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, 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    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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Editor's Note: There is a reason that we as a nation are overweight and it starts with the so-called "food" we are eating. Think of Michael Pollan's simple phrase: "Eat food, mostly plants, not too much." If one simply cuts out all the packaged and processed "foods" from their diet, many health and weight problems would be solved...


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by David Jockers, DC

Over 25 million female American women are losing their hair and suffering the emotional distress that comes with this process. The latest research has shown that hormones seem to be the major player in this embarrassing condition. Fortunately, there are solutions in both nature and nurture that support hormone balance and a return to normal function...

Editor's Note from Shawn Tassone: The main cause of hair loss in women is transient and related to stress, but here is an article that describes other causes and how you can try supplements and hormones.


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Editor's Note from Debbie Walhof: Why are children better at learning a second language? Watch this video and find out.



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by Debbie Walhof, MD

A learning disability is defined as a person of normal or above average intelligence that has an identifiable difficulty in learning certain skills. Below are questions and answers from a webinar from

Editor's Note from Debbie Walhof:
Our education system is failing a large number of our children especially children with learning disabilities. Just like the overhaul that is occurring in the Health Care Paradigm we need to overhaul our education system...


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Since many integrative and alternative therapies are not covered by insurance, patients often wonder how they will pay for these services. The following article, also published by NCCAM, provides some useful information on paying for integrative services. As explained in the following article, most prospective patients should research costs of the integrative provider, benefits offered by their insurance companies, and alternative solutions such as flexible spending accounts (FSA), health savings accounts (HSA), and sliding scales...



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by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD

Over the past several decades, especially since the onset of the mass marketing of psychotropic drugs, millions of unsuspecting, trusting patients have actually been made crazy - and drug-dependent - by chronically ingesting the brain-altering, brain-disabling, synthetic psychotropic drugs that have been handed out like candy by equally trusting and unaware but well-intentioned physicians...


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Editor's Note from Myles Spar: This video is a brief introduction to Dr. Lipton's work showing that your beliefs are powerful and manifest in your biology.


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by Cathy Wong, ND, CNS

Cluster headache is a type of pain that occurs in brief, severe attacks that affect only one side of the head. Cluster headaches often occur repeatedly throughout the day for weeks or months at a time, and then stop for several weeks or months...


Editor's Note: As a headache sufferer I like this article because I have tried everything...

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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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