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, 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    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 Dr. Maria Dunton

Where there is life, there is motion, and when the body's motion is in balance, a state of health exists.  Osteopathy appreciates the significance of even the smallest motion within all the tissues and cells of the body, and applies this understanding in its unique form of medical care...




Working in the health care industry by providing one-on-one patient care is your dream, but working in a hospital or doctor’s office is not. While nurses are essential to hospitals, they are also needed in a variety of capacities. So, what are some of the more exotic nursing career options with an RN-MSN? If you are looking for a job that’s outside-the-box, here are five suggestion...


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Norm and fellow experts discuss the heart versus the mind, the power of prayer, and the need for ritual.


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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 Sandra Miniere, MEd

Do you think that your genetic blueprint is your destiny? I am fascinated by the “new science” called epigenetics (above the genes). Research is proving that gene expression, not necessarily your genetic blueprint, dictates your state of health...





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by Cathy Wong, ND, CNS

One of the largest existing studies on yoga and weight, a 2005 report indicates that yoga may help protect against weight gain in middle age. The study involved 15,550 participants (ages 53 to 57), all of whom reported their physical activity over the previous ten years...

Editor's Note: Cathy Wong, ND, CNS, is a licensed naturopathic doctor and an American College of Nutrition-certified nutrition specialist.


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from LD

A learning disability is a neurological disorder. In simple terms, a learning disability results from a difference in the way a person's brain is "wired." Children with learning disabilities are as smart or smarter than their peers. But they may have difficulty reading, writing, spelling, reasoning, recalling and/or organizing information if left to figure things out by themselves or if taught in conventional ways...


Editor's Note: This is Part 1 of a 6 part series on Learning Disablities.


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You already know that sleep is restorative — that’s why you wake up feeling ready and raring to go every morning of the week, right? In reality, more than 70 million adults in the U.S. confess to having a full-fledged sleeping disorder that prevents them from functioning during the day, and millions more likely suffer from some degree of insufficient sleep that is impairing their wakeful hours. Improper sleep can have symptoms as mild as grogginess or muscle aches, but these issues can lead to serious mishaps on the road or in the workplace...


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According to Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), in the United States alone there are 40 million citizens, aged 12 and over, who meet the clinical addiction criteria for nicotine, alcohol and other drugs. In addition, they report that another 80 million people can be considered to be in the category of “risky substance abusers” — that is, people who use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in ways that can threaten the health and safety of members of the public...


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by Leslie Boyce, MD

Multiple studies have documented the importance of adequate sleep on all aspects of our daily functioning, health and well being. At the same time, chronic sleep deprivation has become endemic to children and adolescents...


Editor's Note: Getting enough sleep is very important for children and lack of sleep may be at the root of a variety of medical illnesses.


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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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