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 Gabby Marshall OD

The American Optometric Association affirms its long-standing position that optometric Vision Therapy is effective in the treatment of physiological neuromuscular and perceptual dysfunctions of the vision system. The ability to learn in school, achieve on the job, and enjoy sports and recreation depends upon efficient vision...

 

Editor's Note:  Vision therapy is a modality often used in combination with other modalities in treating ADHD as well as Learning Disabilities and behavioral issues. A brief overview of this modality is given by Dr. Marshall who is a highly trained behavioral Optometrist.

 

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by Andrew Weil, MD

Is it okay to drink coffee during pregnancy?...

 

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 Laura Owens

It's become almost an epidemic for people to feel chronically anxious, irritable or unfocused. For some, chronic anxiety can become debilitating. Low levels of GABA, gamma-aminobutyric acid, may be the culprit. A GABA deficiency can directly impact a person's ability to handle day to day or long term stress...

 

 

 

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

Almost every person I speak with who is suffering with chronic pain is also experiencing extreme adversity in the rest of his or her life. The stories I hear each day are mind-boggling. They include abuse, murder, family suicides, extreme financial struggles, homelessness…the list goes on and on. The anger I hear from my patients as they tell me their stories is more than legitimate...

 

 

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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 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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Editor's Note from Debbie Walhof: An inspiring video reminding us that the patient plays the central role in their own unique healthcare. A patients access to information allows for informed decision making.

 

 

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by Dylan Charles, Editor of Waking Times

Cross-posted from WakingTimes.com

My flight from the American healthcare system began in my late twenties during a period of severe personal crisis, mostly mental.  I was suffering from extreme depression, severe anxiety, and poor physical health from years of a sedentary, entertainment-based lifestyle.  The American Dream.  I had a wonderful marriage with a child on the way, my own home, plenty of friends, and I was working my dream job that came with a great salary and all the health care benefits I could supposedly need.  But I wasn’t happy...

 

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

Our thoughts don't exist in isolation. With or without our awareness, our brains are busily connecting dots between our current thoughts and other thoughts we have had (recently or long ago) ... our emotions ... what we see, hear, smell and feel ... and even our dreams and other images we carry around in our minds...

 

 

 

 

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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 Dr. Debbie Walhof

I would like to share some wonderful resources to help educate parents, teachers and the community on the topic of learning disabilities...

 

 

 

 

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by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD

Food should taste good and should be good for you. Unfortunately, in the past 60 years nutrition has changed more than in the previous 10,000 years! Until World War II, the vast majority of food was grown within 50 miles of consumption. Now the vast majority of food is grown all over the world, with little control over quality. Thirty years ago, Ross Hume Hall noted in FOOD FOR NOUGHT that even the produce sold in grocery stores was often not truly ripe and was often deficient in vitamins and minerals...

 

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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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