the same time, Dr. Jackson discovered Gaia Hypothesis, a model proposed and advanced by John Lovelock and Lynne Margulis which emphasizes the cooperation and interdependence of species and suggests that the entire planet may be viewed as a single organism capable of homeostatic processes necessary to maintain life. Just as we and all organisms engage in homeostatic processes to maintain our own lives, the planet as a whole engages in similar processes to maintain suitable environs for living organisms. We, as components of the planet, provide the mechanisms for maintaining suitable, and hopefully optimal, conditions for life. Dr. Jackson found this complemented the evolutionary model nicely and has found these models valuable in analyzing behaviors and events that lead to disease in order to understand and treat the root cause.