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!  

Introducing Integrative Medicine
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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 Drew Kobb

We all want to improve our lives, to feel better—so why don’t we make the necessary changes to improve our lives? Probably because it seems a little daunting, especially when we compare our current lifestyles with where we want to be. It would be a huge adjustment for most of us to start eating as healthily as Gwyneth Paltrow or become as proficient in the practice of hatha yoga as Nina Dobrev. But you don’t have to get to that level of any healthy practice to live a healthy lifestyle...

 

Editor's Note from Sherri Carter: If you're looking for easy to implement ways to live a healthier life, here are some suggestions for you.

 

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by Robert Pendergrast, MD

When it comes to a cancer prevention diet, or “anti-aging” or any other medical hot-button issue, the temptation is to look for and believe that there is a single magic bullet which will take care of the problem. It’s the same temptation that has led doctors and pharmaceutical companies to believe that single prescription drugs are the answer to medical problems with their roots in complex lifestyle choices such as diet...


Editor's Note by Debbie Walhof: A healthy way to help prevent cancer… read on.

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by Dr. Shawn Tassone

The main cost at my office is payroll and employee benefits and this increases yearly.  The reason for this increase is that we have wonderful employees and we pay them in order to keep them.  My main postulate is that we take care of people.  We make money as physicians and we give money back.  The truth of the matter is that money seems to be how people are judged in our society, and I am not sure this is a true measure of a person's worth...

 

Editor's Note: Medical care is a mess. Patients are disgruntled and physicians are frustrated, but where does the problem lie?

 

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Editor's Note: A movie was made about his "unique" style of practicing medicine. Patch gives his take on modern allopathic medicine and how their is so much more to medicine that just seeing an MD. He is well known for his colorful outfits and bringing laughter to healing.

 

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by Kirsten Welles, LAc

The mind is one of our most powerful resources, and what we do with it makes a difference both for ourselves and for the world in which we live...

 

Editor’s Note: This article is a companion piece to Bruce Lipton’s video. Both describe how the power of our thoughts can shape our biology and change our susceptibility to disease.

 

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by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD

Iodine deficiency was first recognized almost 80 years ago, as a cause of goiter. During the 1920's it was determined that the MINIMUM daily requirement for adults was 150 micrograms daily. Deficiencies lead not only to goiter but, when iodine-deficient pregnant women delivered babies, the brain of the newborn was severely damaged, leading to cretinism. Salt was iodized in order to supply this essential nutrient. However, only half the salt in the U.S. is iodized and for 50 years physicians have recommended minimizing salt intake. In the past 15 years average intake in this country has fallen from 300 to 150 micrograms daily...

 

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by Mike Adams

As a strong proponent of free market economics, I have long wondered why free markets don't seem to be operating in the health care industry. Today, it finally hit me with great clarity, and I'll share that with you here...

 

Editor's Note: Mike Adams began his mission as the Health Ranger as a response to his own failing health. At the age of 30, he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a disease brought on by poor diet and severe lack of exercise...

 

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from LD online.org

The good news about learning disabilities is that scientists are learning more every day. Their research provides hope and direction.

If parents, teachers, and other professionals discover a child's learning disability early and provide the right kind of help, it can give the child a chance to develop skills needed to lead a successful and productive life...

 

Editor's Note: This is Part 2 of a 6 part series on Learning Disablities. Read part 1: What is a Learning Disability?.

 

 

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

Generally speaking, doctors don’t enjoy treating patients with chronic pain. Why? Because they are historically difficult to help. As a surgeon, I find it hugely rewarding to be able to do a procedure that makes a patient’s pain go away – when I do that, the patient is happy and so am I. The problem with chronic pain, however, is that there is often no identifiable, visible, measurable cause for the pain...

 

 

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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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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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