In this Highlight series, we get to know the leaders of BANA.
Board Member Highlight: Marcus Coplin, ND, Doctor of Naturophatic Medicine, Bastyr University, Seattle, Washington.
Marcus Coplin, represents North America in the nonprofit organization, International Scientific Medical Hydrology (ISMH). As a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, which has its roots in the German balneology movement of the late nineteenth century, Dr. Coplin’s vocation ignited his interest in balneology. In time, his interest turned to passion.
When he decided to leave his practice in New York City, and before moving back to California, Dr. Coplin took a six month sabbatical…..traveling throughout Europe and stoping at springs, baths and resorts to contrast balneology in Europe compared to the United States. Dr. Coplin found that, “Health communities and medical services surround natural mineral springs and baths. Balneology is respected and recognized for the physical and emotional benefits it provides.”
He is eager to assist BANA in its development of site specific information regarding the nine geological regions of North America. “…… so people can make a more informed decision when choosing a specific type of mineral water. For example, a highly sulfurous spring is excellent for various skin conditions.” Dr. Coplin added that our proven symbiotic relationship with natural mineral waters should encourage the practice of balneology. He is convinced that the simple act of bathing in mineral waters relates to wellness; in relaxation, physical and emotional therapy, and prevention and treatment of disease.
Where and When did you first ‘Take the Waters’?
What projects are you currently working on for BANA?
What is the current interest in Hot Springs in the United States and North America?
What industry opportunity to you feel BANA is ready to meet?
What is your main goal for BANA in 2016?