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Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The Coming of the Light: Top 10 for Policy and Action in Integrative Medicine and Health in 2014

John Weeks | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

In 2006, I began publishing, on or near the winter solstice, an annual Integrator Top 10 list for the emerging field of integrative health and medici...

Chronicles of Health Creation: Joint Commission Issues New Pain Standards in Response to Integrative Medicine Team

John Weeks | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

A Nov. 12, 2014 announcement from the principal accrediting agency for health care organizations could significantly impact access to integrative pain...

Slow Living Is Healthy Living

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

Across time and throughout the world, human beings have swung a pendulum from one end of the spectrum to another in an attempt to find balance. It's p...

Vitamin D vs. Common Cold: And the Winner Is...

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

Now that winter is basically knocking at our door, many of us will have to face the most common and dreaded disease in America: the common cold. Upper...

Chronicles of Health Creation: Republican Win Strips Integrative Medicine and Health Leaders From Powerful Committee Roles

John Weeks | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

That integrative health and medicine would lose its top champion in the past 20 years, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), was one foregone conclusion o...

Chronicles of Health Creation: 'Never Only Opioids" Urges Imperative for Integrative Medicine in Pain Care'

John Weeks | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

A new eight-page, policy brief, "Never Only Opioids: The Imperative for Early Integration of Non-Pharmacological Approaches and Practitioners in the Treatment of Patients with Pain" argues that it is long past time for the last to be first -- to reverse this order and always bring integrative care options up front, as least as complements.

Chronicles of Health Creation: Gratitude to Integrative Medicine and Health's Retiring Champion U.S. Senator Tom Harkin

John Weeks | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

In the context of this grassroots uprising of interest, singling out the historic contributions of one person seems inappropriate. Yet for complementary and integrative health policy and inclusion, there is such a giant.

The Slow Medicine Incentive: Healthy People Have More Fun

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

In my case 15 years ago, I wanted to be a better father and raise a healthy son. This motivation empowered me to make a lifestyle change that ended up transforming my life for the better.

Slow Medicine Is the Medicine of the Future

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 10.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

Kenneth R. Pelletier, Ph.D., M.D.(hc) -- clinical professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine and professor of public health at the Universit...

Why Conventional Medical Doctors Are Opting for Slow Medicine

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

I am always heartened to hear the stories of the pioneering doctors of integrative medicine, who were willing to risk their professional comfort and ease, in the interest of helping people truly get better.

Are There Other Options Besides Medications for Gout and Osteoarthritis?

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 10.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

Obesity and being overweight are linked to higher disease state complications and progression of both gout and osteoarthritis. So getting yourself into target weight is important for joint health.

Healthy Family, Healthy You

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 09.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

Remember: The whole point of getting well is enjoying our time on this planet, and harmonious relationships are key to our overall health. When we nourish our family relationships, we ultimately nourish ourselves.

Restoring the Heart and Art of Medicine

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

After years of frustration churning through this system myself, unable to help patients get truly better, I left the world of conventional medicine and entered that of integrative medicine, which draws from the best of conventional, complementary, and alternative modalities of healing. My own journey led me beyond integrative medicine and into a realm I call "slow medicine."

Chronicles of Health Creation: Exit Interview With Integrative Medicine Clinic Pioneer Peter Amato

John Weeks | Posted 09.13.2014 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

After 17 years in the integrative medicine tough lands of coal country Scranton, Pennsylvania, Peter Amato is calling it quits with his ground-breakin...

So You Think You Have A Food Allergy

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 06.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

For those of us who find pleasure in eating, it seems like a daunting task to have to avoid a food that we've enjoyed in the past. However, many of my patients feel so much better health- and energy-wise after eliminating the food allergen that they feel it is a worthwhile trade.

Alternative Paths to Wellness a Political Act With Winners, Losers

Sienna Craig | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Sienna Craig

Who benefits when governments appeal to UNESCO to endorse a traditional medicine as intangible cultural heritage? Who loses and who gains when the FDA determines what can and cannot be called a "medicine"?

Spiritual but Not Religious an Oxymoron?

Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D. | Posted 05.31.2014 | Religion
Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D.

Many people have come to prefer different language to describe their religious beliefs and practices. This is because the word "religion" has accumulated negative connotations.

Hooking Up: Don Berwick, Integrative Medicine and His Call for a Radical Shift to 'Health Creation'

John Weeks | Posted 04.20.2014 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

Yesterday, a colleague reminded me of a question in a survey developed for the 2000 Integrative Medicine Industry Leadership Summit. The participant...

How Is Your Body a Mirror of Your Thought?

Ingrid Peschke | Posted 04.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Ingrid Peschke

If you, too, are looking for healing, perhaps a good place to start is not by consulting the mirror to see what your body is telling you, but by first taking an inventory of your thoughts and events in your life and listening to your spiritual intuition. You just might discover some surprising answers!

Buyer Beware: Learning to Ask Why Complementary and Alternative Medicine Works

Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D. | Posted 03.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D.

If you are like most Americans, you have probably tried some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), whether yoga, chiropractic, meditation, acupuncture, or a homeopathic treatment for the common cold.

Top 10 for Policy and Action in Integrative Medicine and Health in 2013

John Weeks | Posted 03.01.2014 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

In 2006, I began publishing annual The Integrator Top 10 lists for the emerging field of integrative health and medicine. Since 2011, these have shown...

Consensus Among World's Leading Experts: Marijuana Is a Botanical Medicine!

Steph Sherer | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Certainly, restoring its classification will mean much for all of us who depend on medical cannabis for our well-being -- expanded research and medical acceptance, improved quality assurance and better consistency for our medicine.

Honoring How Powerful Consumers Known as Bravewell Implanted Integrative Medicine in the System

John Weeks | Posted 01.26.2014 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

That alternative medicine is a consumer movement is well known. Less known or appreciated is how a powerful group of consumers shaped the movement to implant these alternatives into conventional treatment.

Inspirational Patients Allowing Mind and Body Balancing to Guide Recovery

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 11.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

One of the most significant aspects of a therapeutic alliance between a physician and a cancer patient is the creation of a relationship that helps the patient to build and strengthen mental and physical fortitude.

The World You Are Entering: My 2013 NYCC Commencement Address to Integrative Health and Medicine Graduates

John Weeks | Posted 11.04.2013 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

We need engaged people. Health care needs engaged doctors of chiropractic, clinical nutritionists, quality educators, engaged practitioners of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.