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Marcus Coplin

Board Member

Credentials: 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 and traveled throughout Europe and stopping 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.

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.

“Balneology is respected and recognized for the physical and emotional benefits it provides.”

Q&A with Marcus

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As President of BANA, I am working with all committee chairs on our current projects which include our Map Project, BANA Website as our outreach medium, BANA Periodical #2, Stories/Testimonial collections and the Manitou Springs Fall Water Festival.

Hot springs continue to be of interest to all living beings throughout our history on this earth.  In the U.S., there are hundreds of hot springs in natural settings open to the public and some privately owned.  Water Stewards oversee destination locations ranging from small user-friendly styles to resort establishments with amenities. Seekers of warm mineral waters number in the hundreds of thousands coming from all over the world to visit sites in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Developing relationships with water stewards to network mineral water interests through our Map Project.  Broaden the ‘Language of The Waters’ through our website and periodical to include guiding interests via education on the benefits of soaking in mineral waters and drinking mineral waters.  Outreach to water specialists at levels of government, university labs, hydrology, geology in order to establish an understanding of what, where, why, how, and when warm mineral waters are a valuable inclusion in practices of health and wellbeing.

To make anyone and everyone feel welcome to join BANA in acknowledgement and practice of The Waters in North America as valuable and beneficial to us.