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 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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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 Esther Falcetta

As I was growing up, my mom was quite fond of the phrase “Mother knows best!”  I’m sure I used to roll my eyes and silently dismiss her advice during my teen years and into early adulthood.  When I reached my 30’s and had a child of my own, I suddenly had a new appreciation for maternal wisdom and instinct...

 

Editor's Note: I strongly appreciate this thoughtful piece by Esther Falcetta, a parent advocate for NCLD.org. One thing I know for sure is that a parents intuition is priceless in accessing information about a child...


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by Cathy Wong, ND, CNS

One of the largest existing studies on yoga and weight, a 2005 report indicates that yoga may help protect against weight gain in middle age. The study involved 15,550 participants (ages 53 to 57), all of whom reported their physical activity over the previous ten years...


Editor's Note: Cathy Wong, ND, CNS, is a licensed naturopathic doctor and an American College of Nutrition-certified nutrition specialist.

 

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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

Over the past several decades, especially since the onset of the mass marketing of psychotropic drugs, millions of unsuspecting, trusting patients have actually been made crazy - and drug-dependent - by chronically ingesting the brain-altering, brain-disabling, synthetic psychotropic drugs that have been handed out like candy by equally trusting and unaware but well-intentioned physicians...

 

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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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by Andrew Weil, MD

While researching alternative treatments for hot flashes, I came across some information on a Japanese herbal formula called Keishi-bukuryo-gan. Do you know anything about it? Is it effective for hot flashes? What about other perimenopausal symptoms?...

 

 

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by Laura Fenamore, CPCC

Our lives are filled to the brim, and the idea of sacrificing any amount of time to sit and just breathe is unimaginable.  And yet this is exactly what I tell them to do...

 

Editor's Note: The word meditation may set off the "not for me" alarm for some, but just sitting and breathing can bring joy, comfort and calm to your otherwise busy/hectic/fill-in-the-blank life. Science suggests meditation helps our brains...


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by Robert Pendergrast, MD

Childhood insomnia is a problem which can drive mothers to tears, and it's not so happy for the child either. But here’s an inside secret from the doctor business you may not know...

 

Editor's Note: Any parent can tell you that not all children are good sleepers. Read this article and gain insights into sleep issues.


 

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Editor's Note: Andrew Weil, MD briefly discussing the woes of our American health care system and why he started with Integrative Medicine.

 

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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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