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!  

Introducing Integrative Medicine
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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 Norman Shealy, MD, PhD

A few weeks ago I received an angry note from a person who considers himself a naturalist attacking me for suggesting that someone might safely eat bacon, occasionally. I would remind him that people 100 years ago ate far more unhealthy food than bacon...

 

 

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by Marsha Nunley, MD


Estrogen is a hormone familiar to most everyone.  It is what makes us female.  It makes women have soft skin and curves, high lilting voices, and breasts.  It has over 400 functions in the body and has a powerful emotional, psychological, and physical effect on our body...


Editor's Note from Marsha Nunley: Hormone misinformation is rampant in our newspapers, books, on television, in our conversations. Physicians disagree on proper courses of treatment for menopause based on studies that mix synthetic and bio identical hormones...

 

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by Myles Spar, MD, MPH

We take it for granted that women live longer than men. This is the case in over 98 percent of countries in the world. In the United States, average life expectancy is over five years more for women than for men.

But why is this the case? Why is it that for every major cause of mortality that affects both men and women, men die faster?...

 

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by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

The topic of XMRV and its possible link to chronic fatigue syndrome has been appearing in the news again.  The media interest stems from multiple recent studies that appear to be coming to different conclusions on whether or not the XMRV-CFS linkage is there...

 

  

 

 

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by Dr. Sara Gottfried, MD

Whether you're 30 or 50+, you don't have to feel cranky, tapped out, and chronically sleep-deprived. Old-school medical thinking tells us that these “conditions” are all just a part of growing older as a woman and prescription medication can cure most of our ills...

 

 

 

 

Editor's note: Sherri Carter: Dr. Sara Gottfried offers 4 simple steps to "help you get out of your rut and feel better fast with a few small actions you can implement right away to begin balancing your hormones and seeing results."

 

 

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by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

If you suffer from hypoglycemia (irritability when hungry), "crash" with stress, or if you have recurrent infections that take a long time to resolve, you may have underactive adrenal glands — particularly if the symptoms started suddenly after a viral infection.  Other symptoms include fatigue, achiness and low blood pressure.  About two-thirds of my severe chronic fatigue patients have underactive or marginally functioning adrenal glands...

 

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by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD

Protein, vitamins, essential fatty acids, minerals and antioxidants are the critical foods for health. Note that starch and sugar are not; glucose can be made from protein. Of course, I am not recommending that one eat only protein, but it is important to be reminded that protein is much more critical than starch/sugar. While I am a supporter of supplements to improve our overall nutrition, I also prefer natural food as the major source of nutrients...

 

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by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD,

Deirdre Rawlings, PhD, ND, MH & Chrystle Fiedler

The Beat Sugar Addiction Now! Cookbook by board certified internist and renowned energy expert Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, provides a delicious and information-rich roadmap to balancing your blood sugar, losing weight and feeling great—the companion to his earlier blockbuster, Beat Sugar Addiction NOW!...

 

Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski: We'd like to congratulate Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, our Guest Editor on Integrative Medicine, on this new cookbook with co-authors Deirdre Rawlings, PhD, ND, MH and Chrystle Fiedler.

 

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by Marsha Nunley, MD

Stop and think for a moment about your body, made of water and living cells, a complex organism that converts nutrition—your food—into energy and living tissues. Your body uses the food you eat...


Editor's Note: There is a reason that we as a nation are overweight and it starts with the so-called "food" we are eating. Think of Michael Pollan's simple phrase: "Eat food, mostly plants, not too much." If one simply cuts out all the packaged and processed "foods" from their diet, many health and weight problems would be solved...

 

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by David Jockers, DC

Over 25 million female American women are losing their hair and suffering the emotional distress that comes with this process. The latest research has shown that hormones seem to be the major player in this embarrassing condition. Fortunately, there are solutions in both nature and nurture that support hormone balance and a return to normal function...


Editor's Note from Shawn Tassone: The main cause of hair loss in women is transient and related to stress, but here is an article that describes other causes and how you can try supplements and hormones.

 

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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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