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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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 Anthony Fleg, UNC Chapel Hill

A Diné (Navajo) patient, a relatively healthy man in his late 50s, had two recent episodes of loss of consciousness. The doctors diagnosed him with food poisoning, a diagnosis which the patient’s wife did not accept. She asked me for a second opinion, noting that she was worried that there may be some “spiritual foul play” involved in her husband’s recent attacks...

 

 

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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by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD

The Shealy Protocols are a system of treatment methodologies based on 35 years of clinical experience at the world's most successful and effective pain and stress management clinic, the Shealy Institute and Wellness Center. Over 30,000 patients have been treated for a wide variety of problems that had failed conventional medical and surgical treatment...

 

 

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by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

Do you have times where it's like a light switch goes off, and your friends know that they have three minutes to feed you or you will kill them? Do you crave sugar? These are symptoms suggesting that your body’s adrenal gland stress handling system is getting exhausted. Here’s how you can support your adrenal “stress handler" so that you can feel better...

  

 


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 Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

Obesity is epidemic, and has many causes. One of them is that the average nights' sleep has dropped from nine hours a night to six and three-quarters hours a night over the last hundred years, and sleep is responsible for many weight and appetite controlling hormones, such as growth hormone, leptin, phrelin and ghrelin. So can you really sleep your way to skinny...

 

 

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by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD

When Barnes did his work, only 33% of Americans were overweight. Today 66% of Americans are overweight and 33% are truly obese! And my work in the past decade suggests that 80% of Americans are clinically hypothyroid. The answer, as I have stated in two earlier articles is iodine deficiency. Every person should check temperature several times. If oral temperature is consistently below 98.6 mid-day, you need iodine. Iodoral is the treatment of choice and it may take up to 6 months to achieve the benefits of thyroid normalization...

 

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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 Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

Food processors add over 140 pounds of sugar to our diet each year, and another 18% of our calories come from white flour (which is a lot like sugar in our body). With people basically eating their weight in sugar and flour each year, it is not surprising that we have become a planet of sugar addicts. Like many other addictions, it may even leave you feeling a bit better for a few hours ― only to wreak havoc on your body later...

 

Editor's Note: This is Part 1 of a 6 Part series on Sugar Addiction

 

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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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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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