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 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 Dr. Anika Al-Shura

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complicated system of medicine with more than five thousand years of history. What we know and how it is practiced today is based on organized research and practice during those thousands of years. The roots of this influence have spread internationally, running through all cultures of the earth...

 

 

 

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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 Norman Shealy, MD, PhD

I have written before about the ubiquitous poisoning of the world. So did Rachel Carson many decades ago. Each decade it gets worse. Overall it is a toss up as to whether the world will ultimately be most damaged by the 550,000 chemical poisons released indiscriminately each year, or by nuclear contamination. I remember well national articles over 40 years ago about the carcinogenic chemicals in city water produced by chlorination of water...

 

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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 Dr. Shawn Tassone

This exercise will bring you and your baby together through the breath of life.  In this exercise you will be bring guiding your breath through your lungs and circulatory system into that of your baby and then the baby will give you its waste and carbon dioxide to exhale...

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Editor's Note: Ultrasound has become so common with pregnancy, that we don't even think twice about what it could be doing to the growing child. Dr. Mendelsohn discusses some of the key things that ultrasound can interfere with like, damage to the biochemistry of the child, damage to the immune system and delayed maturation of the central nervous system. Very interesting perspective.

 

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by Mark Rosenberg MD

It’s the holiday season and along with all the merrymaking we also have to be on guard against a bug that can not only put a monkey wrench in all our fun but make us extremely ill...

 

Editor's Note: Dr. Rosenberg provides us with some useful natural ways to boost our immunity in this cold and flu season. Most of these are low cost, easy to do and really work! I agree with most of his suggestions, except the flu shot.

 

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by Drew Kobb

We all want to improve our lives, to feel better—so why don’t we make the necessary changes to improve our lives? Probably because it seems a little daunting, especially when we compare our current lifestyles with where we want to be. It would be a huge adjustment for most of us to start eating as healthily as Gwyneth Paltrow or become as proficient in the practice of hatha yoga as Nina Dobrev. But you don’t have to get to that level of any healthy practice to live a healthy lifestyle...

 

Editor's Note from Sherri Carter: If you're looking for easy to implement ways to live a healthier life, here are some suggestions for you.

 

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by Robert Pendergrast, MD

When it comes to a cancer prevention diet, or “anti-aging” or any other medical hot-button issue, the temptation is to look for and believe that there is a single magic bullet which will take care of the problem. It’s the same temptation that has led doctors and pharmaceutical companies to believe that single prescription drugs are the answer to medical problems with their roots in complex lifestyle choices such as diet...


Editor's Note by Debbie Walhof: A healthy way to help prevent cancer… read on.

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by Dr. Shawn Tassone

The main cost at my office is payroll and employee benefits and this increases yearly.  The reason for this increase is that we have wonderful employees and we pay them in order to keep them.  My main postulate is that we take care of people.  We make money as physicians and we give money back.  The truth of the matter is that money seems to be how people are judged in our society, and I am not sure this is a true measure of a person's worth...

 

Editor's Note: Medical care is a mess. Patients are disgruntled and physicians are frustrated, but where does the problem lie?

 

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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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