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

Although the prevalence of congestive heart failure is skyrocketing, medical treatments are only modestly effective. The good news is that natural therapies can safely and dramatically improve heart muscle efficiency and function. Because of this, these treatments can also help those with angina, abnormal heart rhythms, and heart valve problems...

 

 

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by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

Although certainly just one of many things contributing to weight gain, I suspect that childhood sexual and emotional abuse can also play a significant role. Having worked with thousands of seriously ill patients over the last 3 decades, including many women who went through childhood sexual abuse, I've seen how many women are left with long-term consequences...

 

 

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by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD

I have long said that you would need no supplements IF you lived on an organic farm and raised all your own food, with no pesticides or herbicides, no exposure to the toxins of the world, etc. Of course for the past 100+ years a vast majority of individuals have not enjoyed that life-style...

 

 

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by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD

Over a 30+ year period I have worked with over 30,000 individuals who had failed everything conventional medicine had to offer.  Virtually all my patients had failed surgery (often multiple times), narcotics, tranquilizers and antidepressants.  Perhaps the most puzzling fact, to me, was the patients on one to several antidepressants—they were STILL depressed...

 


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by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

Have chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, or even sinusitis or spastic colon? You probably have overgrowth of yeast or Candida. Though poorly understood by most physicians, treating this underlying infection can have profound health benefits...

 

 

 

 

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by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD

There are many essential oils, some for esthetics and some for health.  For the immune system, Oil of WILD Oregano is at the top of the list. It can be taken orally or used on the skin.  For topical use one drop is diluted in one teaspoon of olive oil or coconut oil...

 

 

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by Larry Dossey, MD

Studies in remote healing overwhelmingly suggest that distance does not matter; it is as effective from the other side of the Earth as at the bedside, and does not get weaker with increasing separation of the healer from the individual being healed...


Editor's Note: Dr. Dossey and his work are currently the basis of my dissertation and his theories of nonlocal healing and the future of medical practice are fascinating. In this article he briefly describes his eras of medicine and where we are today. This will give a brief look into nonlocal healing.

 

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by Robert Pendergrast, MD

Adrenal fatigue is frequently the problem when a patient comes to me with a chronic sense of exhaustion, need for more than the usual amount of sleep, anxiety, dizziness, and loss of appetite. Sometimes eating is disordered so that foods are overused in an attempt to regain energy or feel an elusive sense of wellness...

 

Editor's Note: Stress is a fact of life in many people’s lives. Here are a few tips on medicinal herbs that are good stress protectants. Of course simplifying your activities, diet and relationships are also key components to a less stressful lifestyle.

 

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by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

No. This question has been raised because of recent research suggesting that XMRV virus may be present in a higher percent of people with chronic fatigue syndrome. Because of this, blood bank officials are debating whether people with CFS should be allowed to be blood donors... 

 

  

 

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by Elizabeth R. Mackenzie, PhD

The current conventional medical system does not meet the needs of whole persons, does not take into account the environmental impact on health, and is too expensive, largely due to costly medical technology. The medicine produced by dominant culture is likewise marred with basic errors in thinking such as erroneous assumptions, perceived separation from nature, and the attempt to ignore the role of mind or spirit in maintaining health.

 

 

 


by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

New research found that when human stem cells — which can turn into any type of cell — were exposed to a common virus they turned into fat cells. They didn't just change, they also stored fat. Earlier research showed another common virus causes cells to store more fat, and those with obesity were three times as likely to have been infected. It doesn't explain America's entire growing obesity problem, but it adds to other recent evidence that blames more than just super-sized portions and lack of exercise and will power for expanding waistlines... 

  

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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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