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 Replica Tag Heuer Featured Guest Editor of Integrative Medicine, Dr. David Hanscom, MD. Dr. David Hanscom, MD, is an orthopedic spine surgeon at Seattle Neuroscience...
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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...

 

 

 

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Gladys McGarey, MD and Norman Shealy, MD, PhD discuss the future and the importance of adding the "Physician Within You" to the healing process.

 

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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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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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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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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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by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD

Vitamin D has long been known to enhance immune function, even curing tuberculosis of the skin.  In the past few years it has been shown to increase naturally body-produced antibiotics!  It has now been repeatedly reported that taking 2000 units of D 3 per kg of body weight daily for 3 days, at the first sign of influenza, markedly reduces symptoms and speeds recovery...

 

 

 

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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 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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by Peggy Gleason, RN, WS, NHD

We are all familiar with the term “stress related” illness.  But we often underestimate the gravity of just how sick “stress” can make us. We usually consider only ulcers or headaches or maybe we even go as far as “heart attack” when we think of stress manifesting itself on our bodies. But there are so many more areas of the body that are affected by stress.  In fact, every system of the body can be affected by stress...

 

Editor's Note: Who doesn't have stress in their life? The question is how do we manage it and what options are available to us for help? This article beautifully represents alternative ideas for dealing with stress.

 

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by Friedeman Schaub, MD, PhD

We often resist change as something bad and uncomfortable. However, change is inevitable, because it is the essence of life – how we change is up to us. Healing, whether emotionally or physically, is a form of change, from the state of disease and discomfort to the state of health and wholeness...

 

Editor's Note: A great look into the subconscious filters we use on ourselves that keep us from change and how we can ultimately remove them.

 

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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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