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 Robert Pendergrast, MD

Chamomile tea is one of my most frequent recommendations for herbal medications. It has been used for generations in cultures from Europe to Latin America and has a long track record for safety. It is one of the few herbs I regularly recommend for young children...

 

Editor's Note: Chamomile tea is a favorite in my home and with my patients.  Read and see its many uses.

 

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by Gerald Bruno, PhD

I have taken the liberty of describing alpha lipoic acid as the “miracle molecule” because it is among the most valuable nutritional supplements we can take for our over-all well-being.  I believe that alpha lipoic acid ascends to the “miracle” level because it has a wide spectrum of biological activities that are useful in treating serious diseases, it is valuable in protecting against the formation or progression of serious diseases, and it can be a major contributor to achieving “healthy aging”...

 

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by Dr. Jeffrey Tucker, DC, DACRB

It was believed a few years ago that as you get older, after the age of 35, your aerobic capacity starts to decline. It was believed that there was little that could be done about this decline with it being a slow process at first before gaining momentum at the mid forties and plummeting out of control at 60 years of age...

 

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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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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 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 Dr. David Hanscom, MD
Guest Editor of Integrative Medicine

Families present some interesting challenges to people who are trying to change their lives for the better, who are working to become healthier and happier. This phenomenon has been noted by many professionals treating people with chronic diseases including addictions, eating disorders, mental illness and, yes, chronic pain...

 

 

 

 

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by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD

Green tea has had a great deal of PR in the last few years and even regular black tea has some strong evidence for a positive effects on health. But Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) or Red tea has the best evidence of all--no caffeine, no calories, significant antioxidants, vitamin C, some minerals, etc. With 50% more antioxidants than green tea and a much superior taste, it has even been called ''The Tao of Tea.''...

 

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from LD online.org

The good news about learning disabilities is that scientists are learning more every day. Their research provides hope and direction.

If parents, teachers, and other professionals discover a child's learning disability early and provide the right kind of help, it can give the child a chance to develop skills needed to lead a successful and productive life...

 

Editor's Note: This is Part 2 of a 6 part series on Learning Disablities. Read part 1: What is a Learning Disability?.

 

 

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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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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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