This got Dr. Morstein even further interested in alternative medicine (as it was called in the 1980s). After she graduated with her BS, she was supposed to enter into the program to become a Registered Dietician. Dr. Morstein, however, had been unsatisfied with her nutrition education at ASU. She had never learned how to actually heal people with nutrition, how to investigate what was harming them, and how to recommend dietary changes and supplements to bring them back to balance. She learned the basic diets that national organizations recommended for various conditions. She learned the RDA levels of nutrients and the most basic use of vitamins and supplements. Dr. Morstein did not wish to proceed with an education and career that did not truly help patients recover from arthritis, migraines, irritable bowel, rheumatoid arthritis, and so many other travails of humanity.
By chance in the ASU bookstore, she came across a book called “The Holistic Health Handbook,” which discussed all different medical therapies from chiropractic, massage, yoga, and so forth. Naturopathic Medicine was listed there, and it was the first time she ever heard of it. Thus she set forth on her lifelong mission. After connecting with a local ND and convincing her parents she wanted to go to naturopathic medical school, Dr. Morstein wound up at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (now called the National University of Natural Medicine) in Portland Oregon. There she learned anatomy, neurology, gastroenterology, prescription drugs, all the aspects of Western medicine, combined with the philosophy and modalities of naturopathic medicine.
True nutrition was taught, how to use food and supplements to help heal patients, homeopathy, spinal manipulation, counseling, Western botanicals, all the different nutraceuticals. It was an amazing time for Dr. Morstein, where she grew both as a person and into her career.