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 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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by Dr. David Hanscom, MD
Guest Editor of Integrative Medicine

Being a victim is the ultimate “passive aggressive” stance. Though they insist that they are powerless, victims are actually quite controlling! Even though you may have good reason to feel angry, betrayed by life and legitimately hurt and in pain, the truth is that you actually reap some major advantages by remaining in this angry mode, including...

 

 

 

 

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by Maggie Ney, ND

Yes, you know sugar is not good for you, but you NEED it…especially after a meal and certainly after you’ve eaten a bite of chocolate goodness. What was once thought of as a relatively innocuous source of empty calories is now understood as a major contributor to our nation’s increasing rates of obesity, diabetes, ADHD, metabolic syndrome and cancer...

 

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by Marc S. Micozzi, MD, PhD with Michael Jawer

From our vantage point, the energy of feelings works differently in different people depending on where they are along the boundary spectrum.  A good way to envision this energy flow is to consider the proposition that feelings are like water. Picture any given feeling as a flow of clear, cold water, rippling through the body, in continuous motion...

 

Editor's note from Sherri Carter: In this 3 part article series, the authors outline how emotions, feelings, and especially boundaries, play a role in illness and treatment. See Part 1 and Part 2.

 

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by Marc S. Micozzi, MD, PhD with Michael Jawer

“Personality” is the word that best sums up what we mean when we talk about individual differences.  The accumulation of those differences, after all, is what distinguishes one person most meaningfully from another within a given society or culture...

 

Editor's note from Sherri Carter: In this 3 part article series, the authors outline how emotions, feelings, and especially boundaries, play a role in illness and treatment. See Part 1.

 

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by Marc S. Micozzi, MD, PhD with Michael Jawer

It is well recognized that many medical treatments – whether conventional or alternative – don’t work equally well for everyone.  One person may respond better to a given drug than someone else taking the identical medication; one person may return to good health after a medical procedure whereas someone else, who had the same symptoms and followed the same post-procedural advice, does not...

 

Editor's note from Sherri Carter: In this 3 part article series, the authors outline how emotions, feelings, and especially boundaries, play a role in illness and treatment.

 

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by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD

For almost 40 years I have personally done Autogenic Training daily.  It has, by far, the greatest scientific proof of efficacy of any self-regulation approach.  Developed originally in 1912 by J. H. Schultz, by 1969, the first of 6 volumes was published, with 2600 scientific references.  That is even before it became part of autogenic feedback training—later biofeedback!  Athletes, students and business people all improve. Eighty percent of STRESS illnesses can be managed just with autogenic training...

 

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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 Marsha Nunley, MD

In my early 30s, I developed symptoms of depression.  I was prescribed desipramine, which I had to stop due to severe side effects of racing heart, dry mouth and constipation.  I was then prescribed Prozac.  At first I though it was a miracle, as I felt better and decided that maybe life was worth living.  But it did not last, and I suffered unwanted side effects such as insomnia, nausea, weight gain, decreased libido and inability to achieve orgasm, so…I got depressed again...

 

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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 Traci Vandermark

Natural estrogens (phytoestrogens) are found in plant products, and therefore are in many of the foods we eat. According to researchers at Cornell University, there are three main classes of phytoestrogens: isoflavonoids, coumestans and lignans. In the body, phytoestrogens act as our naturally produced estrogen...

 

Editor's Note: Many patients are opposed to synthetic or bioidentical estrogen because of the risks for breast cancer and DVT. This article gives you an examples of foods that will help you healthfully eat your way through menopause.

 

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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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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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