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 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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by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD


There have been many conflicting studies and a large amount of controversy over the initial study on XMRV virus and chronic fatigue syndrome. Several studies did not find the virus and raised questions about the initial study. Meanwhile, it was fascinating to see the politics involved in the controversy. With an exciting new study released this week, I am now comfortable that the question of whether XMRV (and related viruses) is present in CFS patients has been largely settled...


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by Luella May

Anxiety disorders are characterized by an overwhelming sense of apprehension. Sometimes such apprehension may become constant. Numerous physical symptoms may accompany anxiety with over 100 physical anxiety symptoms reported, including muscle tightness, heart palpitations, chest tightness/pain, dizziness, numbness, tingling, and electric shock feelings...




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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 Dr. Catherine Quas

There are a total of 20 baby teeth — 10 on the top, 10 on the bottom. For most kids, baby teeth are usually present by age two, begin to fall out by age six and are completely gone by age 13. But keep in mind that when it comes to teeth, everyone is different...


Editor's Note from Debbie Walhof: Important facts about pediatric tooth issues.


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from Taking Charge of Your Health

Sarah used Traditional Chinese Medicine for leg numbness.


A couple of weeks following routine arthroscopic surgery on my left knee when I was 35, my leg went numb from the knee down. I went to see the orthopedic surgeon and he didn't know why it had gone numb, and couldn't recommend any treatment...



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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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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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