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 Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

I remember when I was a kid and used to see shows and medical exhibits on how awful primitive medicine was and how wonderful our new "scientific" medicine is. The exhibits would include Aztec skull cutters to make holes to let out evil spirits, leeches, snake oil salesman, and such. We may have moved past some of these (well, instead of leeches we have lab blood-drawing stations), but as we see, historically, the wheel continues to turn...

 

 

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by Andrew Weil, MD

I recently read that women who are trying to conceive should avoid taking flaxseed oil. But there is a lot of conflicting information out there. What do you think?...

 

Editor's Note: Andrew Weil, MD is the author of the best selling books - "8 Weeks to Optimal Health" and "Why Our Health Matters." He is a Bravewell Foundation Pioneer in Integrative Medicine and the Founder and Medical Director of the Arizona Center of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.

 

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by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD

Some 56 years ago , I learned in medical school that individuals on even those early day antibiotics, needed Probiotics.  The commercially available one then was Lactinex, containing lactobacillus acidophilus.  I have always recommended it, and later the more comprehensive probiotics, to all patients taking antibiotics.  It needs to be taken at least two hours away from taking an oral antibiotic...

 

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by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD

Vitamin D has long been known to enhance immune function, even curing tuberculosis of the skin.  In the past few years it has been shown to increase naturally body-produced antibiotics!  It has now been repeatedly reported that taking 2000 units of D 3 per kg of body weight daily for 3 days, at the first sign of influenza, markedly reduces symptoms and speeds recovery...

 

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by Laura Fenamore, CPCC

Our lives are filled to the brim, and the idea of sacrificing any amount of time to sit and just breathe is unimaginable.  And yet this is exactly what I tell them to do...

 

Editor's Note: The word meditation may set off the "not for me" alarm for some, but just sitting and breathing can bring joy, comfort and calm to your otherwise busy/hectic/fill-in-the-blank life. Science suggests meditation helps our brains...


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by Friedeman Schaub, MD, PhD

We often resist change as something bad and uncomfortable. However, change is inevitable, because it is the essence of life – how we change is up to us. Healing, whether emotionally or physically, is a form of change, from the state of disease and discomfort to the state of health and wholeness...

 

Editor's Note: A great look into the subconscious filters we use on ourselves that keep us from change and how we can ultimately remove them.

 

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by Robert Pendergrast, MD

Childhood insomnia is a problem which can drive mothers to tears, and it's not so happy for the child either. But here’s an inside secret from the doctor business you may not know...

 

Editor's Note: Any parent can tell you that not all children are good sleepers. Read this article and gain insights into sleep issues.


 

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by Lauren Feder, MD

I'm 3 months pregnant and my doctor is encouraging me to get the flu shot. Is this safe for the baby?

Although we have all suffered from influenza (flu) one time or another, many people don't realize that the flu can be a severe illness...


Editor's Note: Dr. Feder does a good job of making you think in this article about the CDC recommendation of a flu shot during pregnancy. Flu shots contain mercury, yet they tell you to stay away from mercury ladene
d fish while pregnant. Mercury is a known neurotoxin that crosses the blood brain barrier (meaning it gets in the brain).

 

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from Taking Charge of Your Health

Sarah used Traditional Chinese Medicine for leg numbness.

 

A couple of weeks following routine arthroscopic surgery on my left knee when I was 35, my leg went numb from the knee down. I went to see the orthopedic surgeon and he didn't know why it had gone numb, and couldn't recommend any treatment...

 

 

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by Dr. Stephen P. Weiss

Alternative Medical Practitioners understand that patients labeled with the IBS “diagnosis” are often done a disservice, because they frequently do suffer from a treatable condition that has gone undiagnosed, sometimes for years...

 

Editor's Note: As a gynecologist I see so many women who have had surgery or have been placed on medications for abdominopelvic pain that turns out to be irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This article sheds some light on the topic and what can be done about it.

 

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These days, the idea of “quality” in health care is on everyone’s mind. Health care providers are more accountable than ever before for the quality of the care they give. In short, the more effectively and efficiently providers can take care of patients, the more money they will receive from the government. If care doesn’t measure up, then the providers face reduced payments and penalties...

 

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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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