INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE

What is Integrative Medicine? The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine defines integrative medicine (IM) as "healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative". Integrative Medicine is a holistic alternative that makes use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies.   CAM therapies include, but are not limited to massage, reiki, traditional Chinese medicine, phytotherapy, yoga, shiatsu, biofeedback, chiropractic, hypnosis, homeopathy, naturopathy, art therapies, etc. This evolution in thinking has brought holistic alternative healing modalities to be included with conventional, mainstream medicine.  It is a growing practice in today’s MD offices to include a ND (naturopathic doctor) on staff to address the growing demand from their patients.  A Wikipedia definition renders integrative medicine ‘a combination of orthodox and complementary medicine’.   Dr. Andrew Weil, a leading proponent of integrative medicine, does not give an overall endorsement to holistic alternative medicine, but champions combining conventional and alternative therapies.  Overall, he is a proponent of the use of plants and feels they are safer and present fewer problems than some pharmaceuticals.  He has also written extensively about the healing properties of mushrooms.  In 1994, Dr.Weil founded the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.    One of the defining principals of The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine is a renewed partnership between patient and practitioner which considers all factors that produce health, wellness and disease.  Their goal is to contribute scientific research combining complementary and alternative therapies with conventional medicine.   The Mayo Clinic home page notes that 40% of U.S. adults report using complementary and holistic alternative medicine.   According to the Nutrition Business Journal in 2009, the U.S. market for integrative medicine was valued at approximately 45$ billion. The Consortium for Academic Health Centers’ mission for integrative medicine is “to advance the principles and practices of integrative healthcare within academic institutions.” According to sdcms.org, some of the most common CAM therapies for adults include massage, meditation, yoga and an assortment of natural products.  68% of adults have used at least one kind of alternative or complementary therapy according to naturopathic-physicians.com.    All Things Healing promotes and supports integrative medicine with information updated weekly in article and video form. Visit us online regularly!  

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Please Welcome our Featured Guest Editor of Integrative Medicine, Dr. David Hanscom, MD. Dr. David Hanscom, MD, is an orthopedic spine surgeon at Seattle Neuroscience Specialists with ...
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 by Robert Pendergrast, MD

Chamomile tea is one of my most frequent recommendations for herbal medications. It has been used for generations in cultures from Europe to Latin America and has a long track record for safety. It is one of the few herbs I regularly recommend for young children...

 

Editor's Note: Chamomile tea is a favorite in my home and with my patients.  Read and see its many uses.

 

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by Traci Vandermark

Natural estrogens (phytoestrogens) are found in plant products, and therefore are in many of the foods we eat. According to researchers at Cornell University, there are three main classes of phytoestrogens: isoflavonoids, coumestans and lignans. In the body, phytoestrogens act as our naturally produced estrogen...

 

Editor's Note: Many patients are opposed to synthetic or bioidentical estrogen because of the risks for breast cancer and DVT. This article gives you an examples of foods that will help you healthfully eat your way through menopause.

 

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by Esther Falcetta

As I was growing up, my mom was quite fond of the phrase “Mother knows best!”  I’m sure I used to roll my eyes and silently dismiss her advice during my teen years and into early adulthood.  When I reached my 30’s and had a child of my own, I suddenly had a new appreciation for maternal wisdom and instinct...

 

Editor's Note: I strongly appreciate this thoughtful piece by Esther Falcetta, a parent advocate for NCLD.org. One thing I know for sure is that a parents intuition is priceless in accessing information about a child...


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by Dr. Jeffrey Tucker, DC, DACRB

It was believed a few years ago that as you get older, after the age of 35, your aerobic capacity starts to decline. It was believed that there was little that could be done about this decline with it being a slow process at first before gaining momentum at the mid forties and plummeting out of control at 60 years of age...

 

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by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD

Green tea has had a great deal of PR in the last few years and even regular black tea has some strong evidence for a positive effects on health. But Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) or Red tea has the best evidence of all--no caffeine, no calories, significant antioxidants, vitamin C, some minerals, etc. With 50% more antioxidants than green tea and a much superior taste, it has even been called ''The Tao of Tea.''...

 

 

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by Dr. David Hanscom, MD
Guest Editor of Integrative Medicine

Families present some interesting challenges to people who are trying to change their lives for the better, who are working to become healthier and happier. This phenomenon has been noted by many professionals treating people with chronic diseases including addictions, eating disorders, mental illness and, yes, chronic pain...

 

 

 

 

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Editor's Note: Andrew Weil, MD briefly discussing the woes of our American health care system and why he started with Integrative Medicine.

 

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by Marsha Nunley, MD

I never thought that diabetes would be something for me to worry about.  I have never been overweight, love to exercise, and thought I ate healthy.  When I was in my 30s, I worked long hours pulling a 36-hour shift hour shift at least once a week.  My breakfast was usually a bagel and cream cheese or biscuits and gravy (it was Texas), lunch was a sandwich or burger sans fries (even then I knew that fries were not good), and not infrequently dry cereal and milk for dinner...

 

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by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD

A few weeks ago I received an angry note from a person who considers himself a naturalist attacking me for suggesting that someone might safely eat bacon, occasionally. I would remind him that people 100 years ago ate far more unhealthy food than bacon...

 

 

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by Marsha Nunley, MD


Estrogen is a hormone familiar to most everyone.  It is what makes us female.  It makes women have soft skin and curves, high lilting voices, and breasts.  It has over 400 functions in the body and has a powerful emotional, psychological, and physical effect on our body...


Editor's Note from Marsha Nunley: Hormone misinformation is rampant in our newspapers, books, on television, in our conversations. Physicians disagree on proper courses of treatment for menopause based on studies that mix synthetic and bio identical hormones...

 

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by Myles Spar, MD, MPH

We take it for granted that women live longer than men. This is the case in over 98 percent of countries in the world. In the United States, average life expectancy is over five years more for women than for men.

But why is this the case? Why is it that for every major cause of mortality that affects both men and women, men die faster?...

 

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Use Natural Healing for Anxiety and Panic Disorders

by Luella May

When panic attacks occur, you might think you're losing control, having a heart attack or even dying." That is why it is common for a person experiencing a panic attack to feel that death is imminent. Fortunately, there are some good natural solutions to combat anxiety and panic symptoms.

 

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