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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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by Marsha Nunley, MD
Label a product as anti aging and chances are it will go flying off the shelf.  Our aging population is seeking ways to hang onto our mental, physical and emotional health.  The relatively new specialty of Anti Aging medicine was born out of this desire.  It may also be known and is synonymous with Age Management, Healthy Aging, or Longevity medicine...

 

 

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by Alan R. Gaby, MD

As the flu season approaches, considering that vaccinations and antiviral drugs are only partially effective, it is important to be aware of natural alternatives for preventing and treating influenza...

 

Editor's Note from Shawn Tassone: Since it always seems to be flu season and there are so many people out there afraid of the vaccines, I thought this article would give a nice natural approach to preventing and treating influenza.

 

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by Dr. Elisa Song

Dr. Elisa Song puts together a detailed list of how to take proper care of your child's immune system this winter...

 

Editor's Note: What to look at to boost a child’s immune system. Note sick infants must be seen by a practitioner immediately... this article is for older generally healthy children. Remember to look at drug/drug interactions if your child is currently taking medication and always discuss with a practitioner prior to starting any meds or supplements.

 

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by Andrew Weil, MD

While researching alternative treatments for hot flashes, I came across some information on a Japanese herbal formula called Keishi-bukuryo-gan. Do you know anything about it? Is it effective for hot flashes? What about other perimenopausal symptoms?...

 

 

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by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD

Inflammation is perhaps the most common cause of pain. Inflammatory reactions are major contributors to Alzheimer's disease and to Atherosclerosis, including coronary heart disease. Free radicals and C-Reactive protein are the chief lab tests indicating an inflammatory response. Inflammation may occur because of an infection but also is a reaction to trauma and toxins. Anti-inflammatory drugs are increasingly being touted as useful in treating pain, as well as for preventing Alzheimer's and coronary heart disease...

 

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by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD

There is more scientific proof of the efficacy of D 3 than for any drug. It is not only the single most important boost for immune function; it also protects against and assists in recovery from a variety of diseases. First, the deficiency problems...

 

 

 

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by Susan Janssesns, NMD

At fourty-one after months of struggling with fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, irregular menstrual cycles and anxiety Sarah came in to see me. She had gone to see an array of medical doctors from an endocrinologist for her hair loss and weight gain to an ob-gyn for her irregular bleeding. The end result was being told "I can't find anything wrong...

 

Editor's Note: A good review of the hormones involved in perimenopause and how you can help guide yourself through this often difficult time.

 

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"Here’s how I define holistic: It’s the understanding that everything in life affects us—the food we eat, our physical activity, society, and all aspects of our environment. And it’s the knowledge that we have control of these factors to the extent that, by managing it well we can significantly influence our health. In other words, with very few exceptions, we are in charge of our health."

~ Dr. Phil Maffetone from his article "The Myth of Holistic Health"

 

 

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by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD

There is no greater controversy than that over nutrition. Some claim that virtually every food is harmful and a remarkable variety of fad diets exist, from all raw to vegan. Interestingly vegans eat yeast, a member of the animal kingdom; and most wear later shoes and belts. So much for their purity. Meanwhile all of them eventually suffer B 12 deficiency and usually are deficient in one or more essential amino acids...

 

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by Melanie Channell

Learning how to manage stress is not about becoming skilled at when to avoid or escape the pressures we live with today. It is about gaining the knowledge on how to recognize when the body reacts to these pressures and learning the skills needed to reduce the negative effects of them...

 

Editor's note from Sherri Carter: Taking a few deep breaths has amazing calming effect on the body, especially during stressful times. This article points out the benefits and offer tips on how to maximize your breath for your health.

 

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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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